evannichols (evannichols) wrote,

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I tried to work today. After about an hour on the VPN, I realized that I just wasn't up to it. There were a few issues to deal with, but K (The New Guy*) had it under control. So I went back to bed. A few more hours of sleep helped. A lot. I've improved to the point where I look at all the clutter around me and wish I felt good enough to deal with it. I haven't cared for days. So, that's encouraging.

I started working on my annual First Lines of 2010 post, which got me thinking about where I've been and where I'm going. And the dissatisfaction that breeds prompted me to consider Goals for 2011.

These are "works in progress," but here's what I'm considering so far, for 2011:

Spend 300 hours writing. That's an hour a day, six days a week, with two weeks of vacation. I may spend more, but will aim for no less. These hours will be devoted to writing, not research, preparation, business, filing, etc. And hours only count if I'm not also checking my email, surfing the web, driving, etc. 2010 was a year of only writing when I felt like it, and I barely produced anything. As much as I resist it, I suspect I'll benefit from more structure.

Post to LJ Daily. If nothing else, I'd like to note what I did (for your sake, I'll only report deviations from the Standard Work Day, and spare you the mind-numbing repetition of the Daily Ritual), and at least one thing that I've been thinking about. I find I have a lot of thoughts during a week that I would share, but don't get around to writing a full post about. I may limit myself to a quick summary, in the interest of time. I won't consider it a failure if I miss a day (if I did, I'd probably last about two weeks, then have a day without a post, and give up).

Go to a Sleep Clinic. I've been thinking for a long time that I should first exercise regularly and give up coffee, then it would be worth going to a Sleep Clinic if I still wasn't getting good rest. It's possible that medical examination of my sleep patterns might reveal information that would make it possible to do those.

Improve my Health. When snottygrrl pointed out that I'd been sick a lot, I couldn't argue. I'd noticed that too. When I read through my 2010 LJ posts, there were a lot of days ranging between "Tired and Headachy" and "Outright Ill." Current thinking is to improve my sleep (see above), exercise more and get regular acupuncture and chiropractic treatments.

Other things I'm considering are:
Posting my webcomic regularly again.
Publish the Newsletter weekly again.
Finish "Joyest Place In The World" (my 2005 Nano novel).
Publish "Ask Dr. Eldritch Volume #2 Why Does My Monster Hate Me?"
Publish Volume #3 (As Yet Unnamed).
Produce a dozen zines, so get benefit from my IPRC membership.
Publish a book of stick-figure comics and Humorous Writings.
Script the "Ask Dr. Eldritch" final storyline graphic novel.
Produce the "Ask Dr. Eldritch" Steampunk Adventure graphic novels.
Script additional "Ask Dr. Eldritch" comic book/graphic novels.
Script other graphic novels (ideas include the Total Opposite of Dr. Eldritch story, and the Librarian Superhero story).
Finish the Ask Dr. Eldritch Podcasts.

So, that's what I'm thinking about. More on this all as it coalesces.

* Does it matter that K is female for purposes of the title "The New Guy"? Discuss. If desired.

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