Art by Claire, 2016
It’s that time of year again when I start thinking about the end of the year again and…
You either love the idea or you hate it. The idea that you should take the opportunity of cracking open the plastic wrap on a new calendar and celebrate it by trying to be a better person for a few days, weeks, months… maybe even the whole year: it’s a weird thing. But if you’re a goal oriented goof like me, it’s that time of year when you set new goals, start big-ass projects that span the three-six-five cycle, and try to rejig your ideas in a way that say, a year from now, you look back and brag about the awesome things you’ve done this year.
I’ve stopped thinking of them as resolutions. I start planning my big ass plans in December and then usually when January rolls around I have a bunch of the groundwork in place to kick off new projects, and it isn’t such a big surprise on January first.
For example, since 2017 is an odd-numbered year, I think I’m going to try another Daily Video Project. It’s going to suck because one of my favourite subjects won’t be in any of the clips from next year. Sparkle was my fallback. If I couldn’t pull a more awesome clip of something else, Sparkle cued up indifferently in front of the lens, and was always a — well, a participant in my project. Starting January One I’m going to jump into my 5 Seconds Per Day of video recording and see how that turns out for my third attempt at an annual daily video project.
I’ve already mentioned that I’m doing another big reading project in the form of my 2017 Big Book Queue. I’ve got the notion to read (and write a bit about) twenty-five never-before-read (by me) novels by the end of 2017. It seems like a small number, but it’s about four times as many as I read in 2016. I’ve gone back to the rules that I followed for a similar (successful) project in 2015, and I’ve already got a couple recommendations that I’ve queue’d up.
And if you’re thinking that I’m leaving out my new hobby, I’ve got a keener idea around not only tracking my progress in learning the violin but also around creating some content in a way that I’ve never really tried before: posting music in a two-songs-per-week effort to both share my scratchings with my readers and also try my hand at managing music and recordings in a web framework. My Scratchy Violynist Studios will result in at least two new performances shared here each week. It’ll will keep my practicing honest and also force me to hone a couple pieces to bring them up to recording quality.
Not to leave the running man out, and since I crushed my goal last year of running 1390 klicks in one year (the marathon helped) I’m going to go big on the goal setting again and follow my annual formula: last year’s goal plus my age. So… welcome to 2017, I’ve gotta run 1430 klicks before the year is out. Hopefully my legs (and back and brain) cooperate. I’ll get my spreadsheet updated soon and write a longer post about this, but for now take this teaser and run with it.
Run with it. See what I did there?