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Apr. 9th, 2012

11:44 am - Getting Back on Track

A while back, I started blogging about heroes and heroic fiction here in my personal blog, but after a while, that sort of trailed off. It wasn't that I didn't have anything to say, or because I was done with the topic -- the problem was I couldn't justify writing for my blog when Radius, Pop Culture Notebook and my other projects needed attention. (That I feel the need to put my own writing aside for the sake of projects is another subject entirely. Although really, if somehow huge chunks of time and money came my way so I could have more time to write, I wouldn't object.) (Yeah, yeah. A guy can dream.)

Anyway, a couple of conversations in the past few months revolving around Gilgamesh and Beowulf have persuaded me to move the bulk of the series over to Radius, beginning with a sort of opening salvo, "Is Katniss Everdeen Gilgamesh Dreaming?: Unveiling The Connections Between Poetry and Heroic Fiction." This allows me to do two things: 1.) Give myself permission to do writing I'd likely already do without the nagging, guilty feeling that I should be doing something else; and 2.) Allow me to bring other writers into the mix. In fact, later this week we'll have old November 3rd Club favorite Tony Williams talking about John Carter, and more to come in the works after that. It's a departure for Radius, but as we flesh it out, I think it's proving to be a surprisingly good fit. Some of the heroes stuff will still appear here from time to time, but the bulk of the real work will be over in Radius.

The other big change is to my long-languishing "What You're Listening To" column for The Telegram & Gazette, which began its life as a sort of "What's on Your iPod" deal and evolved into an actual music column. The problem is, when we started the daily Pop Culture Notebook, that began eating the time I would normally devote to the column. (You have to remember, I only have, really, between four and seven hours officially in the space of a week to accomplish writing five notebooks and one column. The rest of my week is consumed by other, less fun duties.) But neither I nor my employers ever intended to shelf the column entirely, so it'll be back either this week or next in its new form.

So. What's the new form? The new concept we've been working on is a more compact column which will focus exclusively on three to five songs by local artists (or who have strong local ties.) There's a bit more to it than that, but that's about the crux of it. Everything else WYLT did will move to Pop Culture Notebook, so I can have some more flexability there to accomodate its more demanding daily schedule.

And that's that. A little bureaucratic, but it's all in the mission of getting myself back on track and putting  myself in a position where I can write the things I want to write without the constant, nagging feeling that I should be doing something else. I don't have high expectations that I'll lose that feeling compeltely, but one lives in hope.

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