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A Year in Preview – 2016

Readers (if I have any) may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything for a while.  The holidays got me kind of swamped.  I have been doing a bunch of writing, just not on the blog (more on that later).

It’s a new year and while it’s kind of cliche, it’s a time for retrospection and resolutions.  I find the “year in review” kind of posts somewhat boring and don’t particularly care for them so I won’t put you through that.  If you’ve been reading, you know what I’ve been writing about and how well I kept to a schedule.

However, I do like setting goals and expectations so I thought I’d take this post and talk about things that (I hope) will be coming up in the new year.  And if I pull this all off, it will be a doozy.  So without further ado, here are my plans for the year and what you can expect to see on the blog, at least from me.

Finishing My MLIS Degree

Mortarboard cap with gold tassleThis trumps just about anything on this list as it is directly related to my employment.  I went back to graduate school in Aug. 2014 to get a Master of Library and Information Science degree.  This was precipitated by landing my current job as the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Librarian at a university library.  Apparently you can’t be a real librarian unless you have a library degree, never mind a Ph.D in astronomy.  I’m faculty and getting the MLIS is a requirement on the way to tenure.  The good news is that I’ll be done with classes by the end of summer and just have the final End of Program exam in the fall.  Once that’s done, I’ll get to add more letters after my name.

For the most part this won’t impact the blog at all. I may miss a week for that End of Program exam as it is three 10-15 page essays all researched and written in a single week.  I won’t be doing anything else that week.  Otherwise, this shouldn’t be too bad.   After all, I’ve been doing it all this year fairly successfully.  You might hear mention of it now and then, however, so you’ve been warned.

Frontier Explorer

Frontier Explorer LogoThis is my other big, non-negotiable project.  I put out an issue every three months in January, April, July, and October.  The month to month and a half before it comes out, this sucks up most of my spare cycles.  This sometimes impacts my posting as I get behind and swamped.  On the plus side, I’m hoping to do more actual writing for the magazine instead of just editing and some of that material may show up here on the blog before it appears in the magazine (for example the Mapping Port Loren post will be appearing in the upcoming issue).  I’m also working on getting better about spacing out my work on the magazine so it’s not so rushed at the end each issue.  You can expect to see posts about the magazine and material in the magazine in the year to come.

More Frequent Posts

One of my goals is to post more often.  I’m still planning on trying to do at least one longer post each week.  However in addition, I’ll probably start posting additional smaller posts as well.  Often these may be announcements related to some of my other projects or small bits and thoughts about RPG related stuff I come across on-line.

Two Sheet Locations

Sample Two Sheet Location Cover, a manilla folder with papers inside and an image papercliped to the coverI posted the first of these, Mr. M’s Equipment Emporium, as part of the December RPG Blog Carnival.  This is actually the first is a series of locations that I am planning on producing and releasing (at least at first) as pay what you want products on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.  The final formatted version of Mr. M’s will go up sometime this month and I plan on doing these at least monthly.  This is where I’ve been spending my writing time over the break.   The second one is done, I have a writeup and preliminary map for the third and a preliminary writeup for the fourth.  You can expect to see more about these locations and possibly commentary on the publishing process here on the blog.


I’m looking to start up a podcast at some point in the year.  This will probably have to wait until my MLIS degree is finished. I’m looking at different ideas for the topics but it will be game related.  Once this starts up you’ll be seeing announcements for episode and possibly some discussion about the topics covered.

RPG Blog Carnival

I’m going to be trying real hard to get at least one post in for each topic on the RPG blog carnival this year.  I managed to hit five months last year and think I can do better.  Of course this month is a tough one, it’s Gates & Portals and I just did three posts in November on Void Jumping that would have been perfect for this topic as well as the November topic.  I’ll need to come up with something else for this month.

Running a Game

The other thing I’d like to do this year is get a new on-line game going.  If I can pull this off, you can expect to see play reports and campaign information appear in posts on the blog throughout the year after it has begun.  I’ll be sharing some of the items, NPC’s, and locations the players encounter in the campaign as resources for others to us.  Some of them will also probably translate into Two Sheet Location entries.

Continuing With Existing Topics

Plus I want to continue writing about topics I’ve already started.  I still have a bunch of 3D models to talk about and I’ll still be working on my game mechanics.  Plus I have that star map generator to finish.  All of these will be topics for future blog posts.

Last Thoughts

This is lining up to be a busy year if I can pull all of this off.  The MLIS degree, Frontier Explorer, and Two Sheet Location project are definitely happening along with the blog carnival and existing topic posts.  We’ll see if I get a podcast and game up and running.

So that’s the lineup from me in the coming year.  Are there topics or ideas you like to see me talk about?  Are there existing areas that you’d like to see more (or less) coverage on?  What could I do to improve the blog?  Let me know in the comments below.

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