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Hiya all! I have a new round of my pragmatic New Year's resolutions to put up publicly so that I have to remember to do them. Last year this was a really helpful idea that steered me through all the choppy seas of my messed up life. This year, I've split them in to two categories, art and everything else. The art section is more goal-oriented, but it's nice to sketch those out anyway, even if they're not as fun:

Learn to Make My Own Pasta - I adore fresh pasta of all sorts and for christmas I got Lidia's Italian Kitchen, a cookbook with excellent step-by-step instructions on numerous varieties and complexities. I've been assured it's not too hard, it just takes practice. This is one of those "next step" pieces I want to add to my advanced kitchen repertoire.

Go hiking every couple weeks - While I live in a deep urban/industrial section of Los Angeles and love living in cities, mentally I still crave some of the quite and raw physical immersion in nature. It works like a soft reset button for my jangled nerves and tizzy of a a brain. Even on the occasions I've wandered around Griffith Park in the evening and ate a little food that I brought in my jacket while I sit under a dusty tree, I feel more perceptive...

Go camping at least 4 times - This is in addition to the hiking resolution. Camping was a staple of our vacations when I was a kid and every chance I've had to camp out in the vast field of California's wildernesses has left me feeling more grounded and receptive to the world around me. Plus bears and trees hundreds of feet high are just plain neat.

Bake my own bread [mostly] - Visiting my brother's farm in Northern California he introduced me to the wonders of no-knead bread recipes. The various podcasts I listen to while I work in the studio have been heralding the rise (no pun intended) of this method. I gave it a test run and the results were fantastic - on par with all but the best bakeries in town.

Play tennis occasionally - This is my one sport. THE sport that I used to play and adore until I got in to grad school and lost the time to get out and hit the courts. I need to find a nice racket that suits

Do some sort of volunteer work for sierra club, green peace or some eco activist group (preferably local) - Not that I like hippies, or will even tolerate hippy tendencies, but I do believe in preserving and interacting with native areas of nature are important as a society. I'm giving back in the art world, time to step up and do a little work to help out society as a whole.

Grill more - I need to get my own grill rack since the communal ones get rusted all the time, and a stash of charcoal.

Get my headphones' rig set up - Being the audio nerd that I am (by no means an audiophile, but I have a distinct preference for high-quality when I'm listening to music) To stop bugging my roommates, I need to get my amp and headphones setup for my computer. Just need to not go out a couple times since the total cost is like $250 and I've done all the research...

Eat at Jitlada - This one should be hella easy, but for some reason no one will make time to go with me… I mean, this is the premiere authentic Thai restaurant in the Western half of the United States and is still cheap as hell. Come on friends!

Continue my izakaya trek across LA - I've gotten to 6 or 7 of them, but my favorite style of Japanese food (izakaya is Japanese traditional pub food / tapas). I should make a post or a small web site for this, since it will be a wealth of info for other folks that like these strange grilled, dried, pickled, savory, fried and fascinating drinking food at late night restaurants (dried lake smelt with roe, octapus omeletes, chicken gizzards, tako wasabi etc.).


Make one post a month on my blog about an artist/show who has influenced my art - I want to do this as a way to catalog my own interests, but also as a way to share some of my knowledge and interest in the art world with folks around me. Generally, I really enjoy the dissemination of art and culture from folks all around - novels, recipes, art, movies… that flow to and from is really important for keeping creatively engaged.

Do second apartment homes fake book xerox photo-book - This bastard project is super-enjoyable because it's just following in the punk rock roots of when i used to do crappy zines. But it's a great sister project to the SM Blues, and has been taking up wall space in my studio for ages. All I need to do is get a few bucks out of the bank and head to a Kinko's.

Finish SM Blues Portfolio - And by finish the portfolio, I mean, finish a solid 40+ image set at 17" x 22" that I can use to show folks what I'm trying to do with this project. I have thousands of frames that aren't even proofed which would mean least 100-150 final images for the project, but that can happen over time. For now I just want something in concrete form. And the shooting is nearly done - only about 10 hours of work left on the "names" section.

Start the Process of finalizing and working toward a book for the anime con documentary project. This has to get done dammit! Probably still my strongest and most important project to date, and it needs to get out there. I have a majority of the final portfolio worked out, I just need cash and to spend the time to get stuff done.

Seriously start looking for a gallery - Okay, I need to really really do this. Dealing with the business elements of art is by far my least favorite thing I do in the art world. Once some of my portfolios are knocked out, I just need to figure out what to do with them...

Compile Poetry - I've got 10-ish sketchbooks which have bits and pieces of my writing intermixed with my art sketches and writings, and I need to transcribe all that in to the computer so I can make some sense of it.

Re-edit Twilight Kids - Out at Tony's place with friends it slipped out that I had written a novel after undergrad. It wasn't good, but the idea was sort of Waiting for Gudo meets Gundam (sort of nothing happening near-future war novel)… Nothing ever really came of it, but they all made me promise to edit it up to show it to them. They will probably regret this, but it will be a good step to get working on my recent idea for a novel.

Get started on long term career planning - I haven't put much thought in to this except the dawning realization that I haven't put much thought in to the structure of my life outside of eventually wanting to be a full time artist. I'm just feeling a tinge of panic as I come up nearer to 30 I need to think through the steps I need to do to make my ideas happen. I mean, I've managed really well for where I'm at, but I need to do an honest evaluation so I can move forward effectively.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you all think!
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