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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Another year, another bunch of things to do.. and NOT do!

Well, here it is 2014, and it's another chance to actually do something with my life!

This years goals are pretty simple: complete an album of ambient music.  Finish a short story.  Simplify my life further.  Quit going to strip clubs (heh).  Walk more now that my foot and ankle are healed up (mostly). Clean up my finances.  Open a savings account and start saving!

Current short-term goals are to replace my Lenovo Tablet PC (which works OK) with a Windows 8 tablet, which I should have done by the end of next week.  My poor Asus with the battery that won't charge.. I'l likely replace the battery and sell it for $150, or sell it as-is for $75.  The Tablet PC becomes my backup, the Win8 tablet becomes my eReader/music streamer/email backup, an the big Lenovo stays the main machine.

As to simplifying, well.. I'm now only running 2 blogs, this one and my Red Room authors blog.  I might blog at AmbientOnline,org about my music production if I can figure out how (lol), but that's going to be it.  Trying to maintain more than 3 blogs is just plain insane for me.

The album? Well, I've beefed up my music production gear to the point where I can't really see needing anything else.  I might need a couple of patch libraries for my Alchemy synth, but that remains to be seen.  I've run out of effects to buy, as well (at least for now).

For writing, well, no novels this year.  I need to pen a few flash fiction stories and get a short story or two done, to make sure I have the fundamentals down.  I *might* pursue a novella at the end of the year, but only if I meet my short story goal.

This year, getting healthy and STAYING healthy are top priorities.  If I'm not healthy, nothing else is going to happen.  This means get out and walk more, start walking the downtown trails again, and cutting back on taking the taxi to work every morning.  Alas, the taxi bit (while it'll save me a ton of cash) will mean getting up at 5:20AM!  Ouch!  Fortunately, once I get used to it I don't think there will be an issue (and now that I have good, imported instant coffee, I can make my own cuppa in the morning before I go catch the bus).

Financially - pay off a raft of bills and start a savings account for emergencies.  I also have a prepaid credit card I want to load up for taking REAL vacations and not just "staycations".

So, that's the start to my year.  I hope your year has started well!

And GO NINERS!

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