January 1st, 2013
Pinky: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?
Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world!
With this bit of cartoon wisdom in mind…
My weight continues to slide upward, and I’m about 7 pounds heavier than a year ago, and I was concerned a year ago. Maybe I do have to run another marathon and get it under control. Health always must come first, and prevention is better and easier than cure, so diet and exercise will get the priority.
I have other problems typical of career-minded Americans: too much stress and financial concerns. They’ll get priority, too. I have to say “no” more often and make my own decisions about what is important, rather than letting other people do that, and I have to be careful about spending, too, and make some cuts to the budget. At least my first-printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 seems to be taking off in price at last, only 30 years after it came out. I also have a great idea for a grant proposal I’m sure has a high chance for success, which could help out with some summer salary (professors get paid 9 months even though we work 12).
On the writing front, I’m committed to writing to short stories for two anthologies right now, and a third story is already accepted and will see publication in 2013. I’m really dying to write another novel, however, and I have a great one in mind (in my mind at least), I’ve been itching to write for several years. I’m not teaching this semester or during the summer, so I have a good chance to take control of the writing and everything else above with fewer outside infringements on my time.
I have a few other major projects going on and will be doing some editing (both fiction-related and academic). I’ll share news about those things soon.
Anyway, happy new year to everyone reading this and best of luck with your own priorities!
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