I don’t generally do resolutions for the new year, but I do like to set goals for myself. Lately I’ve found myself beset on all sides with work for lots of folks who are not myself. This is fine of course, I enjoy helping, but I also have a couple of my own projects that have been languishing (like, for example, posting on this blog) that I need to find my way back into.
So for 2015, y’all need to hold me accountable for the following:
- A new collection of poems I’ve been writing over the past 2+ years about what it is to be a man in our society, especially growing up without a father. My tentative title is The Brotherhood of Abandoned Sons, but I’m still pondering on that.
- Progress on the novella/novel I started last year. I was experimenting with a different method of working, where I tried to write without knowing what was going to happen next, basically trying to use my improv training to let me characters suggest the next thing. That was a big departure for me, where I usually work from the end backwards. I liked the results of this method but I got to a place where I couldn’t find a logical place to go without things getting too esoteric. I see a roadmap for a better story in what I have written, so now I’m going to go back over it and reset a bit to point the narrative in that direction. Maybe I’ll have something by the end of the year.
- Continue to improve at tango, especially dancing in close embrace. In particular, I still find myself intimidated by some of the really great followers and instructors I see in regional milongas. (It is in some ways a sign of progress that I realize all the things I still have to learn.)
- Over the past few months, I’ve been more involved in promoting our local contra dance, and I’ve had great feedback on that. Now I need to apply the ideas and energy toward promoting my writing. Cuz, yo, my shit’s the freakin’ bomb!
Now all of this needs to fit with my grown-up job, and dancing, and marketing for Contra, and the work I’m doing for the Poetry Society. So my plan to accommodate myself is to be more aggressive about blocking out time to work instead of passively waiting for inspiration and opportunity to merge. That means scheduling and using the same discipline I bring to my job. I will start by scheduling 10 hours a week (a couple of weekday evenings and time on the weekends) and tweak.
I’ll let you know how it goes.