(Insert Obligatory Post About New Year’s Goals Here)

Karen and I were driving home from our weekend grocery shopping expedition on Saturday evening when we decided to stop by a restaurant for dinner. We arrived to find the restaurant closed at around 5:00 p.m. on a Saturday.

Why? That’s strange! 

Then, realization dawned.

It’s New Year’s Eve!

Sadly, that epiphany has escaped  me by Saturday evening. I had an engagement mixing audio early on Sunday, and was planning to be in bed by 10:00 p.m. A quick perusal of Twitter left me wondering what the #NYE hashtag was supposed to indicate, until I read someone’s tweet that actually mentioned New Year’s Eve.

Oh! Realization dawned again, somewhat begrudgingly due to the fact that it had to show up twice. It’s New Year’s Eve! 

And, for the first time that I can remember in recent years, I was sound asleep some time before midnight. Ah, parenthood.

While the whole Holiday season felt at best delayed, and at worst anti-climactic this year, I truly did not recognize that Saturday night was the conclusion of 2011. And, Sunday did not feel like the beginning of 2012. Had I at least watched the ball drop, I would have had a marker, perhaps. Instead, I was completely adrift, floating through the transition from one year to the next nearly unwittingly. I haven’t been careless of any thought for 2012, though, so, along the lines of what is apparently a bit of an obligatory post in the blogging circles I frequent, here are some of my hopes and goals for 2012.

1. Finish a complete draft of my first novel. It’s a near-future, dystopian speculative fiction novel, and I finished Part I in September. That leaves Part II (about 150 pages or so) to go before I begin some serious editing (during which I will follow a process). 
2. Change careers for my day job. 
3. Maybe even make some plans for a PhD? I have a promising lead, but my new role as father to my beautiful daughter complicates this significantly. Hmmm…
4. Become less task-focused and more focused on the things that matter, primarily my family, friends, and faith (this goal sort of flies in the face of the first three). 
5. Relax (this also flies in the face of the first three…I’m contradictory right now). 
6. Read more. 
7. Write more. And publish something, because its been a few months, now, and I miss it. 

What are your goals for the new year? Here’s to hoping that 2012 greets you with much opportunity, happiness, and dreams come true.

Photo Attribution: Creativity103


  1. Hehe, I love this post, mostly because every NYE seems anticlimactic to me. I’m usually always asleep by the time the year moves on to a new one. I have no doubt you could do a PHD with a new child. Anything’s possible! And so is finishing your book. I plan to finish one this year and write another. We’ll see if it happens! Reading and writing more are definitely on my list as well. Happy I discovered you and your blog through Tumblr. 🙂

  2. Michelle, thanks for the encouragement! The potential PhD was in Europe which is what makes it more difficult to consider now. We’ll see. Good luck on that writing! Hopefully we’ll both have at least one completed manuscript to our credits by the end of 2012.

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