I've mentioned before on this blog how 2012 was this big, life-changing, up-and-down year for me. 2013... not so much. In 2014, I rebooted this blog and began the New Experience Challenge. I went skydiving, flew a plane, performed my own show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and did all sorts of other crazy things. I also began umpiring and hosting pub quizzes, the two jobs that are by far and away the best I've ever had. That year was a crazy year too. In 2015, I had some interesting experiences, but it just wasn't a big stand-out year like the last. I'm hoping that this is a pattern that continues. I hope that 2016 will be as big and life-changing as it was two years ago and two years before that. Here are some of the things that are coming or that I hope will happen in the course of 2016.
A Trip to Asia
Kelsey's the tastemaker of our group. There have been multiple times in the last two years where I've tried to enlist the Gang to take a big holiday with me. I'm always met with complaints of "I'm way too busy" or "I'm broke". Two months ago however, Kelsey brought up the idea of going to Asia and a bunch of people jumped on board. Oh well... We got there in the end.
So at the end of January, myself, Kelsey, Jerida, Jason, Brooke and a new friend named Nikeisha will be travelling through Singapore and Phuket. The others have already found some incredible things to do including things like a treetop canopy tour, elephant tracking and of course, Universal Studios. We also want to tour the Buddhist monasteries etc.This will be an amazing experience that will be unlike any I've ever had.
My first entry into RAW Comedy was a big way to kick off an eventful 2012. I did very well on the night, but I wasn't accepted into the State Final. At the time, I was perplexed - sure, my act was confronting, but I was without a doubt one of the funniest people there on the night. Why didn't I get through? It's only now, four years later, that I understand. The judges weren't just looking for the funniest person. They were looking for the person with the biggest potential for a career in the business. My act certainly didn't give that impression.
RAW Comedy rules state that a person is allowed to enter three times. I was so adamant that I wanted to get past the heats that I decided to put off re-entering the next year so I could get some more experience. Then I put it off again. By the time 2015 came around, I was so out of practice it wasn't funny... which I guess is the point. So I've taken the plunge and registered again for 2016. If I fail, I'll have to learn to live with that. If I succeed, it could get the ball rolling for me to get back into stand-up more regularly. Either way... I'll get something out of this.
Build an App
My family doesn't really do "tradition", but one tradition we absolutely have is that on Christmas Eve, our extended family will have dinner at my aunt's house and we'll have a game of Trivial Pursuit. We always bring other boardgames, just to give it a bit of variety. But we always end up with Trivial Pursuit as our game of choice.
The problem that presents is that sooner or later, we're going to run out of questions. They only give you a finite amount of cards. We once tried to buy a new version of the game with new questions. But the questions were bad and the board was modified, so that now lies in the cupboard, collecting dust.
Coming to that realisation this Christmas, I had the idea to look on my phone for an app that would give us some new questions to answer. I couldn't find one. All I got were a bunch of cheap, amateur games. There were no apps that could provide us with just general, all-purpose question that we could apply to this game. So I decided to make one.
I've already drawn a spreadsheet on what the app would look like, including design, functionality and customisation. I've bookmarked some articles that will help me to learn the right code. In places where I can't get the app to look or do what I want, I might get a professional to fix it. And by the end of this year, I'll have put it out on the Android market. iPhone too if I get the hang of it.
Publish a Book
I've written the first draft of a children's story. It's very short, but so far the feedback has been pretty consistent in that it goes a bit above the head of my intended audience. By the end of this year, I want to sort out that problem, hire an illustrator and self-publish that book.
And of Course...
Pokemon Go. This, if nothing else, is certainly going to change my life.