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