I Am Gonna Make It Through This Year If It Kills Me

It’s amazing how sometimes it can feel just like a Mountain Goats song in your life. 2012 was like that, and I’m expecting 2013 to be exactly the same. If you haven’t figured it out yet, here’s the song I’m referring to:

I’ve heard this a lot over the years, but I don’t think I actually realized that I could use it for New Year’s until John Green posted it, which really, I should have realized that was the case in the first place. Still, 2012 was a damn hard year, I can’t deny that. I spent a good chunk of it jobless, hunting and hoping that I’d be able to find work, and finally I did. I’m loving my job. I wish I had full time work, but right now I’m genuinely happy that I’ve got a job that is more than minimum wage, and especially that I have a job that isn’t food service or retail. The people who work those jobs and don’t go bonkers (a couple friends of mine qualify for this) are basically saints. What they have to put up with, and what they get out of it are nowhere near equal. You folks deserve medals.

Come November, I wrote a good chunk of a novel. 50,000 words in, and I’m a third of a way done with a novel. That is HUGE for me, and I’m so glad I did it. I really realized I do enjoy writing but I just need to give myself a kick so I can do it.

This year, I’m not doing resolutions. Resolutions break easily. Goals are attainable. So while I’ve got my normal goals (full time job, moving to Austin, better my health, etc.), I’m also looking at a few goals to do what I love to do better. I’m putting goals on my writing.

1. I want to write 500 words a day. If I hit that goal for 21 days straight, I’ll bump it up another 500 words a day. Every time I write and hit my daily word goal for 21 days straight, I’ll bump my daily goal up another 500. I hope to hit 2000 words a day before NaNoWriMo 2013 in November.

2. I want to finish Overture‘s first draft by November 1st.

3. I want to win NaNoWriMo 2013.

4. Once a month, I have to produce something new that I’ve never written before. One month, I need to have at least one poem written by the end of the month. Another month, I’d have a short story. The next I write a full screenplay. And so on and so forth for the rest of the year. By the end of 2013, I should have 12 pieces of writing that are distinctly different types to show. Also, at the end of each month, I’ll be posting the results right here on this blog, and on the portfolio page as well.

This is going to be a crazy 2013. I’ve got a job that I’m entering half a year in, I’m writing a lot, and I’m looking for ways to move forward in life. I wonder if other people feel this excited about the possibilities of the coming year. I know I rarely did. I was always scared about the plethora of possibilities of what could come. For once, those possibilities look like opportunities, and I’m getting excited to look at each one.

Happy New Year,

Josh

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