It is weird as hell that we’re upon the last two weeks of the year.
Each year I keep two notebooks: one for gaming and one for reading. Over the weekend, I realized I needed to pull the new ones out (I bought them over the summer at Powell’s) to get them ready for 2019. When I did that, I was reminded of a nebulous challenge I’ve always wanted to tackle but have been intimidated to take on: playing 100 games to completion over the course of a year.
My requirement for the challenge would be to complete 100 new-to-me games between January 1st and December 31st.
Do I think I can do it? I mean, logistically, yes, I could probably achieve this goal.
Do I think I will be able to successfully do it? Honestly? I’m not sure. I think it would not only be interesting to try, but would result in plenty of writing fodder as well.
Which brings me to my next point: I renewed my dumb website and domain. Looks like I’m stuck with this thing until July of 2020, which I suppose means you’re stuck with me, too.
I figured if I was going to re-up this nonsense, I may as well take on that massive challenge, just to see if I can do it.
So there they are: my gaming plans for 2019.
Side note: I’ve used more colons in this piece in under 300 words than I’ve used in pieces five times as long. This surely must be some sort of personal record.
Over the past week, I barely played anything. I played a little Destiny 2 here and there (I’m barely inching towards the new level cap), but my attention span has been either nonexistent or elsewhere. I spent a significant amount of time with the couch. I slept at random times but never quite during “normal” human sleeping hours.
It’s been a heavy week.
I make no secret that this time of year is difficult for me. I don’t care for Christmas (for many reasons), but I know so many people do and I try to be respectful. But I’d be a big fat liar if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the calendar flip to 2019. I know nothing fundamentally changes when that happens, but I will be glad to put this particular season behind me. This is also only the second time in the past decade my partner and I haven’t gone “home” for Christmas, and that’s a bit strange, too.
This week, my focus is simple: to take care of myself as best I can. If I play, great. If I read, great. If I clean and organize, great. If I don’t do any of those things, great. I just need to make sure I’m as nice as I can be to myself; it’s not something I focus on all that much.
We’ll see how it goes.
With that I ask: what will YOU be playing this week? How do you feel about this time of year? Do you have any techniques that help you cope with difficult times?
Thank you for being here and being supportive. I can never say how much that means to me.