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Goals for 2013 – March update

I’m impressed with how much I got done this month, even with the month being shorter and going away to see my parents for a few days. I think the thing I’m most proud of is what happened the other night. My Dungeons & Dragons group and I dropped several barrels of nitro-glycerin on a town that had been taken over by the enemy army and inflicted a total of 27190 points of damage. That’s enough to kill 82 Tarrasques, the most powerful monsters in the game. We also went up from level 7 to level 19. Considering it took us about a year and a half of playing to get up to level 7, that’s bloody impressive.

But in the real world, here are the actual achievements I made:


I completed the short story I had been working on for a long time and submitted it to a contest. That’s one thing crossed off my goal list already. I’ve already started another short story. I intended to submit it to an anthology but the deadline was in a week and since it was in a genre I haven’t written in before, I didn’t finish it in time. I’ll talk more about that in my next blog post.

I feel bad that I haven’t worked on my novel at all this month, especially since one of my goals is to complete six chapters by the end of the year. I hope I’ll be able to work on it more next month.


I’m up to almost four out of twenty books now. I ended up giving up on Dawnthief because I just could not get into it and found it tediously boring. Apparently I’m not the only reader who thinks that. I know some people feel compelled to finish a book when they’ve started it even if they hate it. But I say screw that. If you don’t like a book then you have no obligation to read it! Just throw it on the fire!

I did finish Creative, Inc: The Ulitmate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Cho Ilasco and found it very useful. Although I had to skip some of the chapters on taxes and stuff because they referred to the American tax system.

In the budget calculation section, she listed $180 or £119 a month on clothes. Who needs to spend £1428 per year on clothes?!

Right now, I’m still reading The Silmarillion. I found it a bit confusing at first but now I’m starting to memorise what each name refers to, I’m starting to find it interesting.


The May Expo is getting ever closer, so I’ve been catching up on my cosplay a lot. When visiting my parents, I went to the Hobbycraft in their town and picked up all the materials I need so I’m all set. Although I now realise that I forget to get foam and there aren’t any craft shops in my town…

I did get a nice dress that will form the main component of my Cardcaptor Sakura cosplay and promptly butchered it.

Here’s the outfit I’m making (I picked it because it’s probably the most simple of all of Sakura’s costumes):

sakura cat


So far I have a cut up dress:


And a broken wand:


Although my writing output has increased, it did mean that I didn’t market my business much this month so I will try to work more on that during March. I also want to write a few more blog posts, work on my novel and do some more cosplay preparation.

After a truly epic finale, my Dungeons and Dragons games have been temporarily suspended while the other members work on their uni assignments so that will free up a few evenings. But knowing me, I’ll just fill those up with World of Warcraft instead…