The whole process is interesting to me so I'm going to start by tring to make a "complete" but small game, probably a puzzle game of some kind, just to get experience (though I'll try to make it fun to play).
Mostly just research so far; I decided to use the PopCap framework to handle some of the tedious details robustly, so I'm studying that. Also for some reason I'm curious about making the colorful fonts that make good games look so nice.
And trying to figure out the best way to make game music.
Fun stuff! I'm just a hobbyist so if anybody happens to read this, don't expect too much. I just wanted to make a journal to help with motivation and on the off chance that somebody else finds it interesting.