A new year can be invigorating. It can afford the opportunity to sort of wipe the slate clean, and start fresh. You can be motivated to organize, and set some goals. Unfortunately the classic “I’m going to go the the gym,” goal represents how most New Year’s resolutions go. You go to the gym for a week (maybe), and then slump back into the old ways.
Well many of my old ways aren’t so bad in my opinion, so it is just a matter of adjusting. Resolutions and goals do not have to be life altering or unrealistic. I wonder if some people would continue going to the gym if their goals were more realistic, like going once a week to start–that’s not so hard.
So my goal is to become a billionaire author and voice of a generation. Just kidding, that’s the five year goal, gotta give myself a little time after all. But last year I wrote a book, which I have been editing. Within a month I want to finish editing it, and send it to a couple small publishers to see what happens. I also have a couple other fiction projects I have planned out and begun to work on. I am really excited about writing books, so why not use that energy to propel the projects further.
Now that I know I can write a book, it will make working on the next one even easier because there is light at the end of the tunnel. I know my hard work is not doomed to be set aside on a table; I can finish writing a book, and have. That means I can chip away at it without fear of incomplete manuscripts piling up.
Before, I have felt slightly trapped in limbo in terms of my goals. I like writing, but I was trying to focus on blogging and government mostly. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, and for a long time I held onto the notion of entering politics. These days it is like I have awoken from a bad dream. I’m going to keep blogging, but focus mainly on writing fiction, instead of spreading myself too thin with other fruitless and time consuming activities.
But as a reader, there should be some fun posts to look forward to in the coming month. I am going to team up again with my photographer friend Ben Mancino for an interview, live a couple weeks on a strict food budget, and maybe talk a bit about the magic of music, how songs aren’t so different from spells.