The time has come again for me to pick an arbitrary time (the beginning of another cycle of the Gregorian calendar) to resolve to a few items of self-improvement and education.
1. Read 20 Books
I read 12 books last year, largely because I made a goal of completing Stephen King’s Dark Tower cycle. This was major reduction from 2016, but I still feel accomplished (the Dark Tower series comes in around 5000 pages, rough estimate, and I read other books on top of that, including Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time). This year, I intend to increase that number – still less than my total for 2016 – to 20 books. I’m already working on two of them. Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet has been a professional development eye opener, and I am am quickly approaching the end. The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King is an aside to the Dark Tower series, read: not part of the main cycle. I felt the need to close the loop.
Short list of books for this year includes:
- Astrophysics For People In a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson
- Artemis by Andy Weir
- White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
- Kingdom Come (Graphic Novel) by Mark Waid, Alex Ross
- Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown
- Golden Son by Pierce Brown
- Morning Star by Pierce Brown
- Kill ‘Em And Leave: Searching For the Real James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride
- Zen In The Art Of Writing by Ray Bradbury
- Danse Macabre by Stephen King
- Slade House by David Mitchell
- The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang
- The Kid Stays In The Picture by Robert Evans
- Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
- Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- From a Certain Point of View by Ben Acker and other authors
2. Stop Smoking
I would not like to make a big deal out of this one, but it is time. I woke up a couple of nights ago and my chest hurt. Planning to pull the plug on March 1. I did it before, largely cold turkey, and kept off for four years. I should be able to do it again.
3. Stop Drinking Soda
Seriously, just stop. The amount of sugar I am dumping into my body is ridiculous. I’m gonna get diabetes. This one is going on February 1.
4. Complete Some Pressing Home Repairs
There’s a hole in my bedroom wall the size of a television. So, yeah. There’s a list. I’ll play this one close to the chest and just keep track of it myself.
5. Write Something That Isn’t A Work Email Every Day
I’ve been writing for word count, recently, and it’s intimidating. Most days I don’t even do it. So, I’ve decided to remove the structure. I don’t care what I write, or how much. I could write a couple paragraphs for either of my two books I’m working on, a snippet of a story, a journal entry, or a blog post. Word count doesn’t matter. Just write. Every day.
I don’t think these things are too much.