I don’t ever make New Year’s resolutions, mostly for the same reason I don’t make cookies: because I doubt I’ll be satisfied with them. It’s good to set goals, of course, and occasionally I’ll accomplish them (that’s how I got into swimming in 2006, because I challenged myself to swim 50 miles, cumulatively, during that calendar year…I totaled around 60). But things always change and goals get modified and there’s always a bit of dissatisfaction involved. Oh, well. I need some goals, and I need to make it public, so that’s what I’m doing.
Here, then, are my goals for 2008. Call them resolutions if you want. But be aware that you’re just using a longer, fancier word when a shorter word will probably suffice, and that’s bad writing.
In 2008, I plan to do (at least) these 15 things…
- Write three books (no details yet, but I’m pretty close to being contractually obligated to fulfill this goal, so I can say with some assuredness that it’ll probably happen).
- Maintain this blog on an almost-daily basis, especially so you can follow along as I write the new books.
- Also maintain this blog, so that I can remember, in vivid detail, the stuff we do. I greatly dislike not being able to remember when-we-did-this and what-we-did-then and what- was-that-funny-thing-that-happened? Hopefully a digital scrapbook will help.
- Take more photographs.
- Take better photographs.
- Read more books. This is hard when I’m writing, as I have very little unassociated free time. I read a lot when I’m working on a book, but most of it is for the purpose of research. So it’s work. Not fun reading, or reading for knowledge, or reading to be challenged. I need to do more of that, if only to become a better writer.
- Produce more art.
- Sell some shirts.
- Go on at least one backpacking trip.
- Stay in the exercise habit, but keep the means of exercise fresh.
- Drive as little as possible, even in the winter.
- Be outside more.
- Maintain a regular Sabbath, especially from book-writing. This will be hard, because there’s a lot of time on Sunday to be spent writing. But it’s good to stop creating one day a week. Real good.
- Flyfish as often as possible.
- Get the other business thing rolling.
Those are my resolutions. What are yours?