Sunday, January 2, 2011

Figuring Out 2011

The new year is, as everybody knows, the most convenient time to set out new goals. For me, this year's set will be a bit different from the usual resolutions I've carried over from year to year.

This year, my goals are:
  1. To finish the five volumes of the serial novel I'm currently writing and serializing online, Chaos Angel Spanner, edit them, and get them published starting in ebook form. Currently, I'm approaching the end of Book 1 and the beginning of Book 2. (Note: it contains large amounts of political, social, and sexual incorrectness, so it's definitely not for everybody, least of all the squeamish.)
  2. To become good at playing one instrument. This year, I want to get back to playing the guitar. I'd better start in January, because Febrary Album Writing Month is just one month away.
  3. To become fairly fluent in one language that is not English. I've been struggling with French since I was 10, so that's the one I pick this year.
  4. To get back into good physical condition and get my body looking as good as my pretty face. That will take some prodding, and not just by my mother (who usually takes me to the gym with her). It will probably also require some changes in my diet.
  5. To read at least one book a week, and post my impressions here.
  6. To take at least one photograph a day starting today, and do a complete Project 365.
  7. To draw at least one picture a day and get my drawing skills at least back up to where they were in the mid''00s, when I pretty much stopped after discovering NaNoWriMo in 2006.
Classes I'll be taking this year:
  1. Web design. So far, the introductory class has introduced some tags (specifically tables) and CSS (starting with boxes and layouts) that I never learned even though I've been working with webpages and HTML on and off since the mid-1990s.
  2. Photography. A photographer friend is holding classes, and I'm taking them. The intermediate class will require that I get a tripod.
I hope to achieve all these goals this year. Previous years, I've been distracted from all my goals. This year, I believe I can pull them off.

Here goes...


  1. Yay! Good plan. And even if you feel you're progressing at reaching your goals very slowly, well, it's only because you set such ambitious goals. You've done SO MUCH in the ten years or so that I've known you.

    I wish I had half your ambition!! You're truly a man on a creative mission.

  2. Thanks, Lynne! Sometimes I feel like I'm running in place, and I need positive feedback. We all do, really. Once again, thanks.