Popular consensus seems to be that 2014 was just the worst. We had ISIS, Russia invading Ukraine, Ebola, Police assassinations, Gamergate, disappearing airplanes, the GOP taking over Congress and most of the states, and assorted other horribleness. I certainly can’t argue with any of that, but it also strikes me that things seem worse because of the way our culture is evolving: There’s always something terrible happening somewhere, and we now have more ways than ever to bring those terrible things into our homes.
To illustrate, take Slate’s fabulous “Year of Outrage.” It’s a great piece, and outrage has certainly become the steam that fills the Internet’s tangled tubes, but their methodology presumes a new outrage each day, whether that outrage consists of millions of raised voices, or just a few hundred. I’m not sure whether the core problem is that Internet though-leaders are constantly manufacturing outrage, or that readers sign on not wondering “what’s happening in the world today,” but, “what should I be angry about today?”
At the risk of sounding narcissistic, I doubt it’s healthy for any human psyche for the individual to rate his or her quality of life based on everything that’s happening worldwide. So while I sympathize with the families of those harmed by all the horribleness, I have to say that 2014 was a pretty good year for Yours Truly. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few of the year’s highlights–all positive–in no particular order. Continue Reading
I’m not a believer in New Year’s resolutions; in fact, I’ve gained about 3 pounds in the past few days just to make a point. The whole “New Year” thing is just an arbitrary system for recording hitory. Woo-hoo, the Earth went around the sun again!
But I’m thinking this year I might give it a go. I have a few things I’d like to improve, so why not? If nothing else, I figure January 1, 2008 gives me a convenient starting point to know how long I was successful.
To start with, I’m going to try and post to this blog a little more often. I actually have some readers here (though I’m pretty sure every single one of them is just waiting for more photos of Jessica Alba’s ass) and I seem to post less than four times a month. So I’m not going to vow daily posts or anything, but I’ll try and keep this fresher. Most will be my thoughts etc, but I’ll try and slip in sexy photos here and there, just to keep my fans happy. I’m just not expecting much out of Ms. Alba for the next 9 months or so.
Secondly (and more importantly) I’m going to concentrate more on my writing career. For years now I’ve worked in fits and starts, and though I’ve had a promising start with some interest from a publisher in my first novel, I am working so slowly it would take me centuries to achieve any kind of success. So I’m going to focus more on what’s important, spend less time with hobbies and World of Warcraft, and make progress. I’m totally opposed to silly goals that I don’t have control of like “I’m going to get published this year,” but I think I can aspire to a 3-pages-a-day output, MOST days. That’s something I do have control over.
So in the meantime, I’m going to put up a couple of celeb-worship posts today. Enjoy.