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New Year, New Start: 10 Things I Hope For In 2015

January 1st, 2015

10. Peace on Earth. Or barring that, I’ll take less violence and hatred, please and thanks. But it’s way up here at number 10 because I know for a fact that it’s not gonna happen in my life time. Maybe not even my children’s life time. But at least more people are looking at the problems now than they were when I was a kid. So maybe in my children’s children’s life time.

9. A peaceful resolution between the system and the people. The cops (specifically, the racist heads of the NYPD) say we’re to blame. We say they’re to blame. I say we all harbor a little guilt, so let’s dissect the problems (all of the problems), and fucking fix them, so we can fucking trust each other and pull our society together the way we all claim we want to.

8. That my health insurance doesn’t force us to move back into a low income/high crime neighborhood. Because we’re basically supporting M’s ex, her boyfriend, their kids (one is an adult living at home and another isn’t actually M’s), and their five bazillion pets, adding another person to M’s health insurance could potentially force us to move out of this house. There are ways to avoid that (like me getting a job) but M’s not even a little interested. So for now, I’m rearranging the budget. We’ll see how that goes.

7. School! Spring is looking overly optimistic for going back to school. I’m hoping to be able to enroll in the Fall if our finances don’t allow it in the Spring. We’ll see.

6. That I accomplish everything I talked about in this post.

5. Put together a business plan. There’s this new restaurant near us, and the lady there started at farmers markets. Talking to her has got all sorts of ideas rolling around in this ol’ brain of mine. And I’m realizing that if we want to do this, we’re going to have to actually think about how we’re going to do it, and that might require investors. Investors would laugh at my current “business plan,” which goes like this: have a place with good food and good atmosphere so people who haven’t experienced home can. It’s a great dream, but how the hell are we going to accomplish that? So a business plan is in order. Weeeeeeeee!

4. Start a food blog. I have yet to decide whether or not I’ll connect it to this site. I’m hoping to be able to do more mainstream advertising on that site, and the ToS of some ad sites (like Google AdSense…or is it AdWords, now?) are murky. I don’t want the connection to kill my earning ability. Once it’s up (I’ve chosen a name/URL. Need to pick a theme, and buy the domain), I’ll let y’all know, and if you’re interested (and I’ve decided not to connect them), I’ll email you the URL.

3. A book. Short stories. Not erotica. Probably horror/thriller. M’s always challenging me to write the kinds of things he wants to read. That means horror/thriller, sci-fi, or fantasy. All things I read religiously, but have never really written. I’ve just never been that good at making up monsters, creatures, or technologies. I’m good at making up people. I’ve met so many of them, you see. Because my dad was in the military, and we moved all the time, by age 10, I’d been in six completely different classes (not a single person was someone I had a class with the year before), five different churches, four different states, and two different families. My classes averaged about 25 people in them, plus the teacher makes 26, and my families each have hundreds of members. So you figure by age ten, I knew at least 700 people, and social media wasn’t invented, yet. And I wasn’t even remotely famous. It’s hard not to be good at making up people when you know more people than God by the end of high school.

2. That said book provides at least a little money to help with our finances. I’ll probably self-publish because it’s easier and cheaper than trying to find an agent, and then a buyer. And who the hell knows if it’ll even be good enough for all that. I have one idea for one story, and it’s not even a very good idea. But that’s how all good stories start, so I’m sure by the time I publish it’ll be better. Anyway…I’ll provide a link when it’s done.

1. Good health. No more back surgeries or debilitating periods or 14 day bouts of the flu. Kay? Kay.

Hello, New Year! Let’s work together on this list. Whaddaya say?

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  1. January 1st, 2015 at 13:46 | #1

    One of the best New Years post I’ve read yet! Rock it out!

  2. RynJ21
    January 4th, 2015 at 18:09 | #2

    I like this! *cheers*
    I hope it all works out and I’d totally buy a book that you wrote

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