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The Coming Year....

I'm running across lots of people making New Year's Resolutions or listing goals for the upcoming year.  So I might as well do mine.

1)  Get the weight more under control.  I want to lose at least 20 pounds by August.  The problem is I'm doing so much with my projects, when I think about what I can skip to gain time, exercise is usually the first thing to get bumped.  Gotta work on that.

2)  Get better with the drums.  I'm not looking to be Buddy Rich, I'm just shooting for competency.  My biggest problem at the moment is boggling.  I spent so many years tapping in time with the music that now, when I have to separate the impulses, I'll get mixed up and start hitting things at random while keeping time with the music.  Gotta work on my discipline.

3)  Head Above Water done and in the can and out before the ChicagoCon.  To my mind, this is the most doable.

4)  At least one new game project done by the Chicago Con.  Germ Warfare, obviously.

5)  Start experimenting with C++ again to see if I can make it work or if I'm switching gears to Pascal.  And no, FreeBasic is out.  I know too much about the GPL and how it works, blithely ignoring it because of implicit permission makes me a hypocrite.  I refuse to become something I hate.

6)  At least start penciling and inking another comic series, just which one I don't know.  But this means I will have to have it scripted and ready before the end of the year, so I better start thinking about it.  Given that my Hard Way Studio projects are on hold, I want to make it a more grown-up story so I don't get pigeonholed into the cutesy like Sound Waves.  So at least one idea has to wait a while.

7)  This year, two credit cards got paid off.  Next credit card targeted, projected to have it cut in half by the end of the year.  Part of my continuing quest to get my ass out of debt.

8)  See if I can land a writing assignment with another comic publisher, just to keep the name out and demonstrate I can work with a staff.  Give editors more of a reason to take a chance on me.

9)  Debating if I want to save up for a trip to Harry Potter world early next year.

10)  I have never been to the Bristol Ren Faire.  I intend to change that this year.

11)  I'm thinking very seriously of rebuilding my dev center.  Three computer towers, a laptop, 200 watt sound system, a couple of other tech toys, and video equipment in an area two feet deep and four feet wide.  Not only is the desk looking like it's ready to surrender, but I really should make better use of the space and organize it so that those late night cram sessions don't get so bad.


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Jan. 2nd, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
10) I have never been to the Bristol Ren Faire. I intend to change that this year.

What ho! How art thou doing this fine day?

if you would like, I'm sure I can probably arrange to take a day-trip there with you. Hopefully Keltoi will be well enough to go as well.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Only if it wouldn't be a problem for you. I don't want to be an imposition. Otherwise, I'd be glad to make it a day trip. Although you realize my ale might taste suspiciously like peppermint tea....
Jan. 2nd, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Oh, almost forgot...

"What ho!"

What ho!

"How art thou doing this fine day?"

Damn fine, thanks!
Jan. 2nd, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
Whoa you're a drummer too? Awesome! But what is this "boggling" of which you speak?
Jan. 2nd, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
I literally just started learning a few months ago, and I've been rather casual about it. I want to make sure I can actually do okay with it before investing lots of time, effort, and money. I'm an absolute beginner.

The easiest way for me to describe "boggling" (I first came up with the word when playing DDR, and found I had a similar problem when I was learning to play the keyboard) is like this:

1) My brain will come up with a list of what actions I am to perform, a few ahead of what I am doing at the moment.

2) Sort of like a piano roll, it feeds what I am supposed to do while refreshing continuously.

3) This is fine as long as I focus on what exactly I'm supposed to be doing at that moment. But if I miss something, my first impulse is to go back and do it instead of just skipping it.

4) My natural instinct is to keep up with the rhythm, so I will try to cram all the steps/notes/whatever I haven't done yet into the space before the next beat.

5) I will invariably mess up the rhythm. As I fight to get back in sync with things, I'll wonder if I missed anything else, splitting my attention away and making it harder, even if I try to scrap everything and start fresh from the next measure or whatever.

6) And that assumes that's the only problem. If I suddenly have to change positions or movements, habits get in the way of conscious thought, the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.

7) Result: a train wreck of neural impulses and thought processes that can be very frustrating for me because it just snowballs beyond my control, and it doesn't take much for me to start the snowball rolling.

Uh...did that make any sense? It's the best way I can describe what goes through my mind when doing stuff and when things go awry.
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