I know you’re going to tell me that the New Year is an arbitrary day, a chance of calendar, but humans live by ritual and symbols as much as by concrete things. If the world were all logic and what matters logically, we wouldn’t have any special dates, and no one would ever do anything extraordinary because “it’s just the practical that counts.” And no one would attach any importance to the myths and stories.
I don’t know about you Tovarish, but me I use the rituals and the dates and the symbolic turning points as a fixed point off which to rappel and change my direction.
I don’t often do New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I view them as “things to break” and these aren’t quite so much resolutions as things I say are changing and will endeavor to change in this direction.
This means if I don’t do it on the 1st of January I didn’t break them already, but I’m starting to tack my ship in that direction, and it will get better as it goes.
You see, there is a dreadful weight of inertia to human life. Things-as-you’ve-always-done them become established in your mind and you end up doing them the exact same way over and over again, even if you hate it. It’s kind of like trying to swim in a soaked overcoat. And in this case, the habits formed during this year are the kind that, like that soaked overcoat, will be the end of me, if I don’t change them.
So I’m going to hold onto this here buoy of the New Year and try to change my direction in the following ways.
– I’m going to try to walk three miles a day, even if it’s very cold. This is why G-d gave us padded leather overcoats, after all. No more wimping out on the “Argh, I’m freezing” escape clause. There will also be an appointment with an endocrinologist (don’t ask) and I’m going to try to eat by the method of “It was out when I walked past the kitchen) since I have it on good authority that living of cheese sticks and the occasional spoon of peanut butter is bad for me.
– I’m going to try to write no more than 4 original/non repeat, not link-fest links for this blog per week (other than the chapters) and fill in the rest with stuff the huns will enjoy.
– I’m going to try to write all the blog posts for the week in advance on Friday, so they don’t impinge on the other writing.
– I’m going to try to change my subscribers’ content at least once a month (there’s new stuff up, btw)
– I’m going to try to finish Through Fire and Darkship Revenge in January.
– I’m going to try to finish The Musketeer’s Confessor in February.
– I’m going to try to go to officeish at least 4 days a week, to facilitate the above goal. (Trying to write while running this madhouse is for the birds.)
– I’m going to try to take at least one drawing course, because it feeds the soul.
– I revolve to read at least two new novels a month (no, I’m not that slow, but I read a lot for research/re-read a lot. New stuff tends to suffer.)
– I’m going to try to be a better friend and more assiduous correspondent to the various ones of the huns who are regular correspondents.
– I’m going to try to get the rest of my back list – Musketeer’s Inheritance, Musketeer’s Servant and (revised) Heart of Light, Soul of Fire, Heart and Soul – up for sale, both paper and ebook.
– I’m going to see about getting Basset’s antho done, even if it’s by barflies for barflies.
– I’m going to try to get permission to do a fan-story antho for the shifters (if Baen doesn’t want to publish it in paper, they can publish it in webscriptions, and Goldport will bring it out in paper.)
– I’m going to try – very hard – to take my indie stuff if not as seriously as Baen, at least seriously enough that I finish A Flaw In Her Magic and A Fatal Paws (the first orphan kitten mystery) at last.
Yes, that’s a lot of stuff, but most of it is in various states of completion, and I really think that if I’m not hampered by the dead weight of the blog, and if I can stop getting sick, it WILL get done.