Seven Things I’m Doing In March
1 – Editing essays
I’m the editor for a new book from SequArt all about my favourite comic character titled ‘The Devil is in the Details: Examining Matt Murdock and Daredevil.’ It is pretty much a dream gig.
So far, I have worked on editing 15 essays with a combined might of over 80k of words. I read each essay, at least, 3 times. That means since January, I have approximately read easily over 240k of words about the Man Without Fear. It’s been a swamp of a job but I’ve absolutely loved it.
This also means I’ve read dozens/scores/loads/lots/heaps/plenty/too many/a hell of a lot of DAREDEVIL issues recently. Life could be worse.
I am waiting on a smattering of writers to finish up with my notes, and just a smaller group of essays to come in, and I think I can wrap up this whole bad boy before my birthday in the middle of the year.
2 – Catching Up On TV
The trick is to find a show the lady will watch with me. BREAKING BAD became this masturbatorial sneak attack late at night because the wife simply could not surround herself in that world. It was too bleak. It was too draining. Huh, says a lot about me that I then loved it. I also caught up, and it only took me a few months. Damn fine show.
Now, I’ve been watching HOMELAND on TV each week with her and while it gripped me at the start I have to admit I’m waning after about 6 episodes. I’ll finish it but I doubt I’ll ever watch it again – not that I rewatch anything anymore, really.
I started JUSTIFIED and if it keeps up with a ‘crime of the week’ type structure I can watch it with the lady. If the neo-Nazis return, she’s out and I’m stuck waiting until the house is asleep before I can dial in.
MAD MEN is on TV so if I record it I think I can sneak that into the rotation. The wife watched plenty of the first season with me. I just don’t think it grabbed her – and I have to be honest, the first half of that season was an experiment in style, it wasn’t until the second half that the writing and characters completely grabbed me.
3 – SIMONSOMNIBUS
It was a New Year’s Resolution and I’m, slowly, making good on it. And damn is it good. I’m only a handful of issues in but it’s such a gorgeous book. I kind of like taking my time with it. It’s immersive.
4 – BEGINNINGS Anthology Launch
This project has been such a source of inspiration for me this past six months. From inception, to planning, to fundraising, to writing, to looking at art, to finally getting the beautiful book in my greasy little mitts. I’m so proud of this book being made – even though I didn’t actually do that much for it – and I can’t wait to attend the Official Launch this Friday night.
5 – Pitching Publishers
Yeah, I’m armed with PDFs and I’m ready to haggle on price. The deluge of 2012 begins and I’m having a blast already. It’s scary, don’t get me wrong, but it’s also a hell of a lot of fun.
6 – Waking Up Early, Again
I used to get up at about 5am and hit the desk for some writing. Then, due to baby schedules, this just wasn’t working so I started staying up late. I’ve spent the last year working til 11pm easily, if not often times pushing 12. Then always getting up by about 6am to start the day. Now, I’m seeing my mornings open back up so I’m hitting the table at 5am again and only staying up until about 10pm – or maybe half past.
I completely rate getting up early. You feel like deep fried ass when you first roll the eyes open but if you can last five minutes you’ll then be ready to roll and have a few hours before work to get some work done. That’s why a morning schedule helps. If you make a coffee, or drop a deuce, then that’ll give you enough time to be up and happy to stay out of bed. Don’t make the decision to go back to bed in those first five minutes. That time is bad ju-ju and won’t yield a good decision. Your brain is crisp in the morning so use it.
7 – Date Night
The wife and I have booked a night to get out of the house. Together. And not with anyone else. It’s the sort of thing you suddenly have to plan for – weird, but kind of cool.
Those are seven things I’m doing this March, what are you up to?