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Goals for 2020

Each year, I think about what I have accomplished and what I want to do next. I have a point system for encouraging progress. (See my goals for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.) These are some of my goals for 2020:


* Actually look at this list of goals, at least twice a month, before the end of the year in hopes of meeting more of them and not trying to cram in December. [1/4/20, 1/5/20, 1/6/20, 1/8/20, 1/9/20, 1/12/20, 1/13/20, 1/15/20, 1/16/20, 1/18/20, 1/20/20, 1/23/20, 1/25/20, 1/27/20, 2/7/20, 2/10/20, 2/11/20, 2/12/20, 2/14/20, 2/15/20, 2/16/20, 2/17/20, 2/18/20, 2/22/20, 2/29/20, 3/5/20, 3/7/20, 3/8/20, 3/12/20, 3/15/20, 3/16/20, 3/17/20, 3/19/20, 3/21/20, 3/22/20, 3/23/20, 3/28/20, 3/31/20, 4/1/20, 4/5/20, 4/6/20, 4/7/20, 4/8/20, 4/10/20, 4/11/20, 4/12/20, 4/14/20, 4/17/20, 4/19/20, 4/20/20, 4/21/20, 4/23/20, 4/25/20, 4/26/20, 4/27/20, 4/28/20, 5/1/20, 5/4/20, 5/5/20, 5/6/20, 5/7/20, 5/8/20, 5/9/20, 5/11/20, 5/12/20, 5/13/20, 5/17/20, 5/18/20, 5/19/20, 5/21/20, 5/26/20, 5/30/20, 6/3/20, 6/4/20, 6/5/20, 6/12/20, 6/15/20, 6/17/20, 6/18/20, 6/19/20, 6/20/20, 6/24/20, 6/28/20, 6/29/20, 6/30/20, 7/2/20, 7/3/20, 7/6/20, 7/7/20, 7/10/20, 7/20/20, 7/26/20, 7/27/20, 7/30/30, 8/4/20, 8/5/20, 8/7/20, 8/9/20, 8/15/20, 8/28/20, 9/8/20, 9/13/20, 9/15/20, 9/22/20, 9/27/20, 10/14/20, 10/18/20]

* Fill in desk calendar with repeating posts and other memoranda. [Started 1/1/20]

* Clear out some backlogged email.

* Place one new book-length project on the market, either by writing a book proposal or by writing a complete book manuscript. [Began writing haiku book 3/18/20, posted Spring Haiku 3-18-20 on 3/21/20]

* Experiment with self-publishing a chapbook in ebook and/or home-printed format.
draggon-flye.livejournal.com, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron have volunteered to help with this.

* Finish compiling the manuscript for The Origami Mage collection. Add supporting materials as necessary. Submit completed manuscript to Hunt Press.

* Write at least 400 poems.

* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month. [1/7/20 Short Forms, 2/4/20 If the devil's nicer than the church folks then we've got a problem, 3/3/20 Broken Angels, 3/17/20 anything goes, 4/21/20 Interspecies Cooperation, 5/5/20 How did I end up in charge?  6/2/20 Quiet Revolutions]

* Use a specific storyline as a theme for the main Poetry Fishbowl. [MET 1/14/20 Broken Angels for March 3]

* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files. [MET 1/20/20: Arts and Crafts America 1/4/10, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis 1/18/20, P.I.E. 1/20/20, Los Conquistados  8/15/20, The Sounds of Civilization 10/8/20]

* Create more supporting materials for poetic series as necessary, such as character cast lists or scientific notes.  [MET 9/13/20 character cast list for A Conflagration of Dragons]

* Supervise updates of the Polychrome Heroics material. [Started updating Dr. Infanta thread 1/6/20 finished 1/18/20, Aquariana updated 1/19/20]

* Make more pages for individual threads in the Polychrome Heroics series.

* Launch at least one new poetic series.

* Sell at least one poem of 10 or fewer lines, eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award. [MET 1/9/20]

* Sell at least one poem of 50+ lines, eligible for the Rhysling Award long category. [MET 1/28/20 "Into the Thousand-Eyed Present," 2/20/20 "Who We Know Ourselves to Be," 3/12/20 "Exist Without Permission"]

* Finish at least one poem that was partly written and then abandoned.  [MET 2/16/20 "Maple Everything," 4/17/20 "Better to Meet Danger," "In Growth, Reform, and Change," and "True Security to Be Found"]

* Participate in at least six bingo fests. [Less Usual Bingo Patterns 1/1/20]

* Participate in the [community profile] snowflake_challenge. [Begun 1/1/20]

* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2020. [MET Begun 1/1/20, finished 3/1/20]

* Keep up with writing records better, updating at least monthly. [1/7/20, 2/4/20, 3/2/20, 4/1/20, 5/1/20, 6/3/20, 6/30/20]

* Finish at least two orders for spring plants by the end of February. Orders sent in March or later do not count. [MET Begun 1/26/20, finished 1/27/20 for Michigan Bulb Company and Oikos Tree Crops]

* Complete at least one significant outdoor project.

** Gathered up logs cut from the fallen tree in the ritual meadow and the limb by the house, April-May.

** Cleared line of sight to east edge of yard for new internet connection. [5/6/20, 5/7/20]

* Seal the new hopper feeder and hang it up.

* Go through closet to remove clothes that no longer fit, and take them to a charity.

* Keep track of my crowdfunding activity as the year goes on.

* Keep track of things I would like to receive as gifts. [MET 3/31/20]

* Read at least four cookbooks, marking recipes of interest. [The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook 1/14/20, 200 Curries 1/27/20, 365 Skinny Smoothies 2/7/20, Superfood Smoothies 6/12/20]

* Give away at least one cookbook that is not worth its shelf space, based on marking few or no recipes of interest. [MET Put Slow Cooker Cookbook in giveaway box 1/11/20]

* Make at least one new recipe per month. ["Ruby Hot Chocolate" 1/4/20, honeydew smoothie 1/5/20, Spiced Cider from the Elder Scrolls cookbook 1/6/20, strawberry rose yogurt smoothie (drinkable yogurt version) 1/8/20, Triple Chocolate Hot Cocoa (hazelnut) 1/9/20, Cucumber Smoothie Base + pear 1/12/20, Hazelnut Steaklets and Chocolate Milk That Isn't Completely Terrible for You 1/15/20, Antelope Burgers and Alan’s Going Green Smoothie (without jalapeño) 1/16/20, strawberry rose yogurt smoothie (almond milk version) 1/17/20, spinach bacon quiche 1/18/20, cantaloupe smoothie 1/20/20, Blueberry Muffin Smoothie 1/23/20, gluten-free blueberry pancakes 1/25/20, mango-pear smoothie 2/10/20, mango-almond smoothie 2/10/20, strawberry mango guava smoothie 2/12/20, orange mango guava smoothie 2/14/20, papaya mango smoothie 2/15/20, papaya strawberry smoothie 2/16/20, banana chocolate hazelnut coconut smoothie 2/17/20, mango coconut smoothie 2/18/20, apple-pear-ginger smoothie 2/22/20, roast pheasant 2/29/20, pear mango guava ginger smoothie 3/5/20, kiwi strawberry smoothie 3/7/20, guava banana cantaloupe smoothie 3/8/20, blueberry banana smoothie 3/12/20, guava mango banana smoothie 3/15/20, guava strawberry banana smoothie 3/16/20, honeydew pear smoothie 3/17/20, Candied Yams 3/19/20, Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Smoothie 3/21/20, guava blood orange mango smoothie 3/23/20, mango strawberry smoothie 3/28/20, Cherry Ruby Chocolate Chunk Cookies 4/1/20, mango blood orange smoothie 4/5/20, mango tangelo banana smoothie 4/6/20, mango banana cantaloupe smoothie 4/7/20, pear smoothie with strawberries 4/8/20, blackberry banana smoothie 4/10/20, pear orange pineapple smoothie 4/11/20, pear tropical blend smoothie 4/12/20, cherry lime smoothie 4/14/20, guava banana mango smoothie 4/17/20, mango pineapple orange smoothie 4/20/20, cherry banana smoothie 4/21/20, mango banana smoothie 4/23/20, mango pineapple papaya strawberry smoothie 4/25/20, mango pineapple papaya strawberry banana smoothie 4/26/20, passionfruit mango pineapple smoothie 4/27/20, passionfruit tropical blend pineapple smoothie 4/28/20, banana tropical blend with milk smoothie 5/1/20, classic fruit medley smoothie 5/4/20, passionfruit banana classic fruit medley smoothie 5/5/20, passionfruit banana strawberry smoothie 5/6/20, passionfruit orange mango smoothie 5/7/20, guava banana classic fruit medley smoothie 5/8/20, *guava pineapple strawberry smoothie 5/9/20, guava orange mango smoothie 5/11/20, mango orange classic fruit medley smoothie 5/12/20, *mango pineapple smoothie 5/13/20, mango banana classic fruit medley smoothie 5/17/20, *Stuffed Portobellos with Ham and Cheese 5/18/20, mango banana mango smoothie 5/19/20, *Buffalo Meatloaf 5/21/20, mango smoothie 5/30/20, *Chicarrone Meatloaf 6/4/20, *reuben quesadillas 6/5/20, passionfruit orange strawberry smoothie 6/5/20, *guava orange mixed fruit with gojiberry powder 6/15/20, orange date gojiberry smoothie 6/17/20, Nut'n'Seed Butter 6/18/20, *Pork Loin Chops with Nut'n'Seed Butter 6/19/20, Toad in a Hole 6/20/20, *Nut'n'Seed Butter Smoothie 6/20/20, *guava banana strawberry goji berry smoothie 6/24/20, banana mango goji berry smoothie 6/28/20, guava banana tropical blend acai smoothie 6/29/20, *Easy Egg Curry 7/2/20, Turkey and Swiss Meatloaf 7/3/20, pear banana mixed fruit goji berry smoothie 7/6/20, *Easy Mutter Paneer  7/7/20, egg curry with Mild Curry sauce and diced potatoes 7/10/20, guava banana tropical blend acai smoothie 7/20/20, Jalfrezi Curry Sauce with shrimp 7/27/20, *Easy Rogan Josh 7/30/20, *Hawaiindian Curry 8/4/20, banana pineapple mango smoothie 8/5/20, *Strawberry Barbecue Pork 8/7/20, *pineapple guava mixed fruit smoothie 8/9/20, *Bison with Blue Corn Tortillas 8/28/20, grilled chicken breast with lemon-basil butter 9/8/20, *Mango Chicken Tinga 9/15/20, *Spanakopita Mushroom Caps 9/22/20, *Mango Chicken 9/27/20, *apple banana strawberry smoothie 10/14/20, *apple pie smoothie 10/18/20]
* = quite good

* Attend at least two events that include physical activities. [YMCA Sampler Day 1/5/20]

* Organize at least one area that is currently a mess.

* Promote the 2020 elections with at least four activities.  [posted articles and tips about election security 3/12/20, posted links on election tampering 9/22/20]

* Take a family trip to Chicago in late 2020 to see the night display at Lincoln Park Zoo and go shopping.
Replaced by November magic convention in Chicago.

* Fill in the blank: __________. This slot is left open because, during any given year, I usually pick up some "surprise" goals. This time I want to give myself credit for that. [MET 2/14/20]

Defrosted freezer 2/13/20-2/14/20.

Gathered up logs cut from the fallen tree in the ritual meadow and the limb by the house, April-May.

Finished new hopper birdfeeder 10/4/20.


Add obstacles or exercise equipment to the yard?


What are some of your goals for 2020?


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