The new Mark Reads schedule in 2019

Hello, friends! There is a similar post like this on Mark Watches, just in case you’re curious.

I have not seriously changed the Mark Does Stuff schedule–one post per weekday on each site–since the sites debuted in late 2010. I’m very proud of that, and I only made this decision because of the sheer magnitude of work I will need to get done in 2019. Starting with posts on December 31, 2018 and continuing from here on out, both my sites will only update on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This is a slight reduction in the amount of videos and essays I am producing for all of you. On weeks where I am not traveling or writing/editing fiction, I will do posts for Tuesday and Thursday.

The reasoning for this is simple: my schedule for 2019 is immensely full right now, and I am worried about overworking myself and burnout. To give you some context: I have four short stories due by the end of February; I have two first drafts of novels to write in a single year for 2019; I have nearly 50 events planned by the end of April. After that, there are other things in the works that may make things even more hectic. (👀👀👀👀👀) (Hoping those emojis show up.)

Reducing to just six total posts/videos a week will make doing both this andmy fiction career possible. As it stands, I’m basically working two full time jobs at once; it takes me about 30-35 hours just to get a normal week of Mark Does Stuff done right now.

Thank you so much for the understanding and for nearly a decade of support for this weird little project. I’m not stopping any time soon, and this will help make that a reality. If you are interested in supporting me further, as this reduction in videos will certainly eat into my finances a little, I have a Patreon that’s active and includes multiple perk levels. You can have access to my private blog for just $1, or a private Slack community for $35, and so on. There are plans in the works to bring back video-less reviews like the old school Mark Reads posts, and while these will be posted publicly, the entire series will run on Patreon first. (The first two big suggestions: Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.)

Thank you. All of you. I truly have so much fun doing this, and I want to keep having fun. I appreciate the years and years of support, and here’s to many more years of me being unprepared.

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