Geeky New Year’s Resolutions: The Final Report

As the Yuletide winds down, it’s time to reflect on the past year and how we all did on those resolutions we set way back in January. As you may recall I made my geeky resolutions here in my column for all the world to see (and to keep me accountable).

How’d I do? Not too bad, actually. Let’s look at them one by one.

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

My regular readers already know that I finally ran my first game this fall. It was just a one-shot for 1st-level characters, but I ran it for three different groups, and they all had a blast! When I first reported on my first time experience, I wasn’t sure if I’d caught the GMing bug or not. Considering I’ve been thinking a lot lately about campaign ideas, I’d say that bug is definitely trying to infect me.

Resolution #2: Play A New Game

I’ve lost track of how many new games – RPGs, board games, and others – I’ve played this year. I even played another new one on Christmas Day! (The Game of Thrones board game – awesome!) This was by far my easiest resolution to keep. But it’s always good to set at least one you’re guaranteed to succeed on, right?

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

The new geek level I hoped to unlock was cosplay. I have to hang my head and admit that I failed. Halloween was suddenly upon me and I never did get a costume put together, and I really don’t know where the last few months of the year went.

Am I giving up entirely on cosplay? No, but I think I’m going to have to find a costume that I feel like I can’t live without to really be motivated to go through with it. I continue to ooo and ahh over all the great costumes I see my friends do, and all the ones I see at cons, but there has yet to be a costume idea that screams at me, “OMG you have to do this!” When that happens, I’ll be all over it, but until then, I’ll stick to my geeky tee shirts and jeans.

Resolution #4: Read A Book

I didn’t do a great job with this one. I only read three books, all in the fantasy genre (I’d resolved to branch out and read some different things). One of those three books, though, was A Game of Thrones, which counts as at least three books of normal length, don’t you think? I’m currently half-way through A Clash of Kings, as well as a Drizzt book. Hopefully I’ll find more time to read next year. (Santa brought me a book, so I better get moving!)

Resolution #5: Learn Or Hone A Geeky Craft

I wanted to do some more sewing and beadwork this year. Instead, between making dice bags to sell at cons and making baby blankets for all my fertile friends, and other gifts, all I did was crochet. At least I was still crafty!

Resolution #6: Be A Healthier Geek

My weight has stayed steady all year long, and I get plenty of exercise at work (and walking back and forth to work). I had several checkups in the last half of the year, and every one of my doctors was very pleased with me – and my migraines have eased up enough that my neurologist gave me a clean bill of health and told me I don’t need to see him anymore! I will readily admit that I eat too much fast food (I heart Taco Bell) and too many sweets, and I know I need to work on that. But otherwise I’m quite pleased with where I’m at!

So my final tally for 2011 is:

Resolutions kept in full: 2

Resolutions kinda kept: 3

Resolutions not kept at all: 1

Not too bad at all!

What About 2012?

I only have one true resolution for 2012, and that is to make more time for myself and 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming. To that end, this is my last column for GDG. I’ve loved sharing my articles with you and reading your comments for the past year and a half, but after 80 columns (this is number 81) the time has come to hang up my hat.

I’ll still be online (all my friends live on the internet, after all) and may even find time to be more active on Twitter now, so this isn’t a goodbye, just a “I’ll see you other places”. A big thank you to E for giving me the incredible opportunity to write this column – it’s been an experience I’ll never forget, and it’s helped me grow as a writer. And a big shout out to my fellow columnists – it’s been an honor to work with you all!

Most of all, I’ll miss interacting with you, my readers. I hope I’ve entertained you, inspired you, and helped you in your geeky endeavors.

May 2012 be a wonderful year for you all!

How’d you do on your 2011 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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