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New Year

Well, it’s a new year, so I guess that means it’s time for me to reinvent Again. I think this site’s been through probably 10 different incarnations over the years. I’m trying to keep it simple this time around. I already have a link blog and an art blog that are both fairly active and well maintained, so I guess this is going to be more of a general-use blog. Maybe I’ll figure out a way to re-blog here some of the more interesting finds from samblr and any finished pieces I actually post on lumpish.

I think I want Plort to simply be a place for me to write informally and maybe highlight events in my life and, of course, as always, encourage myself to keep creating/doing things. We’ll see how it goes. As always, I’m going to try to set some vague goals for myself, though I’m not sure what those are just yet. Perhaps 1 or 2 posts a week. Something pretty attainable. I’m much more interested in focusing my attention on actual art creation/completion right now.

Charcoal sketch I’ve set a couple of art goals for myself already this year. I’ve had one before: draw every day. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a full 365 days, but here’s to trying again. I’m going easy on myself too though; if I miss a day, it’s ok, but the goal is to miss as few as possible.

Another goal is to actually finish some music this year. I was looking back at my scratch-tracks a couple of weeks ago and was pretty sad to see such old dates on them. These year (or two) old tracks were mostly all meant as rough musical ideas and/or sketches of tracks that I meant to go back to and complete. A large part of me wants to blame my poor electronic organizational skills for some of the failure; I’d start a track and then leave it for months, then either I’d forget where I put the files or I’d be using a new hard drive that hadn’t had the files migrated to it yet. But mostly, really, it’s all about laziness. I just need to get off my ass and record. I want to keep it simple and clear and honest. I always make the best music when I’m only making it for myself. So that’s the goal: Make music that I want to listen to this year. And make a TON of it. No excuses.

The last real goal I have set out for myself this year is to run a race a month. This is primarily to keep me running through the cold weather, but also just to keep me running/exercising in general.

So, I feel like I have a good amount of pseudo-interesting stuff to document in the coming months. Not even included in my goals: beer brewing, planned trips, Paper Summer (my band) related projects.

All in all, I feel like 2009, despite being an incredible year for Steff and me as a couple, was a pretty rough year all around. And I’d like to take some personal responsibility in that. I know I did my fair share of just letting the world tumble by and mess with my life. I plan on taking a lot more control in 2010.

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