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2013 Non-Resolutions

2013I’m not making resolutions this year. I don’t keep them. I’m not even making goals. I don’t ever reach them. Instead I’m going to make a List of Crap I’d Like to Do But Won’t Beat Myself Up About It if I Don’t Get Around to It.

Without further ado:

1. Rewatch Sailor Moon in its entirety.

This may be a little hard, as Stars is on VHS and my VCR is currently in a box. But if I can at least make it through SuperS, I’ll consider it a success.

2. Add more patterns to my Etsy shop.

I should be able to handle this one OK, as I’ve done rough  sketches for four new designs.

3. Watch more TV shows.

This doesn’t mean “watch more TV.” Just start watching or catch up on series I’m behind on, such as “Once Upon a Time,” “Supernatural” and “Upstairs, Downstairs.”

4. Read more.

This one I may have trouble with, as I currently can’t seem to finish the two books I’ve started. But I am looking forward to several sequels this year, as well as finding new books to tickle my fancy.

5. Tweet/blog more.

So far, I’m living up to this one. Let’s see how I do a month from now.

Five things is enough. Anything more and I’ll just set myself up for disappointment. Hope 2013 is a good one!

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Goals, not resolutions

Every year I resolve not to make any resolutions. Last year I made ten. I think I kept about four of them. But looking back at them, I realize they weren’t so much resolutions as they were goals. And I only managed a handful. Still, that’s better than none.

This year, I’ve made two lists. The first is a list of goals I’d like to accomplish in 2011. The second is a more practical list of what I think I’ll actually accomplish before 2012.

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Goals for 2011

1. See more movies.

In 2010, I saw exactly four movies in theaters: Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Red and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Going through the upcoming releases section on IMDB, I’ve already got a list of 13 movies I want to see. 2011 is going to be a good year for movies.

2. Blog more.

This is the first blog post I’ve made in about four months. I really slacked off. In my defense, I spent most of September sick and/or getting ready for my trip to Australia which lasted for five weeks in October-November. Still, I should have made more of an effort.

3. Finish my unfinished fanfic.

I started writing Gundam Wing fanfic over a decade ago. I stopped about three years ago when I first got sick. I have nine chapters done of the last one I was working on. I want to finish it. No, I WILL finish it. *game face*

4. Write a non-fic short story.

I have a notebook full of ideas and outlines and characters. It’s time to put up or shut up and finally write one of them.

5. Cull DVD, book, manga collections.

Seriously. I have no more room. Books aren’t so bad now I have a Kindle, but my DVDs are out of control and my manga hasn’t fit on my bookshelves in years. Time to get rid of some I won’t read/watch anymore. And perhaps make some money in the process.

6. Scrapbook trips.

After our last trip to Australia, I started to scrapbook the highlights. I never finished. Now I’ve been again, and have tons of new memories to scrapbook. It’s time to dig out all my equipment and finish some albums!

7. Watch old TV shows everyone has seen but me.

These include, but are not limited to, Fringe, the various incarnations of “Stargate,” “Warehouse 13,” “Sanctuary,” Classic “Who”…

8. Reach 200 followers on Twitter.

As of this writing I’m at 188. Twelve more (that aren’t bots) shouldn’t be too hard to manage in a year, should it?

9. Read more books, including at least two non-fiction.

In 2009, while still recovering from my illness, I only read 42 books. This year, I read 59 books. I’m hoping that not having to worry about finding space for new books will help me read even more this year.

10. Start a podcast.

Ideally, with my brother, since he has experience. But he’s already got one going, so I may have to look elsewhere for a co-host. Still, sounds like fun.

 

Realistic goals for 2011

1. See more movies.

Since I only saw four this year, I think I can make this goal. In my list of Movies I’d Like to See, the ones I think I will probably make it to include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Transformers 3, Cowboys and Aliens and either Thor or the Green Lantern. The rest I’ll probably just wait until they come out on DVD.

2. Blog more.

Oh let’s face it. If I can manage one a week, I’ll be doing good. I managed to keep a written journal for all of 2010, but honestly, you all don’t want to read the mundane details of my life.

3. Finish my unfinished fanfic.

I tried to finish it last year. I got exactly a chapter and a half done. I will consider two more chapters done by January 2012 as an accomplishment.

4. Write a non-fic short story.

Um… I foresee more outlines and ideas being written down. Actually finishing one? Pfft.

5. Cull DVD, book, managa collections.

The motivating factor here will be money. If I can make a little money by getting rid of some of these, then I think this will be a goal I will accomplish.

6. Scrapbook trips.

My problem with scrap booking right now is a lack of work space. If I can buy a simple, fold-out table for the upstairs spare room, I will be able to spread my materials out and get some pages done! So real goal: Find a suitable work table.

7. Watch old TV shows everyone has seen but me.

I might be able to catch up with “Fringe” and “Warehouse 13.” But there are I don’t even know how many seasons of “Stargate” and its various incarnations. Some research will be involved if I am to attempt this.

8. Reach 200 followers on Twitter.

Honestly, I’ll take the bots.

9. Read more books, including at least two non-fiction.

My Kindle makes this goal achievable. I already have one non-fiction book I’ve not read yet. Any suggestions for a second?

10. Start a podcast.

Eh. I’ll settle for doing a guest spot on Geek Bits every once in a while.

Have a safe and happy, geeky New Year!

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State of the Resolutions

For 2010, I made a list of 10 geeky resolutions I’d like to keep during this first year of a new decade (or last year of the old one, depending on how you count). Let’s see how I’m doing so far.

1. Watch at least one serial featuring every incarnation of the Doctor.

UPDATE: Well, I’ve watched the very first serial featuring the very first Doctor. So… progress, I guess.

2. Give “Battlestar Galactica” a try.

UPDATE: Does it count as progress if I’ve added it to my Netflix queue?

3. Buy and play a real game for my Wii.

UPDATE: No progress. Ugh. I will never be a gamer girl.

4. Update and use my iPod.

UPDATE: Well, I have gone through most of my CDs, putting them into my iTunes. Just a few left and I’ll be ready to stick them all on my iPod.

5. Read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

UPDATE: Finished Eclipse. Halfway through Breaking Dawn. I will finish this monstrosity or die trying! (And since Breaking Dawn keeps giving me paper cuts, I’m starting to think it’s out to get me.)

6. Go see Iron Man 2 in the theater.

UPDATE: Not in theaters yet. Don’t have to worry about this one until May.

7. Update Twitter and the blog more often.

UPDATE: Some days I blow up Twitter. Somedays I got nothin’. As for the blog… man, I tell you. Nothing makes you realize just how boring you are than trying to come up with a topic to blog about.

8. Catalogue my Barbie collection.

UPDATE: God, I’m lazy. Haven’t done this one either.

9. Teach my mother how to use email and Facebook.

UPDATE: Beginning to think this will never happen.

10. Try to work on my sci-fi story, “The Lonely Gods.”

UPDATE: The day I actually have free time to work on something is the day I’ll probably be out looking for a new job.

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2010 Geeky New Year’s Resolutions

2010 is upon us and it’s time to make some New Year’s Resolutions. I know, it’s Jan. 6, but if you know me at all, I’m never on time for anything.

I generally make a resolution not to make resolutions, because I don’t keep them. I don’t even really try. But, this year, I decided to make some geeky resolutions, because I figured I’d be more likely to keep them, seeing as how they’d be fun (well, mostly) as opposed to being a chore. So without further ado, I present:

My 2010 Geeky New Year’s Resolutions

1. Watch at least one serial featuring every incarnation of the Doctor. I have become what you might describe as a rabid “Doctor Who” fan in the past year, and having just come off the airing on BBC America of “The End of Time,” featuring David Tennant in his last episodes of playing the Doctor, I thought it was time to broaden my “Doctor Who” horizons beyond Nine and Ten. I’m not going to go all crazy and try to watch every episode on DVD ever, but I do want to watch at least one storyline featuring Doctors One through Eight. And Eleven. Whom I am not going to like. (Of course, I said the same thing about Ten when Nine left.)

2. Give “Battlestar Galactica” a try. I have a confession. I’ve never seen one episode of BSG. Old or new. My geek friends can’t believe this. To be honest, as much as I love sci-fi TV, I don’t watch the Syfy channel much at all. In fact, the only show I watch on that channel is “Ghost Hunters.” So, I shall rent BSG and give it a shot. I make no promises that I’ll actually finish the show, however.

3. Buy and play a real game for my Wii. I own a Wii. I haven’t turned it on since last April when I had to unplug it during a lightning storm. The only “games” I own are Wii Sports and the Wii Fit (which belongs on a totally different resolution list). I vow to not only plug my Wii back up, but to also find a game to actually play on the thing. (Any recommendations?)

4. Update and use my iPod. I felt like I had finally joined the 21st century when I bought my iPod a couple of years ago. I thought finally, someplace I can keep all my music in one place at one time. I used it quite a bit when I first got it, to download and listen to Kevin Smith’s SModcasts while I walked. But then I got sick, and I stopped walking, and it’s mostly been gathering dust the last few months. I spent last weekend putting my CDs onto the computer, but I’ve got a long way to go. And hopefully it’ll motivate me to get walking again when the weather warms up (again, a different resolution list).

5. Read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Purely for mocking purposes. But I’m having a hard time getting motivated into finishing this tragedy of a “saga.”

6. Go see Iron Man 2 in the theater. I was never interested in Iron Man. Comic, cartoon or movie. I didn’t see the first one until almost a year after it was on DVD and only because my brother kept telling me how awesome it was. I didn’t believe him, but rented it anyway. And became a believer. And after seeing the trailer for the second one, I definitely want to see this one when it hits theaters.

7. Update Twitter and the blog more often. It’s January 6, so keeping this resolution isn’t looking too great. I get lazy. I admit it. And sometimes I just can’t think of anything to write about. And sometimes, I can’t even find time to write even if I wanted to (like this resolution list).

8. Catalogue my Barbie collection. I collect Barbie dolls. I consider this part of my geekiness. I have so many, scattered all around the house in doll cases, on shelves, in closets. If the house burned down, I would never be able to remember which ones I have and I have some rare ones. This year I will make a list, count them up and weep at how much I’ve spent on Barbie dolls over the years.

9. Teach my mother how to use email and Facebook. Considering that Mom doesn’t even know how to turn the computer on, this… may be difficult. But I shall endeavor to give it the ol’ college try. That is, if she can pull herself away from my nephew long enough to sit down and learn.

10. Try to work on my sci-fi story, “The Lonely Gods.” I had this amazing dream one night (thank you, Xanax) that when I woke up I really wanted to write it down and turn it into a story. My only problem is, of course, time, and the fact that I have this amazing idea, but no real plot. So this year, I’m going to roll the idea around in my head, try to find the “why this would happen” in the plot, and try to figure out how to write a sci-fi story when I don’t read any sci-fi novels (and I’m not much of a science geek). It may not ever come to anything, but I’m going to give it a shot.

These are my resolutions. Again, whether or not I’ll actually accomplish any of them is up in the air. It’ll be interesting to revisit this entry next year and see how many I managed or didn’t manage to fulfill.

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