Rowyn (rowyn) wrote,

Not Without Some Resolution

I decided to look over my New Year's Resolutions for 2005 and see how I was doing.

1) Write fiction for unfinishedtales more often than I did in 2004.
I'd nailed this one halfway through February. I did 20 entries in 2004 and so far into July, I've done 82. Including completing one longish short story that I began in 2003. So, take that, resolution!

Haven't written much fiction since I got back from AC, but now that I've finished my write up of the con, I expect to start again.

2) I will not let the fact that I have an audience deter me from writing what I want in unfinishedtales.

Next year, I need to make resolutions that are easier to measure my level of success on. Well, I did 82 entries this year, many of which aren't Silver Scales, so I'll put this one down as "successful". I know that I've been conscious of the audience thing, though, and occasionally self-conscious about it, so it's not an unqualified success.

3) I will try not to psyche myself out of doing anything remotely productive.

I'm gonna chalk this one down as successful, too, simply based on the dramatic decrease in time spent pursuing solitary computer games. I've been playing Puzzle Pirates again in the last couple of months, after a complete hiatus of over a month. But I'm still only playing it on the weekends. Weekdays I've been exercising, writing journal entries, sending emails, drawing, occasionally cleaning, and writing fiction. All of which count as 'productive' in my book. Even when I do play Puzzle Pirates, it's been a matter of 'nothing productive I want to do' rather than 'I want to do D but I should do A, B or C, and I don't want to do those, so let's waste some time instead.'

So: Go me! Yay! *waves flag, cheerleads*

4) I'll keep track of the books that I read this year.

Ummm ... I haven't actually logged the books I've read since my update in February. But there haven't been that many, so I'll try to recap here:

King Rat, China Meiville
Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett
There Will Be Dragons, John Ringo
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling
Time of the Ghost, Diana Wynne Jones
Conrad's Fate, Diana Wynne Jones
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (reread for the third time)
Charmed Life, Diana Wynne Jones (reread for the second time)
Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones (reread for the third time)

Non-book fiction that I've read includes:
A bunch of short stories from Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine
"Bethanne's Garden", a short story by sandratayler
jordangreywolf's write-ups of the Superior City campaign in bitzbox

Anyway, yeah, I haven't been doing a lot of reading lately, and most of it has been 'comfort reading', stuff I've read before and know that I like. I do have a copy of American Gods now kicking around my apartment waiting for me to read it. And the ubiquitous Harry Potter and the Ever-Increasing Word Count, which I decided to buy in hardcover because, what the heck, it was $15 at WalMart and the softcover of Vol. 5 was $10, so there didn't seem to be a whole lot of point in waiting.

5) I will lose 10 pounds this year, down to 127 lbs.

Even with the five days I took off around Anthrocon, I've averaged 67 minutes per day of exercise over the last 9 weeks, and probably around that much for the two-three weeks before that. (I'm only tracking this so precisely recently because of the "Take Charge Challenge" that I'm participating in at work, which requires tracking minutes spent exercising daily.)

As a result of this hither unprecedented level of activity, I haven't lost any weight at all. Nor are any of my clothes significantly looser: I'm still wearing the same pants that I bought at the beginning of 2004, and the congarb that was too tight when I started with "get thinner" as a resolution in 2004 is still too tight now.

To which I would like to say: Grump.

It's a good thing I was fairly happy with the way I looked before I started. Anyway, if I continue to do 7-8 hours a week of exercise through the end of the year, I'm gonna declare moral victory over resolution #5 regardless of what the scale or measuring tape says.

6) Do more sketching, and complete at least 4 pictures. (Digital or real media).

Well, I've certainly done more sketches. I'm not sure if I qualify as "completing at least four pictures" or not. I have completed a whole bunch of pictures: icons for sandratayler, queenofstripes, and minor_architect, as well as assorted headshots for barbx. Not to mention the whole 24-hour comic project.

On the other hand, when I made this resolution, I was thinking of "complete four pictures" as "four large images in full color with backgrounds". I haven't done any of those yet this year. And I'd still like to. Maybe I'll yet come up with something elaborate that I want to do.

8) Keep the Game of October campaign moving.
I should check on this, but I think I've averaged about one session per character per month. Which is about half the speed I was aiming for when I started, but hey, I didn't make the resolution "run a game for every PC at least every other week" so I'm still sticking to it as long as I don't let the game crash and burn completely.

9) Don't give up.
Still going!

So, my resolutions for 2005 were all fairly modest, apart from the behavioral ones, and I'm doing reasonably well at them, on balance. Cool.

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