Oh, all right…I’ll do it…

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 toplan to… AM GOING to do in 2019.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Face punch…Chuck Norris style.
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  1. Hi,
    Summer Solstice Resolutions are a far better idea than New Year Resolutions. If you want to do something about a beer belly or fitness then it is easier to eat well in the summer than it is when we are surrounded by winter comfort foods, it is easier to go outside and be active in the longer summer days than is in the darker winter nights. If you take up running you are more likely to stick to it over June, July and August then January, February March with all the rain and cold wind.

    Regarding the FAR system bundle it all up and share it as a Work In Progress with a group of Game Designers. Just make it clear that this is your current project. The sheer act of sharing something is a big psychological hurdle but you have to show someone at some point. Show the rpg game designers group on MeWe, they are supportive group.

    I know nothing about Etsy so I have no opinion on that.

    Everything else can be interconnected. I make about $2 a day from writing and selling supplements on DriveThruRPG. They can be a little as 5 pages long or 80 pages long. I generally price them at 10 cents a page if you ignore covers and filler pages like contents pages. You could write system neutral Old West adventures where you give a pen portrait of NPCs and descriptions of scenes and locations that make up the adventure but the buyer can insert their own game stats. This will get you writing and earning a few extra dollars. In the long term you can take these adventures you have written and stat them all up for FAR system and they become your first adventure modules. You also increase your standing in the Old West rpg groups as a writer. This will help you when FAR goes on sale. Everyone who buys one of your system neutral adventures gets added to your DTRPG mailing list if they have accepted emails. When I release something I can email nearly 400 people to tell them. If you are making a few extra dollars then you can afford to buy bullets. I have no idea how much they cost, I am an archer so I walk up the range and pull my ammunition out of the target and use it again. I don’t think you can do that. One of my arrows costs about $10 or thereabouts. I imagine you use more than $10 worth of bullets when you blow off steam.

    If you are writing and being paid for it then it becomes a little self fulfilling. Somethings I write earn me $0.60 and you wonder why you bothered but once it is listed you will continue to get occasional sales and all those little sales start to add up. Once you have a mailing list of hundreds then you could self publish a collection of short stories and publish via DriveThrFiction.

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    1. Now THAT sounds like a plan. I like it. I’ll have to see if I can do something like that; it’d fit right in with the writing goal. Two birds with one stone, actually.

      Also, the idea of summer resolutions — or even equinox resolutions — makes a lot more sense than January. Midwinter is a time for hunkering down and conserving energy; a time for planning ahead, maybe, but psychologically, that’s when we *need* whatever extra padding and comfort we’ve developed.

      Yeah, archery has a definite cost advantage in terms of ammunition. I do have a mountain of spent brass, though, and you can use that over and over again, depending on the type/caliber. I’ve thought about reloading my own, but it can be time-consuming and has a significant startup cost. It pays off in the long run for people who shoot a lot, but since I’m a relatively low-volume shooter and the stuff I shoot is common and inexpensive, I’d have to reload a *lot* to make it worthwhile. Of course inexpensive is relative. On an average range trip, let’s see…about $30. I only make it out to the range (a.k.a. my favorite mountain meadow) a couple of times in the summer these days. Back when I had money, I shot twice as much every weekend and didn’t think anything of it.

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