The Sunday Circle: What Are You Working On This Week?

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The Sunday Circle is the weekly check-in where I ask the creative-types who follow this blog to weigh in about their goals, inspirations, and challenges for the coming week. The logic behind it can be found here. Want to be involved? It’s easy – just answer three questions in the comments or on your own blog (with a link in the comments here, so that everyone can find them).

After that, throw some thoughts around about other people’s projects, ask questions if you’re so inclined. Be supportive above all.

Then show up again next Sunday when the circle updates next, letting us know how you did on your weekly project and what you’ve got coming down the pipe in the coming week (if you’d like to part of the circle, without subscribing to the rest of the blog, you can sign-up for reminders via email here).


What am I working on this week?

In a state of flux at the moment, but I expect to get my supervisor’s feedback on my thesis prospectus draft at some point this week and everything will be about getting that done about six seconds after it arrives.

Until that arrives, I’m doing some blog posts and reading some books and working on a handful of stories.

What’s inspiring me this week?

To my considerable shame, the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean film. Not because it’s any kind of great cinematic triumph – at best, it’s competent and better than the last two films – but it ends at a really interesting point and I kept thinking about the consequences of that on the way home. Somewhere along the line it became a short story idea.

What part of my project an I avoiding?

Double-checking my referencing system. UQ uses a different referencing style than I’m used to, plus there’s the addition of electronic referencing systems that weren’t really a thing back when I was last doing this. The result is a 5,000 word draft where I’m not completely confident that things are referenced correctly and I really need to sit down and manually check every single thing in my bibliography until I’ve internalised the MLA style.

  14 comments for “The Sunday Circle: What Are You Working On This Week?

  1. 28/05/2017 at 4:21 PM

    I’ve heard such mixed things about the most recent Pirates film, I almost want to give it a watch, but given I’ve only seen the first two, I’m not sure if it’s worth it. What do you think?

    Annnnd my Sunday Circle is here.

    • 28/05/2017 at 4:23 PM

      If you’ve only seen the first two, probably not. It mostly benefits from being better than three and four, while still tying into the broader narrative they’re telling.

      And it is a terrible film, in many, many ways – all formula, set-pieces, and quip – but if you see it with folks who enjoy a good bad movie…

    • 28/05/2017 at 4:24 PM

      Oh, and while I remember – have you heard anything about Amazon’s Zelda Fitzgerald series?

    • 30/05/2017 at 1:16 PM

      Hope the cold improves soon! If you’re looking for unsolicited cold remedies (and hey, isn’t EVERYONE with a slight sniffle?) then I’ve found Rainbow Light Counter Attack amazing. Recommendation from another voice actor.

      Stealing a note from Peter, would it maybe be worth doing a read of the dialogue/problem sections, recording it and listening back? (to get the words into a medium you haven’t been staring holes through for forever…)

  2. 28/05/2017 at 9:29 PM

    Congrats on getting the thesis prospectus in, Peter. That deserves some trashy movie watching 🙂
    Here’s my Sunday Circle.

    • 30/05/2017 at 1:22 PM

      The retreat sounds fantastic! O’Reillys is such a gorgeous location.

      Regarding the mailing list, if there’s any way I can help at all and get rid of the uncertainty, let me know! I run a few lists through Mailchimp, and had to figure out some trickiness around groups and segments recently. That being said, I feel like we might have had this conversation before. Deja vu!

      • 30/05/2017 at 8:32 PM

        Hi Kevin, you might have had the conversation before but not with me. I would love some help! I created a mailchimp account the other day & then got stuck when (I think) I needed to choose an email format…I really am clueless about what to do.

  3. Maggie
    29/05/2017 at 6:21 AM

    @Peter: Best of luck with the coming revisions, and enjoying a little time on other projects, too! I’ve seen the Zelda Fitzgerald series–I thought it was pretty good, about as exhausting and emotionally draining as the book Z by Theresa Anne Fowler. The roaring 20s seem like an intense time to be young. It’s a fast watch, too.

    My Sunday Circle is here!

    • 30/05/2017 at 1:29 PM

      Hope the birthday planning goes well! Can totally relate on procrastinating on that one. And go you for the final stretch of writing!

  4. 30/05/2017 at 1:05 PM

    Peter: Interesting to hear about the latest Pirates film. Sounds like it’ll definitely require viewing with drinks and friends. Glad to that you rescued a nugget of a story from it though. It’s fascinating how even the worst films are often tumorous growths surrounding a central really interesting idea.

    • 30/05/2017 at 1:07 PM

      Also, the snippet you posted recently from The Bloody Chamber is just delicious. Definitely gonna chase that up. What language!

      • 30/05/2017 at 7:00 PM

        Wait, had I not foisted Angela Carter on you before?

        Man, I have been so remiss.

  5. 30/05/2017 at 1:57 PM

    I’m back! Was up in Brisbane last week, and flew back Sunday morning, so routines got a little thrown out. Missed you all!

    What am I working on this week?
    Recording the commercial demo tonight, auditioning for a couple of key projects, resolving the whole long term work situation this Thursday with the day job, starting a course on movement for actors Saturday night. Possible squeezing some recording for the film in there.

    What’s inspiring me this week?
    Enjoying digging into the backstory of The Witcher‘s universe through the novels. They may not be the most sophisticated fantasy out there, but I’m enjoying them, particularly in terms of the relationship the monster-hunter characters have with the creatures they’re often tasked to hunt.

    Other than that, on the home stretch reading Danse Macabre. Haven’t had a chance to watch or listen to much else over the last week.

    What part of my project am I avoiding?
    Going to struggle to find time for personal projects this week. My brain *wants* to start diving into planning videos on efficacy/productivity, and I want to start putting together episodes for Now Playing videos purely for my own enjoyment, but energy and time is going to auditions and Big Impact items at the moment. There’s some website work I want to get done as well, but it’s too low on the priority rungs to get time at the moment. Essentially, want a post-holiday holiday week where I sit in the back office and tinker and think, but need to focus on getting income as a first priority.

    Possibly need to revisit practices around energy. Many thanks to those who recommended snacks for maintaining energy for long film recording sessions – that definitely made an impact!

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