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: Thursday, May 19
(focusing on Lost in Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me)

0 days ahead of earliest incomplete step
(Lost in Twin Peaks podcast - need to split up my Fire Walk With Me archives into multiple episodes due later today & tomorrow)

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
(a week on each episode w/ an illustrated companion)

0 days ahead of schedule
(31N-? due today)

(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)
*c) finish season 3 (#32 - 46) to publish on 5th anniversaries (May - September 2022) (may be postponing)
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: re-editing & show notes for #31N & beyond for Fire Walk With Me archives since the podcast platform has limited space per episode
Next work: illustrated companions for #32 & 33

Complete but unpublished*: podcasts for #32, no illustrated companions
finishedof 46 weeks (*aside from last-minute updates)

2) Monthly podcasts
PAUSED backlog to focus on other steps
(Twin Peaks Conversations, Lost in the Movies, Twin Peaks Cinema, $1/month Patreon tier)

12 days ahead of schedule
(completed until May 31)

(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 (figuring out now)
*e) Get & stay a month ahead

On each podcast...

June Twin Peaks Conversations: nothing yet
(Queen of Hearts director CAMERON CLOUTIER will be recorded/scheduled according to that project's completion, likewise for VERA DREW according to her projects)

July Lost in the Movies: nothing yet
(SWING TIME scheduled for July 6)

July Twin Peaks Cinema: nothing yet
(ON DANGEROUS GROUND scheduled for July 20)

May $1/month Patreon tier: nothing yet
(probably simple acitivity updates, due on May 31)

Last-minute update added today to: nothing
Focus on: May updates podcast soon
Next work: record Cameron Cloutier conversation when Queen of Hearts is complete

Complete but unpublished*
Twin Peaks Conversations: Andreas Halskov
Lost in the Movies: Interstellar
Twin Peaks Cinema: Mysterious Skin
$1/month Patreon tier: nothing
finished 3 of 4 for May & 2 of 4 for June (*aside from last-minute updates)

CURRENTLY WORKING on checking/finalizing early entries
...but very likely to be postponed until next year
(usually 3/week until top 20 characters, then weekly)

3 days ahead of schedule
(next Patreon previews on May 22 & 29 - abandon summer schedule & delay project if both aren't ready by Sunday)

(last changed April 22, 2022)
*Stay far enough ahead of backlog that I can preview entries for patrons, in weekly round-ups, a month ahead of time

Focus on: checking 3 revised bonus entries & checking original entries (already previewed for patrons)
Next work: characters #86 - 81

Complete but not yet previewed on Patreon: nothing
fully finished 5 of 91 (many entries already or partially written/illustrated/organized)

Latest 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)
CURRENTLY WORKING on Captain America for 2011

(last changed April 5, 2022)
Resume by May 4 to complete 3 entries, then pause unless working on backlog (see below) (failed - only completed 1)
(will eventually resume again a year later to complete at least 26 entries)

Focus on: writing Captain America: The First Avenger for 2011 (will not publish for a year)
Next work: watching Scott Pilgrim vs. The World for 2010 (because DVD is onhand)
finished of 100

Complete but unpublished: nothing
Latest release: The Avengers for 2012

6) backlog
through at least the end of 2022
(see #1 - 3 & 5 above for short-term backlog status)

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

0 of 6 month backlog for Unseen series
(May - October 2023)

(goals: 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

7) work on backlog
of other paused/postponed projects...

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

(benchmarks: 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


8) Journey Through Twin Peaks Part 6

(goal: begin after Labor Day if character series is done, whether or not backlog is ready)
work on 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.

(*Mt. Si Motel photo by Todd Hido)

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