Last Year’s Resolutions…How Well Did YOU Do?

Jeff VanderMeer • December 29th, 2008 @ 1:06 pm • Culture, Photos

END OF 2007…

END OF 2008…

While perusing the archives for an upcoming “top 10 vanderposts”, er, post, I came across my resolutions for 2008. Let’s see how well I did…

(1) Fewer squid. - I was successful in limiting my deployment of squid. They are mentioned only twice in Finch, and not at all in the stories I wrote or had published in 2008.

(2) Keel fewer peoples with me mind bullets. – Largely because I was in a secluded location working on Finch, or traveling, I did indeed kill fewer peoples with mind bullets.

(3) Suffer fools better, so as to continue to like myself. – I continue to struggle with this one.

(4) Learn French or conquer the world. - Neither occurred, although I think I am more likely to conquer the world than learn French as I remain dreadful with languages other than English.

(5) Stage “cat plays” renowned in the neighborhood for their rough truculence. - No progress was made on this resolution, except that I did attempt to teach our cats how to carry weapons.

(6) Further develop the “demented sea captain” look I’m currently sporting. – As evidenced by the photographs above, and this blog entry, I have done very well keeping this resolution.

(7) Learn to type with toes in case of horrible industrial accident. – I did not accomplish this goal.

(8) Write a story around the title “Buckwaldo Mudthumper Hocks a Hoe”. - I pondered writing this story, but wrote Finch instead.

(9) Fewer mushrooms. - As Finch will reveal, I failed hideously in this endeavor.

(10) More meerkats. – No meerkats appeared in my fiction or my life in 2008.

So, how about you? What were your resolutions? Did you keep any of them?

3 Responses to “Last Year’s Resolutions…How Well Did YOU Do?”

  1. Charles Tan says:

    Congrats on the resolutions that you’ve kept! For #3 I immediately remembered th at idiot criticizing your 60 in 60.

    Using the time travel machine called archives, I seem to have made 4 resolutions last year, one of them involving money. On the positive side, I did succeed in reading one book a week (in my case I kinda overdid it I think) and updating the blog Mon – Fri.

  2. Seth Merlo says:


  3. Larry says:

    I made a few resolutions on reviewing more (close to the 50 I aimed for), reading more variety of authors (esp. more women and people of color), and introducing my blog’s readers to personal favorites like Saramago (all mostly accomplished), but I failed in doing the interviews and in working to align my blog with the website where I used to help moderate.

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