Grim tales - April 2021 retro

April has been a pretty good month! I created a book - Grim Tales, which was written and illustrated by AI. And it’s available as a paperback!

I wrote more about the how I came up with the idea, and how I created the book on the website.

This was a fun project to work on, and I ‘completed’ it just before the end of the month. So I’m happy about that. However, there is still work to do. Like writing some follow-up posts about the book, how it was created, and some other interesting stuff; and promoting the book to communities that might be interested in reading it.

April’s goals

My public goals for April were vague - and I don’t think they were that useful for me either. Maybe it was because I wasn’t sure whether the book project was plausible or going to be interesting? Either way, I’m going to try and create better goals for each month. So how did I do?

Continue researching and developing a prototype for my next project ✔️

I’m not 100% sure why a goal was to continue researching and developing a prototype. My plan is to build something each month. I don’t think I should care too much whether it ends up useful or any good (although that’s definitely the idea). I think the first and second goals are really about the same. And there should have been another goal along the lines of ‘build it, or start something else.’

Decide whether to continue creating it, or to scrap it ✔️

As you can probably tell, I decided to continue creating the book. I could have scrapped it a few times, but I decided to keep going until I had something I could release. One of my biggest problems with projects is showing them to people. Maybe it’s a fear of what people will say. Or that I’m just not confident in my abilities. Wonder if it’s worth just going all-in on projects and try to stop getting caught up in the negative thinking.

Write the April retrospective ✔️

That’s this! I think I’ve gotten to the point where I now expect to do this, so I’m not likely to forget or avoid doing them. They’ll stay as a monthly goal though.

May goals

My plan is to do one project per month. But I’m still working on Grim Tales - writing posts, and promoting it. On top of that, I have multiple things that I want to look into in May. I have at least 3 separate project ideas. But they need validating. So do I spend a little time on each, validating them, and eventually choosing one to work on and build? Or pick one and work on it regardless?

  • Continue Grim Tales writing and promotion
  • Figure out what we’re going to work on this month
  • Work on the new project
  • Write the May retrospective

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