2020 Overview & 2021 Goals

The entire year of 2020 has taught me that my plans, however simple they are, can be derailed in an instant. The vast majority of my plans did vanish into thin air: visiting restaurants, movie theaters, and producing enough pieces of art that I could open up a print shop, among other things. Focusing on the things I wanted to do, but ended up not being able to, is generally not useful, so here’s some of the things I did manage to get done in 2020:

Finished the final draft of The Book of Immortality. The novel I started in November of 2017 is finally done, and I can finally stop thinking about it, aside from when I post chapters of it on this blog. Working on it took up more years of my life than I would have liked. Hopefully the time spent on this novel will lead to better time management & revising in the future.

Revised a short story that I originally started in 2016 and never finished. I’m not exactly satisfied with the ending, but it’s done! I can mark it as “finished” and then never look at it again.

Started novelizing The Land of Two Moons. I realized early on in the year that drawing a 50-chapter comic was not possible with my health being what it is. Transferring the script into prose ended up being probably the best decision I made regarding The Land of Two Moons this year: I wrote 20 entire chapters. That would have taken me years to do as a comic!

I also jumped around and worked on outlining/plotting various stories, but half of those don’t have names and the other half don’t have enough substance to talk about.

And now on to what I want to achieve in 2021:

Finish writing The Land of Two Moons. This is my main goal. It won’t take too long to accomplish, because I am approximately 3/4 of the way done with it at the moment. I could be done with it by February.

Fully re-outline & write a first draft for Venére Magic. This is a novel I wrote back in 2015. When I first started thinking about revising this novel, I decided to change the plot and setting – some changes are minor, and some are pretty drastic. Thankfully, the story isn’t very long (the 2015 novel is around 58,000 words) and I previously wrote a chapter-by-chapter outline. Transferring that into the new setting & updated plot won’t actually be very difficult.

Then…continue plotting & fleshing out some other stories I haven’t started writing yet? Honestly, I haven’t thought this far ahead, and that’s probably a good thing. It gives me the flexibility to jump from one thing to another without actually committing to a project, AND it helps me not feel bad if another catastrophic thing happens and I end up not being able to write.

I also have non-writing related goals:

  1. Read at least 1 “piece” (novels, novellas, novelettes, short stories, poetry, essays, graphic novels/manga, webcomics, etc) per day (365 total)
  2. Leave at least 1 comment per day (365 total)
  3. Draw 1 thing per week (52 total)
  4. Purchase at least 1 book per month (12 total)
  5. Finish at least 6 video games
  6. Get a credit card and build up my credit score
  7. Find stable employment

The thing I’m most likely to not accomplish is the comment goal. I read tons of webcomics, follow tons of artists on social media, am a member of a couple of fan forums & Discords, and…I never say anything. It’s become a problem and I want to change that.

The “read 365 things” might sound ridiculous, but I hit 212 this year and that was only after seriously committing myself to reading every day at the beginning of August. I have a ton of short stories on my backlog, as well as a couple of webcomics & webnovels, and I’ve been following just about every science fiction & fantasy magazine I can find. I doubt I’ll run out of things to read any time soon.

And…employment. I’ve been unemployed twice in 2020 (including right now). I hopefully have a contract starting after the new year, but considering it’s project-based, I have no idea how much it’ll pay or how often I’ll be able to get work.

Here’s hoping 2021 is marginally better than 2020.

2018 in Review & 2019 Goals

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Before I get into anything else, I hit seven years on WordPress sometime in December!

2018 in Review

The things that happened this year:

  • Finished writing The Book of Immortality (104k words).
  • Scripted and drew a short comic, Veitlen and Nymue.
  • Moved out on my own for the first time in April!
  • Started writing The Land of Two Moons in June, and started drawing pages of the comic in July.
  • Got a Switch and Breath of the Wild in July. Then got Super Smash Brothers Ultimate for Christmas.
  • Rebelled during NaNoWriMo for the first time! And won at 50,338 words.
  • I also attended a few NaNoWriMo write-ins for the first time, and also went to the TGIO party for my region.
  • Made AT LEAST a $10 USD donation every week. This totaled $586.78.
  • Kept the same job for an entire year!

There are some other minor things that happened, but they’re so minor that they don’t need to be put here.

What I want to do in 2019

Edit/rewrite The Book of Immortality.

I completed the editing outline in November, and I don’t plan to change too much about the story, other than take out all of the filler I wrote during NaNo. I did start rewriting some of it during NaNo, which I found to be fairly difficult as I was going from a present-tense script to past-tense prose. It was incredibly jarring, and also my prose is terrible after years of doing nothing but scripts.

I don’t want to leave this story in limbo and I planned on editing it in 2019 anyway. I don’t really have a timeframe for when I want to start doing this – only that I want it to end before 2019 ends.

Start posting The Land of Two Moons online somewhere.

At the moment, I have fifteen pages completed and eight in progress. I want to start posting the comic online in late January/early February at the earliest. It’ll probably go up on Smackjeeves, as that’s the only comic hosting I’m familiar with at the moment.

Unless I decide to self-host the comic on its own domain. That could always happen.

Continue working on (and finish) The Land of Two Moons.

I’m around 60% done with this story. It’s definitely something that’ll be done this year. I don’t see it being much longer than 50 chapters.

Related: pencil 12 pages of The Land of Two Moons every month.

I penciled 10 pages in December, and it was a really easy goal to hit! I’m going to attempt 12 pages per month in 2019 for a total of 144.

Write and post a work of short fiction on this blog.

This might be prose, or another short comic. But I want to write something that isn’t related to either The Book of Immortality or The Land of Two Moons.

Get a custom domain name for this website.

This is an idea I’ve been toying with for the past few months. Since it’s easy and cheap I’ll probably end up doing it sometime in January.

Keep the same job.

This is really something that I don’t have control over, since I could get laid off at any time. But unless something particularly bad happens, I plan on working at the same place for all of 2019.

Final words

BACK UP YOUR WORK.

Whether you use the cloud or some kind of external storage, make sure you’ve got copies of all of your work! You have no idea when your primary computer will crash and burn.

A Year in Review & Looking Forward into 2018

What happened this year?

I stopped being able to follow the news on a day-to-day basis (maybe an hourly basis?). I got a job in April. I worked on The Gate at the End of the World, and I decided to set it aside. I bought a car! I won NaNoWriMo 30 minutes before November ended! I got a new job, which starts on January 2nd, and quit my old job the week before Christmas. I went to see The Last Jedi (twice!), and I really, really liked it.

That’s really all the significant things I did this year. When it put it in a paragraph like that, it doesn’t seem like very much, but since I’ve gone through several milestones in my life this year, I’m going to say that it is, indeed, a lot.

Without any further delay, let’s go into my goals for 2018.

2018 Goals

  • Complete 1 drawing per week for a total of 52. I want to work on things I don’t usually draw – like landscapes and buildings.
  • Read 1 piece of fiction per week for a total of 52. Again, the majority of this will be short fiction, not novels.
  • Post 1 blog post per month. I had serious problems with blogging in 2017. I’d like for it to not happen again.
  • Find an apartment and move out. This should be feasible after a couple of months.
  • Continue working on learning Swedish. I have a good understanding of basic grammar, but I don’t know that many words and have to keep referring to a dictionary a lot of the time. Also, I find it harder to write than read, so I’m hoping to keep a daily Swedish journal.
  • Continue learning basic Japanese. I started learning hiragana in early December and I’d like to continue. I don’t actually plan on becoming proficient (at least not to the level I am with Swedish) but I’d still like to learn a language completely different from one I already know.

Like in previous years, I’ll probably end up adding more goals to my list.

One thing to do before the year ends

Back up your work! Make multiple backups! Flash drives, external hard drives, cloud backups – do it all. Make sure that you’ll never lose your work if one method fails you.

A very late December post

Hello everyone! It’s been about a month since I made my last post. I’ve been busy for the past month with work, but now that my contract’s ended, I have a little bit of free time before I start looking for my next job. I have quite a few things to cover in this post, but let’s start off with this:

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My five-year WordPress anniversary was on the 16th of December. I’ve had this blog for five years! Since 2011! It doesn’t feel that long at all.

Now, I’m going to jump straight to next year’s goals, because why not.

2016 Goals

  • Complete 1 drawing per week for a total of 52. “Complete” in this case means “not a sketch”, and so can vary from a painting like this to a simple character lineup like this.
  • Read 1 piece of fiction per week for a total of 52. This is “piece of fiction” instead of “book” because I ended up reading a lot of short fiction in 2016.
  • Finish scripting The Gate at the End of the World. I finished scripting the first chapter a few days ago, and I’ve got a good idea of how long it’s going to be – 15-20 chapters of at least 20 (comic) pages each. I haven’t finished plotting out how the story is going to go, but I doubt it’ll too long.
  • Similarly, draw at least 50 pages of The Gate at the End of the World. Also, actually start posting it online somewhere. It’s not very useful if I draw a comic and then never show it to anyone.
  • Optimize my Github website for mobile devices. I’ve viewed it on my phone, and it really was not easy to navigate or read anything. That needs to be fixed.
  • Find a stable full-time job. I am unemployed again and I do not like it. I don’t particularly like working – and I’m not sure anyone does – but I like having a source of income and I like having a schedule.

Also, there are a few things I’m going to try doing next year that I haven’t before.

The first of these is: write scripts only, not novels. I have a much easier time scripting than writing prose, and I’ve been wondering what I could accomplish if I only did scripts. If it turns out to not be as successful as I think it might be, there’s no harm in it. I’ll just have figured out it doesn’t work.

The second: have a monthly word/page goal instead of a yearly one. I’ve never had a problem reaching my yearly word goal, but I just want to try something different.

And now, an important reminder.

Have you backed up your computer recently? Flash drives, external hard drives, cloud storage – whatever you prefer, make a backup of all your important files, and make sure you make more than one! I had a problem earlier in the year where one of my flash drives stopped working, and although I was able to recover most things, it wasn’t everything, which in my opinion is not good enough.

And onward to 2017.

Good luck to everyone working toward achieving their goals!

2016 Goals

It’s time for me to come up with next year’s goals! I have to admit, I haven’t really thought much about what I’m going to do next year other than graduate and get a job. I may add more to this list in the next couple of days, or throughout the year.

  • Graduate and get an engineering-related job. This is the one thing that could potentially screw up my other goals. At the moment, I’m applying for jobs and don’t know which state I am going to end up living in.
  • Write at least 183,000 words. That’s 500 words per day, which is easily doable. I usually end up exceeding it because of NaNoWriMo, no matter how behind I am before then.
  • Start posting writing on my blog again. I haven’t done this for a very long time (since early 2014?!). I want to start writing short fiction again, anyway.
  • Participate in at least one Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo in November. That’s the same goal I had in 2015, and it worked out pretty well. Also, I tend to feel really terrible if I don’t participate in NaNoWriMo.
  • Read at least 50 new books. I haven’t been reading very much over the past few years. I can blame my engineering coursework all I like, but the real reason is that I’m wasting too much time browsing websites like TVTropes. If I spend that time reading instead, I can get a lot of reading done. Also, I have a bunch of Project Gutenburg books that have been sitting in a folder on my desktop for months. For this, I’m counting novels, short story collections, comic books/manga, and web serials.
  • Participate in Lexember. I’ve been doing Lexember this year, and I like it a lot. It actually makes me think about the etymologies of the words I create.
  • Be more social and interact with the communities I’m a part of. I have a problem with not commenting on things I read. This is something I’d really like to change.

Also, I may change my blog theme (I’ve had this one for a few years already), and I will change my blog url soon. I’ll make another post when that happens.