Monday, January 2, 2017, 1:54pm

On the topic of New Year’s resolutions

I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions – I kinda gave up on those. They’re setting yourself up for failure. I do make New Year’s plans, though. This year my plans include:

1. Being more active and eating healthier.
I admit, I’m hoping that a byproduct of this plan is that I get skinnier, but I’m not making that the goal because then I don’t have to feel disappointed in myself every time I step on the scale.

I got a FitBit for Christmas and my goal is to walk two miles a day and work out for a half-hour on any day I don’t get my two miles in. I also want to eat better, more healthfully. (More healthily? That doesn’t sound right.) I’d kind of like to try this “Meatless Monday” thing I’ve heard about, but in general I’d like to be eating more veggies and less McDonald’s.

2. Edit/rewrite the book.
We wrote a book and it’s not terrible, but it needs some work. By way of example, we wrote a book set in Detroit, Michigan, with only one black female character, then had our white male protagonist kill her within the first, like, four chapters. We weren’t thinking about race when we did it, we were just trying to show how powerful our protagonist was, because Jada, our black female character, was incredibly powerful and Irish, our white male protagonist, beat her in a fight.

I think we were about two-thirds of the way through the book when I realized what we’d done. So that needs fixed. And there are lots of other issues that need cleaned up, too. We might end up just rewriting the whole thing. I think we might have jumped too far into the deep end on the first book. We might need to swim back to shallower waters and start over.

3. Read more books.
I used to tear through books faster than folks could write them because I read voraciously. I still do read voraciously – it’s just mostly news and articles. I hardly read books anymore. This is partly because I’m terribly picky and the authors I like just aren’t writing fast enough. It’s also partly because I don’t have a lot of spare time, and what spare time I do have has been spent on things like TV shows and video games. I’d like to devote a little less to TV and video games and a little more to books this year.

4. Blog better.
For the last couple of years I’ve had a firm rule about blogging once a weekday, and I’ve mostly kept to it, but I haven’t turned out a lot of useful or quality blogging. I’d like to fix that. I’m still working on the actual plan for this part – more blogs, fewer blogs, more blogs per day, but shorter and on specific topics, fewer blogs but with more detail and research for each post? I’m not sure yet. Possibly a combination of those ideas. I dunno, but I’ll be working on it.

So those are my plans for the new year. We’ll check back in next December and see how I did.

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