Onward to 2012.

30 Dec

I’m kind of fanatical about using my time well. Not because I think I’m about to die, but because right now I’m reasonably healthy and capable, so I might as well make hay while the sun shines.

So I participate in this meme to remind myself, at the end of the year, what I remember of what I did.

In 2011:

At day job:

  • Kicked ass at one job, but would soon not be needed there anymore.
  • Rewrote my resume at least 25 times.
  • Applied to 97 jobs
  • Had “informational” and phone interviews for at least 20 jobs
  • Found a wonderful team, boss, and product to work on.
  • Learned the new job, new tools, new people, new jargon.
  • Took on big projects, made new friends. Counted my lucky stars.

At home:

  • Help Dietrich get convinced to quit his job and become a full-time knifemaker.
  • Rebudgeted. Everything.
  • Played Kinect games with Mom, long-distance.
  • Earned NAR High Power Rocket certification level 1.
  • Celebrated the Kid’s high school graduation.
  • Planted tomatoes, potatoes, basil. Ate well.
  • Hosted several friends for many great dinners and conversations.
  • Exercised my franchise at our 2nd annual Voting Party.
  • Helped get the knife business off the ground.


  • Saw “Automatic Selection” published by DailyScienceFiction.com in January.
  • Met every couple of weeks with Type & Gripe group, plus many, many Saturdays.
  • Wrote experimental “Natural history of carnivorous unicorns.” Submitted it several places (serially), all rejected.
  • Re-re-re-revised post-apocalypse novel “Struggle and thrive.” Still grievously fragmented.
  • Wrote “How Frank Delano Changed the World But Not As Much As He Thought.” Sold to Timid Pirate Publishing for “Finding Home” anthology.
  • Arranged a Browncoat’s rebellious NaNoWriMo write-in, which was great fun.
  • Wrote 50,000 words of silly dreck for NaNoWriMo.
  • Got back in the habit of daily morning writing.
  • Bi-weekly Type & Gripe decided to meet weekly. (And still on Saturdays.)
  • Met post-NaNoWriMo, 1-month challenge to write and submit a short story to a pro market: Wrote “Golden Rule.” Submitted, pending response.
  • Revised “Natural history… unicorn” to remove experimental bits. Considering where to submit “Speak to your daughter in the language of unicorns.” Also considering a better title.
  • Signed up for Write1Sub1.com challenge in 2012, in which I’ll write and submit at least one short story per month.


  • Imagined an app I’d like, and started to work on it with a couple of exceptional co-workers.
  • Sent Pieforge back to Black Rock City with a few upgrades and a new logo.
  • Started but didn’t finish knitting a blue cotton sweater.
  • Started but didn’t finish making a hand-sized skeletal marionette that fits in a top hat.
  • Cleaned up an enormous quantity of feline effluence. At 18 and 19, these cats are oooooold.

What I’d like to accomplish in 2012:

  • At work: bring big projects to successful conclusions. Start more big projects.
  • Sell Dietrich-made knives online and at shows in Oregon and Atlanta.
  • Tell better stories.
  • Finish the app project, and launch it.

4 Responses to “Onward to 2012.”

  1. Milo James Fowler February 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Here’s to another insanely productive year — and CONGRATS on reaching your January Write1Sub1 goals!

  2. Lydia Gray February 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Congratulation on meeting your W1S1 goals, and congratulations on the DSF story too. That was a great read.

  3. Michelle Ann King February 3, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    That’s one impressive list! Congrats on making W1S1 January, and good luck for Feb!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: