Moving into 2015

I’m not much of one for making new year’s resolutions. I feel that if I want to change something in my life, why wait until the new year? It just so happens this year that me finding a good time to start changing things has coincided with the new year as I have finally stopped being quite so busy! So this is what I’m planning to do or achieve this year, some of which are new aspirations and others more recent ideas.

Start writing my game 

When I finished my degree and started looking for a job, I managed to come up with the idea for a game I wanted to write. I even did some very basic code in Java that I took to an interview! But since then, I seem to have been far too busy with work and cosplay and life to do anything more about it. So I’m determined this year to actually make a start on it. I have the main characters, and a rough plot, so I think I’m at a good point to start writing some code as practice =)

Get fit and improve skin
Honestly, this is something most people want in life! I started going to the gym once a week last year, it wasn’t much but more than nothing. Then I got busy again and stopped. So I am going to start doing more exercise again. I don’t even particularly care what exercise it is, as long as I’m doing some! This isn’t an explicit attempt to lose weight, though I do hope that’s an nice side effect. And then, related because it’s my body, I want to clear up my skin a bit more. I’ve started wearing makeup on a daily basis, and I’m pretty sure that’s had an effect, so I want to reverse that!
Incidentally, it would be nice to be a bit thinner and have better skin by my wedding!

In terms of cosplay, this year is a little bit light. I only have 3 plans of things to make up until August, with a potential 4th if I get them done sooner than I expect, which is probably unlikely. After then, who knows. I don’t know what cons I’ll attend so I can’t really plan the cosplays either! I do know that I’ll be attending Kitacon, so essentially that’s what these plans are for.

Finish Midnight Mauve 

What I did of my dress I did very well, but, after talks with the judges, there are a few things I want to redo and then there are things, like the gloves and weapon, that I need to finish. This is probably my top priority as I’m hoping to enter this in Eurocosplay later in the year! I’ll try to get up progress of this as I go.
I’ve wanted to do Fang for a while, finally found a chance in my cosplay calendar to do her. Should be wearing her with my friend, Captain Kurfuffle, as Vanille. I’m also kind of excited to have a cosplay that’s predominantly not sewing! I mean, I love sewing and that’s the core of cosplay for me, but it’s nice to have a break from the sewing machine now and then.
Okay, so obviously I can’t really tell you much about this one, except I’ll be wearing it in a pair with Ickle! I don’t tend to like people announcing secret cosplays, I usually think it would be better to not say anything. But it’s torturing one of our friends that they don’t know what this is!
So that isn’t the end of it. The lovely Yuka has sent me her old Mami cosplay. I started making this myself but never seemed to have the drive to finish it. I need to alter it in a couple of places as she’s a little bit smaller than me, but hey, maybe if I lose some weight it’ll be okay. Definitely looking forward to finally wearing it though!
The 4th cosplay I’ll make if and only if I have the time and get everything else finished first, is XIII-2 Lightning. I’m not great with armour, but I’d like to learn, and I’m probably going to enlist the help of Nesabi who makes damn awesome armour! In return, they’ve asked me to help them out with some sewing.
Last but not least, I want to work more on my photography this year! I still have unedited photos from Kitacon last year. I really need to get on that. And then I want to organise some shoots outside of conventions, cause I tend to be pretty bad at taking photos to be perfectly honest. I still have my steadicam to use as well, so we’ll see where this goes.
And in a vaguely related way, I need to update my Facebook page a bit more! There’s some old stuff I can upload, but I also need to just share more in progress stuff I think.
And that’s all. Though it’s rather a lot….wish me luck!