I know you all are probably tired of hearing me say this, but the last couple years have been hard for me. Depression is a thing. As we start 2016, it is time for me to do something that I haven't done in a while, I need to set some objectives for the new year.
The break down I went through taught me a couple things.
- I am stronger than I thought I was (and so are we all).
- You all really do care about not only what we built here, but about me. (That helped me get through more than you know.)
- Fandom is what I am, not just something I do.
That third one might sound strange. In my darkest moments, I found strength not only in my faith, but in Spock, the Doctor, and my love for all things Henson. When I didn't feel like doing anything, I would listen to Rainbow Connection, and find the strength to keep going. BTW, I have amassed quite a collection of covers of that song. I think my favorite is by Amanda Palmer. She also helped more than she will ever know. I have never met her, and I probably never will, but her book The Art of Asking, and her music was a big help.
So, having said all that, I have some objectives for this year.
Objective 1. I want to Write more
That might sound overly simple. I am a writer after all, but with everything that has been going on, I haven't been able to write nearly as much, as I wanted. I tied myself down with planning, and did very little writing. I am not going to keep it that vague.
Goal 1.1 I want to post 4 Short Stories a month to Medium
There are a lot of stories in me, and I just need to tell them. I need to stop worrying if this story or that should be a novel, a serial, a novella, novelette, or a short story. I should tell the stories that are in my head, and then listen to you all. If you all want me to elaborate on or extend a story, then that is probably my next novel. After all, what good is all my writing if no one wants to read it, right?
At any rate, I feel like that will be a good way to collaborate more closely with you all. I like the idea, and we'll see how it works out.
Goal 1.2 I want to blog more, at least 5 times a week
This is a bit harder for me. I am so tired of the nonsense hype cycle, and I don't want to be a part of it any more, but there are a lot of things I want to share with you all and discuss. I am going to do my best to take the time to share those thoughts. I have to stop keeping it all inside.
Objective 2. I want to Podcast more
I love podcasting. I really do. So I want to set aside the time to do it more. I even talked Brian into joining me on the podcast again. (insert appropriate happy dance emoji here).
Goal 2.1 Record 5 podcasts a week 22-45 minutes each
Project: Shadow lives again. More themed episodes, but I will try to have a headline section for things that are actually interesting. I am going to need your help with this. I have a lot of things I want to talk about, but could always use your suggestions for show topics.
Two objectives that give me three goals. It might not sound like a lot, but that should keep me busy in 2016. I would really like to know what you think. What are you doing this year? Let me know in the comments.