Last November I participated in NaNoWriMo (hence my sudden absence). Thus, I was writing 1667 words a day towards a very poorly plotted quasi-fantasy novel. It was a huge challenge, and for the first time in the 4 or 5 years I’ve participated, I actually won (defined by reaching 50,000 words before midnight on November 30). I even did that despite sabotage by my computer. Hurrah. I never did reach the end, but I really want to work on my art for awhile.
This last week, I saw the movie “Julie and Julia,” which chronicles the story of a woman (Julie) who gives herself one year to work her way through Julia Child’s cookbook “French Cuisine for Servantless American Cooks” — and blogs about it. I really only have a minimal interest in cooking, but I thought “Wow. I want to have some kind of goal like that for my art.” For the last few days I’ve been thinking. Then, I realized, “Oh my word, New Years is coming!!!” Thus I started thinking harder. Now, in the last few hours of 2009 I’ve (mostly) settled upon something.
“Each week, I will choose and complete (x amount) of projects directly from or inspired by one in an art magazine, art book, or blog tutorial.”
I still need to define “X” (I’m thinking 3? Any input on that?) and I may need to have an exception for complete (in case it’s a large, multi-step project, in which case, perhaps it can be broken into chunks?) I’m still working this out.
In the meantime, I am having a fairly tame New Years Eve playing on the wii with my parents and enjoying a few snacks. Tomorrow, however, the challenge will begin (after the traditional movie with my family).
Other New Years Resolutions:
- Finish the gawky novel I began in November– if for no other reason, so that I can pick it apart and start over.
- Continue on the wii fit at least a little bit (I am vaguely skinny by default, NOT because I’m healthy).
- Get a teaching position, or at the very least, MORE jobs.
- Save enough to move out.
What does 2010 hold for you?