I found a digital set of journal entries from 1990. It was my first real attempt at journaling. It was also before I understood what the internet was and that things written in digital form are forever unless you make a specific effort to get rid of them. I read the journal entries, had a good laugh and a small cringe, then I deleted them. No one needs to have access to private journal entries from 30 years ago when I was thrashing about in my college years.
Talk about hindsight being 2020…(and every other 2020 joke out there).
I’ve already rounded up 2019…and logged my accomplishments from the last decade of 2010-2019. I guess the only thing left is to talk about my plans for 2020. Hard numbers:
- Write: 1 BattleTech novel, 1 SF novella, 5 short stories, [other projects in the works].
- Edit: 2 BattleTech novels, 1 anthology, 1 Shadowrun novella, all contracted short stories, [other projects in the works].
- Publications: 2 BattleTech novels, 1 anthology, 1 Shadowrun novella, [other projects in the works].
- Travel: 6 conventions (speaking at 5, dealers table at 4).
- Podcasts: Continue to be voice talent on the Dire Multiverse.
Life is more than the publishing business. Fantasy Jenn is waiting in the wings to get things done, too, including…
- Read 5 nights a week.
- Learn to pick locks. (This one is mostly for Apocalypse Girl.)
- Get better at Beat Saber. (IE: shift from easy to normal mode on all songs)
- Declutter sentimental things.
Fantasy Jenn is an interesting concept for me to play around with. Fantasy You is the person you buy hobbies for but never get invested in. Fantasy You is the person who is going to scale mountains, and foster kittens, but you never find the time. The same person who is always going to lose 10 lbs. and start eating healthy, but can never get in the habit.
Last year, I decided to start feeding Fantasy Jenn in a deliberate fashion. I actually started this accidentally in late 2018 when I changed my diet to feel better. I’m happy to say that I’m still 25 lbs. down despite the trauma of last year. I also decided it was time to declutter. I decluttered twice last year and the household is better for it.
This year, I’ve decided that I’m going to pick one thing that Fantasy Jenn wants and work at it for a month. If I don’t find joy or skill or use in it, I’m going to stop, put it down, and say good-bye to that fantasy. When I say good-bye to that fantasy, I’m going to say hello to the next dream that Fantasy Jenn has and work on it. I think that’s going to be the key in 2020. Work on one fantasy at a time.
I don’t have new year’s resolutions. I have yearly goals and I tend to stick to them. I suppose it’s because it keeps me feeling like a successful and productive person.
What about you? What fantasies will you work on this year?