Friday, January 2, 2015

Five Fandom Friday: New Year's Fandom Resolutions

I'm not much of a New Year's resolutions person, even though New Year's is one of my favorite holidays. I like its secularism and its universality—almost every culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next, no matter what season the year begins and ends in. Resolutions seem like a way to set yourself up to fail, especially the way that most people use them. But between 101 in 1001 and my penchant for lists, it's not hard for me to come up with a few things I'd like to improve or accomplish in 2015. I think they're all pretty achievable!

1. Get caught up on my Wonder Woman lore.

I've never been a fan of superhero comics, at least in the more or less "traditional" style of comics from the Golden through Bronze ages. My favorite superhero treatments usually have some kind of twist to them, whether it's the straightforward "what if" scenario of Red Son, or the crazy mindfuck that is Grant Morrison's run on Doom Patrol. But with a proper Wonder Woman movie coming out in 2017, I need to get ready! Because there is no question for me: I have to see a Wonder Woman movie on opening day.

2. Learn and master one new jewelry skill.

Jewelry is my original fandom, y'all, and there's no way around it. I'm thinking about seeing what I can do with hemp twine. It doesn't require any extra space or equipment like some of my other jewelry goals do, plus I have a crapload of hemp (though not too many beads that fit it). I think there are a couple ways of incorporating numbers into hemp work, too. 

I'm worried about how marketable this particular "look" is, especially with the sort of crowd that would be interested in math jewelry, but you never know until you try, right?

3. Photograph at least half of my backlog. 

No brainer. This might get easier, though, as one of my friends here in Stockholm is a photographer and I wouldn't mind working out a deal to outsource that responsibility because I HATE PHOTOGRAPHING MY WORK.

4. Finish Papers, Please

Self explanatory. But it can take me a long time to finish a game, especially if I like it. It sounds counterintuitive, but the reality is I just don't want the experience to end! Although in the case of Papers, Please, it's also a question of the game not always being a pleasant experience.

5. Finish Ni no Kuni

I've finished the story months ago, but I still have a long way to go towards 100% completion. And I'm nothing if not a completionist.

Do you make resolutions? Why or why not? If you do, do you mind sharing yours?


  1. Can't wait to see your new jewelry! I like playing with hemp, but I don't know many different techniques.

    1. I used to mess around with it when I was in high school, before I got OBSESSED with gemstone beads. We'll see how much muscle memory remains, heh.

  2. I too can't wait to see your new jewelry! Jewelry making is one craft area I haven't been to adept in.

    1. There are SO many different techniques and things that I'm sure there's something to suit your strengths. ;) I think bead stringing is the easiest to get into, but there's so much else out there: wire work (wrapping, crocheting, etc), maille, never know what your hands and fingers will take to!

  3. I used to love making jewellery! I can't wait to see what you come up with :)

    1. It's quite therapeutic! When it isn't eating up my discretionary funds, that is. ;)