Grumblegrumble… I hate New Year’s resolutions. But whatever, I guess I’ll make some anyway.
Thing is, there actually are some very specific things I want to achieve this year. Not things I ought to do, like get in shape and lose weight, but things I WANT to do and haven’t been doing enough of. (And if I can get some exercise and shrink the ol’ beer belly too, that’d also be great.)
Also, I just don’t want another year just like the last one. It wasn’t a truly horrible year as things go, but I don’t want to repeat it either. So I’m making this list by way of acting on some great advice from The Emperor’s Notepad, which is this:
remember to punch 2019 hard in the face and make it your bitch.
Come to think of it, if I could get some exercise and shrink the ol’ beer belly, it’d really help with that punching-hard-in-the-face thing. Better add that to the list. (Wait… I have plenty of firearms. Is there any rule against holding 2019 at gunpoint and making it beg for mercy? That might be easier all around. Dang, I should’ve thought of that in 2018.)
Well, okay, on to the list. Here are a couple/three things I
want to… plan to… AM GOING to do in 2019.
- Get the FAR Western roleplaying system ready to be seen and used by people other than myself. Aside from clarifying my goals for what the system should be, I made very little progress this year. When I started working on it…what, three years ago?…I thought it would only be a matter of a few months. Well, I was totally wrong about that (it’s much harder than I thought), but there’s no good reason why it should have taken as long as it has. Heck, that was the whole reason I started blogging here at the FAR System. It’s time this thing got did.
- Make a useful profit from the Hufflepuffery Etsy shop. Starting the shop has been a lot of fun. I enjoy carving wands, I’ve had fun learning how (kind of, a little bit) to use design software, and I’ve made a few sales, and that’s a very nice little start. I need to keep doing all that and build on it. Last year I got hit with the hard reality that supporting a household on a single professional job of middling income really amounts to staring long-term poverty in the face. The cost of living has been rising faster than my salary for years. And the career I’m in (at least in any direction I’m willing/able to take it) just doesn’t make any more than what I’m already making. An Etsy shop isn’t going to catapult me to riches, but it’s a way I can actively make my financial situation at least a little bit better. And it’s creatively rewarding, and I’m learning some useful skills along the way, too.
- Go shooting a lot more often. Once a month is probably realistic, although I’d prefer every weekend or every day. I can’t even tell you how fun and relaxing it is to get out into the fresh air and do some shooting. It’s like meditation…but with bullets and explosions. The mingled scent of cordite and wildflowers is one of my favorite things in the world. That’s my happy place. Plus I should practice if I’m really going to hold 2019 at gunpoint and make it beg for mercy.
- Write a short story every week. Or failing that, at least some kind of productive creative writing on a daily-to-weekly basis. I want to see if I can get something published somewhere, or at least compiled for selected people to read. Writing is one of the things I love most, and I’m damned good at it, but over the past year I let it dwindle into something I only do half-assed at work because I have to. My half-assed work still meets or exceeds professional standards, mind you…but that’s not a compliment. That’s just sad and stupid. I may be clinically depressed, but dammit, I refuse to be both sad and stupid. In November I remembered that writing is FUN, and I want to keep having fun with it and have something to show for it too.
- Get my finances in order so that I can buy a house. Specifically, the house I’m living in. It’s the kind of fortuitous circumstance that only an idiot would fail to take advantage of. Or a poor person. Because even though I could well afford the mortgage payments, I can’t afford the home-buying process. Down payment, loan fees, inspections, blah blah blah… It all takes money up front, and money is something I just don’t have right now. But right now is not forever.
2019 is totally getting punched in the face.