This episode of Sonitotum is the result of a good bit of self-assessment and re-calibration, which was in turn the result of a good bit of slippage in my routines, progress, and well-being (both creatively and otherwise). Also included: an Autumn Project (2018) update, and announcements regarding changes in both the Autumn Project (2018) and my Patreon patron program.
Links and Corrections From This Episode
- I said (at the time of the recording) that I had two hours, five weeks, and two days to finish Light of the Outsider. I either cannot tell time, or I cannot read. The actual time remaining (as of the time of recording) was two month, two weeks, and three days. Heh heh.
- I wrote a deep dive on procrastination, what it is, and how to beat it. It’s telling that, in that post dated March 2017, I talk about writing Light of the Outsider, the book I’m pushing through right now in the last four months of 2018. Clearly, the battle against procrastination and other enemies of a prolific creative life… continues.
- The Emma Wallace interview episode remains the most popular Sonitotum to date! I’m keen to have more conversations with DIY, independent creators on this show. See below for more about that!
- I talk about my standing desk. Really, it’s just a big wooden school desk like this one with a couple of LACK tables from IKEA on top — which puts my keyboard, mouse, and monitors at just the right height for me to stand and work.
The Autumn Project (2018): September 27 through October 14, 2018
In this period, I started writing actual manuscript draft pages of Light of the Outsider. However, I fell out of the habit hard, with no writing at all on nine days in the period. That’s rough. I talk a little about that in the podcast episode, and what I’m doing to prevent such slippage through the rest of the year.
- Days Worked: Eleven (Twenty six total)
- Total Time Worked: 19 hours, 18 minutes (50 hours 42 minutes total)
- Words Written: 10618 on the draft (32,242 words total (including character studies, outline, and draft)
- Approximately 965 words per writing day / 550 words per hour (draft pages)
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Equipment and Software
For those who are interested (folks sometimes ask), here are the hardware and software tools I use to make Sonitotum. I have affiliate arrangements with some of these products and services. If you make a purchase when you click through using my links, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. It’s a great way to help support the podcast… so thank you!
- Aurycle a460 large diaphragm studio condenser microphone
- Akai Professional MPD218 (MIDI drum pad controller for performing drum parts of “Anastasia”)
- Behringer U-Phoria UMC202HD (audio interface for directly connecting microphones and musical instruments to a computer)
- Sennheiser HD 202 headphones
- Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio (digital audio workstation / music creation software — used when recording and producing “Anastasia” and “Gwinton”)
- Adobe Audition CC (digital audio workstation for recording, editing, and producing audio — used to mix and produce the podcast)
- Zencast.fm (podcast media file hosting and distribution service)
- Dreamhost (Website hosting — I’ve been their client since January of 2007! Can you say that about your web hosting company?)
What Do You Think About Being Nimble as a Creator?
What are your thoughts on being nimble to avoid procrastination, false obligation, and progress traps in your creative life and work? Let’s hear from you in the comments!