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The Docket for 2015

Continuing on from last week's post, here are a few of the items on my annual to-do list for the new year:

  • Work Through Animate to Harmony Book

I picked up Adam Phillips' new book late last year and since the house stuff was still overwhelming my time and energy I decided to start it in earnest once January rolled around. I'm really looking forward to it, because it's very "project based" which is exactly how I enjoy learning. I'm not a fan of memorizing random aspects of a program for future use, I like to get in there and get things done. So I think I'll probably finish this item on the list before the winter has melted into spring.

  • Ukrainian Egg Show: The Return

Last year I didn't feel the familiar calling to do the annual egg show I've spearheaded in the past for my church. I let everyone know and asked if anyone wanted to take charge. No one did, so it just didn't happen. But I think there was a lesson in there for me someplace (or two, or a dozen) and now it's back to work so that we can host the show again in 2015. I'm looking forward to setting up a table in the new house and starting work on the eggs. Have to start now so I can get a solid 50 or so done by Easter. In the past I've talked about getting some online to sell, and I still would like to do that, but for some reason it never quite happens. Maybe I ought to add that to my list...

  • Create an App With My Wife

The Mrs. is a software engineer (we're opposites) so using my art skills we want to collaborate and make an app for the Android shop this year. We actually started brainstorming and have the bare bones in place, so now it's just a matter of doing the huge amount of work to put it all together into a cohesive unit. It'll be free, so when it releases I hope everyone who has an Android phone or tablet will check it out! Might do an Apple version as well if there's interest for it. And I plan to chat some here on the blog about the project as we work , so expect some updates in-progress as the months roll along.

  • Write a Guest Post for Somebody

I really enjoy writing, so I thought it would be fun to do a guest post for someone else sometime this year. If you have a website and would be interested, let me know! Otherwise I'll poke around a bit and see if my services can be useful to one of the animation or writing blogs I frequent.

There are other things on the list of course (like the exciting endeavor of organizing the garage!), but that's just a sampling. As is always the case in early January, I'm excited to get started. I need to harness this excitement into productivity before I slowly burn out and have to wait until 2016!

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  1. Wow, big things planned. My list isn’t nearly so interesting I just want to save up for a car. Nothing fancy just a used one that I can get to places with.

  2. You’re doing the eggs again? Ohboy. I always like seeing all your pretty eggs!

    • Yep! I’ll post pictures as soon as I finish a few. Probably should start now, it takes a long, long time. Perhaps I’ll set up the table and equipment today.

  3. Why is there not fredtheMonkey.com updates on this list! BOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  4. good luck with your list!

  5. I keep a list month to month instead of all year so I can keep on track, maybe that will help?

  6. I’m excited to see that one of your goals for the new year is to write a guest post for someone! As a longtime follower of your blog, I’d be delighted if you’d consider writing a guest post for mine.

    I write a blog called Typewriter Monkey Task Force about “faith, writing, video games, literature, life, the universe, and everything.” (Monkeys sure seem to be a popular motif for blogs!)

    If you’d be interested in writing a three hundred to eight hundred word guest post about creativity, faith, storytelling, self-improvement, or some other subject, I’d be honored to share it on my blog. I’d include links to your Twitter, your blog, or any other site by which you’d prefer to be credited.

    Please let me know if you’re interested. (Of course, it’s perfectly fine if you’re not.) Keep up the good writing, and all the best in your goals for the new year! :)