Obviously, there is a lot going on in our lives! Now that the campaign season of 2012 is done, I’m diving into our plans related to the Daily Duranie! In fact, as the election ended, I sought out Rhonda to see if she was as ready to commit to our projects as she was in the summer. She definitely was! I felt certain that now is the time for us to re-dedicate ourselves to our plans. I won’t be distracted and definitely want to see what we can accomplish with full on commitment. Truly, I do think that we could do fabulous, fabulous, fabulous things when we put our minds and energy to it. After all, we already have. All one needs to do is look at this blog. We have over 800 posts and have pretty much posted daily, unless there has been some trouble with internet access on the road. Likewise, we update the Day in Duran history and post a question each and every day since we started. I’m already proud of what we have accomplished but do think that we can be better and do more. I’m so relieved that Rhonda and I are on the same page about our goals and objectives. Anyway, as Rhonda mentioned on Tuesday, we have a big event coming up in December. We cannot wait for it!!! On top of that, we are looking to revamp our site, enhance our logo and more. Beyond that, we have some other plans in mind. One of those big plans is to get our book done. I’m sure by now you are all wondering when/if it is getting done. Well, I’m here to tell you that it is. Of course, as we finish the draft, then we have the real work of revising, editing, writing book proposals and getting it published. Now is the time, though! Another part of our plans include fan get togethers. Some of these might be smaller in scope by being local or nearby meetups or they could be larger affairs. Nonetheless, we both agree that meeting and getting to know other fans is one of the best aspects of fandom. Thus, during Duran downtime, it is a perfect time to plan events for us to get together!
We have a ton on our plates!!! Yet, both of us are excited to get down to work. In fact, we are forcing ourselves to have “conference” calls of sorts at least once a week. These phone calls must be focused and on task. As you can imagine, we both have a tendency to start chatting about fifty other things besides just the projects we are working on. Therefore, these weekly calls require that we have self-discipline in order to keep to our agenda. In order to have things to report on a weekly basis, we are taking on different assignments and must ensure that they get done or get a significant amount done. While Rhonda and I have strong work ethics and personal determination, I am asking for your help. How can you help? You can help by keeping us on task. If we don’t mention any of the projects I just talked about, ask us about them. Check in with us. Of course, we won’t necessarily be sharing every detail until they are ready to be shared but we can and should share our progress. I need this, for sure. Rhonda is much better than I am on this front. I, on the other hand, am so used to having real deadlines either from work or from campaigning that I’m not good without them. I need to give myself deadlines in order to keep on track and focused. I hope you can help me with this!
In exchange for your help and support, we have a special giveaway planned as well! Rhonda and I have been talking about how we could thank the supporters of this blog. After all, we are so pleased to have so many followers on this blog. You can see the followers on the right side of this post, right below our various topics and above our list of favorite online places. Thus, the names of our followers will be written on papers and placed into a jar on December 10th. Then, we will pull one of those names in order to send that person a special gift. This special gift is a signed cd of All You Need is Now. Just to be clear, this is a cd that the band signed and included in VIP packages in the fall/winter of 2011 that we bought for the UK tour. If you are already a follower, great! If you are not, join so that you, too, can have a chance to win the raffle!!
On this exciting note, I’m off to go work on the chapter I have been working on in the book! Don’t forget to keep on us about our projects! We (at least I) need the push!