I haven’t posted since June? JUNE! That’s the entire summer and fall that have gone undocumented. No skate journals, no music picks, no comic reviews, and not even a single rant about a movie. It doesn’t mean nothing hasn’t happened, I just stopped using this blog as an outlet. But I want to get a little more personal since the end of the year is a time of reflection, and this is the best forum for that.
2010 was a fantastic year for me. I started skating again, and I was using Rebus Bubbles as a diary for that experience. While I stopped writing in June, I’m happy to say that I didn’t quit skating until my board broke early in the autumn. My favorite skate memory was cruising around Indianapolis when I was there for Gen Con. Indy was full of awesome spots and no fuzz. I hit some sweet stair sets, ollied a few gaps, and took a few rejuvenating spills. Street skating at its finest.
Gen Con itself was an amazing experience for me. I went as part of GameSalute.com, which was my first paid writing gig. While it was hard work and drove me nuts for a bit, that trip was like a dream come true. A week of living another life. I learned a lot, and I did things that I never thought I could do. I interviewed industry peeps, met some cool people, and I even had to speak publicly during a few panels. Best of all, it gave me a chance to leave my longitude for the first time ever!
I tried to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November, but I failed. I count the failure as a relative success though. While I only got through about a fourth of a novel, I learned a lot about writing and good writing habits. I gave up on the project with a week to go, but then put my efforts towards a short story that I finished with pride.
I’ve done a lot of work on Orphaned Kingdom, my pen and paper RPG, and I’m really happy with where it is going. It might not be the most amazing game when it’s done, but I think it will be something I’ll be proud of. I’m not one to make resolutions, but I really want to finish it in 2011.
My day job has been astonishing as well. I got to fly out to Tampa, and basically spent two days on a beach with a book and Little Big Planet PSP. I ate TONS of barbecue as well. The last day of the trip sucked though because the client finally decided to get down to business and I had no time to get it all done.
Aside from that trip, I also found a few niches at work as the forum administrator and restructuring our documentation. As much as I can be a slacker at times with my normal duties, I love having the opportunity to shine with these other tasks. They give me a lot of space to take the projects where I want, so it’s nice to have the responsibility. But then it makes me dread when the phone rings and I have to go back to my real job as tech support.
I’ve also lost 25 pounds this year, which makes me very proud of myself. You’d be amazed out how often people notice, and how nice it is to catch a compliment here and there. I hope I can lose more weight this year, but I’m mostly glad that I’ve change my habits to give myself a healthier and more active lifestyle.
So 2010 has been an intense and wild year for me, but I loved it. I give mad props to my wife Ashlee for coming along for the ride. This was our first full married year together, and I’m looking forward to 2011 being bigger, better, and more badass.
For some reason I was listening to Dashboard Confessional’s Swiss Army Romance while I wrote this. I just needed something chill, and I haven’t listened to the album in a while. I don’t care what anyone says, Dashboard is pretty awesome when the mood suits it.