Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Process Update

 I haven't written about 'process' for a while and I find myself in a new and different mode of creation right now, so I thought I might talk a bit about what's up in my life and in TOTM.

I'm a high school teacher and, since everything went virtual/hybrid virtual, teachers' working lives have been put through a bunch of changes - like so many other industries.  Basically, for me, things have been arranged so there's too little or too much work at one time. 

For the last 2 months, there has been too little and so I filled my time by working on the show and I got 'ahead' of release dates by a lot.  When chapter 30 was released, I had already finished playing and producing chapter 40.  As I write this, I am playing/writing chapter 44 and just released 36 a few days ago.  It's good to have a buffer, but I don't like it too big because I lose touch with the show as it gets published, if that makes sense.

Right now, work is bananas busy and I am burning through my buffer. A good thing, actually. I'm taking more time between writing/playing sessions and producing content much more slowly.  This should continue for the next 2 months or so until the end of the school year.

The interesting part is how it affects the production elements of the show.  Working in little bits, less frequently makes it possible to add complexity, simply because I have more time to think things through.  

I'm looking forward to the summer, when I can put as much time into TOTM as I want.  


  1. I listen to every new episode while doing my weekly loads of laundry. Love the podcast, thanks for making it.

  2. Hey, I just found your show through via google/reddit in looking for reference to solo podcasting a dnd campaign to learn how to DM. I think what you're doing is great and has inspired me to record my adventures of learning to DM.

    I think you're great. =)

  3. Thanks to both of you for the kind words! It is always exciting for me to see where the story will go. I've become invested in the characters and in the story. It's strange that it often feels like TOTM is writing itself and I am just trying to get it all recorded properly as it comes.