4. Ensure there’s content 5 days a week on JenEric Designs (Succeeding)
There was a major change in this year’s lineup but we’re doing well. Hopefully we have enough TARDIS pictures to last until we can get more.
5. Design and Produce 2 new coffee flavours (Succeeding)
We released Crowley’s Temptation and I think we’re going to maybe release something in the Fall, but I’m not sure.
6. Print, Package, and Sell Oneshot – The Simplest RPG (No Movement)
I’m probably going to push this one back. I wanted something for Ottawa Comic Con but I doubt that’s happening and I’m not comfortable investing the time or money into this for this year.
Editing and Marketing
7. Finish Playtesting the higher levels of Fadds (Succeeding )
We finished a high level campaign and I’m pretty happy with how it went. It needs a little more work but we’ll get there. I’m going to continue to beta-test various parts, but for now I’m not rushing anything.
8. Figure out how to market my books better (No Movement)
This is a great goal and a great idea… I put my books up on our coffee site and sold a few but I don’t think I’m going to spend much energy on this one this year.
9. Read 20 books (Failing)
I’m at 4 of twenty and I’m reading slowly. Between Pegasus waking a lot, pandemic stress, and no bus to work I’ve found it hard to find time to read.
10. Don’t Burnout (Succeeding)
I’ll be honest, I constantly feel on the brink of a breakdown. I’m trying really hard to not let that happen. 2020 isn’t an easy time for this resolution.
11. Be More Patient (Trying)
My daughter is in a licking/biting phase (again) and my son is trying really hard to learn how to talk which means he just screams like a horror movie vixen. It’s hard to keep my cool, but other than a few times I’ve used “Angry Dad” voice instead of “Losing Control and Likely to punch a wall” voice so I’ll say that’s a win.
12. Play Some Video games with Dragon (Succeeding)
We’ve played a few times and she’s really improving. Hopefully we’ll do more soon.
13. Play Some Board Games with Dragon (Succeeding)
We’ve had 2 board game nights so far and they went well. She’s not grasping the strategy of the games, but she is getting the mechanics which is good. Our current favourite is The Mysterious Forest. It’s a co-op memory game with a little resource management. She mostly loves being in charge of the stuff.
That’s not as bad as I expected. So far I’m succeeding at 7, Trying with 1, No Movement on 3, and outright Failing on 2. I expected much worse.
I’m not adding or changing anything this year. Who knows what 2020 still has in store for us. Hopefully I can continue at this pace.
4. Ensure there’s content 5 days a week on JenEric Designs
We’ve missed this once in six years and I don’t want to miss it again.
5. Design and Produce 2 new coffee flavours
I have already tested and have 4-6 flavours ready. I just need names and designs.
6. Print, Package, and Sell Oneshot – The Simplest RPG
I just need to figure out how to put it all together and sell it.
Editing and Marketing
7. Finish Playtesting the higher levels of Fadds
I’ve done a lot of work on this system over the past 10 years and it’s close to done I need to playtest the higher levels and then I can start some cleanup of the wording and other basic editing.
8. Figure out how to market my books better
Renaissance Press is a fantastic publisher but, as with any other publisher, a lot of work still needs to be done by the author. I need to figure out how to get my books into the hands of people who will enjoy them.
9. Read 20 books
Last year I barely made this goal so I’m hoping I can surpass it this time.
10. Don’t Burnout
Two years ago I burned-out pretty bad. I was just doing too much. After being on parental leave for 9 months, going back to work is going to be hard. I have to be careful not to fall into over-doing it again.
11. Be More Patient
I love my family, kids, and friends but sometimes I just want to scream at them… unfortunately I sometimes do.
I’m working on it. Let’s hope I can continue to improve.
12. Play Some Video games with Dragon
I really enjoy playing with her and I think she does too. It’s a great stress relief.
13. Play Some Board Games with Dragon
She’s still young, but I think she can figure out some of the simpler games we have. We’ll try it out and see.
This past weekend the entire JenEric family went to one of our favourite conventions; Can*Con. The people were lovely and the event was wonderful, but boy am I glad it’s over.
It’s definitely the most stressful convention for me. Most conventions, my job is to stand there, look pretty, and sell coffee. At Can*Con, I’m also an author and need to talk about my books and my experience. Often times, with people I respect and am in awe of.
This year I had a panel about multiple point of view narratives with Tanya Huff and Kevin Hearn. Both amazing writers and extremely intelligent panelists. I think, to my surprise, I didn’t come off as a complete fool, so yay. (A personal fanboy moment was when Tanya chided me for not mentioning my Aurora nomination.)
I also had a signing with Charles De Lint. I spent half the time chatting with people in line to talk with him and half the time chatting with him. He’s a really nice person and we chatted about book formatting and support structures.
Now all that was stressful but awesome. Unfortunately, all 4 of us came down with a cold just before the convention. So doing a convention with a 3 year old and a baby while being sick was… exhausting.
Despite all of us being exhausted, we decided we needed to go to the Aurora awards banquet (we were both nominated but didn’t expect to win). Keladry wanted to dress up and we were just too darn tired so we didn’t. We were the schlumps in t-shirts and jeans but we had a great time.
On the Sunday I had a reading and took Keladry to ensure I had an audience. To my surprise, there were three other people. At least one of which was there to hear me read. Yay, I have a fan! Thanks S!
Doing conventions with kids is hard but totally worth it. Adrien mostly slept, but Keladry was as good as possible. She listened, didn’t touch things, and only melted down a few times. I’m really proud of them.
Doing conventions with kids isn’t easy, but what makes it infinitely better is doing it with people who love them and like to entertain them. S. M. Carrière being the godmother spends a lot of time helping us at almost every con. Nathan of Renaissance was amazing despite being busy 99% of the con. Heather Chambers was absolutely fantastic with Keladry. She drew with her, played, and spent lots of time laughing.
There are more people that helped then I can name.
To everyone who helped, chatted, bought something, listened to me read or rant, or just made this convention amazing. Thank you so much!