Naomi and the Dragon: Christmas Delivery

As you know, I’m working on a comic book, currently funding on Kickstarter. The campaign ends next Thursday, February 9th, and we are so close to making our goal!

So, as of today, we are guaranteeing delivery by Christmas.

Read more about it in our latest update!

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2017 Goals!

So, what are my SMART goals for 2017? Besides “resist fascism,” here’s what I hope to accomplish this year:

  • Finish Threadbare and ship to backers by end of May
  • Get PMP Certification by July 31
  • Get CSP certification by December 31
  • Finish Naomi and the Dragon and ship to backers by December 1
  • Keep improving at bass (needs a measurable goal)
  • Spend at least 72 hours (roughly 90 minutes/week) in aerobic exercise (dancing, running, gym, etc. Walking and sex don’t count)
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January 2017 Books

#1: The Lion’s Courtship, A. Wendeberg. I think this is a prequel to Wendeberg’s other novels about Anna Kronberg, late-19th century medical sleuth. It looks like an interesting series, tying into Sherlock Holmes, but the reviews are a little harsh about the books having cliffhanger endings.

#2: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote. A classic which I’d never read before. Listened to the audiobook, which is read by Michael C. Hall (of Dexter and Six Feet Under).

#3: Heal Your Headache, David Buchholz. Non-fiction book about controlling migraines. I had about a week of migraines at the end of 2016 and start of 2017, and decided I should finally give this a shot. I will post a more thorough review of the diet and progress after I’ve followed it for more than 4 days. I will say this: giving up caffeine is not my favorite thing.

#4: Beast, Brie Spangler. YA novel about a huge teenager who meets his manic pixie dream girl. She’s trans. Transphobia ensues.

 

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New Kickstarter! Naomi and the Dragon!

A while back, my best friend Toby and I did a 24-Hour Comic book project together. We didn’t finish, but it was a good exercise for us, and we did end up with a great script for a comic book that we decided we wanted to finish “someday.”

Well, last week we decided to pull the trigger, and launched our Kickstarter project to finish Naomi and the Dragon. Our funding goal is very modest– just enough to scan the art, print the copies, and send them out, with anything extra being available as profit for us to put towards our future projects (making games, music, other writing projects, etc.) We’re only allowing 100 print copies, ever. It’s a limited-edition, though PDFs are unlimited.

Yesterday was the eighth anniversary since I launched Handknit Heroes, so it seems appropriate today to announce this Kickstarter. There’s still plenty of time to back it– the project will be funding until February 9th.

So, if you like the stuff I’ve done before, and you’d like to get a copy of this comic book– back it today!

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2016 Goals – How’d I do?

In early 2016, I made a list of SMART goals — Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely.

How did I do?

Fitness: Run three 5Ks – I didn’t run any 5Ks last year, but I did regularly run, and I ran 5 kilometers on a fairly regular basis, culminating in a 10K on October 30th.

Play Bass Guitar – The measurable part of this was a set of specific songs I wanted to learn; I succeeded in this goal pretty well, and feel very confident about my “advanced beginner/intermediate” status as a bass player.

Dancing – My specific was to learn 3 new ballroom dances and how to shuffle. I didn’t get the shuffle down, but I did learn several new ballroom dances.

Visit Dad – I did this, in September.

Finish Mythic Mortals Adventure– At the beginning of the year, I had this as a task. It’s done, and published.

New Birth Control – This goal actually took more time and effort than I expected, but aha! It is done!

Finish Threadbare– I didn’t finish, but it is a lot closer to done!

Make an RPG Gateway for Envoy– I failed this goal.

Learn XML – I don’t even know why this is on the list. I didn’t get this done, either.

Lose 20 lbs. – I lost 10.

These were not the entirety of my goals for the year, nor are they the entirety of my achievements– I also obtained my Certified Scrum Master cert, read a bunch of books, ran a bunch of games, spent time with family, and generally was as awesome of a person as I can be.

I’ll post the 2017 goals shortly!

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