Decade in Review
Here’s a list of some of my most memorable accomplishments and challenges of the decade. I didn’t start keeping a detailed list until 2006 so I’m sure I’m missing stuff that happened earlier. Soon I’ll list everything I accomplished in 2009.
Promoted to Human Resources Recruiter and increased my income by 5K.
Bought 2000 Ford Contour SE.
Vacationed in New Orleans.
Bought 2001 Chevy Impalla (Patty)
Became a shareholder when I bought stock for the first time.
Received award for outstanding service to company
Downsized from Pinkerton when they sold to Securitas (one of the best things that ever happened from me).
Began working as a recruiter for BVS and increased income by $2,500.
Placed 1st story at the Swamp e-zine.
Earned a certificate in Effective Personal Leadership from Leadership Management International USA, Inc.
Downsized from BVS as they reduced staff for buyout (Another best thing that ever happened to me).
Completed half a certificate in human resources management but abandoned the goal once I decided to work toward a BLA.
Sold first paid short story to Dark Recesses Press by winning the $500.00 Déjà vu Horror Contest
Completed 1st draft of second Novel in 4 months
Became an Amazon Seller
Enrolled at UMASS, Lowell and began work toward a BLA with concentrations in English and psychology.
Attended The New England Writer’s Convention (NECON)
Flew cross-country to attend BSG convention in California
Joined New England Horror Writers
Made affiliate status in the Horror Writer’s Association
Accepted into advanced Bujinkan Budo/Ninpo Taijutsu class.
Internationally certified and recognized as a black belt level karate instructor.
Internationally certified and recognized as a Tang Soo Do black belt.
Joined the Martial Art’s Teacher’s Association
Sold short story “Graven Image” to Afterburn SF
Bought 2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited
Bought 2008 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited (Patty)
Traveled to Ohio to train in To-Shin Do at the Stephen K Hayes Fall Martial Arts Fall Festival
Invited into Master’s program at UMASS
Had the first 100 pages of my novel critiqued by a former Tor editor
Had shoulder fixed by Barry at Muscular Solutions after a martial arts injury
Inducted into Gamma Delta the UMASS, Lowell chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.
Traveled to Ohio to train at the SKH Fall Festival
Completed my first novel
Won ebay auction to have horror grandmaster Ray Garton critique my novel
Entered the Leisure Books Fresh Blood Novel Contest
Had two short stories shortlisted for inclusion in two different anthologies
Celebrated 22 years in the martial arts
Celebrated 10 years of Bujinkan Budo/Ninpo Taijutsu training
Began teaching private martial arts lessons
Continued teaching my wife martial arts (but changed the focus to a karate style curriculum).
Officially founded North-Martino Martial Arts
Was laid-up with a kidney stone
Had floors installed in house
Made major progress remodeling living room and dining room