I’ve gotta say, it’s kind of hard not to feel optimistic about 2012 when you’re watching one of your all-time favorite bands perform “Auld Lang Syne” with balloons flying everywhere and the floor all sticky with cheap champagne. After the show I somehow worked up the drunken nerve to approach Exene and tell her how amazing she is. She was nice about it and squeezed my hand and said “thank you” and “happy new year” before wandering off in her adorable purple cowboy boots and rhinestone tiara.
So — it’s a new year! A fresh start! A clean slate and all that. My friend Jennie says New Year’s is her favorite holiday because, as she says, “the only things you have to do are party and set some goals.” In the past I’ve been inclined to think of the whole new year’s resolutions thing as kind of trite, but this year, whether it’s because 2011 was pretty transitional for me or just because I’m getting older, I’m on board and ready to move forward and create some positive change in my life. So, as self-serving as this type of post may be, here are my goals for 2012:
I’m going to utilize my strange little menagerie of musical instruments (currently in my stable: two guitars, my beloved Magnus Diamond chord organ, an accordion, a glockenspiel, a couple of analog synthesizers, a harmonica and a shiny new white mother-of-pearl lap steel guitar) to their utmost this year. I’m going to get better at playing all of them, I’m going to expand my ability to play other instruments, and I’m going to try to write a song a week, no matter how much it sucks (both the songwriting process and the resultant song itself).
I’m going to write more. I’m going to fucking finish the goddamn novel I’ve been working on since I was 21. I’m going to explore direct publishing on Amazon as a way to try and sell some of the shorter fiction I’ve written over the years via the Kindle store. I’m going to put out some small zines (Jennie and I will actually be at L.A. Zine Fest in February, promoting and selling our first issue of Library Sciences!). And — most relevant to you, my readers — I’m hereby pledging to update Cartoon Heart at least once a week. Feel free to get on my ass about this if I slack off.
I’m going to be good to my family, my friends, and myself. Every year it becomes clearer to me that there are very few close relationships that are sustainable in one’s life — the ones that you have are worth protecting til death. I’m fortunate to have an incredible group of people surrounding me and this year I resolve to be as proactive as possible about letting the people who are important to me know that they’re important to me.
I have other goals that are smaller or more private or more complicated just silly, but those are the big three for me this year.
What are your resolutions for 2012? Think about it — tomorrow I’ve got a special giveaway that’s going to depend on hearing some good ones!