GJOB 2017 To Do list
New Year always prompts semi-achievable resolutions that almost no one sticks to, and yet it’s hard not to start the next 12 months with a little optimism.
I am a man of erratic ambitions, determined to accomplish certain things but constantly intrigued or tempted by new ventures. In order to keep my goals in check, I figured this year I would shun larger New Year’s Resolutions in favour or a simpler To Do list: things I aspire to but may not manage by the year’s end. And for fun, I’m going to brutally honest with myself and rate my chances of success.
So, in order of this blog’s rather forced categories instead of priority…
- Avoid replaying/restarting anything I’ve already played. As I’ve observed, my gaming time is extremely limited now so best I concentrate on new experiences. Going back to unfinished games is permitted. (90% chance of success. It would be higher but I got a NES Mini for a Christmas)
- Attempt to play Mass Effect: Andromeda at launch. BioWare’s sci-fi series is one best enjoyed as a shared experience with those also playing so I’m going to attempt to keep up with the zeitgeist (75% chance of success)
- Resist the temptation to buy the Switch. Not sure I can justify a new Nintendo console with a family to provide for. (99%)
- 2016 backlog priorities: FFXV, Dishonored, Watch Dogs. All other games I need to accept that I’ve missed them. (90%, but depends on sales or free copies I receive)
There’s lots to work on at GamesIndustry.biz, but I can’t/shouldn’t really go into that here. Rest assured, it’s going to be an interesting year. Meanwhile…
- Revive and maintain my Tumblr, Non-Violent Game of the Day. Despite this taking just 15 minutes per day to update, I’ve still struggled to keep this going more than a month, but I’d love to do this concept justice. (30%)
- One GJOB post per month. Doesn’t even have to be a good post. I just really need to justify why I still pay for this domain/web space. (55%)
- Prioritise my wife and child. This will be the primary reason behind all failed items on this list, but it’s my number one priority. I love my son and don’t want to miss on anything as he grows up. I love my wife and am determined to support her as best I can as she juggles motherhood and her inevitable return to work (100%)
- Start calorie counting again. I could stand to lose some weight, and I once managed to shed a stone in one month just through portion control and counting calories. (60%)
- Don’t start anything new. I’m terrible for wanting to create something when I have so many other projects on the go. So, no new podcasts, no new web ventures, no giving into the temptation of trying games development, no new novels. Finish what I’ve started. (10%)
My longest running dream is to be a professional author. I’m 30 and running out of time to achieve this, especially in the face of an increasingly impenetrable market. So…
- Write a story for my local Writing Group’s next charity anthology. Deadline is end of January (100%)
- Finish book two in my contemporary fantasy/dark fairytale series. Started it for NaNoWriMo 2016, need to finish it. (80%)
- Edit book one and send to agents. (50%, depending on whether I finish book two)
- Try to avoid the urge to self publish (15%)
- Read different authors. Ideally no two books I read this year should be from the same writer (90%, although I have been working through the Ian Fleming James Bond novels)
- Read at least five books, NOT counting graphic novels/comic books. I used to read so much, I’d like to get back to that. (80%)
- Attempt NaNoWriMo 2017, ideally for book three. (100% chance of starting, 25% of finishing)
On reflection, this is still an overly ambitious list. Might have to revisit in a year to see what I actually accomplished.