Give it a go in 2014


As I reflected on my list of 2013 it’s time to have a look at the year of 2014 and what crazy things I want to give a go. Remembering that these are merely guidelines and my priorities will shift and change as the year marches forward.

Code a game.
Although I gave up coding at uni I still have the itch to create software, even if it’s a basic game that will only amuse myself. Using’s Java basics I’ll work through the tutorial steps and other resources until I have the know-how to create something of my own.

Write a web series pilot.
Now that I’ve written a spec script (with a few more forthcoming), I’d like to write my own show, something small that could be achieved on a budget of next to nothing. With the right people on board the next step is to bring it to life.

Complete the TV Scriptwriting Masterclass.
Although I completed a BA in Media Studies in 2010, I really have needed something more specific on top of that, something with a bit more direction. I believe this Masterclass course in Television Scriptwriting is just the ticket. Lucky for me, I got in!

Perform a written speech without cue cards.
I joined Toastmasters late last year so I’m now within a framework that encourages speech making. All I need is the motivation to practice and the confidence to go through with it. Having to rely on my memory without the safety of cue cards is one of the scariest social situations I can think of so I best warm up to this one.

Execute a surprise weekend away.
My girlfriend took me away on my birthday weekend so it’s only fair I take her away at some point. Somewhere that’s a fair drive but not crazy far–and somewhere interesting with fun things to see and do. I have some work ahead of me…

Release a regular podcast.
So last year I took the first step in recording something. This year it’s time to do it on an actual release schedule and get that RSS feed growing.

Speak complex sentences in Spanish
I know I keep adding this every year in some hope the language will come to me in a fever dream, but this year I am getting somewhere I know it! My aim is to complete the lessons of Duolingo and see what else I need to speak complex sentences.

Write every day
Now I know every day is a bit impossible as basically I have already failed it, but I want to endeavor to write everyday. For now I’m writing at least 500 words, usually working on my work in progress or a short story. Hopefully I can build on that, but for now I’m happy if I get on my ass and write some words with my morning coffee in hand.

Physical Mystery Challenge
Last year it was Warrior Dash. The year before that; Trailwalker. This year it could be Zombie Run on Sommes Island, Colour Run at Trentham Park, or something else. Though now I’m regretting writing these words as it means I need to go running again. Time to don some trainers, rope in a few mates and ruin our bodies.

Mini bosses

  • Visit SPCA Wellington.
  • Explore HUHA.
  • Buy pizza delivered.
  • Eat late night pancakes at Denny’s.
  • Ride a horse.
  • Take part in a social RPG.
  • Eat giant pasta (preferably penne or shells will do).


So there’s a rough brainstorm of ideas. I won’t be updating my progress too often (see what happened last year), but I might if you remind me!

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