Cast 05 (Out Of Order) – Goals and Tyranny

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Hello there. Remember this post back in December? The one where I had to redo my December goals? Here’s the audio to that. Though the cast talks a bit about past events, it has a message about self-imposed tyranny I think we could benefit from.

Give a listen, drop a comment, and I’ll be chatting with you next week! Cheers!

(And apologies for the audio quality – this was the lost audio which was also done without a pop filter. 🤷🏻‍♂️)

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Cast 08 – Monthly Goals – January 2020

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Phone lock screen images from Yigit Koroglu and Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team.


I had a meager month in December, though it was terribly fun 😍

In January, I aim to keep a bit of that pleasurable heat, siphoning off some of it for means of production that contribute to my Financial Independence goals.

To do that, I have not really concrete goals, per say, but a schedule to follow for the month of January.

My Goals Due EOM:

  1. Write
    1. 14 hours a week. Want to finish a novel by March, which has 336 hours set aside for goals. 14 or more hours a week gets me to the 160 to 226 hours necessary to finish the Shallow Seas first draft.
  2. Housing
    1. 7 hours per week. Never thought I’d own a home, but it’s the third most lucrative decision (retroactively) behind working a day job and endeavoring to monetize my writing.
  3. Private
    1. 2-3 hours a week will hopefully let me check a lot of boxes in my life. I may or may not tell you more, and more time may be allocated to this from other goals… Just know where my attention is and know it’ll be of objective benefit 😊
  4. Leisure
    1. 3.5 hours to 7 hours a week of games! Making games! Movies! Travel! These things must be planned for as they’ve slipped off the radar, though not necessarily for decent reasons.
      I’ve a shortlist of games and game designs to work on, as well as places to travel to in 2020. Whatever else gets added or removed, adding frivolous recoup time is my last goal for the month.

Am I too far off here? A lot of calculation has been done over the returns of these goals, all efforts feeding into my arch-goal of Financial Independence.

Let me know in comment what I’ve missed or misjudged. I value your perspective – you protect my blind spots! (You may notice podcasting is absent – that’s intentional. I’ll keep the casts up, though they will not be an excuse to skip out on higher-return efforts 😉)

Anyway, have a lovely month. I trust you are starting the decade off just right ~


Cast 06 – Podcast Setup

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Both November and December have me podcasting. But how did I get here? What’s my setup like? All that an more are covered.

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My voice acting teacher:

My virtual mentor, Gary V:

My Gear:

  • Q2U USB Microphone
  • Aokeo Pop Filter
  • Audacity

My Process:

  • Noise Removal
  • Normalize
  • Compressor
  • Equalization > Bass Boost
  • Equalization > Treble Boost
  • Limiter > Hard Limit
  • Normalize
  • Compressor
  • Trim and cut out breathing noises


Monthly Goals – December 2019

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November was absolutely a stellar month. Though I failed at getting all my 2019 media posted online, my knowledge of RPG game design and moderating of tabletop games is ready to be exercised.

I also have a ready outline to tackle a story I’m already 40K words deep in, going under the project name “Shallow Seas“. After getting one of the best outlining methods ever seen in the Ring Theory / Ring Structure, I now know where this story and any others need to go. (That, and I finally decided on the final baddie for the heroes to slay!)

And let’s not forget the podcasting. Writing, recording, editing, and distributing a cast every week has not only been fun – it has seen the most interaction with an audience I’ve ever had for a regular publication (I’m ignoring interaction on my published games and modifications). For such a positive endeavor, one should keep it up, no?

So where does that leave us?

Well, December is not only the last month of the year, but the last one of the decade. That means a lot will be happening – parties, food, friends… you know the drill.

With that and how fulfilling November was, lets end this decade with a blast ~

My Goals Due EOM:

  1. Podcast
    1. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. If it’s working, don’t stop. Of course I will aim to improve quality, but for most folks, quantity and regularity is valued over quality. (And I need to put this mic to further use!)
  2. TTRPG Modules
    1. I made a rule system in November. Now it’s time to apply it: Three modules at least will be created using the rules, all of it ready for play.
      I’ll leverage two derived IPs and one unique: Star Wars, Mobile Suit Gundam, and my universe of Shallow Seas as a one-shot demonstration of the rules. (Maybe the Halo IP too, as it has an example of recharging health!)
  3. Shallow Seas Draft 1
    1. I’ve a solid outline, I’ve a solid character theme, I’ve added context to the fictional world, and I’ve written 40,000 words already. Can I finish a first draft of this book? Dang straight.
  4. Celebrate EOY
    1. How better to celebrate the turn of the calendar than with friends? I’ll go meet a few of them abroad while partying with a number who’ll come to Las Vegas.
      To keep those who I won’t see appraised of what’s going on, I’ll also craft my end-of-year letter, a useful review of the last 365 while reminding me of the Good and the people who made the time alive worth it and worth looking towards more.

How does that sound? To me, pretty good. December is going to be playful, purposeful, and productive. It’s exciting to think about what I get to share with you to cap off the decade as we go into 2020. I’m ready. What are you going to do?


Phone screen lock images from Yigit Koroglu, Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, and the National Archives Catalog.

Cast 03 – Be Known

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This cast covers a recurring theme of November’s goals: Be known. I go into depth of what that means, why I’m doing it, and how you can do it too.

How are you known? Want to be known? I hope to learn from you, so please leave a comment!

Cheers until Thanksgiving ~

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Cast 02 – RPG Systems

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To follow-up on last week’s cast, here I am discussing the finer points of what I’ve learned about tabletop role playing games, and what I mean to do about it:

  • Faster prep
  • Faster play
  • Faster narrative escalation

I talk about “clocks” at one point. These are those:

Image of narrative clocks from Kevin Whitaker.


Cast 01 – Better With Jimmy Chattin

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As promised, a podcast! We’re covering why I’m doing this podcast and the other goals I’ve set out to complete for the month of November.

Here’s Jenna Moreci on goal setting as mentioned in the cast.

Hit me up with your feedback and questions. I will touch base with you on what you bring to the table! Until then, I’m off to determine what to talk about next week…