Here's the thing: I've got no shortage of plans and projects for this blog. But I've also got work -- that's been quite draining lately -- and home -- that isn't draining but also takes its own chunk of the day. Because of these, my blogging time ends up being concentrated into a few hours right before bed, when I'm usually just in the mood to browse. Certainly not to write, and usually not to comment that much, either.
So the question is: how to get back into the groove? I just took a little stroll through memory lane (i.e., past posts) and reminded myself of some of the projects that I'm hoping to get back to:
- Although I haven't yet dipped back into Surfaces and Essences since my interim review, I do intend to finish that sucker and post my Glass Bead musings.
- I also hope that said musings will help lead to more ideas for a real-world variant on Hermann Hesse's chimerical game. It may be helpful to continue posting more mini-reviews of other peoples' attempts to do that, too (see here and here and here). There are a few other neat ones out there that I haven't talked about yet.
- On the RPG front, I really want to complete Volume 1 of the Homebrew '82 rule book. The current version contains 53 pages all done and nicely laid out, followed by about 20 pages of rough notes that need some tender care.
- In a much more embryonic state are my ideas for a kind of Right Stuff RPG, where players take on the role of hotshot astronauts at the dawn of the space age, and follow them into one of many possible futures.
The posts that I do tend to churn out are those that, for one reason or another, I don't assign to that "deep thought" category. Maybe there's some ironic humor in there, since many of my posts probably end up being pretty esoteric and introspective. But I don't pre-judge them to require the kind of white-hot spotlight of concentration that is reserved for "serious" writing.
So it's looking that I've got two mini-goals for myself...
1. Trick my brain into thinking about the writing of my preferred projects as one-off blog posts, and not components of the Most Important Work of All Time. Now that I think of it, I wonder if a simple solution could be to just do that writing in the very Blogger composition tool that I'm typing into right now, instead of in the LaTeX-linked text editor that I associate with deep thought (and with work)? I'll try it.
2. Start a new series of blog posts on something fun and light, so that I can keep to my goal of posting roughly once or twice a week. Of course, me being me, I know I'll find a way to make these posts pretty esoteric and strange. My current idea is to profile some strange alphabets and writing systems. I really love those things. It's related to what I had fun with for my 2012 April A-Z posts, and I did do one post sorta like this back in January.
(What say you, good readers? Is it fair for me to ask if you have any specific posts of mine that you think might make for a fun series?)
Anyway, apologies for the navel-gazing. I do think that writing this all out has helped me to find a bit of extra purpose to continue on.... And, hey, there's that mojo.