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2012 – How did I do?

Hello world! J Monkeys here. New Year’s Day is just a few turns of the earth away. Are you a resolution maker? Like Suze said on Thursday, NYR’s often get made and blown in just a handful of days, but what about goals? In the words of Pretty Woman’s Kit De Luca, “You got a goal? Ya gotta have a goal.” And they (you know them, right?) say that goals which are written down are significantly more likely to be accomplished than those that are not.

So, last year, I set some goals for myself. Check ‘em out. Before I announce my 2013 goals, I thought I’d see how I measure up for 2012.

1. Publish 6 Books: I’m behind, but not by much. Brook the Fish is complete and available for sale. The final version of DIY Publishing ~ Cheap & Easy will be uploaded to Createspace on 12-31-12. The final version of In the Woods will be uploaded to Createspace on 12-31-12. The next (and likely last) draft of illustrations for Dixie & Taco go to the Beach are available and awaiting my review. The first proof of Street Sign Scavenger Hunt will be ordered on 12-31-12. So that’s five nearly-finished books. I will absolutely have those done, and available for sale by 1-31-13.

When it comes to that 6th book, I’m less sure. The Fearsome Dane (a novella that goes along with my Livingston-Wexford Adventures) is 75% complete or more. My Genealogy Cookbook only wants for photography at this point. And I did create a personal organizer for 2012 which worked out so well that I’m creating one for 2013. The template will be available for sale by the end of January. Oh, and lest I forget, I’m about 1/2 way through the first draft of a new book as well. That’s five done in 13 months, with 4 others solidly in the hopper. Even though I didn’t actually publish 6 books in 2012, I’m happy with my progress and I’m calling it a win.

2. Sell Books: See, now, this was a poorly stated goal. I did sell books in 2012, so I could say that I met it, but I didn’t sell anywhere near as many as I would have liked. I had a marketing plan, I just didn’t follow it. I think that might be where I went wrong. But I sold books and I have better idea of what I need to do in the future so I’m calling it a win.

3. Lose 51 pounds: Sigh. Nope. Didn’t do it. On the flip side, I didn’t gain any weight either. In fact, I’m down 10 pounds from my January 1, 2012 weight. Not a win, but WAY better than 2011. Let’s call this one a draw.

4. Improve my credit score: Wow – sadly I REALLY didn’t make any progress on this one this year. With one thing and another, our credit score probably went down a smidge instead of up. Epic Fail.

5. Scrapbook 5 pages a week: Nope – I didn’t do this one either. But the spirit of it was to do things for myself, things that I like to do. And I have done that. My BFF-from-high-school-who-was-also-my-college-roommate and I have managed to get together for lunch 8 or 9 times this year which is GREAT! I’ve really missed her. Plus, I had not one, but two scrapbooking retreats in 2012 and I’ve taken the odd day for myself here and there. Let’s call that a win.

The total for 2012: 3 Wins, 1 Draw and 1 Fail. Not too shabby.

Today’s Secret: Write well defined goals and don’t forget to go back and see how you measure up. Remember why you wrote the goals that you did. Sometimes even when you don’t meet the stated goal, you might meet the spirit of it. Plus, they are your goals. Cut yourself some slack and take credit for the things you did rather than beat yourself up for those things you didn’t get to yet.

Today’s Question: How did you do with your 2012 goals?

And just for fun: here’s a link to a bit-o-fun for the year to come. Oh Alex…rumored to be Tarzan? I’d SO go see that movie!

You Sank My Battleship and other Hasbro Movies

Hello Scribblers!  J Monkeys here.  Even though I finished writing tomorrow’s blog post earlier today, I just finished something that moved me to post again.  Hello October 27th!

Like many people, my job includes several aspects that I don’t care for.  One of them if folding the Alpine mountain of laundry that my household seems to generate each week.  Today was a folding day.  I know this because I’ve spent the last two mornings fishing through troughs of clean clothes searching for pants for my son to wear to school. 

This morning, I stopped at Redbox to rent myself a bit of folding inspiration – a movie.  I rented several, including one that I thought looked absurd from the trailer (ok, well this trailer is better than the one I saw in the theater) – this past summer’s action flik Battleship. NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!  You may want to see the movie, then come back to the blog.

I rented Battleship for one reason and one reason only – that taste of Swedish Delight known as Alexandar Skarsgard.  He was every bit as yummy as I could have hoped, if too small a portion.  I kept watching – even when it became clear that his presence would not…how we say…continue in the film. 

 

From the trailer this summer, I had the impression that Battleship was the red-headed stepchild of that other Hasbro great: Transformers.  Au contraire!  If you haven’t seen this movie then get thee to a Redbox!  I laughed, I cried – honestly, I cried from the story, not the full laundry basket of socks to be mated.  Why do they make so many different styles of socks?!

But seriously – it seems that good writers and good actors and good tech people can make a very good film, no matter how silly the premise. 

Spoilers here: (highlight to read) I loved that one major hero of this story was a retired soldier who had lost his legs in battle.  He was awesome and it was SO great to see our wounded soldiers being recognized in this way.  I also loved that the final battle included long retired WWII vets and of course, a battleship that the current naval officers had no idea how to sail.  And don’t forget, the movie was inspired by classic game – it was cool how they worked that in. Of course, the movie also included the standard hero-as-screw-up coming of age story and the freaked out geek who predicts disaster at the beginning.  And of course, the girl – but she was spunky.

Today’s Secret: If you like a good story, give Battleship a try.  The trailer doesn’t even hint at the best parts of the film.

Today’s Question: How do you inspire/reward yourself for doing those aspects of your job that you hate?