Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hello 2012!

So, it’s 2012. Supposedly the end of the world is less than a year away. But, I’m pretty sure it ain’t gonna happen. So, let’s get on with life. After all, even if the end is nigh, worrying about it and trying to prepare for it won’t do any good anyways.

2011 was an interesting year. Started with some heartbreak, went through various ups and downs, and ended on a relatively high note for me, personally. My life is pretty good. I have a beautiful wife, and wonderful kids who, despite being pains in my ass, mean more to me than anything. I have a steady job that may not be exciting, but it is by far not the worst job I have had.

I managed to sell two stories last year. My very first professional fiction sales, to be published later this year. Very much looking forward to that! Also got invited to contribute to a couple of anthologies (thanks, Scott!). I’m a little more confident in my writing, and now I only need to work on the motivation/discipline necessary to do more of it.

School is rough. My two current classes are probably the hardest ones I will have in my Masters program. And I was a dumbass and took them together. During my first term back in school in a long while. Nothing like jumping in the deep end! Hopefully I can pull passing grades out of these two, and move on to a more comfortable academic pace next month.

Had Faith for a week over the holidays. I was able to take the entire week off. And even though we didn’t get to do a whole lot together, it was still a great week. Pretty relaxing, for the most part. And I just enjoyed knowing my baby girl was around. I will miss her dearly until Summer. Then it’s one more year, and, if she stays with her plan, she’ll be here in Wisconsin for the foreseeable future.

Also managed to play a lot of Star Wars last week. Very fun game. In fact, now that I am back to work, I am jonesing for it again. Funny thing is, Michele has decided that, if she makes enough in tips this week, she will be buying it for herself soon.

Resolutions? Nah. I never follow through with them, so I don’t bother. However, there are a couple of things I would like to try to do this year, and hopefully for every year thereafter. I’d like to make myself stick to a schedule for certain things. Setting aside specific amounts of time on a daily and weekly basis for things like writing, playing games, doing homework, and exercising. I think if I have a schedule in front of me, I might be more inclined to do things I should do. And, as I get more accustomed to following that schedule, they will become habits, and I won’t need the schedule anymore.

In 2012 I am hoping to find more happiness, more fulfillment, more success, and generally more in life. As the saying goes, I’m not getting any younger. And while I have friends who will read that and roll their eyes, I know that I sometimes feel older than my 41 years. I don’t like that feeling. I want to feel 18 again. But, that’s not a goal. It’s an ongoing process that will only end when I do.

Happy New Year to all my faithful minions out there. May this year, and every year, be better than the last, but not as good as the next!


Paul R. McNamee said...

I have no real 2012 resolutions other than to try to get some small, good daily habits going. (write, exercise, read - in that order.)

I gave up on Armageddon/Apocalypse theories when I realized that the human race probably won't ever get a cosmic easy-out like the dinosaurs did. :)

Good luck on writing goals and other things!

Keith said...

Good luck on the writing and time management. I'm still trying to figure those out myself, and I've had four more years than you have to work on them. Paul's write, exercise, read sounds like a good plan that I'm going to try to adopt. Let us know when your stories become available.

Charles Gramlich said...

I think scheduling is a key for getting productive. At least it has been for me.