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: Wednesday, May 31
(focusing on final Patreon & Twin Peaks Conversations podcasts + Lost in Twin Peaks & Twin Peaks Character Series as second & third priorities, only under special conditions)
My approach to these projects in 2023 is detailed in a status update.

No longer tracking earliest incomplete step

(All remaining projects scheduled to end by late October 2023)

I have completed 5 upcoming entries across all projects.
Lost in Twin Peaks podcasts & companions / 0 Twin Peaks Conversations podcasts / Lost in the Movies podcasts / Twin Peaks Cinema podcasts / 2 films in focus for final $1/month tier podcasts / 0 Twin Peaks Character Series entries (+ 15 advanced on Patreon or already public from 2017) / Unseen / 0 other / Journey Through Twin Peaks video chapters

INTRO (from 2021)
After multiple attempts to create intricate "path to Journey Through Twin Peaks" 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 finale
...but only at end of day, during allotted breaks, or outside regular online work hours (second priority)
(a week on each episode w/ an illustrated companion)

There is not currently a schedule for upcoming entries but since I hope to conclude their publication in late October, I won't have time to present all episodes in the usual weekly/daily format - so many season 2 episodes will be dumped all at once or in quick succession.

(As of now, at least 1 of 22 will be compressed.)

(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 twice - finale remains for 2023)
*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 (will publish later instead)

Last-minute update today to: nothing
Focus on: re-edit podcasts for #46A-G (season 3 premiere)
Next work: illustrated companions: finish all remaining "Mystery"/"Cooper" (B) + "Subplots" (D) sections up to S2E9 & then...
all remaining "Laura"/"Older Subplots" (C) sections

Complete but unpublished*: season 3 premiere illustrated companion & all "A" sections ("Welcome") for illustrated companions
finished 24 of 47 weeks (Fire Walk With Me was 2 weeks)
24 of 46 illustrated companions & 23 of 46 multi-part episodes
(*aside from last-minute updates)

2) Monthly podcasts
CURRENTLY WORKING on all 2 podcasts
(two remaining Twin Peaks Conversations + bonuses, Lost in the Movies & one remaining Patreon episode)

(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 deciding & fulfilling)
*e) Get & stay a month ahead

Focus on each podcast...

*Final 2 delayed from April & May + bonus Twin Peaks Conversations: solidify recording schedule
(TWIN PEEKS PEAKS as soon as possible, SCOTT RYAN & JOHN THORNE loosely scheduled for early June)

Lost in the Movies (finished)

Twin Peaks Cinema (finished)

*Final $1/month Patreon tier: watch The Act of Killing + record/edit/present Uncle Boonmee, Toni Erdmann, The Turin Horse, Amour & Moonlight, The Act of Killing
(no deadline but hoping to publish these FILMS IN FOCUS & possibly some others by the end of spring)

Last-minute update added today to: nothing
Next work: decide if I will pursue other films in focus for Patreon or stop Episode 100 there

Complete but unpublished*
(*aside from last-minute updates)
Twin Peaks Conversations: nothing
Lost in the Movies: Southland Tales
Twin Peaks Cinema: Baraboo
final Patreon episode: Avatar: The Way of Water & The Fabelmans
...finished 2 of 5 for June (will include 2 delayed  conversations + final Patreon episode w/ all films in focus counted as 1)

PAUSED before resuming w/ #30
...but only at end of day, during allotted breaks, or outside of regular online work hours (third priority)
(patron schedule: 3 advance entries each month)

1 month (15 entries) ahead of schedule
(once resumed)

There is not currently a schedule for upcoming entries, but...

I hope to resume the Monday/Wednesday/Friday calendar for the public with #45 by August and will continue advancing entries for patrons - currently up to #31 - as they are written.

(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

Complete but not yet previewed on Patreon: nothing
fully finished 60 of 91 (many entries already or partially written/illustrated/organized)

Checked & created links to upcoming unrevised entries: #42, #38, #36, #34, #32

Latest public release: Richard Horne (#47) + Evelyn Marsh (#46) is an unrevised entry


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)

(reviewing a popular film I haven't seen from each year)
ABANDONED due to other priorities in 2023 (may pursue after Journey Through Twin Peaks)

(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 at the time, 2 later)
(will eventually resume again a year later to complete at least 26 entries)

Focus on: nothing
Next work: nothing until after Journey Through Twin Peaks, so maybe in mid-2023 - would resume by watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for 2009
finished 9 of 100

Complete but unpublished: nothing

CANCELLED FOR NOW (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 (failed)

Read about this project here.

Progress so far...
formatted my approach before abandoning

through at least the end of 2022
ABANDONED because I never got more than a month ahead when there were 6 months to go

0 of 6 month backlog for podcasts (not counting current calendar month)
(no longer enough time to do 6 months in 2023)

0 of 6 month backlog for Unseen series
(no longer enough time to do 6 months in 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) (failed to finish 6 months ahead)

(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 FOR NOW: 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


5) Journey Through Twin Peaks Part 6
WILL SOON BE WORKING on plans for these videos
(after finishing/pausing all non-Lost in Twin Peaks podcasts)

(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.


1/10: The "unseen" project was also officially cancelled since further pursuits (if any) will wait until after Journey Through Twin Peaks. Technically, Lost in Twin Peaks and the character series are cancelled since I'm no longer making them a priority over the Journey videos during time self-assigned for online work. However, since I'm going to chip into what would otherwise be free time to keep working on them, I haven't given them that status.

2/19: With only one Patreon $1/month tier episode remaining, which does not have a deadline but is planned for mid-March, I adjusted several sections to reflect one less monthly podcast goal to pursue (beyond the finale).

3/23: Because I plan to pause my podcasts within the next 6 months, I abandoned the step that prioritized creating a 6-month backlog. With all but the first 4 steps cancelled (with 1 finished and 2 of these deprioritized to after-hours), Journey Through Twin Peaks becomes the 5th step and a priority as soon as I have completed the 100th Patreon podcast, April's podcasts, and a conversation with a non-Twin Peaks guest.

5/23: With most podcasts complete or close to it, other than Lost in Twin Peaks, I revised numerous sections to reflect that there's no longer a particular schedule or deadline for individual projects, other than to wrap up everything by late October.

5/29: The description of monthly podcasts was shorted to just two now that Lost in the Movies and Twin Peaks Cinema have been finished.

(*Mt. Si Motel photo by Todd Hido)

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