Looking back, looking forward

Here it is, New Year’s Eve. Wow. What a year 2004 was. I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to, but I think I laid the groundwork to make it happen in 2005. We’ll see. What do I want to accomplish in 2005?

1) Be a better father and husband.

2) Finish rewriting The Prometheus Syndrome, bring Bold Bounty (yes, it is a historical romance) up to the needed wordcount, and finish the first draft of Ulrik.

3) Ride that accursed exercise bike more regularly and lay off the chocolate just a bit.

Better to keep a small list and make it than a long one I know I’ll never do.

In other news, I sent off the last of my newspaper stories for this week last night. What a relief! Having those four stories hanging over me made this week pretty damn stressful. Not to mention the fact my wife had to work eight-hour days, so I’ve been home with the kids the whole time. I love my children dearly, but there really is such a thing as too much of a good thing. And it’s amazing how much those kids can eat; there’s always at least one complaining about being hungry. I’m told I cannot buy a hog trough and just keep it filled with crackers and chips. I don’t see why not.

Spent the last five evenings watching “The Lord of the Rings” extended version DVDs. Tonight we’ll wrap it up with the last half of “The Return of the King.” Man, I love this long, long flick.

Went out the other day and used a gift card and a coupon to pick up four DVDs I’ve been wanting for a while. The wifey was not pleased with my selections. I got “Them!”, the original “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “The Grapes of Wrath” — Kim really, really hates that one — and the Jack Nicholson movie “Wolf.” I’m not a huge fan of “Wolf” — I remember when I first saw it I was really disgusted that Jack’s only real added ability as a wolf seemed to be Olympic high jumping. But after watching it on TV a while back, I liked it better and I’m obsessive when it comes to things I like, such as werewolf movies, so now it’s added to the collection.

I’m finally feeling better, too. I have a ton of e-mail to answer, including confirmation for a con appearance next year. I hope to get to that later today. It’s a fine end-of-December day, though, and I’ve promised to take the kids to the park. Believe me, they need to burn off some energy!

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