Geeky New Year’s Resolutions: Mid-Year Accountability Report

Did anyone see where the first half of 2011 went? If you find it, would you tell it to come back to me? Because I had a lot of things I wanted to accomplish, and I’m sure I could get them done if I could just have those 6 months back.

Seriously, time flies when you’re having fun.

Among all the things I wanted to get done while time was flying away from me were my geeky New Year’s resolutions. I posted them in my column so I’d have public accountability to hold me to task, and also so my fellow geeks might be inspired to better themselves this year as well. Since we are half-way through the year, this is a good time to look back at what I hoped to do, and see if I’m still on the right path.

Resolution #1: Sit On The Other Side Of The GM’s Screen

This is the big one, as far as I’m concerned, and I’m ashamed to admit how little headway I’ve made on it. While I have decided that I need to start out small and just do a one-shot, I’m still struggling with picking a system and coming up with the concept. Plus I’m still pretty nervous about it. But I have added incentive to get my butt in gear: after seeing a distinct lack of lady GMs at MisCon, and riding a post-con high, I rather boldly declared that I would run a game at the con next year. My declaration was – to my shock – met with lots of excitement and folks already trying to call dibs on seats at my table.

Oh man. What have I gotten myself into?

Resolution #2: Play A New Game

Here I’m doing better! I’ve played in some new (to me) RPGs: API, Inc., Paranoia, Mage the Ascension, and Dresden Files, plus a lot of playtesting for Exploding Aces (a new system we’ll be publishing this winter). I’ve become a big fan of some new board and card games, including Defenders of the Realm and Dominion. And I took part in my first LARP!

I think there will be several more new games in store for me over the next 6 months. I have this resolution already in the bag, and then some!

Resolution #3: Take A Taste Of A New Geek Flavor

Specifically, my goal this year was to get/make an awesome cosplay costume. Yeah. It hasn’t happened. While I do have a number of ideas, time and money have been my limiting factors. I don’t have another con to attend until RadCon in February, but MisCon next May is again a big motivator: the theme is “A Fairy Tale”, and the author guest of honor is George R.R. Martin. If I can’t come up with at least one costume to wear with all that inspiration, I don’t deserve to go!

But who knows, I still might come up with something cool for Halloween. I’m not giving up on this one!

Resolution #4: Read A Book

I’d resolved to read more, and from different genres. I’m only on my third book of the year, but it’s A Game of Thrones, and I’m about 2/3 of the way done. If I can get through it and A Clash of Kings by year’s end, I’ll be very content, even though it’s all been fantasy.

Resolution #5: Learn Or Hone A Geeky Craft

This year I hoped to bump up my ranks in sewing and jewelry-making. Instead, all of the crafting I’ve done so far this year has been crochet. Oops. I’ve got supplies and ideas, I just need to make a stronger commitment to getting to know my sewing machine better, and doing more with my beads than using them to embellish my dice bags.

Resolution #6: Be A Healthier Geek

How am I doing on this one? Well…it’s complicated. Thanks to my day job in retail (which most days, I walk to), I’m pretty active and am at my lowest weight in years. I’m actually really happy with how I look and how my clothes fit. My arms even have some muscle tone! But the whole eating right thing? I’m epically not good at that, and have all but fallen off the fruit-and-vegetable wagon. I need to haul myself back up on it.

So my status for the year so far stands at:

  • Resolutions kept in full: 1
  • Resolutions kinda kept: 2
  • Resolutions not yet resolved: 3

Meh. Not bad, but it could be better. Looks like I have some ground to make up in the second half of the year!

How about you? Are you keeping to your geeky resolutions?

About c

By day, Connie Thomson (aka Ariel Manx) is a mild-mannered shoe salesgirl, geeking out about insoles, outsoles, and shanks. But when night falls, she takes her turn at the helm of 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming, where she writes, edits, and does layout for table-top RPG products. Regardless of her persona, C is always a fangirl, bookworm, and craft diva. (Email C or follow @arielmanx on Twitter.)

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