January 14, 2018

What's Gordon Working On?

Toughbook 12/20/2017

Back in December, I outlined my writing and project docket for this first quarter of 2018. Even though we're less than a month into the New Year, I thought I would post an update into what I've accomplished...as well as some additional projects and to-do stuff because, let's face it, I have to stay accountable.
  • First, my panel proposals for C2E2, Oak Lawn Public Library Fan Fest, and DePaul Pop Culture Celebration have all been submitted, so now comes the waiting game....
  • I set up a Ko-Fi page for donations. Since I already run a Patreon for Chicago Doctor Who Meetup, I wanted to set up a different "tip jar" for my writing. If you're interested in supporting me, please visit http://ko-fi.com/gordondym
  • I've made some progress on putting together the animated pitch/bible - luckily, based on some research, it wasn't too hard. The graphic novel is all introductory material, so now it's just a matter of putting it all together...
  • Unfortunately, the AC adapter for my HP laptop died, so while I was waiting for a new one to arrive via eBay I revived Harvey, my Ubuntu Toughbook. After installing Linux Lite (because Xubuntu was way too slow), I have rechristened the Toughbook Lucille (a Leverage reference) and will be shopping for a new chip to increase its RAM. It's not my first laptop of choice...but I miss working with the Toughbook.
  • I've put in a pitch for one story, and working on two others that don't require pitches, and....
  • I've started doing "research" for both the one story pitch and the graphic novel proposal, plus....
  • I'm continuing to work on my presentation/speaker page for my website, which I can use (along with my online portfolio and LinkedIn profile) to market my freelance services
Although I haven't felt very productive lately (I've been fighting off the flu), I think I've managed to make some headway into my writing life...and yes, I'm hoping that continues into this blog.

January 13, 2018

2017 in Review


It's a little something I do every year: review the blog, pull random posts, and insert quotes. It's a great way to build SEO, as well as have fun...and yes, I've done it for One Cause At A Time as well.

And now, here we go...

- (Think of it as the 24 of the 1930s, only in written form and much less Kiefer Sutherland)

February - First, here's the deal - you don't own the franchise you love.

March - Because being a caregiver can be terribly isolating, and I just need to connect with another human being.

April - In the past month, I've packed up, rented a truck, and am moving my things into storage. I'm also going to move (temporarily) into my mom's apartment while she's ill 

May - It's more than just another great anthology...it's put together by some really good people

June - It would be strange if Doctor Who, for example, became a wacky sitcom about a chiropractor with short-term memory problems

July - Right now, I need to adjust a new lifestyle.

August - It's a combination of escapism and call to arms. And I've never felt prouder of being a pulp fan than right now.

September - Just because CBS is mishandling Star Trek: Discovery doesn't mean you should miss out

October - ...either my memory is failing or I drank too much tequila last night

November - Did I get it right? Probably not. But what matters is that I made the effort

December - Don't get me wrong - I'm still very "Bah, humbug" about Christmas. But this year, I'm feeling more grateful that melancholy.