I resolve nothing

Myself, and my companion Holly. I’m the one with the beard.  Photo by Babs Who Takes Pictures.

It’s just the time when peoples’ New Year’s Resolutions are starting to die terrible, sometimes hilarious deaths.  Looking back, I found what I’d resolved for 2016, almost exactly a year ago.  And I wanted to share it with you.

(Some of this is very personal to me.  I hope you don’t mind my sharing.  I’ll include some notes in italics.)

On January 1st, 2015, I plan to get up and try to do better than I did the day before. Just as I’ve tried to do every day for the past ten years.

In 2016, I hope to do it while avoiding re-addiction to Ambien.

(I did!  I take Ambien sometimes, medically, when appropriate – and that’s it.)

I plan to try to recognize toxic relationships and be active in ending them, and I resolve to treasure the relationships which improve my life.

(I failed.  I got into a very toxic relationship.  But I also succeeded and, just before the year ended, broke the worst two relationships in my life, personal and professional.  I am free.)

I will try to write. I will try to create. I will try to sell tickets. I will try to be a good friend and a good partner. I will be a difficult friend and a difficult partner, and while I will not see these things as virtues, I’ll recognize them as truths about myself. I am incredibly driven, and I plan to stay that way, and that is both a blessing and a curse to those around me.

I will end the event that changed my life and plan the new event which might change, not just my life, but the lives of the other people who work at my company, and hopefully for the better.

(YES!  GLIMMERDARK IS COMING, AND I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!)

I don’t have resolutions for next year. I don’t have any goals which I’d mark with an arbitrary change of calendar. My goals are to do as much as I can before I die, and I don’t know when that will be. So I already know that I will wake up every day, knowing what the most meaningful day of 2016 will be: today.

(And that is EXACTLY how I feel about 2017.  Let’s ride together, friends.  Let 2017 be the year that we People of Imagination rule all the worlds, real AND imaginary.)

~Jeff Mach

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Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

 

Practical Office Steampunk

Sure, there ARE some jobs where you can show up in just your underwear and your top hat.  I have one of those jobs, possibly because I work for myself AND I work from home.  But most of the time, you need to leave your Steampunk side at the door.  But there’s still hope!  Let me show you how to do Steampunk at your office.

  • Your water cooler is boring.  Substitute a little bit of green dye, and voila! You can pretend you’re drinking absinthe.

  • The office dress code could be interpreted a little more liberally, surely.  I mean, is there anything in the rules which says you can’t have a pocketwatch the size of your head?

  • Good way to avoid having your lunch stolen out of the breakroom fridge: Make sure that you bring a protein shake labelled “Drink me!”  The reverse-psychology could keep you safe, and if it doesn’t, you’ll know who stole your drink because it’ll they’ll have shrunk to the size of a mushroom.

  • You can’t exist in the office without coffee, but you can’t exist as a Steampunk without tea.  Easy solution: mix them both together!  Sure, this will taste unspeakably terrible.  But it’ll definitely keep you awake and on-point at your job.

  • If your boss is unbearable, don’t despair.  You can now order Morlocks online, and they’ll make short shrift of your administrators.  Bonus: We find this is excellent for office morale, as well.

~Jeff Mach

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Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

The Fool and The Fairy: A Pre-Holiday Thought For Steampunks, Faeries, and Other Eccentrics

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“The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.”
John Stuart Mill

This holiday season, give your family the gift they most need: Be the strange, eccentric family member whose peculiar antics make everything else happening at dinner seem pretty normal in comparison.

This is the time to be unusual and proud of it!  Remember, you need to provide a bad example for the next generation.  You want people to go home saying to your cousins, “Now, eat all your broccoli, or you’re turn out warped, like your Aunt Peaseblossom.”

We got into Steampunk – and Faeries, and magic, and all manner of fandom and peculiar worlds – because we can see that there’s more to life than what we see in our everyday experience.  Take that thought with you.

The holidays can be rough, and we’ll be writing about that some more in the next few days.

Remember: There’s always magic in the holiday season, but that’s because magic is real and you carry it about in your hip pocket.  Which can be terribly peculiar if you don’t have a hip pocket.

And now, some holiday poetry for you:

The Fool said to the Fairy,
“I’m sure you don’t exist!”
The Fairy said, “In that case
You’re off my Christmas list!”

Enjoy your weekend!

~Jeff Mach

Jeff Mach Events

 

I have a Steampunk, clockwork heart

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Tick, tick.

And if I were to open you up – would you see anything less remarkable? Less intricately dazzling, in its squelching, spongy way? Lungs and heart and spleen, and all the rest – ticking away, as it were? Yet you walk down the boulevard, and pass any number of such wonderful devices, all ticking away as they walk, and think it no great marvel.”
K.W. Jeter, “Infernal Devices”

I have a perfect clockwork heart
No beat it ever skips
You make my heart feel like the sun
During a total eclipse.

~Jeff Mach

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Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.