New Half-Year’s Resolutions

Most normal people wait for the end of December to roll around before deciding on New Year’s Resolutions. I, however, have never been called normal and don’t feel like waiting the six months.

So here are my Half-Year’s Resolutions.

  • Write 150,000 words of new fiction. This averages to a little under 6000 words each week. I expect to exceed that during July and August, my easiest months, to give me a cushion for the final four months of the year, which are always my most challenging. (Day job plus teaching at night plus the hockey writing, which doesn’t count.)
  • Make 26 new e-books available on Kindle, NOOK, and Smashwords. This will be a mix of my short stories and nonfiction. I make no promises to adhere to a strict once-a-week schedule, though.
  • Get from three-t0-five cardio workouts in each week. This extends a challenge I gave myself at the start of the year, one I’ve met all but six times and most of those were two-workout weeks. (I’m also giving myself a Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card for last week. See my previous post about the Kris Rusch Death March.)
  • Eat healthier and attempt to reduce the volume to less elephantine proportions. (No snickering there, in the back of the class!) To make the goal more specific, I’m shooting for five days a week that I can say my eating has been in harmony with a goal of living a long, healthy life.
  • Meet the too-private-for-posting financial goals my wife and I establish.

If you feel you’ll benefit from making some resolutions yourself, go for it. Feel free to post them in the comments section or privately. But write them down. Specific, written goals work a lot better than vague ones only in your head.


  1. Jeff P.

    Hey, Roomie,

    Glad to see these!

    RE eating, it’s strange, but post-surgery I’ve been eating better in terms of snacks. Lots of apples, bananas, pears and peaches, and less sweets. The really odd thing is it’s just kind of occurred, instead of me making a conscious effort. Must be an effect of having the diagnosis I had.

    Glad to hear your nose is still to the writing grindstone, and that the workshops out west are giving you new tools and inspiration.

    Hey, at a flea market over the weekend I picked up the 70’s Harlan Ellison F&SF issue. Thought of you because it has, I think, the first appearance of ‘Jeffty Is Five’ in it.


  2. admin

    Good to hear from you! And that’s great that the healthier eating went so easily. For me, I usually do okay with the healthy eating, but my portion control is… well, out of control.

    Take care, my friend!

  3. admin

    Forgot to respond to the reference to “Jeffty” being in the special F&SF issue. Yeah, that was its first appearance and I also have a copy. I had an opportunity to get it autographed, too, when Harlan was in Boston for a lecture four or five years ago but I had a brain cramp and got other items signed instead. 🙁

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