Since retiring I have read “Don Quixote” (in translation) and no longer need rely on either the Classics Illustrated version or “Man From La Mancha”. It is a very long book and as I read I had flashes of the movie “Taxi Driver”. Both contain narrative about reality and fantasy and how one constantly shapes the other.
I watched “Taxi Driver” again just the other day. Of the dozens and dozens of dialogue snippets that could have stuck with me, this one keeps popping up:
Travis: I should get one of those signs that says “One of these days I’m gonna get organezized”.
Betsy: You mean organized?
Travis: Organezized. Organezized. It’s a joke. O-R-G-A-N-E-Z-I-Z-E-D…
Like Travis I’ve got to get “organezized”.
It is the near perfect word for simultaneously describing the cluttered present and a structured future that exists largely in fantasy.
There are several thing I want to complete in 2016 but the problem with setting them down is it that they are instantly translated into units of work! This is not really the way I want to think about them, not because work isn’t fun but because it limits my freedom of action (in my mind at least). Organizized gives me more room to play.
So my Organizization Plan for 2016:
- Get the 1644/45 winter battles of Montrose’s campaign (Fyvie and Inverlochy) completed sometime before the mountains surrounding my home start turning green again.
- Get some representative engagements set up as wargames from the early period of the Irish Rebellion (1641/1642). At the moment I’m thinking of three: the attempted storming(s) of Drogheda by the insurgents, Coote’s (the elder) brutal campaign against the insurgents around the boarders of The Pale, and the Battle of Liscarrol.
- Complete the static pages (belonging to this blog) detailing the organization of my wargaming armies to fight the battles on the Celtic Fringe during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.
- Complete detailing the rules I have built to fight these battles. This has proven to be a rather slow process using both static pages and posts, with each battle I report on (and some I don’t) providing more design fodder.
- Paint the dang New Model Army infantry and add a few combat pieces to some of the existing armies.
This really doesn’t seem like a huge amount but I have to do a great deal of background reading and synthesis of the material. I grant that virtually everything I’ve done so far has already been wargamed somewhere, often by folks who know way more than me (and have physical access to the battlefields), BUT I live to re-invent the wheel!
I have also started a second blog that I will work on from time to time with absolutely no sense of urgency.