|Side Resolution: Enjoy times with close friends.
Since the world did not end in 2012 that means I have to keep getting up everyday and figure out what the heck I am going to do with myself, (and after I spent all my savings on a fallout shelter that looked like the TARDIS... it was not bigger on the inside.) So with the New Year upon us, I have decided to buckle down and set some goals for myself...
13. Be a Better Blogger
Let's be honest, my blogging tends to be haphazard at best, chaotic at worst. There are some weeks where it is more likely for Mario to find the Princess in the castle he is actually looking for her in, than for me to write a blog entry. Also, (if you are a regular reader of my blog,) you might have noticed how often I actually edit my own posts... not often... I can offer no excuse and only the explanation that my free time can sometimes be very limited, but in 2013 I promise to do better. I say this not only for my behalf, but because I want all you lovely people to keep coming back to read my inane Internet ramblings.
12. Get Back to Exercising
I have one thing in common with King Hippo, (a lot of classic Nintendo references in this post), we have both grown a bit larger than you might expect. However, at least King Hippo works out, which cannot be said about me, lately. I used to work out, but with the holidays and the craziness of the past month and a half it has been all intake and no propulsion. I need to get back to running and exercising... if not for my weight, than in anticipation for the big fight with Nick Bruiser.
11. Reach 1,000 Twitter Followers
This resolution is really only here as a shameless plug. If you like what you read on this weekly blog, than why not enjoy my own special brand of nerd witticism everyday by following me on Twitter @AdamJBrunner
. Or on Facebook at Meta-Humanity
10. Make More Top Ten Lists
Whenever I write top ten list for my blog, it usually tends to be a hit, often keeping a hard fought space in the Favorite Posts section on the left-hand side of the page. In 2013, I promise to jump start my creative juices to make not only more top ten lists, but even more enjoyable posts for you fine fine people... I don't have a video game reference for this one...
9. Read the Entire Song of Ice and Fire Series
|Side Resolution: Be yourself... or be Batman.
I have currently finished the first two books of George R. R. martin's epic fantasy series, and am ready to move onto my third (like Kirby after devouring the souls of two children... ehh... I'm going to give up on the video game reference... sorry folk.) I love the series more than I can put into words, but I find myself in a conundrum, because I also love the HBO series. I am in the unenviable position of having to decide whether I want to read the next book before I see the next season, or vice versa. Either way, my reading will eventually outpace the show (as the show will eventually outpace George R. R. Martin, himself.) I just have to remember that there is value in both interpretations of the story and each should be enjoyed for what it is, not what it is not.
8. Finish My Novel
My first novel was a flop, though I may return to it someday and see if there isn't something I can't salvage, (double negative,) but my second novel is beyond exciting (for me.) I have never churned out something so fast that I have enjoyed so much. Usually there is a good deal of drudgery in all my writing projects, but so far it has been minimal in this one. With any luck I will have it finished before summer and edited before Fall. Fingers crossed, this is a big resolution.
7. Find an Awesome Cosplay Costume
Aside from witty t-shirts I have never really partaken in cosplay, but I definitely want to. My friends and I have a whole ten months before the 2013 New York Comic Con, (October 10-13,) and with any luck we can put that time to good use coming up with killer costumes, which will not only get us noticed but will get us featured on random people's Facebook pages.
6. Play More Video Games
This may seem like an out of place resolution, but really all I am trying to say is that I deserve more me time. Lately, whenever I get an hour to myself I tend to think I should spend it working on writing or creating or blogging, and though those are all worthwhile goals, I really need more time for myself. There are so many video game titles out that I want to play. I have barely cracked the surface of them. For Christmas I received Assassins' Creed II and Batman: Arkham City, and gosh-darnit, I intend to play them all the way through (including all the Easter Egg content) and not feel guilty about wasting the hours away.
5. Expand my Nerd Circle
Aside from my small group of nerd friends, I really don't have a lot of nerdiness in my life. I actually have a lot of non-nerd friends (normies,) and other adult-like responsibilities that are both boring and... well boring. I need more nerd friends in my life. So this year I am going to endeavor to start finding geeky activity groups and maybe even expand my circle as well as my interests. At the very least I want to find at least one role playing group in my area that meets semi-regularly.
4. Have an Adventure
|Side Resolution: Save at least one princess this year.
Two years ago I quite my job, cashed out my savings, and headed off to Australia. (If you would like to read about those adventures please click on this website
.) I lived Down Under for a little less than a year and in my time there, life was one big adventure. I traveled, I met new people, I forced myself into situations I would not normally have been comfortable in, etc. Since my return, life has grown stagnant again, I need an adventure. Now I'm not talking about running away for another year (I don't have near enough money for that,) but I am talking about finding that sense of adventure in my own life. There are plenty of new places to explore in my own backyard. Adventure is blowing the Horn of Helm Hammerhand, and I plan on answering.
3. Gain Superpowers
Why is that whenever anyone in the comics is bit by an insect or doused in radioactive waste they gain superpowers, and all I ever get is a bad rash? If there is such a thing as superpowers out there, in 2013, I am resolved to find them and use them for the good of all mankind... or for picking up chicks. I still haven't decided.
2. Beat All Eight Robot Masters
I have always enjoyed the game of Mega Man, but for the life of me I can never seem to find the skill, patience, or time to beat all 8 robot masters. So to go along with my 6th resolution this, I also promise to beat all the Robot Masters and finally lay my eyes on the end screen to at least one Mega Man game. (Shove it in your pie-hole, Pirate Man... Okay, that was the last Nintendo reference...)
1. Stop Taking Myself Too Seriously
As a person who writes a nerd blog, you might wonder how I could ever take myself too seriously, but it is true, I do. So without revealing too much of my personal angst, let's just say that I am my own worst critic. In 2013, I want to change that. I want to start seeing the lighter side of life and to stop always getting in my own way or disappointing myself. I want to take life as it comes and have fun without necessarily worrying about what the future holds. Because, really when you look at the state of the world, I think that this a resolution we could all learn to embrace a bit more. Maybe if Congress and others learned how to step back and laugh at their own ridiculousness, the world would not be in a much better state of affairs... At the very least thy would come up with funnier names than Fiscal Cliff, (like, Edge of Eternal Damnation and Ruin.)