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Obligatory New Year's Post

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 11:23 PM

:earth: Eleven days past the point of winter solstice (in the Northern hemisphere) and one full day before perihelion, our culture has once again indulged in its annual tradition of incrementing the final digit of the chronological record, thereby declaring today to be the somewhat arbitrary start of a whole new calendar year.

As is also traditional, this is the date reserved for declaring one's intentions over the course of the next 365- (or in this case, 366-) day period. These declarations are always made with the best of intentions, but alas, are rarely seen through to their envisioned conclusion.

:pencil: Still, the act of writing these resolutions down and sharing them in a public forum — such as on a social media platform along the lines of, oh, say, :devart: — is supposed to improve the odds of success substantially, if in no other way than by creating a level of accountability for one's declarations. With that in mind, here I go.

:bulletpurple: I have allowed myself to become inactive in the community, for far longer than one year. In 2016, I intend to reverse that.

:bulletpurple: I will be 50 years old(!) by the end of this year. I have promised myself to be published by then; and with all the online options available, I have zero excuses left.

:bulletpurple: To that end, I intend to write something every day, and to maintain the aforementioned accountability by posting regular reports of my progress.

2015, as with most years, was a mixed bag of ups and downs. I lost my largest and most dependable source of income to what turned out to be an act of nepotism, which has left me scrambling to fill the financial gap thus created, which has in turn left me with fewer hours and far less energy to devote to my first passion, the stringing of words in a row.

:raincloud: The resultant cocktail of depression, stress and limited finances has created a perfect storm of poor eating habits, which has negatively impacted my health. This also needs to be addressed, and shall; but I have never tied fitness goals to the calendar year and have no intention of shifting my stance now.

Lest you think all was doom and gloom, allow me to also share that I have spent the past year-plus becoming reasonably proficient in Spanish, and have even begun learning Esperanto, which has always fascinated me. (Obligatory shoutout to, the free language-learning app that IMO runs circles around Rosetta Stone. I've added a direct link to my page in the sidebar of this journal; if you also happen to use the site, you're welcome to friend me there as well.)

:pointr: So, for the teal deer crowd: I'm back, and I intend to stick around. :woohoo:

Now feel free to catch me up in the comments. And if I owe you a llama, let me know.


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Mike (aka Mikipedia)
Artist | Professional | Literature
United States
I'm 47 years old, unmarried, and focused on becoming a published children's and fantasy author; I also own my own business as a preschool gym teacher, martial arts instructor and birthday party host.

Lately I've been taking a metric ton of (mostly) nature photos with my phone. Would you suggest I throw them... 

23 deviants said :wizardhat: Into their own folder on this account?
6 deviants said :firelite-photo: Into a new stock photo account?
1 deviant said :camera: Into a brand new alt account?
1 deviant said :deviator: Onto my PC, and let us never speak of this again?
No deviants said :trash: Out?


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Regarding Llamas:

:iconllamaglomp: If I've left you a llama, the best way to thank me is by leaving me one in return. And I will always exchange llama-for-llama. :thanks:

:iconabsoluteblankplz::iconabsoluteblankplz::empllama: :llama: :emplllama:


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thank you for the :+fav: on Red Sonja :ahoy:
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Happy birthday! :iconcakeplz:
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