Lost in the Movies: Plan for Journey Through Twin Peaks & more (keeping track)

Plan for Journey Through Twin Peaks & more (keeping track)

A list of ongoing work for 2021 - 23
updated daily with the latest progress

Last update: Friday, September 30
(focusing on $1/month tier Patreon podcast)

0 days ahead of earliest incomplete step
(films in focus for Patreon podcast due September 30 though release will be purposefully delayed)
+ a Patreon podcast w/ activity updates by the end of each month
(next by September 30 though release will be purposefully delayed to allow more film capsules)

I have completed 9 upcoming entries across all projects.
Lost in Twin Peaks podcasts & companions / Twin Peaks Conversations podcasts / Lost in the Movies podcasts / Twin Peaks Cinema podcasts / month's films in focus for $1/month tier podcasts / Twin Peaks Character Series entries (+ 60 advanced on Patreon or already public from 2017) / 1 Unseen / other / 0 Journey Through Twin Peaks video chapters

After multiple attempts to create intricate "path to Journey Through Twin Peaks" schedules and then stumbling over and over again because I took on too much, I'm keeping it simple. I have two big Twin Peaks projects - the Lost in Twin Peaks public podcast and my rebooted "TWIN PEAKS Character Series" writing - to finish before returning to my Journey videos. I also want to keep my Lost in the Movies and Twin Peaks Cinema public podcast feeds at least minimally active (once a month for each, re-presenting old patron recordings) as well as maintaining my monthly patron rewards including the new Twin Peaks Conversations series, half on YouTube, half for my $5/month tier (although the the $1/month tier podcast probably needs to be simplified and changed up in other ways). And since I began the Olympic film capsule series in August after the summer games, I'd like to conclude it before the Winter Olympics in February. Beyond that, it would be nice to resume my "Unseen" essay series and some other projects, but I suspect that will end up having to be postponed - as have all the other projects I'd been planning for the coming year. It's time to head into the home stretch on my Twin Peaks work and let almost everything else fall by the wayside. (You can also learn about my publication schedule in this video or follow my progress on these steps in this Twitter thread.)

Here are the projects in order of priority, with further details and the most up-to-date information on each...


1) Lost in Twin Peaks public podcast
CURRENTLY WORKING on Season 3 Parts 12 & 13
(a week on each episode w/ an illustrated companion)

43 days (6 weeks) ahead of schedule
(#41A - Welcome to S3 Pt. 12 & #41 illustrated companion on November 12)

(last changed November 21, 2021)
a) finish season 1 finale (#8) by the end of 2021 (finished)
b) finish Fire Walk With Me (#31) to publish on 30th anniversary (May 2022) (finished)
-c) finish season 3 (#32 - 46) to publish on 5th anniversaries (May - September 2022) (paused halfway through - will publish later instead)
d) go back to finish season 2 ep. 1 - 9 to publish all before May 2022 (will publish later instead)
e) finish the rest of season 2 to complete the podcast in the first part of 2023

Last-minute update today to: nothing
Focus on: #41 & #42 illustrated companions
Next work: recording "opening minute" description, re-editing & show notes for #42A-#43G on S3 Pts. 12 & 13

Complete but unpublished*: #40A-G & illustrated companion (S3 Pt. 11)
finished 19 of 47 weeks (*aside from last-minute updates)

2) Monthly podcasts
CURRENTLY WORKING on Twin Peaks Conversations & films in focus for $1/month Patreon tier
(Twin Peaks Conversations, Lost in the Movies, Twin Peaks Cinema, $1/month Patreon tier)
0 days ahead of schedule
(films in focus for $1/month Patreon tier on September 30 though release will be purposefully delayed )
+ need activity update on Patreon for September
(release delayed to allow for more film capsules)

(last changed February 12, 2021)
a) Begin shift to new Patreon rewards, discuss options w/ patrons (finished)
b) Catch up w/ late or imminent Patreon podcasts & cross-posts (October/November) (finished)
c) Finish all 2021 podcasts (December) (finished)
d) Settle on & begin new approaches for 2022 (finished - viewing, listening, work & feedback updates each month + occasional longer "film in focus" review)
*e) Get & stay a month ahead

Focus on each podcast...

October Twin Peaks Conversations: scheduling guest - after cross-posting September conversation
(VERA DREW due by October 31)

October Lost in the Movies: nothing yet
(THE SHANGHAI GESTURE scheduled for October 5)

October Twin Peaks Cinema: nothing yet
(BACK TO THE FUTURE, PART II scheduled for October 19)

*September $1/month Patreon tier: watching/recording/editing/presenting - watched 90s film & recorded half of episode so far
(PULP FICTION & KLUTE + monthly UPDATES due by September 30 but release will be purposefully delayed to allow more film capsules)

Last-minute update added today to: nothing that's already prepared
Next work: The Shanghai Gesture
(after Twin Peaks Conversations cross-post)

Complete but unpublished*
Twin Peaks Conversations: nothing
Lost in the Movies: nothing
Twin Peaks Cinema: nothing
$1/month Patreon tier: nothing
finished 2 (almost 3 after conversation cross-post) of 4 for September (*aside from last-minute updates)

Latest releases: Twin Peaks Conversations #14 - Ominous Whoosh author John Thorne & Twin Peaks Cinema #17 - Bigger Than LifeLost in the Movies #45 - Melodrama, Crime, Fantasy, and War: 17 Classic Capsules on Ah, Wilderness!, A Letter to Three Wives, Invitation, Morning Glory, Parnell, Little Caesar, Dick Tracy, Nightmare Alley, Gilda, The Woman in White, It Came From Outer Space, Pinocchio, The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Enchanted Cottage, The White Cliffs of Dover, The Fallen Sparrow & The Angel Wore Red & Lost in the Movies patron #94 - The 80s in August... Desperately Seeking Susan & Top Gun (capsules on Stranger Things, Poltergeist, Beverly Hills Cop, Witness, The Breakfast Club, Wall Street, Twins, The Hunger, archive readings on Fast Times at Ridgemont High, E.T., Muppet Babies, An American Tail, Brave Little Toaster, The Secret of NIMH, The Last Unicorn + feedback/media/work updates including Captain America: Civil War & more)

3) rebooted TWIN PEAKS Character Series
PAUSED on advance entries for PATRONS until late October or finished w/ Lost in Twin Peaks season 3
(patron schedule: 3 advance entries each month)
POSTPONED for the PUBLIC until complete or nearing completion at the end of 2022
(public schedule uncertain until implementation)

1 month ahead of schedule
(3 Patreon advances by October 31)

(last changed May 20, 2022)
*Advance at least three new or revised entries for patrons each month that the public series is dormant
Stay far enough ahead of backlog that I can advance entries for patrons, in weekly round-ups if necessary, a month ahead of time

Focus on: nothing for now
Next work: characters #70, 68 & 67 for October patron advances (#69 is unrevised from the old series)

Complete but not yet previewed on Patreon: nothing
fully finished 23 of 91 (many entries already or partially written/illustrated/organized)

Checked & created link to unrevised entries: 30 "hidden" characters, 21 bonus characters, #83 - 81, #72

Latest public release: nothing yet


NOW COMPLETE: 4) Olympic Series
(capsules on documentary films)
FINISHED on February 20, 2022

(last changed November 21, 2021)
a) Finish at least 3 more full round-ups (19 capsules) before resuming publication (finished editing the 3rd round-up the day after resuming publication)
b) Publish weekly round-ups from January 19 - week after February Olympics end (finished)

5) Unseen Series
(reviewing a popular film I haven't seen from each year)
PAUSED until convenient time to resume Scott Pilgrim vs. The World for 2010

(last changed May 11, 2022)
Resume by May 4 to complete 3 entries, then pause unless working on backlog (see below) (failed - only published 1, though 2 were/will be completed and unpublished for now)
(will eventually resume again a year later to complete at least 26 entries)

Focus on: nothing for now
Next work: hopefully on Sunday - writing the Scott Pilgrim essay (may not publish till May 2023), then nothing until other projects are either very far ahead or finished, so probably in 2023 - will resume by watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for 2009
finished of 100

Complete but unpublished: Captain America: The First Avenger for 2011 (will probably publish later this year as an isolated entry)
Latest release: The Avengers for 2012

CANCELLED (after adding in summer 2022): Generations video
ABANDONED due to other priorities in 2022 (will pursue after Journey Through Twin Peaks)

Finish and publish on December 31, 2022

Read about this project here.

Progress so far...
formatted my approach before abandoning

6) backlog
through at least the end of 2022
WILL SOON WORK on monthly podcasts through December
(see #1 - 3 & 5 above for short-term backlog status)

0 of 6 month backlog for podcasts (not counting current calendar month)
(November 2022 - March 2023)

0 of 6 month backlog for Unseen series
(possibly November - December 2022 & July - October 2023)

(last changed August 31, 2022)
*a) Finish all monthly podcasts through December
b) In 2023, finish all monthly podcasts through February (Patreon), June (Lost in the Movies & Twin Peaks Cinema) & September (Twin Peaks Conversations)

(original goal: 6 months ahead on all podcasts & Unseen by Labor Day, abandon if not)

work on this only when at least 2 weeks ahead on Lost in Twin Peaks, a month ahead on the character series, a full calendar month ahead on other podcasts & finished with Olympics series

CANCELLED: work on backlog of other paused/postponed projects...
ABANDONED due to lack of time in summer 2022 (may pursue some after Journey Through Twin Peaks)

Mirrors of Kane video series
The Wire & Breaking Bad viewing diaries
Left of the Movies public podcast

(benchmarks in 2022: try to start by Memorial Day, consider abandoning if not begun by 4th of July, pause again by Labor Day)

work on this only when at least 6 months ahead on everything else


7) Journey Through Twin Peaks Part 6

(goal: give this my full attention by mid-April 2023, but do some preliminary work earlier in the prior months while finishing Lost in Twin Peaks & the character series)
(last changed August 21, 2022)
work on editing this only when Lost in Twin Peaks & character series are complete

Here are the steps for Journey Through Twin Peaks:

a) "story section" cuts of Twin Peaks season 3 for personal reference
(as a guide for the thematically/geographically focused upcoming videos)

b) research season 3

c) outline Part 6 (Chapters 37 - 47)

d) write narration for Part 6 (Chapters 37 - 47)

e) record narration for Part 6 (Chapters 37 - 47)

f) edit Chapter 37: Signal Disturbance (beginning of Part 6)

g) edit Chapter 38: Far Away Places (New York & other isolated locations throughout)

h) edit Chapter 39: The FBI Stories (Blue Rose task force in South Dakota)

i) edit Chapter 40: Twin Peaks Dream (the town)

j) edit Chapter 41: Dougie in Vegasland

k) edit Chapter 42: Mr. C's Wild Ride

l) edit Chapter 43: The Search for the Zones (the mythology)

m) edit Chapter 44: 3 Women (Diane, Sarah, "Judy")

n) edit Chapter 45: COOPER COOPER COOPER (the big picture & "Richard" material)

o) edit Chapter 46: What Does She See, What Does She Hear (Laura's legacy and Fire Walk With Me in season 3)

p) edit Chapter 47: See the Mountains Kiss High Heaven (end of Part 6)

q) create Parts 5 & 6 trailer

r) complete Part 6 presentation

s) Write about creating Journey Through Twin Peaks Part 6
(*fan art poster from unknown creator)

Changes to this post since publication on 11/12/21...

11/21: Initially, #1 Lost in Twin Peaks was headlined "MUST MAINTAIN SCHEDULE" (to conclude, in order, on the week of the season three finale's fifth anniversary in September 2022) but today I abandoned that schedule when the pace proved too much. My goal had been to stay two weeks ahead, but I changed this to emphasize finishing certain parts of the podcast in time for anniversaries. I also re-formatted the goals and benchmark sections. (Archive of original post)
Two days later, the reasons for this change were detailed here.


around 2/13: My re-imagined approach to the main Patreon podcast will launch in May rather than March, after a couple months catching up with "bonus features" like listener feedback or film capsules.

3/7: When the Twin Peaks Character Series resumes, it will run three entries a week until it reaches the top twenty characters (not the top thirty, as originally planned).

3/8: I can begin work on the full 2022 backlog when I have finished a full calendar month of podcasts, not just when I'm a week ahead as originally planned.

3/24: "How far ahead?" counters were added to each step and the full post, now that I've built a backlog and can focus on long-term projects. I also changed "2021 - 22" to "2021 - 23" at the top.

3/31: I added links to a new Twitter thread tracking these steps, and to a video announcement about the order in which I plan to publish all of this material.

4/5: I no longer have to finish all but the Top 30 characters to renew the character series; plus The Unseen series goals were changed to reflect my new schedule: finish three for May and pick up the rest any convenient time to be published a year later. Originally, the Unseen goals were to resume work only if six months ahead on the character series and stop work on Labor Day 2022, publishing until that backlog ran out. (Somehow the Unseen adjustment was lost, so I made it again on 4/14).

4/22: I committed to not only releasing the character series entries in May, but previewing them - in weekly round-ups - a month ahead of time on Twitter. I also committed to the Unseen series schedule of three entries in May. Until...

5/11 I had to put the Unseen series on hold after just one entry. And...

5/20: I had to postpone the character series because I couldn't stay far enough ahead to provide patron advances. I no longer will preview three entries a week on Patreon, but I will preview three a month until the backlog is complete and a public entry is just a month away. My summer schedule has been abandoned except for the monthly podcasts and the Lost in Twin Peaks season 3 coverage.

7/14: I officially cancelled the "other project backlog" section that was originally step 7, and added a new step 6 for the generations video. I already mentioned this project months ago in my announcement for the 2022 - 23 schedule but had never officially worked it into this page. Now the goal is set as finishing that video by New Year's Eve and I'm set to begin work on it when I finish working on the Lost in Twin Peaks season 3 coverage.

7/24: I finally paused my season three coverage, after falling behind the day before (as well as taking a more literal fall, which also disrupted my plans). It's now planned to resume in early November

7/25: The following conditions were deleted from the generations step: "work on this only when finished with Lost in Twin Peaks season 3, a month ahead on the character series (including patron advances), a full calendar month ahead on other podcasts & finished with Olympics series". Instead, I can work on the video at the same time as other projects, as long as there isn't an immediate deadline onhand.

8/16: Since I can never get more than a couple months ahead of the monthly Patreon podcast, I added a separate tracker near the top of the page (and in the monthly podcast section). That way if the closest deadline for another project is further out than the nearest Patreon podcast, I can note it right at the top. I also added a tracker at the top for total number of completed entries in my backlog, across all projects.

8/21: I changed the goal for Journey Through Twin Peaks to give it my full attention by mid-April 2023 rather than begin my focus after Labor Day. That original goal, written last fall, presupposed that both Lost in Twin Peaks and the character series would be finished by this point, but there are still dozens of entries to go in each case (over fifty for the character entries).

8/31: My goals for step 7 (completing monthly podcasts ahead of time) were adjusted, since I don't even have a 1-week backlog as of Labor Day, let alone a 6-month one as desired. Now the goals are to finish those podcasts through December before advancing much further on other steps, and then to create episodes through a pause or stop on each one in 2023 (with final months ranging from February to September).

9/29: I officially cancelled the generations video; I hope to take it up after Journey Through Twin Peaks but I'm having trouble keeping up with other projects that need to advance this fall.

(*Mt. Si Motel photo by Todd Hido)

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