Podcasting plans and goals for 2010.

“Keep reading science fiction novels and reviewing them for the Science Fiction Book Review Podcast. I also plan to review any fantasy novels I read.”

Win. 40 podcast episodes recorded and released in 2010. Each one of these represents a book read, as well as hours spend thinking about the book, time spent making notes, 30 minutes to an hour of recording, and probably an hour on top of that on the work per podcast.

It’s funny that this has, in many ways, be my biggest project this year in terms of visible output to the general public, and yet it is only worth one win point. Such is my life.

The good thing is that listener numbers keep going up! I must be doing something right.

“Be a guest on other podcasts.”

Win. I was a guest on the SFFaudio podcast a few times, as well as on the Geeknights podcast. Maybe some other podcasts too, although they don’t spring to mind at the moment.

“Doing some more Juggling Podcasts. I really miss the interviews I did with other jugglers.”

At this point I can say win, even though in the juggling section I said this was in the works. It’s a matter of semantics. There I said release, and here I say doing. I have done the podcasts, as in conducted and edited the interviews, however they are yet to be released. Easy point, even if this one was quite redundant. I’d not that I noticed when I made the list.

“I’m thinking of starting a new podcast about traveling.”

Win. I did this for a while at the beginning of the year. It turned out to be too much work. I visit so many places, and see so many different things, and the idea was that I would release one episodes per country I visited, or port stop I made on the cruise. This turned out to be unworkable, as the schedule would mean five podcasts per week in some cases. In the end I decided to stick to just making blog posts with my photographs from each stop in my travels.

This could be called a fail, however it was always going to be an experiment, and was more of a way to combine hobbies, those being traveling and photography and podcasting. That I tried it is enough, even if I didn’t keep it up. I learnt a lot along the way.

“If I’m going to do this, I’m going to buy a portable mp3 recorder with a mic attachment, so I can record easily while hiking across a city or up a hill.”

“Thinking about that last point, what I should actually do is see if my iPhone would work just as well, as then I need to carry one less gadget.”

These two are just stupid, they have very little to do with plans and goals for the year. I was just thinking with my fingers when typing, and somehow they made onto the list. But I did look into these things, and by a microphone for my laptop which also works with my camera, and I did use my iPhone as a voice recorder a few times too.

Final results for this section: six win points out of six! Nice!

And, as I said, I have a whole new podcast project which I’ll be talking about in the future.


Writing plans and goals in 2010.

“Keep writing for this blog.”

Win.

Combat front cover The Monster Story Conference front cover

“Finish editing and release (and decide on final titles for) on my two works-in-progress novels: Combat Story and Monster Story. Completion dates: January and March.”

Win. The final titles actually stay very much the same, “Combat” and “The Monster Story Conference” respectively. However, the Monster Story is still not in the final version, not matter that I released what I had online. But who knows, maybe the final version will be a screenplay or comic book!

“Have another run at Human Danger (working title), the novel I began but didn’t complete in 2009. I have a feeling this will be a longer term project than just this year though.”

Fail. Although I noted at the beginning of the year but it will probably not get done in 2010 alone.

“Research, outline, and write another novel I’m giving the working title “Arc of Life.” It’ll be a fantasy novel set in a world of strange creatures and magic.”

Half and half. This is still in the works, even though I completed all the research and outlining. I wrote just over a quarter of the novel itself, although I actually believe that because so much of it was about world building and outlining the plot and characters, I’m more than half done with the entire project in terms of writing. I never intended to have it completed by the end of the year, completely edited and released, but I thought I would be a bit further along than I am now.

“Start work on the final novel in the Minding Tomorrow world.”

Win. This is almost finished, at least as a first draft.

“Do an audio recording of one of my novels. ”

Fail. I never even thought about this after writing the goal in the original list!

Total for this section: 3.5 win points, 2.5 fail points. I’m very happy with this though, because Win points, when it comes to writing novels, mean a lot. And the fail points apply to a novel I didn’t think I would write, and an audio book recording projects which I never intended to do anyway.

Oh yeah, and 0.5 “in the works” points.


Juggling plans and goals in 2010

I had 13 plans and goals in this section, which makes it the largest section of all. That’s to be expected, considering I am a professional juggler, and juggling is one of my main hobbies.

” Keep improving my solo shows and performing skills.”

Win. I’m getting better at performing all the time.

” Work on my Room show project, a juggling theater show. I plan to have all the set building work complete by March, and 20 to 30 minutes complete by May.”

Partial win. I have worked a lot on my room project, but this constitutes many fails in this list. I never managed to get as far as I wanted to, mainly because it’s too difficult to work on such a big project by myself. As soon as I invited somebody over to help with the project, I worked quickly and easily, but the entire thing was too much work for one person.

Therefore:

” Perform a short version of the Room Show at the Berlin Juggling Convention in June.”

” Have an hour show finished by October, and put on a series of shows in my own home for invited audiences.”

Two fails. However, I give myself a partial win for the first one about my room show because I did without a cool video in August, and did write a lot of material, even if the video was the only thing I managed to present to anyone.

” Finish other juggling routines I’m working on at the moment.”

Win. Then again, I’m constantly working on new material, so I probably have more unfinished juggling routines now than I did at the beginning of the year.

” Run the British Young Juggler of the Year show for the sixth year. Also do a series of online workshops for those taking part, in attempt to raise the quality of the acts. Nobody has won a Gold Award yet!”

I marked this down as a fail, because I didn’t run the British young juggler of the year. I didn’t go to the British juggling convention at all. There are many reasons, really after running BYJOTY for five years in a row, I don’t think I need to prove anything to anyone and continue when my inspiration is running low.

I have written quite a few workshops about juggling and performing for my blog though, so maybe I should give myself half a point here.

” I’m in charge of the Open Stages at the EJC in Finland. That means seven or eight nights of zero stress and easy work as my superior organization skills result in everything running smoothly, and every night’s show rocking. Or so I hope.”

A win. There was a little bit of stress, but nothing serious. I ran five nights of entertainment, plus I organised the fight night, and hosted the opening show. On top of that I took dozens of photos every day, and uploaded them to Facebook in my blog. I probably did a bit too much but the European juggling convention, to be honest.

“Generally rock out playing combat.”

Win. Combat is one of my favourite things about juggling, and I think I’m getting better all the time. However…

“Beat Jochen in the final of a Fight Night 3 Club Combat tournament. I’ve won a tournament we both entered before, but I wasn’t the one to knock him out. ”

Fail. Jochen beat me in the final in Berlin, or maybe it was Flo, but I didn’t win there. And then at the European juggling convention, I messed around too much, and Alex beat me in the semi-final. Jochen went on to win.

Maybe next year!

“Release some more Juggling Podcasts.”

This is in the works. It’s a secret project at the moment, which I intended to release by the end of 2010, but it’ll be out in the New Year instead. It isn’t specifically about juggling, but I do talk to plenty of jugglers. Stay tuned.

“Release some interesting juggling videos on YouTube (I have a few good ideas).”

Win. I’ll let you judge if my YouTube videos are interesting or not, but I think they are.

” Juggle 9 clubs for 19 passes each with Pola.”

I think this is included more for nostalgia purposes than anything else. It was always one of our plans and goals for the year when we did the juggling podcasts, and generally made plans together for the year, but it’s not very handy when you no longer live in the same country, let alone in the same house.

” Also, depending other work commitments, I might enter Britain’s Got Talent.”

Fail. Although, judging by the reputation of Britain’s got talent, this might be a win.

In this section, I got six win points, one in the works, and six fail points. Not very good, considering I am a professional juggler, and juggling is one of my main hobbies.


Juggling and Traveling in 2010

In my plans and goals of 2010 I laid forth the following:

“Release my International Juggler 2009 video, the one I’ve been working on for the last year, which features me juggling in every country/place I visited. ”

Win!

“Shoot, edit, and release International Juggler 2010, a similar video as above, of all the places I visit in 2010. I have some ideas about how to make this different/better than the 2009 video, but I don’t need to think about that too much for the next few weeks.”

Win/in the works.

I do have a project like last year’s, which shows everywhere I travelled this year. But I mix shots from both 2009 and 2010, picking the best shot from each country over two years. However, this video is mostly for me to use in my show, and is not put up online.

What I wanted to do is share my travels as I went along.

In 2009 I shot lots of video in lots of different places, for example on my trip to Spain, I was there for four weeks, but only the best five seconds of footage got into the International Juggler 2009 video.

This year, if something interesting happened in a country, I shared more than just a few seconds. For example:

Antarctica (gale force winds across the deck of the Star Princess):

Papua New Guinea (jumping from rocks, active volcanoes, snorkling):

Australia (wallabies):

India (elephants, etc):

England (White Cliffs of Dover):

Iceland (juggling in the Blue Lagoon with crew members from the Ocean Princess):

Greenland (a great view):

Namibia (juggling, jumping and running on a huge sand dune):

Helsinki, Finland (soundtrack by Sibelius):

New York (with added cute child):

Funchal, Madeira (lost: 1 white beanbag):

” Go to the Berlin, British, and European juggling conventions. And a convention in September/October too. Maybe the Turkish again, maybe another. ”

Partial win. I went to the Berlin, European, Brussels, and Lublin conventions. I didn’t get to the British juggling convention.

Nine plans and goals in the traveling with work and juggling section. 6.75 wins, 1.25 fails, and one project kinda still in the works. If I do release the video of all the places I juggled this year, it won’t be called International Juggler 2010.


GeekNights special: The Historicity of the Bible with Luke Burrage

I was a guest on the GeekNights podcast again. We recorded this back in September, so I can’t remember exactly what we covered, but apparently I speak very quickly.

“Tonight on GeekNights, we end the year with a discussion we shared with the incorrigible Luke Burrage on the historical legitimacy (or lack thereof) of the Christian Bible. Of particular interest is the Documentary Hypothesis and a solid book on the subject (The Bible with Sources Revealed).”