As I turn older, I pay less and less attention to the change from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day at midnight. This year my wife and I were eating turkey sandwiches in bed when midnight came around, and it was as lovely a moment as any. A few hours prior we were celebrating our daughter’s second birthday, and that had far more meaning to me than the end of the calendar year.

All that said, there is an energy to the start of the new year that cannot be denied. Arbitrary as it may be, it is a chance to start anew, clean slate, blank page, and while resolutions made by the thousands on January 1st were already broken by the 2nd, there’s no rule that says you can’t restart on the 3rd, or the 10th, or the 31st.

This is all a long way of saying that, although it is the middle of the month, this is still a perfectly acceptable time to welcome 2018, and talk about what I want to wring out of the upcoming year.

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions (for reasons far better explained by Berin Kinsman in issue 2 of HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror, which I recommend), but I do make goals, and I have a couple different ones for this year which I’d like to voice aloud for my own sake, and to share with you as well.

This is the year where I reclaim my creativity. For the past eight years or so, I’ve pushed my creative side to the back burner for various reasons, be that my mom’s illness and death all the way back in 2009; the years’ long process of preparing to, getting into, and going through nursing school; my divorce and eventual relocation to the Midwest; working as a nurse, going back to school for my bachelor’s, and yet more relocations; and having a daughter and getting married. My life has been full, low at some times, high at others, and I relish it all. The decision to focus on other areas was deliberate, and the right one at each point, just as the decision to reclaim it is deliberate and the right one for me right now.

I had already stated that Highmoon Games, my gaming publishing imprint, would be relaunching in 2018, and the first step towards that was to stop selling all of my old products on January 1st. At some point during the year, Highmoon Games will come back with new material. I will write more about this in a separate post.

In 2011 I participated in NaNoWriMo, and won, meaning I wrote at least 50,000 words of fiction during the month of November. I kept going and midway through December I completed my first novel, which I have left languishing in a proverbial drawer ever since. My goal is to edit this novel and publish it by the end of this year, or early next. Again, I will write more about this in a separate post.

I have other projects in mind, things I’d like to tackle, start doing more of, etc, but this is a good start. These aren’t resolutions, these are goals, each with a plan on how I’ll achieve them, and milestones guiding the way. I’ll share more about each project and goal at this blog throughout the year. Hope you’ll share the journey.