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.

It’s almost 2015…

This is the time that everyone makes new years resolutions, right? To be honest, I’m not that big a fan of them, if only because I create goals for myself all throughout the year, and there’s no use waiting for a new year to start in order to do something…

But having a list of things to get done during a certain time frame isn’t too bad of an idea, so here are a couple of the challenges I’ve set for myself to get done in 2015 (this will go on my challenges page later):

Write 500 words per day for a total of 182,500. I had the same goal in 2014, which I didn’t think I was going to meet but did because of NaNoWriMo. Unless something terrible happens, I should be able to do this.

Make a font from my handwriting. This is one of those things that I’ve been telling myself I am going to do, only to put it off for forever. It isn’t even particularly difficult, either.

Read a book per month. I’ve been slacking on reading and I want to fix this.

Script, draw, and upload a short comic. Again, this is another thing I’ve been wanting to do for a while and just haven’t.

Continue working on my existing conlangs. Visanan needs another overhaul. Fèdzéyí needs to be fleshed out more because I’ve been neglecting it. Zaryaheul needs more words.

Participate in (at least) one Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo in November. Doing NaNoWriMo this past November has made me realize just how much I like writing. I can’t believe I wanted to give it up before.

Additionally, I’ve decided to scrap having a set schedule for blogging. At the moment, posts will go up when I actually have something to say.