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Some Goals

I’ve never been one for formal “resolutions” heading into a new year, but there are definitely some things I would like to accomplish in 2014. It’s always a little easier to be motivated to do something if you’ve told other people you want to do it, so here goes.

In 2014, I want to:

  • Watch less TV.
  • Spend less time on my phone at home.
  • Catalogue my book collection.
  • Read more books (at least one novel per month?).
  • Release the third volume of 50-word stories.
  • Release at least one Special People novel in print.

I even have some ideas for practical ways to make a couple of these happen.

I’m going to stop carrying my phone around in my pocket when I’m at home; it can sit somewhere in the middle of the house with the ringer on in case I get a call. That should reduce the temptation to pull it out and check Twitter or whatever every five minutes.

I think I’m also going to make a “reading plan” of novels I’m going to read, in conjunction with cataloguing my book collection. That will help me have defined reading goals for the year.

We’ll see how it all turns out!

An Update on This; an Update on That

Boy, it’s been a while since I wrote a blog post. I haven’t felt the need to post any “life updates”, because Larissa has been doing such a great job of that over on her blog (a far better job than I could hope to do, in fact). She posts all kinds of photos and everything!

On the writing front, my output has obviously decreased significantly since the first half of 2012, so I haven’t had much to update there, either. I’m still putting out a chapter each week for Special People, though I took a break over Christmas, but any SP-related news items that come up get posted on that site, not here. (You should probably follow along over there, by the way. There’s been more progress on the comic project lately, and the current storyline is approaching its finale sequence.) I hope to put a few more interactive opportunities out there for people to get involved with soon, as well.

The Year of Stories is still on indefinite hiatus, and my Lucas Galloway novel is still somewhat in limbo. I don’t have the time or creative energy available to me right now to work on multiple projects at once, so in order for me to return to either of those I think I’m going to have to take a break for Special People, which is perhaps something I’ll do while the comic is posting, whenever that happens to be.

Something I really¬†should¬†get around to doing soon is compiling 50-Word Stories: Volume Three. All of the material exists on the site already, and I have the cover art, etc., so I just need to choose which stories to include, put the cover and some sort of essay together, and release it. I’ve been putting it off far too long, and it’s about time it went on my actual To-Do List. If I haven’t gotten it done by mid-February, someone give my a kick!

Beyond all of these things, life rolls on. I finished Volume 1 of Don Quixote last week, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to wait until I’ve read Volume 2 before adding it to my 50 Best Novels list; I’ve heard that the second volume takes on a somewhat different tone than the first, and I think that may affect how highly I rank it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it land in the top 10 eventually, though.

There are plenty more books out there, including several on my shelves, that I’d like to get around to reading, and I’m going to try to share a few thoughts on them as I finish each one, if for no other reason than to make better use of this space, so that it doesn’t sit quite so idle, and also to get my brain and fingers used to more frequent writing again.

P.S. Hockey is back! Hooray!

Year of Stories – Week 20

This week you get three free short stories instead of just one! They all centre around the same character; meet Leon the dragon.

A dragon and a mudge! Made by Tally Heilke.

My friend Tally Heilke has put together some awesome hand-crafted plush figurines based on some of the characters in these stories, and they’re available through her Etsy store, so check them out!

Here’s the blurb for the first story in the series, Leon Meets a Mudge:

It’s almost Leon the Dragon’s birthday, when he will get to show everyone what colour fire he breathes! There’s just one problem: he doesn’t know how to breathe fire yet…

Read it now.