It's Friday! Then again, for someone like myself who has his hands in too many baskets, every day is Monday. Still, I tend to slow it down some for the weekend. I'm not sure how much I'm going to reel back this time around simply because there are several things I would love to get done.

And the best part is that I don't feel like it's work. These are things that I am really enjoying while being productive. But that's what happens when you're able to do what you love for a living. It never feels like actual work. Sure, it can stress me out at times. At the end of the day, though, it's still something that I probably wouldn't trade for a traditional job.

Still On Track to Finish the eBook Before Halloween

It's getting closer. With just over a week to go, I'm pushing to get my first official published book done and out of the way. In reality, it's the first time I ever finished a major project of this nature.

Yes, I have several blogs and write hundreds of thousands of words each year. But this is the first time I'll actually have something published in a book format. Not to mention it'll give me a chance to buy a paperback copy for myself so I can stick it on the bookshelf behind me. And that's reasons enough for me to focus on the grind.

I kind of feel like I'm cheating, though. There's nothing inherently wrong with self-publishing. I just feel a bit weird that I can whip something out like this and have it sit next to Mom's and Angela's book when they used actual publishing houses.

Eh, it's not like my book is going to be flying off the shelves at a Barnes and Noble. Remember, this first book is merely to give me content on how to self-publish for both the YouTube channel and blog. I'm not expecting a lot of sales or reads.

At any rate, it's nearing completion.

Deeper Videos Coming Out Next Week

I have a few videos I want to make for the YouTube channel next week, though they are a bit deeper than what I normally put out. I'm trying to make things easier on myself so I can stick to a normal publishing schedule, but sometimes the topics are just more than what I can cover in a five-minute video.

And I am starting to plan out video versions of recent blog posts again, so that will help me cut a bit of time since the topics are already in front of me.

This is how I started the YouTube channel to begin with.

Unfortunately, when I crunched the numbers this morning, I found that my hours for the YouTube Partnership Program pushed back when I'll qualify to January. I really have no one to blame but myself. This is what happens when you don't make videos on a regular basis.

Or, when you cover topics that really don't get a lot of searchability on YouTube.

At any rate, I'm going over some ideas this weekend and seeing what I can do to flesh some things out. I still plan on finishing 2021 strong, even if I don't get into the YPP.

Am I Participating in NaNoWriMo 2021?

National Novel Writing Month starts in November. And this year, I am heavily debating on giving it a shot this time around. The goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel before the end of the month. Given that I wrote more than 122,000 in September for the blogs, I'm sure this goal will be nothing for me to meet. Especially since I'll focus on more creative writing than researching niche topics.

Don't worry, I'll still be able to do the Vocal Media experiment at the same time.

The hard part is deciding on a new story for NaNoWriMo. I've got a ton of ideas in the works and notes all over my computer. I just need to pick one and run with it.

If you're interested in following along, I'll be doing a couple of videos and blog posts about it in the near future. But, you heard it here first: I'll be working on NaNoWriMo in 2021.

Finish October Strong!

What kinds of things did you get out of the way this week? Are you ready to push through next week to end October strong? It's never too late to put in the effort to succeed. Even if you didn't do anything all month long, you can still feel pride that you finished October better than you finished September.

Me? I'm swinging for the fences.