Late last year, I mused over what goals I wanted to achieve in 2019. Now that it’s approaching 2020, how did I do? My New Year’s Resolution was “removing more burdens from my life,” which, I achieved. I’ll use the same resolution, “removing more [external] burdens from my life,” since it efficiently summarizes what I want out of my life. After reviewing my favorite media, I’ll write about my goals and how I plan to achieve them.
Let’s start with my favorite from this year:
Books Finished In 2019
1. 4-Hour Workweek
2. Post Office
3. Every Tool A Hammer
4. after the quake
5. Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
6. 4-Hour Body
7. Spark Joy
8. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels
101 Habits… Screenwriters, Dracula, Save The Cat, and Meditations
2019 Books: Every Tool A Hammer
2019 Anime completed: Boogiepop, Shield Hero
Favorite Games In 2019
– Wintermoor Tactics Club, Enter The Gungeon, Celeste, Bastion, Epistory, Getting Over It With Bennet Foddy, Hyper Light Drifter, The Bridge, Writers, Last Day Of June and Portal Knights
Concerts: Too many to list, but really, that’s OK.
Alright, so now that that’s that, let’s ramble about 2019.
The start of the year was when I was moving out of the old place into the apartment-mansion I’m currently residing within and may reside within for another year. I sacrificed many of the inconsequential items of my collections to local thrift stores to reduce the moving time, and it still took ten  days from receiving the keys at the new place to closing up the old place, with six  truckloads and over a dozen [12+] carloads. I never want to do that again, so I started downsizing and trying to sell off everything I don’t care about still, which shows how much stuff I had collected over the years. Nothing wrong with that until you’ve gotta move it all, I guess. I’m making good progress on this still.
I quit working on one project and started working on another.
One call-out was clearing out most of my drafts. I started at over 30 drafts and now have 12. By the end of February, I should have published all of the better ones to the main site and the lesser ones to the Drafts section, so I’ll only have essays or stories I’m actively working on residing within my Drafts folder. This includes my public-facing Drafts folder, which includes Betcal, my calendar of what essays are in the works and which slots I’ve already filled. The second call-out, Wręća, turned into the last name of a character so that worked out OK.
I’m writing a minimum of 1000 words daily instead of 500.
I’ll write each day considering three points. If I write my 1000 words daily, because I publish two essays daily, then I’m falling behind. Writing 2000 words keeps things moving at a steady pace. Writing 3000 words or more keeps things moving forward. I may want to, then, write over 3000 words daily, but writing 1000-word essays is easy, whereas writing the equivalent word count in fiction is significantly harder. We’ll see how that all turns out over 2020, but considering that I’ve been writing 1000 words without fail since I started that idea in, I think October? Well, I’ve been doing well there.
Here are my general, rambly plans for 2020:
But first, as a sort of general preamble, I’ve split the year into three chunks almost by accident. I wanted to write the second novel after tax season wrapped up in April, so I figured May, and I didn’t want to burn myself out over another month of novel-writing. I wanted to take my time and make a more fulfilling novel, so, I figured four months would be good. Then the remainder of the year might be wrap-up for both ideas.
January 1st through April 30th
Downsize or Sell everything nonessential. Figure out the business stuff.
Since my year in the apartment-mansion wraps up in March, my renewal should be arriving in late January, which would be the time for me to decide if I want to stay or not. Most likely, I’ll stay, because even if the rent increases by $100, it’s still not worth figuring out how to condense my possessions even further to move. That will be a good instigator since it would be nice to get rid of everything I don’t care about and actually use more of the apartment-mansion’s space on a daily basis than as mere storage. If I had a reading area, where I could recline or relax in the quiet spare bedroom, would I read more? It would feel more relaxing not having as much noise surrounding me. I’ll also start doing research into how I can sell my novels and essay collections under a business.
May 1st through August 31st
Write the second novel. While maintaining some semblance of sanity.
After paying taxes and before the first, I’ll scope out my second novel, then write it. I won’t dedicate myself as much as I had while writing the first novel, so I’ll actually give myself time to relax.
September 1st through December 31st
Figure out how to market the two novels to make some sorta profit.
This is more of a long-term plan, but it’d be nice to figure out how I can sell these fiction novels and more significant projects. If I’m investing my free time and some professional time into writing, it might as well help pay for rent, right? Much of this just involves research to legally protect myself then figuring out ways to network with others that might help me branch out. I figure in the meantime, developing my writing craft will be my biggest advantage.
Reading over those 2018 essays, I have improved my writing chops, so, hopefully, by late 2020, I’ll have improved even further.
|Sources: My personal and professional experiences.|
|Inspirations: Equal parts end of the year list and thoughts on how I did and how I’ll do.|
|Related: The 2018 essays linked within the essay do well, otherwise, this isn’t really much of an Applied Self-Confidence essay, but it’s the closest match.|
|Picture: Quick sketch of 2019 and 2020.|
|Written On: December 20th, 2019 [68 minutes, from 1:39am to [the year’s outlines] 2:37am then from 2:43am to 2:53am, while listening to You’re Not Alone, WordPress.]|
|Last Edited: December 20th, 2019 [First draft; final draft for the Internet.]|