No, I don’t really have any resolutions. I do have a pile of things to do and, like a lot of people, I need to sort them out so I can prioritize and finish at least some of them.
But first, before we get into all that, I need to get something off my chest. You’re not living “off-grid” if you’re dependent on a fossil fuel network to make any part of that work. I know, thank you Captain Obvious, however, last year I saw this mistake being made all the time in all sorts of media. “Hey, come see my ‘off-grid’ Ford van conversion. Blah, blah, blah.” No. Son, this is no more off-grid than building a house on the side of the Hoover Dam. Just because you slapped a couple of PV panels to the side of something does not eliminate your grid dependence.
The Big List, the Abridged Version
- Go back to school, finish any degree:
Class starts on the 4th of this month. Honestly, at this point, I don’t even know what’s on the sylabus or where to even read it, but I will be making this happen. I’ll figure out how I’m going to pay for it later.
- Clean and organize garage:
I’ve been working on this project recursively since we bought this place. This time around it’s personal.
- Sell my Delica:
It’s currently not running, but it’s got good bones. The simple fact of the matter is that since I started experiencing all these health challenges I don’t have the time or energy to maintain a van, of any sort, for any reason. Sad but true. As the weather improves I will be cleaning it up and selling it.
There are three WIP underway right now. A shortish story/novellette about a dog in a future American climate calamity. A novel-rewrite. And a couple of comic book experiements I’ve been developing (episodics get lumped together). I will finish these.
I intend to hike the Washington portions of the Pacific Crest Trail this summer. Time and family commitments prevent me from doing the whole thing. Dirtbag Matt is dead.
- Garden and Home Maintenance:
I had a really interesting message exchange with Tobias recently that has provoked some self reflection. As a result I’d like to improve my focus on these things and find some satisfaction in doing them.
- Find a small group of writing peers:
I need some friends I can write and read with.
So there you have it, the explicated version of my current pile.
Another thing that needs clearing up. If you put a plastic sticker on an organically grown fruit or vegetable it is no longer “organic.”