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    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2013
    Yeah yeah resolutions are for New Years, to be forgotten within the first week of January.

    But! this year we're trying something different. This time we are - or I am, at any rate - going to check in and stay honest about how this shit is or isn't getting done. The only way to hack a life is to just fucking do it. So goes.

    If you're new to these threads No sweat! Forget about January and New Year's Resolutions and all that crap and demand better of yourself today!
    Yeah I am a little regretful that I promised to be public about failing...

    The obstacles haven't let up and in fact are going to practically double in the coming weeks and I don't know how to see my way around or through them. I just have a non-stop barrage of other shit I have to deal with.

    I just hate that I haven't really been to the gym since May. Things feel a little better when I work out regularly. Not really an obstacle, but a thing - my body hasn't been working in my favor for a while. Not exactly broken, but doing weird things. Do not like.

    A little bit of Japanese here and there but I really don't have a habit for it or a regular class. The most basic thing is to practice speaking but I haven't found that yet.

    I don't go outside, I barely read books, and never blog or audition. Great...

    Well you guys can't be much worse. Speak up...
    Refreshers: New Year's
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    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2013
    I'm back and sad.
    1) Get back to work on the novel - Noooo.
    2) Do at least one short story every month - I've kept up with this, mostly. Though they have been shorter and shorter.
    3) Start exercising more - Yes. I walk an hour and do a bunch of body weight exercises every day for the last month or so.
    4) Become a better public speaker - Nooope.
    5) Quit smoking - Working on it.
    6) Slow down the drinking - I've slowed this down a lot. Mostly just on the weekends now.
    7) Read moar books. - Eh. I mostly read when I'm in the bathroom these days. Not great. Need to read more still.

    Learning to Draw - This has slowed down a lot while I'm doing a writing workshop. I'd like to get back to it shortly.
    Learning to Program - I was going through Code Academy's lessons for a while and I got decently far. At some point I need to make the next step.

    So that's me. I need to set aside more personal time for projects that make me feel good about myself and do less going to the bar and getting drunk or spending all weekend away from home (where I never write or draw, despite my best intentions).
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    - Finish the novel.

    The text is done. The cover is done. It's heading for the print this week, and this evening I'll create the ePub version. The one people will actually be buying. feelsgoodman.jpg The novel will be out in exactly a month.

    - Do another IF-game and try to win some more competitions.

    Waiting for the novel to get finished and totally out of my hands.

    - Get my AESD research diver certificate.

    Two weeks to go. One week of field work in running waters, so I'll be taking samples while diving in rapids or something on those lines, then a week of diving technique and then the final test.

    - Slow down, fucking finally.

    One by one the big projects are falling off my shoulders. In six weeks the last of them will be gone. I'm so ready to switch gears...
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2013 edited
    1. Write the Beer Appreciation book. - In progress

    2. Lose weight - 11lbs so far! 15 if you count it from my weight after the holidays, which was a bitch to get rid of. Walking 5 miles a day helps, and so does running at least a mile a day when I can. My body is getting back to it's awesome toned self and I'm feeling better for it.

    4. Make beer. - Picking the hops today. Plus I found some wild hops growing on the side of the road while on a country walk.

    5. Get a part time job. - A chance to do media consulting work is coming up, which will pay a lot of money.

    6. Continue to be there for certain people. - Best I can, though I've been feeling horrible about that lately. Work has been too much and my need for personal downtime is making me horrible at getting back to people. Especially people I love.

    7. When growing season hits, ROCK THAT GARDEN. - The radishes are the quality of leather, the tomatoes...I dunno...but the hops so far are looking good!

    9. Try and get out a bit more. - Hahahaha no. I'm walking around, but in terms of doing stuff...not yet.

    10. Look in to what is needed to start a bar. - On hold due to OH MY GOD EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING ALL AT ONCE.

    11. Drinking. We're cutting that down significantly. - Still stating my surprise on it, but I'm kind of loving that being so exposed to beer has really cut down on my drinking. I still have a high tolerance, but I've gone nowhere near it lately. Feel....kind of good about that, to be honest.

    12. Counselling. Get it. Sort that fucking head out. - Nope.

    13. Be as awesome, strong and amazing as you know you are. See yourself as others, especially POS, see you. - NOPE. But getting there.

    14. Keep doing Thirsty Wench stuff. - When I can. recently a fellow beer writer (the first blogger I met online, actually) retired after four years due to burn out and I'm seeing a lot of myself in the reasons he gave. I just did a post last night that was small, light and fun, so we'll see if there are more of those in me. But the last thing I want is for this to stop being fun.
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2013
    1) My Own Projects - Narwhals still chugging along, although I have been dragging my feet on getting a lot of things up and going for it. At the very least, I was promised by the factory to have their first cast next week. Meep!
    Otherwise, I'm taking some of my focus off that to get my shit together to go to SPX next week and APE next month! I have new art lined up & a ton to screenprint next week.

    2) Draw Something Every Day - Still, no. I don't know what's wrong with me. But the other day I had a quick burst of inspiration that I'm hoping continues onward between now and SPX.

    3) Stop Being Behind the Scenes - Also fell behind on this. My day job kind of took over my life in August due to a lot of things going wrong. And, to add insult to injury, a month after I did an interview on Dr. Sketchy's came out, I read it and I wasn't even mentioned. In fact, they quoted Molly, who didn't even speak to them.
    Getting my shit together for SPX & APE should showcase myself again. I've also dropped out of running the NYC Sketchy's branch to free up time for my own projects. I think not having that headache will do better for me.

    4) Don't Procrastinate Spiral - I'm 10 emails away from inbox zero. Only a couple of them are massively overdue for a response. I've been smacked in the face with depression after a big big triggering event last night, but I'm trying to pull out of it. I've also been working on my diet to see if I can troubleshoot why my attention has been non-existent lately. This has involved taking vitamin supplements and eliminating sugars and now I'm going to try getting off coffee. We'll see how that experiment goes.

    5) Keep Traveling - SPX/Maryland next week, APE/San Francisco mid-October, NOLA end of October for Halloween. I'm still a bit nervous on the money aspect, but it'll be nice to get out of town. It's also about time for me to start saving up money and deciding where I'm going to move to for the month of February. I got the all clear to work remotely for the whole month (OK, more remotely, where I won't be on call at a moment's notice in case something blows up). I want to do NOLA, but sublets down there seem expensive. I'm considering San Francisco just cause I think I could couch surf down there slash do a whole west coast tour of running from Portland down to Los Angeles based on the kindness of friends and with the idea of making connections in the art world out there for showing in galleries and generally getting my art off the ground. It's all going to be about the money though, which I won't have together until December. Gah! I can't believe I'm already

    6) Start exercising regularly - I did one morning of squats and then my legs were super sore. I've been running around too much to do it again, but I'll keep trying. Gym is out of the question now thanks to money issues. Boo hiss.
    • CommentAuthorrough night
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2013 edited
    1. Art goals
    School is going well, and I've gotten my apartment work space almost entirely set up. I now have a computer desk and drafting table set-up so all I need to do is turn around in my chair to switch tasks, and that's awesome. Next comes art supply storage, which will help me find things more readily and clear the floor of bigass tupperware bins.

    2. Maintain target weight and get blood pressure in control.
    Soon, the apartment will be free enough of boxes to have a decent exercise space in the living room, so I can get back into yoga. I've decided to start saving up for an elliptical machine, too. I've found affordable therapy, but cancelled it two weeks in a row because of reasons.

    3. Plan my website for selling prints.
    I'm going to do the Society6 thing, most likely during fall break, when I can focus on it without the engulfing rush of homework and strange/exciting life stuff.

    4. Learn to drive, get my driver's licence. I am changing this to "become as effective a bike commuter as possible."
    So, here's the deal - when I tell people that I don't have a car, and bike everywhere instead, for the most part they say that's awesome and they wish they could live that way too. This was not the response I expected.
    The difficulties:
    Memphis in summer is hot, and I'm sweaty when I get to work/school/whatever; that makes me feel gross.
    Carrying things - I got some panniers and an art tube, but some things are not solved by either of those, and I'll need to troubleshoot that.
    Bigass bike - My bike has tall wheels and wide handlebars, and is beautiful. It doesn't fit inside even large sedan style cars, though. This has been an infrequent problem, but when it comes up, it's frustrating.

    5. Socialize more.
    I went to Dragon*Con and hung out with a lot of people I only get to see once a year. I've made friends at art school; it turns out no one cares that I'm old, with old people problems and grey hair. People ask me for advice. That freaks me out.

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