New Year’s Day

We had a quiet day yesterday.  It was cold in the metro D.C. area, with temperatures in the 20s.  We went shopping in the morning.  First to Old Navy for Kelly to get some maternity clothes, then to Target, where she got more maternity clothes, and where we picked up a few other items.  Fromthere we headed to Barnes & Noble where I got a couple of new books:  The New Space Opera and The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Years Best Science Fiction, both edited by Gardner Dozois.  While browsing around in Sport’s Authority, we ran into Sarah and Mike.  Finally, there was a quick stop at the grocery store and we headed home.  I was starving and made a massively tall sandwich for lunch.  After lunch, we played Lego Star Wars for a while–until I felt dizzy from the motion on the screen, something that’s happened to me once before a long time ago.

I napped for about an hour and a half and then spent some time reading more of The Hard SF Renaissance.  I had hoped to finish this up in 2008, but didn’t make it.  I’m close to 2/3rds of the way through the book and I enjoyed the Greg Egan story I read yesterday.  I’ll post a short summary about what I’ve read so far soon.

I watched a few more episodes of Battlestar Galactica in the evening, and then it was lights out at 10 PM.  Kelly works from home today so I headed into the office a little early this morning.

I didn’t get any writing done yesterday, but I cut myself a little slack.  I do have to work today, although I suspect it will be dead here.  Snow is expected although I don’t think it will be much.  I plan on getting back to regular writing and workouts in earnest next week, although I am hoping to get some writing in before then.  As for the workouts, I have been a real slacker, and it shows.  I am at my peak weight, and I constantly feel it.  I’ve been steadily working my way back to a healthy diet, and plan on starting the workouts up at a simple level, rather than trying to start where I left off.

I don’t have specific New Year’s resolutions.  Aside from the arbitrariness of them, it’s hard to plan your year when you are expecting your first child halfway through.  We really have no idea how that will affect even the simplest things, like going to the gym.  I would say this:

  • I’d like to aim for 5.2 million words read this year
  • I’d like to complete the novel I’m working on and get it submitted to one place
  • I’d like to write at least 3 short stories
  • I’d like to sell at least 1 short story

Stay tuned…