(Why not wish you a happy new year? Maybe you don’t want to be happy! Which would be a little strange but we have masochists and sadists in the world for a reason. (And may they find everything they want with each other.)
Joking and silliness aside, I hope you all have precisely the kind of year you want.
I’m not really doing resolutions, but I do tend to view the start of the year as a time to reset and try again at all the things I failed at.
This year, I’m trying to do the following:
1: Play more.
I’m doing 10 minutes of piano lessons a day whenever I have reasonable access to the piano I received for Christmas. (Best. Present. Basically. Ever.) I’m using the Simply Piano app, and it’s working pretty well for me. I’m slowly but surely learning.
I am also collecting instruments because I LIKE instruments. I gave away my old violin to a school kid in need and bought a purple glitter one of far inferior quality. What? I’m here for the fun not the performance. But I’ll totally end up buying myself a high end performance violin *IF AND ONLY IF* I get any good at it. You know, to go along with the 1790 high end violin inherited along the various generations in my family. (That was not a typo. The violin was made in the year 1790, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, and the sound is haunting.)
My grandfather was a professional violinist in his day, and it was his performance violin. If anyone knows a pro quality luthier in the Bay Area… do let me know. It needs its every-few-years check up.
2: Work more efficiently but less.
I am very bad about doing 20 minutes of work here, 20 minutes of work there, and not hitting anything but my minimum goals. I have a goal in mind for how many hours a day I wish to work (weekdays), and there’s some “play” work I want to do on weekends. So I’m rewarding myself with $100 credit towards new instruments every time I accomplish those goals.
I am not rewarded for base effort.
Cuz like that’s the point of a reward system. For being rewarded for going above and beyond. I get a pay check for the minimums…
3: take lots and lots of pretty pictures!
4: go to Australia!
5: do better at cleaning
Annnnnndddd that’s it.
I’ll be posting tentative release schedules for the year for planning purposes, but for the moment, the main releases you need to know are two books in May, one in July.
I’ll be working on other books between now and then, but I don’t have timetables yet. As such, if it isn’t already set to be published in May or July, I do not know anything right now. Please save me having to tell you “I don’t know when that is coming out.” Thanks!
Have a great day, y’all! Enjoy this humor picture of a bird trying to block the security camera at an intersection. Good try, birb. Good try.