Taking inspiration from an idea by director Steven Soderbergh, I’ve decided to try and log my entertainment consumption for the next 12 months. Rather than a straight up list I’ve made a spreadsheet which I’m hosting on Google Drive here, because everyone likes a spreadsheet (right?)
On this I will be logging films watched, books read, videogames played, shows attended and a bunch of other stuff. I like to think it’s pretty self explanatory and I think it’ll be interesting to try and analyse the data in some way this time next year.
The only thing I’m uncertain about is how to log my videogame consumption. Should I put down play sessions, quantifying when I complete a game, or should I only put down game completions. I’m only logging books that I have fully read, not every reading session, so if I apply the former to games should I do the same for books? And if I apply the latter, how do I quantify games like Smash Bros and Mario Kart where there is no real end to the game?
Chime in below if you have any thoughts!
At the risk of sounding somewhat melodramatic, 2014 was not the best of years. That’s not to say it was a real stinker, but there was an overwhelming sense of gloom in the media, much of it surrounding areas that I have a strong interest in, coupled with me trying to find my feet in a new job as well as a number of other things bubbling up personally. This led to a sense of ambivalence and lack of achievement which, after a strong 2013 deflated me a bit. I’ve been struggling to write, finding it difficult to put into words my personal and professional achievements. I also feel like I’ve perhaps been spreading myself a bit thin with what I’m trying to achieve, leaping between film, music, writing and work with sometimes senseless abandon and not really driving anything forwards.
So, with that in mind, here are a few bullet points for 2015 that I’m hoping to hit:
- Write more – I feel like a bit of a broken record as I think I say this every January, but I’m really hoping to keep the writing momentum going this year. That’s not just for posts here, but for my work with ShortOrme Productions, trying to focus on writing some compelling scripts both short and feature length. I also have a number of unfinished short stories that I’d like to see polished off.
- Talk more – Not being freelance this past year, I feel a bit out of touch with a community that I once enjoyed being a part of. I’ve got a couple of projects that launched in 2014 that I think I’ll be discussing over the next few months which I hope will be of interest to some people, and I also hope to be getting involved in other projects to start energizing my thought processes again.
- Talk elsewhere – I’ve started doing this. Towards the end of 2014 I had an article published on the Next-Gen Gaming Blog discussing discussing the advancements in cloud computing with relation to video games. I never talked about it here or on Twitter for some reason, but go and have a read. I’m in talks to guest publish on a couple of other sites and I’ll make sure I share those links here.
- Form wider networks – We’re already doing this at ShortOrme, casting outside of our usual crowd for some of our forthcoming productions, but I want to start exploring other networks for music and professional work.
- Don’t talk too soon – One of the things that I think I did too much of in 2014 was start to blow the horn on a few projects that never even saw the light of day. We’re still trying to film our short story, Highways and Transportation that’s been in production since 2013, for example. So, this year, I’m not going to talk about anything unless it’s concrete. For film, that’s if the footage has been shot; music, if something’s been recorded; writing, if words are in a document. You get the idea.
- Plan better – My planning in 2014 led to some missed opportunities and let downs. I’m not going to let that happen this year (to the best of my abilities!) and that should hopefully lead to less stress and headache and allow me to balance everything out.
I think, the overall idea is to make 2015 a compelling and potentially game-changing year. I want to be able to create and contribute to some content that will develop me both personally and professionally. I want to be able to share that and feel proud about it and, most of all, I want to be able to up the ante in a number of different areas.
Let’s revisit this post this time next year and see how well we did! For now, keep your eyes on the site!
Time for a change up, folks. Seven months without an update is pretty poor going but, well, I’ve not really felt the urge to speak to be honest. I’ve had a funny old year – I’ve been hugely productive on a number of projects, both work and hobbies; I’ve posted about my films over at Short Cut Films and my music at Stage of History. But for some reason I’ve not felt enthused to come here and talk about video games, movies or web development. Moving house, getting my life in order – these things seem to have taken over a bit but, well… I’m back.
2014 is set to bring about some big changes for me both professionally and… not so professionally. First up – I’m starting a new job! After two years being self employed, something I’ve loved and enjoyed the hell out of, I’m taking up a two year, full time contract at the University of Lincoln as a Research Systems Developer. Basically it’s going to involve distributed databases, open data libraries – all sorts of fun stuff that I kind of dabbled in when I previously worked at the Uni as a CLOCK developer. That’s coming up in January so I should be talking about that soon.
Filmmaking! I had a brilliant year at Short Cut Films, stretching my legs as a producer and pulling together some nine short films which you can watch on the Short Cut Films website. I’m very proud of the films we’ve produced so far and there’s more to come this year, although we’re going to be changing things up a bit. More about that in the coming weeks as we prep our next one which is sure to be a doozy!
Musics! I’ve been playing around with a lot of things musical this year but I’ve only released a handful of tracks including an EP back in July and a new stand alone track in December. You can check those out on the Stage of History website. I’ve got a few new bits in the pipeline there but I’m adopting a “Talk about it when it’s ready” approach. There may be some different things coming up but I need to be sure I’m happy with them before I unleash them on the world!
So, please stick around – things should get a bit more interesting on here in the next few months as I start to talk about my time at Lincoln Uni, look at setting up a home studio for my music and film making excercises, as well as (hopefully) getting back to randomly rambling about nonsensical stuff that you all probably don’t care about!