I made several resolutions this past year; or rather, I kept telling myself I needed to make several resolutions. Just mulling them over in my head doesn’t count; they need to be published on this page.
But, history has shown that I’m not really good with keeping resolutions, at least, not for any length of time. So, I am taking a cue from Matthew Baldwin (aka Defective Yeti) and presenting these as “projects,” not resolutions.
I’m better at working on projects. Not much better, but better. And the irony that the year is already a quarter over before I’m even writing this stuff now isn’t lost on me.
Project Name: Paid Publication
Description: I want to get a fiction story published. In a real magazine. And I want to get paid for it.
Status: I’ve been writing a lot more lately. Short stories. That’s the first step, having something to send out. It’s also the easy part, in a way, because everything I write is brilliant until someone else sees it. Next steps are picking up the new Writer’s Market and start sending out pages again.
Project Name: Game Thing
Description: I’ve had an idea for a genre-specific board game kicking around in my head for quite some time now. I’ve even sketched out some ideas and written some rules. I want to finally get it to a play test stage.
Status: I’ve done nothing with this in 2010.
Project Name: Online Store
Description: This is directly tied to the Game Thing above. I’ve played with the idea of setting up an online store to sell the above game (when it exists) as well as a few other things I have in mind.
Status: I registered a URL for it end of last year; poked around in PayPal a bit; have done nothing since.
Project Name: Fitness
Description: I want to get in better shape. This has everything to do with the fact that I’m in my 40s now, and there are physical things I want to achieve.
Status: I had a friend at work who’s serious about weightlifting/fitness create a weight lifting plan for me, and I’ve pretty been good about keeping to it. I can actually see results. Now that it’s warm enough to run, I’m hoping I can diminish some of this spare tire.
That's all I can think of right now, although I feel like I've missed something. Maybe the last one should be project: write things down as you think of them.