I have been on Spring Break this week. I had been looking forward to this break for what felt like absolute forever. There were no days off since January and the winter was beyond brutal with frequent snow and cold beyond belief. To say that I was going a little crazy was an understatement! If all that wasn’t enough, real life added some extra worries. The break was supposed to be the medicine to cure my ills or, at least, make me feel better. I suppose that is what happened to some extent, but it is flying by and my to-do list has barely been touched. In fact, it has probably grown. Now, I’m looking for motivation to get started. I need to get started. I want to get started. It seemed to me that this little blog might be a good way to do it. Putting my list in writing and writing that is public would do two things. First, it makes them more serious, more needing of a commitment. Second, I’m hoping that others might push me along when needed! 🙂
Of course, all of that said, you probably won’t want to read about my desire to get my car washed or my need to finish the laundry. Thus, I’ll keep the list here focused on Daily Duranie related work. Besides, I figured that a few of you might be interested in an update about our projects!!
1. Convention 2014–
If anyone was following our individual twitter accounts last night, you might have seen a little discussion about how we are planning for Durandemonium 2014. We gave a couple of hints about when and where we are hoping to hold it. I admit that we are in the very early stages in the planning process, which means, of course, that what we hope for in terms of when and where might not work out. It also means that I have got to get going in contacting venues. Once I do, that the ball will really be rolling. For those of you who attended last year, we are definitely planning to keep some elements of that convention, but adding a few others and deleting or changing some aspects that didn’t work out as well as we had hoped.
2. Our Book–
A lot of people ask us about the status of our book. Our standard answer is that we are still working. We are. That is not a lie. Book proposals are lengthy as are perfecting citations and bibliographies. This is where producing a non-fiction work is quite a task. I have been going back and double checking and verifying each and every quote, source, etc. Now, beyond that, I’ll also admit that the book gets pushed to the side more often than it should due to real life duties like family obligations and work. It also gets pushed aside with the blog and the conventions. The reason is simple. No deadline for the book. Nonetheless, we have talked and have a plan! We are hoping to get together this summer to work on nothing else. The blog will still be done but will be done in advance, which means that there will probably be lots of Duran news during that time frame. The band will have a sense that it is safe to release information without our loud mouths offering our constant opinions!!!
3. Blog Related Projects–
We have many coming up. First, we have a couple of interviews in the works. We are excited by these and hope that you will be, too. Second, I will continue on the series of most popular tours. Please watch this space for polls about your participation! Lastly, I’m getting ready to do another giant poll like what was done about people’s Top 25 Duran Duran songs. I really enjoyed finding out what songs people loved, compiling the list and analyzing it. Again, watch this space. If that wasn’t enough, we have more to do with the book, Mad World, and a review of the new gold package for Duran Duran Music.
After looking at this complete list of things to do with just this aspect of my life, it is no wonder that I feel the need to get motivated and to get things done! Wish me (and Rhonda) productivity!