Alright, quick post here. Basically, I feel a need to explain my extended absence from blogging, which as of the writing of this post has eclipsed two months. Sheesh. That’s bad, even for me. So what happened in that time span to prevent me from blogging? A number of things, which I’ve listed below.
However, before I get to that, a little house-keeping blog-wise at the top. I’ve been wrestling around with how to craft a feasible editorial calendar for myself and this blog. Between actual work, side projects like screenwriting, and living my actual life, I’ve developed a bad habit of continuously pushing blogging down my priority list, even though I’ve really, really wanted to get back to it. A solution would be an editorial calendar that I force myself to adhere to. The trouble was, determining how many posts I could commit to week-to-week. Well, after months of inactivity I’m just going to start with one post, the topic will be whatever pops into my head for the week. I’m leaning towards publishing said post every Friday, to give my seven avid readers something to do on the weekend. There, that feels good. A plan. Now all I need to do is follow through.
As for the list of what caused the two-plus month absence in blogging, here goes:
- I traveled to Cincinnati for the Packers road game in early October. Needless to say, it didn’t end well.
- I traveled back to Wisconsin to watch my friends Jake and Courtney get married later in October. Needless to say, this ended very well.
- I got sick. I hate being sick.
- I finished another screenplay with my writing partner and BFF Dane. We’re currently collecting notes from several savvy people and will be starting a polish soon. It’s a religious/revenge western called THY WILL BE DONE. We’re pretty proud of it thus far.
- I opted to do community service instead of paying for a red light “ticket” in L.A. Originally, when I got the B.S. ticket, numerous well-respected people told me to not do anything, as L.A. county no longer enforced them. Turns out that was mostly true, except that West Hollywood (the neighborhood I received my ticket in) and Beverly Hills were sneaky little bastards and still enforced the tickets. So I appeared in court, and rather than pay $600+, I opted for community service thinking I’d have like 20-30 hours. NBD. I was thinking of looking for volunteer opportunities in my area anyway, so perhaps this could be it. Nope. Instead I got 61 hours, which I steam-rolled through almost entirely in November by volunteering at a local theatre, ushering for plays, cleaning the theatres, and other such nonsense. A joyous experience to say the least. I’m done now though, and couldn’t be happier. Many beers have been sacrificed in celebration.
- I launched a new column on NFL.com. You may have seen me plastering it on Facebook, it’s called the Fantasy Film Study. I’d been kicking the idea around for awhile, and soft-pitching it around the office, but finally just decided that if I wanted this idea to see the light of day, I’d have to buckle down and write one. So I did. On my day off. It went over really well though, and I’m happy/proud of the product so far. Even if I keep spending part of my days off writing it, it’s worth it. I’m excited to see where the idea/column can go from here.
- Thanksgiving and my birthday were the same day this year. Suffice to say, I’m kind of a big deal. There was much rejoicing.
And that about sums it up. Hope you’re up to speed on all things Alex, and are excited for more regular posts. I’ll obviously blog more if inspiration/time magically collide on my schedule. But I’m not making any promises. Until next time…