So, we’re there. 2011 is over and 2012 has just started.
Last year was somewhat a transition, and it seems this new one will be full of surprises and things to do and challenges. I will hold two game design classes and i’m excited and scared about that. I’m willing to do the best I can.
Last year I started a small project. I described it here. It was a small book I used to write down a game idea each day. I came up with 350 ideas, which is definitely not bad. But something didn’t work as I expected at first. Day after day I felt more and more like a prisoner of this commitment, and creativity and enthusiasm gave place to frustration and anxiety. Sometime the ideas I wrote were pure crap, but that was taken into account. i guess this year I will let run my creativity more freely. Forcing myself to an idea a day just seems not to work for me. Not as well as I expected, though.
What else? Well, I would like to keep learning, and I would like to find some time to work on a small book on game design. This is something I tried again and again, but never had the time and the commitment to actually make. Maybe this is the right time, maybe not. It is worth a try, though.
Probably the best wishes for the new year came from Neil Gaiman. It seems so right for me, in this very moment of my life, that I cannot keep to steal what he wrote and copy it here.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
This is it. So, happy new year. And game on!