Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's a Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate

Some of the sharper of you guys may have realized that I've been missing a lot of Mondays and not doing a lot of "It's the Magic" lately. It's not that I've lost interest in Magic, but that the space, time, and lack of pressures I could boast a year or so ago just aren't there, and it's hard for me to focus on Magic with the zeal I did then.

I'll probably do something with Izzet vs Golgari on Monday, though I doubt it'll be a straightforward review (Izzet seems to win a lot, but Golgari is just shy of scary up to the point that the game turns. Reviewed!). Then, I'll probably do a standard "Top 10 Return to Ravnica Spoilers" and maybe a bit on the prerelease. After that, I don't really know. "It's the Battletech" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

I've noticed I've been "overengineering" a lot of the topics I've got queued up. You know what it's like; you want to do something big and really good and you end up needing to devote time and effort to it that you never really do and it never gets done and maybe you should just do an okay job and get it done because there's no rhyme or reason to any of it anyway.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for that awesome posting. Useful, and it saved MUCH time! :-)

SkilTao said...

I'm right with you on the space, time and pressures.

Because I have so much unrefined content typed in fragments across several related .txt files, I often end up composing and sorting things in my head as I reread the fragments. Like, editorial decisions that are easy to chart out on paper but difficult/impossible to chart out the same way electronically. (I think notebooks/e-readers are still a few generations away from the necessary interface for it.)

My biggest hangup though (I guess this is overengineering) is that my posts will make so much more sense if I do the topics in a certain order -- and the ones I'm least interested in writing are the ones that've got to go first.

VanVelding said...

SkilTao, with the exception of the serial content, you've described my methods entirely.

I try not to do series; I've learned that without fail if I do a series and it's not completed before the first post that it's doomed. The best I can do is a super-sized whole that I split into chunks. That's just me though.

SkilTao said...

The mental editing is going to work so much better (ie, it will only work at all) once we're all cyborgs.

I'm not going to call my year-late series doomed just yet, but yeah, "complete before posting first installment" and "split super-size into chunks" sound like the better policy.

VanVelding said...

OTOH, a post is a post. I'd do "The Boxes Precinct," "Megas XLR Wednesdays," the Due South comic book reviews, or any of my uncompleted Magic stuff over again in a heartbeat. I never know what's going to resonate and would rather have half a series up than nothing at all. YMMV