Punching 2019 in the face: April edition

It’s time to check in again and see if I’ve landed any good punches in my fight to beat the crap out of the year 2019 and make it my bitch. Let’s look at the five goals I set:

Goal 1

Make a useful profit from the Hufflepuffery shop on Etsy.

April was a very good month. If this keeps up, I’ll exceed my first-year goal for the shop, which would be a not very large, but still mildly useful profit.

But it probably won’t and I may not… But then again, I just might.

Yesterday, my printable Hogwarts acceptance letter, which outsells everything else all by itself, got taken down for IP infringement. This is something I took steps to avoid, as I aimed to make a creative transformation, not just a copy of someone else’s merchandise…but Warner Bros. had their way with Etsy anyway. Phooey!

They had about 3/4 of the entire niche on Etsy taken down, too, so I’m clearly not alone here…but that doesn’t help me make money. Why did the remaining products escape the ax? I don’t know; they’re not so different from mine. And I suppose I’ll never know. WB sure isn’t going to stoop down and tell me. Double phooey!

But enough of that! In positive news, I released four new products this month. They’re not selling yet, but over time they should. Let’s take a look at them.

I’m not a legit graphic designer and may never be, but I’ve been having fun developing a new skill set — and seeing other people buy and enjoy what I’ve made is very gratifying.

Goal 2

Get the FAR Western roleplaying system ready to be seen and used by people other than myself.

Some small behind-the-scenes progress here. A couple of indie rpg designers I follow have written recent articles with great insight into how they made their system-design decisions, and have given me a better idea of how to go about making my own system work.

Living Myth RPG published two particularly good practical articles in the last few days: “Design decisions: Attributes” and “Design Decisions: Skills and skill lists.”

Also, I’ve been watching Hell on Wheels on Netflix and getting a huge kick out of it. Now that’s what I call a good Western show.

This is well and good, but if I’m going to meet this goal I need to start actually building the thing sooner rather than later.

Goal 3

Go shooting a lot more often.

Sigh. The bad news: no shooting of targets has taken place. The good news: the bar for “a lot more” is pretty damn low. If I get out more than twice this summer, it will be an improvement. And now that summer weather is finally approaching, I’ll have an easier time of it.

Goal 4

Write a short story every week.

Ha! I should’ve known this one would be a throwaway. No fiction writing has taken place this month. Why? Well, those things in Goal #2 took up most of my time. (Yeah, that’s it. That’s the ticket…)

Goal 5

Get my finances in order so that I can buy a house.

It’s a long, slow slog that hasn’t shown tangible results yet…the daughter’s pre-college expenses ($300 tuition deposit, AP tests, ad infinitum) put a bit of hurt on the April budget, but we’re working on it. The check from the first month of that freelance copy editing gig is on the way, and May could be a good catch-up month.

Punching-2019-in-the-face score

We’ll give this month… 2 out of 5. A winning effort on one goal, partial success on two, and zippo on two more.

I’m running behind, but 2019 hasn’t defeated me yet. When I catch that bastard from behind, there’ll be hell to pay.

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