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New Year's Rambleutions

Sooo... yeah. 2011. Not gonna go down as one of my favorite years. Said goodbye to my dad, the Brigadier, and Sarah Jane Smith. Borders collapsed in on itself, the economy continues to creak, and my creative endeavors have had mixed results at best.

On the other hand, this year I was GOH at a convention in England, I became a #twitterpony, and this happened:

I Spiwwed Ma Joots! UH-OH!

...so I guess it had its good points too. ;)

But now it's time to look forward to 2012, and think about where things are going from here.

Arclight Adventures


This is a biggie, of course. Arclight Adventures launches one week from today! I'm totally not ready, of course, despite having been working on it for a year and a half, and I have no idea if it's going to fly or flounder. We'll see.

Promotion, Promotion, Promotion


I have seriously got to do some promoting in the upcoming year, especially of Arclight Adventures. Over the past couple of years it's been hard enough just creating content, much less doing any ancillary stuff like creating banner ads and flyers for it. But the net result of that is I'm not getting any new attention, and as readers/audience wander off in part of the natural churn, they're not being replenished and attention is dwindling.

My goal for today specifically, therefore, is to create a postcard flyer for Arclight in time to have it for FC. But for the upcoming year generally, I need to really start getting out the publicity. Maybe find myself a dedicated publicist? I don't know if that's even feasible, but I'll look into it. (Anyone out there want to volunteer for the job? ;) )

Writing


I'd like to write and publish (as in, through some not-me agency) at least one more story this year. I also want to make some significant progress on the YA story idea that laurie_robey and I have been kicking around for the past forever.

Gaming


I didn't talk much about it at the time, but I pretty much hung up my GM screen and dicebag last year; the amount of time and energy I was putting into it was not justified by the enjoyment I was getting out of it. I suspect I may have also reached the end of my interest in LotRO, although that may change as more promo stuff for The Hobbit comes out. I still like gaming and would eagerly play if I could find a game. I'm considering hunting around for a new group, but that'll have to wait until after FC.

Silly Pony Art


This whole "livestreaming pony art" thing is fun and has been good for keeping my creative juices flowing. I've never really been a big fanart guy, and for that matter this is the first time I've been involved in a "specific" fandom, which is a fun new experience. I don't know how long it's going to last-- how many Lion King, Swat Kats, or Balto groups are still active, for instance-- but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts. Right now the MLPFIM fandom is where a lot of the creative energy is, which makes it fun and cool, but also fills it up with a lot of dorky crap that just makes one sigh and wonder what people are thinking.

Conventions


This year is going to be a weird one, for conventions. Right now, I am locked in for FC and AC; there are noises about possibly doing SDCC, but right now it's all very vague and tentative. This may be the first year I've just plain stayed home instead of going to Dragon*Con, as it's becoming harder and harder (not to mention more expensive) to get to that, and as much as I love it, I've been experiencing something of diminishing returns. I think that decision will be at least partially related to what kind of a reaction Arclight Adventures gets.

Getting More Social Generally


This may sound surprising coming from a confirmed introvert like me, but this year I want to get OUT more, in a big way. With gaming gone by the wayside, my most regular and dependable form of "face time" with other people has disappeared, and I feel a little more every day like I'm sitting in a little box, isolated from the world. I don't know what I'm going to do, exactly... I've always been kind of a shut-in. But I definitely need to do something. A chronically-lonesome Gneech is not a happy Gneech.

Hmm... I feel like there should be more than this, but whatever it is, I'm blanking on it at the moment. So I guess I'll get to work!

-The Gneech

Comments

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jamesbarrett
Jan. 2nd, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm not giving up on Gaming myself. I still must have Gaming in my life. Sure, I get a lot more out of other games than you do, like Lotro and say, Skyrim, but those are still not Gaming, not completely. To hear you say it's gone away puts me in a total state of panic. It cannot disappear completely, not without my having fought for it first! So rar! to all these Gaming is over comments I hear. I'm coming for ya Gaming, I'll save you!
huskyteer
Jan. 2nd, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
These are all excellent ambitions!

I've been AFK for a few days, but thank you for the card - an excellent take on one of my favourite paintings. Also US stamps, which my mum will love!
mammallamadevil
Jan. 2nd, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
speaking of stamps...
I found a bunch of older unused stamps when cleaning out the room of doom. They will be a pain to use---would you like me to ship them to you instead for your mum?

(I even found some 22 cent stamps from when I was in high school)

MLD
huskyteer
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of stamps...
Ooh, that's really kind of you - she'd love that! Yes please!
mammallamadevil
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: speaking of stamps...
please email me an address to kerry@surfari.net and we'll take it from there. One less thing in the room of doom!
torakiyoshi
Jan. 2nd, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Well, you definately should try to go to SDCC. I mean, I hear that South Dakota Corn Con is THE convention to go to, and make lots of new friends!

;)
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