My, how time flies. Looks like it’s already time for another update!
For those who are fans of process, moving to 15-day sprints seems to be helping. When I break down tasks to the smallest amount, it takes up a lot of planning space, and a month is just too much to wrap my head around. I think I’m going to let this sprint go long and switch to two-week sprints (so, planning from Monday to Friday instead of when the 1st of the month happens to land), but all in all this chance worked out well for me.
Of course, part of the reason is that my workload has finally eased up for the first time in over a year. I’d gotten so used to having steady work that it’s a bit weird not being swamped. That doesn’t mean I don’t have any work — Pugmire and related projects in particular are taking up a fair bit of my time — but it does mean I’m back to checking with old clients for new work, as well as making connections with new clients. If you know of someone who could make use of my services, point them to pugsteady.com!
The book is proofed, and ready for Kickstarter backers to receive! Tomorrow the various backers will get access to the next-to-final version of Pugmire. Naturally, I’m a bit nervous, because this will be the first time that the book is actually out there in a complete state. However, I’m really happy with what the team has done with the book, and I hope that the majority of Pugmire fans will be happy with the product.
Meanwhile, I’ve been focused on Monarchies of Mau, and I’m hoping to have a complete manuscript of Monarchies of Mau Early Access by the end of the month. I’m also offering my two cents to both the anthology (tentatively titled Tales of Good Dogs) and the introductory adventure (Pan’s Guide for New Pioneers), but the developers in charge of each of those projects are doing a great job keeping things afloat.
Recording for the Pugmire Earplay (titled Friends and Enemies) is done! The actors were all great, and very efficient. Plus the composition for the project is also done, and sounds wonderful. What that means is that we have a lot of audio files that need to be cleaned up and compiled before it’s all put into the software, so there’s still a bit of a long haul ahead of us. But all in all, I’m pleased with how its shaping up.
No, I haven’t seen the latest season of Sherlock yet, but I’ve heard decidedly mixed reviews. Odds are good I’ll watch it — I’m obsessed with Holmes, after all — but I admit this is the first season I’m not really excited for. I am hoping that the latest season of Elementary wraps up soon so it’ll drop on Hulu and I can catch up!
Meanwhile, I’ve read through most of the backlog of Holmes books I got for the holidays, and I must admit that the Laurie King/Leslie Klinger anthologies have been really good. It’s a wide grab bag of Holmes-related short stories and media, but usually there’s always a few stories that fall flat in most anthologies. But not these — every story has gripped me so far, even the really far-out ones.
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