One Ends Another Begins

So, 2016 went out with a bang for me, in the sense that three of the most important machines in my life experienced a critical mechanical failure:

  1. my phone died
  2. my computer crashed
  3. my the car’s transmission failed…or perhaps is failing?

Oh, and I also developed a topical allergy to coconut oil, which is really inconvenient considering that my preferred soap, shampoo, and deodorant all contain the stuff and straight coconut oil is my favorite winter moisturizer.

So, yeah, 2016 has not been the greatest (and that’s not even getting into the earlier part of the year). I’m obscurely reassured by the fact that most of 2015 was bad, and I’ll repeat–somewhat belatedly–everyone’s wishes for a better new year for all of us!

And I’ve not really been one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year I’m feeling the urge, so:

My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Read a book per week. This past year my fiction : published fiction reading ratio was completely unbalanced, and I’d like to correct that a little.
  2. Exercise once a week. Obviously, more than once a week would be healthier and better, but it would also be less likely to get done. I’m opting for practicality in this.
  3. Post once a week.
  4. Write a story per month. Last year I wrote ten stories, which is actually better than I thought I’d done before I just counted them, but I’d like to write more next year.