It’s not easy working on several projects simultaneously. I’ve learned a couple of things in the last few years. First, don’t take on too much. Second, don’t push too hard. Today’s post is a quick update of the status of my projects, including what will be kept, and what will be thrown away.
Minimalists tell you how you need to get rid of stuff. But most the minimalists I follow never speak of getting rid of projects. I believe that a true minimalist is willing to let go of the things closest to them: their writing, their music, their blogs, their speaking engagements.
Once or twice a year I evaluate my projects. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been inspired to start many projects, stacking my plate too full. That’s why I regularly study the status of projects and make changes.
Books, blogs, and music:
The Cult Trilogy: The third book to the trilogy, The Track To Redemption, was a bit longer with my editor than expected. That’s okay. I just got the first edited version back a few weeks ago. This summer I’ll be working on the first rewrite. I’m not going to hurry. The book may be published later this year, or it may be early 2016.
Poetry: I’ll be working on a second book of poetry and hope to publish sometime in 2016
Blogs: I have been guilty of creating more blogs than I can handle. So the status of my blogs will be changing. Here’s what’s going on:
Dan Erickson will be undergoing a complete transformation within the next six to eight months. Since I started blogging five years ago, I’ve learned much about designing blogs. The infrastructure of this blog has been changed many times. That compromises the blog. I’ll be wiping danerickson.net clean and restarting. I’ll save some poetry and perhaps a few posts, but yes, I’m going to throw away much of the content here. A true artists isn’t afraid to let go of old work to reach a higher level of quality.
Hip Diggs will keep operating as it is. I recently cleaned some old posts from Hip Diggs. I also removed all links to Simple Writer, Simple Blogger, and Dan Erickson until I redesign. I still hope to develop a membership program at hipdiggs.com, but that will likely not happen as soon as 2016 as I originally planned. I want to build a larger audience in 2016 and then begin the membership program.
Simple Writer and Simple Blogger are scheduled to post weekly through most of 2015. I will no longer post on either of these blogs in 2016. When the blogs’ domains expire in October, 2016, I’ll let them go. If you or anyone you know may be interested in taking either of these blogs over, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometime in 2016, I’ll be changing web-hosting providers. I’ve been with Fat Cow, but am not completely satisfied with their performance and practices. I’m leaning toward switching to Bluehost. If you have any thoughts on host providers, let me know in the comments.
Music: I started a music project called, The Leviticus Project, over the winter. I wrote 11 songs all on the iPad. The songs are very electronic/pop in nature. This is not my regular style, but I like to experiment. I put the project on hold because the vocals did not record at the same quality as the music on the iPad. This summer I might see if we can transfer the music tracks from the iPad onto Mike’s system and record vocals in his studio. If it doesn’t work the project may not be completed.
That’s okay, because I have other music projects going on. I recently bought a new guitar and will spend part of this summer working on some new songs and recordings. I’m also slowly gearing up to return to playing music live in the next year.
That’s it. The status of my projects. What are you working on? Get creative!
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