2015 In a Nutshell: Emma's Retrospective

2015 was a roller coaster of a year.

I'd all but burnt myself out in December 2014, working long hours as events sales and coordinator, in-house kitchen launcher, facilities facilitator, marketing, and more during the holiday rush at Society Billiards + Bar (though, crazily enough, I wasn't the hardest worker there!).

Practicing my artistic cue-based marketing skills.

Practicing my artistic cue-based marketing skills.

I was psyched to be able to survive, learn, and grow in such a fast-paced and challenging environment, but eventually realized it wasn't what I was looking for long-term.

So, after a successful run at Society selling $200K worth of events, I struck out to pursue my own projects (with the amazing support of Phil <3). I signed on with Tim Rodriguez at Brooklyn Indie Games to publish Heartcatchers (woo!), attended Gen Con, vacationed in Las Vegas, showed Heartcatchers at Playcrafting (thanks Dan!) and Boston Festival of Indie Games, went on a blog book tour for Mechalarum (resulting in more than 700 downloads), and drafted most of the sequel, Witherwelt (shoutout to Tang and everyone else for championing the cause!).

Showing Heartcatchers at Boston FIG.

Showing Heartcatchers at Boston FIG.

I started writing for Cracked again, and especially enjoyed learning more about 6 Odd Things Doomsday Preppers Stockpile during my extensive research. 

Alcohol. Need I say more>

Alcohol. Need I say more>

There were some struggles among the achievements. After a lot of internal debate, I decided against putting together a big startup tech hack weekend, knowing it wouldn't ultimately get me closer to where I wanted to go. I worked on the practice of controlling my own time, gradually getting better and better at getting things done. I took a balanced look at what my art was costing to produce and what I was making off of it, and soldiered on.

Throughout all this, I learned that building communities and spreading the word about awesome things is where my greatest strength lies. And also, that I work best when surrounded by passionate people working together towards a shared goal. As a result of this, I landed my dream job at DreamSail Games as community manager and PR (thanks Kevin!).

Updating the Blade Ballet banner.

Updating the Blade Ballet banner.

The most important lesson of this year has been that the people in my life are my greatest asset. In the past, I've gotten stuck in my head trying to grow and achieve and build things with only my own brain to rely on. This year, I've decided to give more, ask more, share more. All you wonderful people are why I've gotten to where I am today. Huge thanks from the bottom of my heart. I'm excited to thrive this year with you by my side!

Questions about my wacky year? Words of encouragement for 2016? Share them below!