October has just started and I had to spend some time thinking about what this month will look like in terms of work (roughly). If I’ve learned anything from my years in this business, it’s that one needs to be organized. Fortunately, my natural thinking process involves putting everything into lists under various headings and then looking at those items and breaking them down day by day. Some stuff is written down on paper, other stuff is written down in my head. Regardless, those items are then transferred to a calendar—both real and mental—thus informing me what each day entails. For the most part, I’ve learned to leave tomorrow in tomorrow, even parts of today in their respective parts of today. All that matters come nightfall is that the day’s tasks are done.

This eliminates confusion and keeps a rein on anxiety.

So what does my October to-do list look like?

So far:

– regular Web upkeep like this blog and backlog SEO work

– edits for a client

– finding out the finer details for a job I’m signing papers for tomorrow and then doing the work thereof

– Inktober until the end of the month (daily ink drawings posted to my social media channels)

– Ship off Kickstarter rewards for the Axiom-man/Auroraman: Frozen Storm campaign to Jeff Burton (this includes getting things done at the local printer for the paperback; my part of the lettered edition hardcover is done)

– posting the Gigantigator Death Machine serial novel, behind-the-scenes stuff, and essays to Patreon

– writing and sending out The Canister X Transmission every week

– writing . . . something

– drawing . . . something

– business admin

– anything else that comes up (to be sorted into the list depending on the item’s timeline)

Welcome to my October.