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My 5-Bullet Friday

5-Bullet Friday

I’m stealing this idea from Tim Ferriss. Here are 5 short recommendations or findings that may be of interest.

  • Scrivener—Simply the best word processing program/outliner available. I write everything on Scrivener.
  • Best Worst Movie—A fun and informative documentary that explores the cult movie Troll 2. Check documentary channels on Roku if you have one.
  • Toddy Cold Brew—Naturally smooth acid reduced coffee. Easy on the taste buds and the stomach.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir— Read the book before Matt Damon and Ridley Scott screw up the movie. Hahaha! Just kidding…. Well, maybe. The book is fantastic.

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Year In Review 2014

Each year I create a list of goals for every area in my life. Throughout the year I work on these goals, track my progress and my challenges. Then, to keep myself honest, I commit to posting a list of some of my top accomplishments and challenges, and some of my smaller ones as well.

I challenge you to create a list of goals, keep track of them during the year, and then celebrate and post your accomplishments at year end. If you do, please let me know. I’d love to look at your list.

Writing Career

This year I spent most of my time writing long fiction. I’ll expound on the consequences to my short fictions sales in that section. I finished the 2nd draft of an 90,000 word crime thriller, Year of the Demon, continued my Amazon experiment by  marketing Wolves of Vengeance, and began writing a ghost/suspense thriller and a science fiction thriller. I’m considering all my publishing options with Year of the Demon, and hope to be ready to forge ahead, on whatever that decision may be, by the end of 1st quarter 2015.

Novels/Novellas

YEAR OF THE DEMON (Crime Thriller)

  • Completed the second draft of Year of the Demon.
  • Prepped manuscript for 1st readers.
  • Secured first readers (beta readers) 
  • Allowed manuscript to “cool” to allow enough distance from the material to look at it as objectively as possible.
  • Read through the whole manuscript to get a feel for the structure.
  • Received first 50 pages of edits with only minor mechanical issues to be corrected.

WOLVES OF VENGEANCE (Supernatural Thriller)

I returned to marketing Wolves of Vengeance after reallocating that time to complete Year of the Demon. I changed the fiction categories the book is listed in on Amazon, changed the books description, joined Kindle Unlimited and even ran a free promotion. I also received a few more nice reviews. All of these actions helped to return the book to the public eye and it began selling more and getting more borrows.

  • Updated and refined Wolves of Vengeance book description.
  • Received this blurb from one of my writing heroes: “Wolves of Vengeance by David North-Martino. A paranormal wolf novel with real teeth, plus theme, strong plotting, rich characterization…and style to spare. If you like horror, check it out. The fact that it’s an ebook should be all the proof you need that traditional publishing’s in a bad way. North-Martino’s a writer to watch for.”-Reb MacRath, Author of Red Champagne.
  • The 0.99 cent sale ended and price returned to normal.
  • Signed up for Kindle Select/Unlimited
  • Researched promotional opportunities.
  • Set up Kindle free promotion for Halloween Eve and Halloween.
  • Advertised Free promotion and Unlimited status on social media
  • Submitted and paid for Ebook Booster
  • Updated Kboard’s book post
  • gave away 98 books for free peaking at #3,077 in free Kindle, #3 in free Psychic Suspense and #12 in free Horror Suspense.
  • Dipped back to 1 million (paid) then to #100,642 (paid) #53 in paid psychic suspense (3rd page) #26 in Suspense Horror. #404 of 2,673 results.
  • Had my first Kindle Unlimited borrows.
  • Changed fiction categories and noticed and upswing in sales.
  • Created a Bitly link for Wolves.

THE TOWER (Ghost/Suspense Thriller) Working Title

  • Began first draft of The Tower. In a burst of inspiration I wrote 16 pages in 6 hours completing most of the first chapter in one sitting.
  • Began research for the novel. I tend to do research while I’m writing.
  • The manuscript is currently just over the 10,000 word mark.

PROXY MATE (Distopian Science Fiction)

  • Began first draft of Proxy Mate.
  • Began research.
  • The manuscript is currently just under the 9,000 word mark.

Short Stories

All the momentum I created during 2011 and 2012 culminated in 2013 being a banner year for  short fiction sales. Fortunately and unfortunately, everything purchased in 2013 was also published that same year. This left me with a lag in my momentum at a time when I wanted to spend more time on novels. I decided to put the majority of my time working on long fiction, but did squeeze in some time to write, rework, and submit stories for publication. I also ended up on the shortlist of one anthology, but won’t know if I have an acceptance until early next year. I’m competing with a group of highly talented writers who always bring their A-game. So, we will see what happens.

  • Wrote 2 new short stories and reworked others to hopefully make them salable.
  • Submitted six stories to various markets. This was about half of what I planned, but I decided to spend more time writing long fiction.
  • Received payment for “The Interloper.” This story appears in: ANTHOLOGY: YEAR TWO: INNER DEMONS OUT
  • Created a list of upcoming submission deadlines for magazine and anthology markets.
  • Won a free book from the fine people at Villapede Press: DOUBLE FEATURE 1
  • Cellar Door received a nice review from Hellnotes: CELLAR DOOR REVIEWS
  • Invited by editor, after receiving high marks from associate editors, to submit to new anthology.
  • Ended up on the shortlist for an anthology that is scheduled to be published next year.

Networking

  • Wrote reviews and gave ratings for novels that I enjoyed.
  • Shared and exchanged Web links with other authors.
  • Kept up with author friends on social media.
  • Read and critiqued the beginning of a novel for an author friend.

Marketing

  • Invited to write answers to the Usual Questions for Festivale Online Magazine  (Interestingly enough, after I stated that I wanted to spend more time on mainstream thrillers, I ended up begining a ghost/suspense novel and a science fiction novella). THE USUAL QUESTIONS
  • Updated WordPress to a professional URL.

Reading

Reading is probably the most important thing any writer can do to improve their craft. The impulse to write usually comes from a love of reading. That’s certainly where mine came from. I don’t like to make a list of the books I read a year because, compared to some, my list would be pathetically small. I tend to read slowly. My pace has slowed considerably since I began writing because now I’m trying to read like a writer and absorb the nuances within the fiction, and learn how different writers aproach their craft. Still, I feel that the depth of the reading is as important and how much reading is accomplished.

Author Hank Schwaeble challenged me, and many other writers, to read some fiction classics this year. We were supposed to pick out some that we hadn’t read from Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Novels.  I only got to one that I had picked out: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre. I really enjoyed that book, and can see how it has influenced American thriller writers. I will read more on that list as time allows.

Family/Friends

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  • Called my parents on average once per week.
  • Attended a belated holiday gathering with my family in January.
  • Celebrated our birthdays.
  • Took down tree in January.
  • Called my Aunt Margie to wish her a Happy New Year.
  • Lit a candle for my Sister on the anniversary of her death.
  • Attended a wake for a friend’s father.
  • Mailed cards to nieces and nephews.
  • Celebrated 19 years of marriage.
  • Sent Cousin Thorny a card for his 90th birthday.
  • Visited my family for Mother’s Day.
  • Attended my God-daughter’s graduation party.
  • Exhanged emails with my friend and former Professor.
  • Helped my parents with the logistics of picking up their new car.
  • Attended Patty’s Dad’s BBQ a couple of days after Independence Day.
  • Attended a seafood boil at a friends house. Videos of me dancing and playing the spoons.
  • Had a writing friend offer to introduce me to one of my martial arts heroes.
  • Visited my Mom & Dad for lunch at Cedars Steak House.
  • Celebrated the anniverary of our first date.
  • Enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner for two at home.
  • Visited Mom & Dad for an after Thanksgiving breakfast.
  • Reminisced with a high school friend about another school we attended together.
  • Celebrated Christmas and my Father-In-Law’s 80th birthday.
  • Enjoyed an after holiday breakfast with my parents.
  • Made a Valentine’s video for my FB friends. Hahaha!

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Martial Arts

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Last year I trained mostly solo and worked with some private students as I assessed the direction I wanted to take my own training. This year I made it a point to bring my training in a new direction.  I decided to add some Filipino Kali (stick and knife training) and Jeet Kune Do to my training. I had the opportunity to work with full and associate instructors of Guro Dan Innosanto and attended a seminar with legendary Sigung Taky Kimura. I trained with some old martial friends, and made some amazing new ones. Although I will continue to practice what I’ve learned in my previous arts, I now know what direction my training will go for at least the next five years.

  • Celebrated 27 years of martial arts training.
  • Researched Krav Maga and combatives curriculums.
  • Purchases a Krav Maga curriculum workbook.
  • Switched Patty to a Krav style curriculum for our fighting & fitness training until Patty injured her knee outside of training.
  • Continued my solo training.
  • Created a new training log book to reflect my new goals.
  • Renewed our membership at the range.
  • Challenge: I nursed a shoulder injury.
  • Contacted my friend Tony and arranged to meet him and his wife at a Kali seminar.
  • Purchased a Jeet Kune Do book.
  • Attended a Kali seminar with Instructor Raffi Derderian Academy of Martial Arts and began my introduction to filipino stick and knife trianing. Reconected with my friend Tony and his wife, received training from an amazing instructor,  trained with a great partner who helped me with the new material, and met some all around great people from the Metrowest Academy of Jiu Jitsu . I highly recommend both of these schools.
  • Bought rattan sticks and foam covered training sticks.
  • Began working on what I learned at the seminar including Heaven Six, Heaven and Earth, and other sinawali and sambrata.
  • Taught Patty some of these basics so that we could train together.
  • Learned basic JKD/Wing Chung Pak Sao and Lop Sao and others.
  • After an interesting synchronicity, I reconnected to my traditional TKD (Tang Soo Do) training.
  • Posted my 1992 black belt test on youtube.
  • Research Shotokan Kata to compare and contrast with Tang Soo Do.
  • Returned to modified P90X training
  • Focused on Naihanchi Sam Dan
  • Made three Youtube martial arts videos for fun: Kali, Karate punching, and boxing workout.
  • Attended Raffi’s New England Martial Arts Camp for the Taky Kimura seminar. I met tons of great people and leaned lots. Practiced Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, Jung Ki Hapkido with Master LaCava, Kali with Sifu Kevin Seaman (he also taught BJJ), studied various styles of Kung Fu with Sifu Mark Cardona. I wasn’t able to attend Coach Jeff Burger‘s Muay Thai class, but I did have the privilege of working with him briefly. I highly recommend all of these instructors. If you live nearby, check them out.
  • Trained at the range regularly.
  • Challange: I tore my MCL in my knee had had to put training on hold for a period of time.

Health

  • For fun I played PS3 Move for extra physical activity.
  • I cut down on Zyrtec and Flonase.
  • Began eye pressure at 14-15.
  • Began using Pataday for allergies.
  • Changed dentist and went to appointments for cleaning.
  • Got a flu shot.
  • Had my sunglasses repaired.
  • Visted my doctor for a mild MCL tear. Stopped training while it healed and preforemed leg lifts with weights to strengthen knee
  • Began a series of new eye drops as my eye pressure increased to 19.
  • Had side effects from new eye drop medication and got checked out at the ER.
  • Went for an appointment with an opthalmologist and glaucoma specialist. Made appointments for next year for a follow up.
  • Began reducing sodium in our diets.

Cars

  • Had cars inspected.
  • Ordered new driver’s license online and recieved it.
  • Detailed interior of cars.
  • Oil change and bushings for my car.
  • Oil change and replaced censor on airbag light on Patty’s car. Heat Shield adjusted for free. It was creating engine grininding noises. Some rattle caused by the exhaust, but we were told it wasn’t worth fixing and posed no safety problem.
  • Updated my registration.
  • Washed cars.
  • Had cars serviced for recalls.
  • Bought new tires for Patty’s car.
  • Someone hit my bumper and left four white scratches that I still need to paint.
  • Bought a new battery for Patty’s car after it died overnight and wouldn’t take a charge.

Financial

  • Had taxes prepared.
  • Patty won a product gift basket from Serene-Scape.

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  • Received a Tax form from Amazon with my royalty statement for book sales.
  • Patty met with the company’s 401k advisor and reallocated funds.
  • Reduced our phone data plan.
  • Dental bill paid in full by insurance company.
  • Saved money by fixing our toilet myself. I’m not mechanical. So, this is a big deal.
  • Had to dispute charges a couple times with credit cards because of fraud.
  • Patty had her eye glass lenses replaced under warrantee.
  • Began reading Anthony Robbin’s Wealth Book 

Charity/Community Service

  • Gave to assorted charities.
  • Gave charity in my sister’s name.
  • Made a video for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Contacted by ABC News to use footage. Not sure if it aired. We also donated.
  • Sent letters to my representatives.
  • Voted in elections.

Things

  • We accomplished many thing goals, but I’m not going to list them publicly.
  • Upgraded to iPhone 5c from iPhone 4s.

House

  • Tested a brita filter but it didn’t work well with our sink.
  • Took down the tree.
  • Cleaned the house regularly.
  • Cleaned out the fabric softner well and dispenser after I realized that it had grown mold.
  • Replaced floater in toilet.
  • Replaced tourcher lamp in living room.
  • Installed new 10 year smoke detector in upstairs hall.
  • Association removed hedges.
  • Association provided a dumpster which helped with spring cleaning.

Fun & Travel

Vacationed at Niagara Falls in Upstate New York by way of Syracuse

  • Stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, Syracuse.
  • Cantina Lerado at Destiny USA, Syracuse. Fresh guacamole made right at our table with diced tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro. Casa Rita, Dos Equis Amber, and steak fajitas.
  • The Seneca Hotel & Casino, Niagara. Room with a view of Canada and fireworks.
  • Played Video Poker.
  • Received $40.00 in free slot play.
  • Thunderfalls Buffett.
  • Fireworks: watched from the window Sunday and Wednesday night at 10 pm.
  • Hard Rock Café, Niagara.
  • Smokin Joes Native Center.
  • Three Sister’s Café.
  • Niagara Falls.
  • Horseshoe Falls.
  • Top of the Falls Restaurant.
  • Cave of the Winds and Hurricane Deck.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Suite, Syracuse included a large whirlpool tub.
  • Tully’s Good Times Restaurant Syracuse.
  • Went to Chipolite for the first time.
  • Watched Independence day fireworks on TV, and out of our home window.

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  • Had frozen yogurt at Menchies.
  • Watched Rhonda Rousey win by TKO with a knee to the liver (liver shot)!
  • Watched UFC: Rousey wins in 16 seconds.
  • Tried ice cream at Chevy’s in Woonsocket.
  • Went to a friend’s seafood boil in RI.
  • Went to the new Showcase XPlus Cinema, watched The Expendables III, and got a free T-shirt.
  • Watched Guardians of the Galaxy at the IMAX.
  • Ate at the Blue Fin Lounge for the first time.

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That’s about it for 2014. On to 2015…  Happy New Year!

2009 Goals Achieved…Now onto 2010…

Every year I set a series of goals in every aspect of my life. I keep track of all my progress no matter how small. I’ve found that by doing this my productivity has really improved. This year I documented 22 pages worth of accomplishments and progress. Every year I post an abbreviated list to help myself stay productive throughout the year. And I hope that my example will inspire others to go for what they want in life.

Goal List:

Writing

Completed my first novel

Wrote and edited complete synopsis of first novel

Won ebay auction to have horror grandmaster Ray Garton critique my novel

Entered the Leisure Books Fresh Blood Novel Contest (This allowed me to get the goal of sending out my completed novel to a publisher).

Had two short stories shortlisted for inclusion in two different anthologies

Started a Word Press Blog

Submitted stories to 14 fiction markets

Entered 4 writing contests

Made Stoker award recommendations

Paid Horror Writers Association dues

Updated Myspace page

Transferred fiction and nonfiction to the Mac

Began an outline for a nonfiction book idea

Wrote the first chapters of 2 nonfiction book ideas

Researched writing project management software

Joined and donated to Duotrope Digest

Read chapters and stories for two aspiring authors and gave them some encouragement and information

Bought and read The Novel Selling Tool Kit

Wrote 2 new stories

Purchased Scrivener

Began writing another short story for an anthology

Martial Arts

Celebrated 22 years of martial arts training

Celebrated 10 years of Bujinkan Budo/Ninpo Taijutsu and jujutsu 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

Had a discussion with my Aiki-Jujutsu teacher that is sure to shape my martial destiny for the next decade.

Went to the BMAC Old School Winter Seminar

Paid Bujinkan Dues

Reviewed SKH Coaching Program

Bought Patty a Do-gi for our training together

Attended BMAC March seminar

Bought a new Kasari-Fundo training weapon

Joined the NRA—got a free membership

Bought new BDU pants

Bought a new Bo (staff)

Watched monthly SKH DVD’s

Appeared on monthly SKH DVD as a student in training at SKH Martial Arts Festival.

Watched and took Comprehensive notes on SKH Kuji-in and Kuji Kiri DVD’s

Received Business credit card for my martial arts business

PNM Books

Continued to sell books and DVD’s as an Amazon seller.

Car

Completed all scheduled maintenance for our cars

Set up GPS

Had to update my license this year

Won a car spar from Anchor Subaru ($160.00 value) and cashed it in.

Financial Goals

Created two Think and Grow Rich affirmations and said them regularly

Sold old Kindles so we could buy Kindle 2’s

Filed taxes

Decided to wait before we locked in mortgage rate—It didn’t make sense financially

Won 2 tickets to IMAX from IMAX on Facebook

Made a small profit from selling Cemex stock

Made a small profit from selling TIVO stock

Made a small profit from selling Titanima Metals stock

Activated and used a 2 Month Free BJ’s Membership

Decided to move from Sharebuilder to Options Express

Patty Won Tickets to the Providence Bruins

Paid our car loans down significantly

Paid equity loan down significantly

401k increased significantly

Old 401k improved and mostly recovered

Got $$$ for opening Options Express account

Patty received bonus and raise

Transferred credit card balance to take advantage of 0% APR

IRA Improved and mostly recovered

Things

I don’t like to list everything on line but suffice it to say, we made our thing goals for the year.

Family

Celebrated 14 years of marriage and 17 years since our first date.

Visited with my uncle and aunt from NH

Visited with my Dad’s cousin from CA

Called my Mom, Dad and Sister once per week

Easter at the in-laws

Visited Mom for Mother’s Day

Went on vacation to York and Kittery Maine

Visited Dad for Father’s Day

Visited with Parents in Newport

Patty and I spent a day in Mystic CT. We went to Mystic Sea port, Mystic Aquarium, and ate at Go Fish. We also stayed a night at the Hilton

Attended my Nieces’ baby shower

Thanksgiving at In-laws

Holliday’s with In-laws and parents

Health

Lost 10 lbs

Passed a kidney stone

Changed my eating to combat kidney stones

Used Triple Flex for joint mobility

Pulled a hamstring

Dentist appointments. Had cavity filled.

Signed up for Medco by mail to get cheaper prescriptions but decided to go back to a brick and mortar pharmacy.

Education

The Gothic Tradition in Literature A

Applied Chemistry C+

Adult Development and Ageing A

Introduction to Information Systems A

Friends

This year has been extremely busy and I’ve neglected some friends but I’m already making some plans to rectify that in the coming year.

Appointed Vice President of Physical Fitness of the David Martino’s club of world on Facebook.

Caught up with a lot of friends on facebook

Made plans to visits some friends in January

Spent time training with friends at dojo

House

Got new rugs for downstairs bathroom

Finished sorting clutter in the study

Replaced air filters and heater filter

Completed spring cleaning

Video taped house for insurance

Replaced mattress

Had floors installed

Had Cable box put in upstairs bedroom

Had 1800 Junk come to clean out garage

Got a new fire extinguisher

Charity/Community Service

Completed all charity/community service goals

Planning

Decided to stop using Franklin Covey for Outlook. I have returned completely to Anthony Robbins RPM. But I’m using the Word for Mac notebook and some templates to implement the system instead of using the planner.

Travel

Kittery, York and Scarborough Maine

Foxwoods in CT

Newport RI

Mystic CT

That’s all I have for now. 2010 here I come…

Decade in Review

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.

2000

Promoted to Human Resources Recruiter and increased my income by 5K.

Bought 2000 Ford Contour SE.

Vacationed in New Orleans.

2001

Bought Townhouse

Bought 2001 Chevy Impalla  (Patty)

2002

Became a shareholder when I bought stock for the first time.

2003

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).

2004

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.

2005

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.

2006

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

2007

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

2008

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

2009

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

2008 Goals Achieved…Now onto 2009…

Every year I keep a record of all my accomplishments as a way of measuring my progress in the key areas of my life. I also post a select number of these accomplishments and or progress in my blog as a way of providing leverage to continue achieving. Here they are in no particular order:

Writing Goals

Submitted short stories to 15 fiction markets
Made key decisions about my writing career and the fiction genre and form I’ll be pursuing in the coming year.
In combination with my creative writing class, I wrote two literary fiction stories.
Won a contest to have 100 pages of my novel reviewed by a former Tor Books editor. I received the evaluation and found it helpful.
Edited 200 pages of my first novel.
Joined Author’s Den but I haven’t done anything with it yet.
Provided information for students who were interested in writing and publishing

I have to admit I’m a little disappointed. A year has gone by and I didn’t get any short fiction sales. To be fair, I spent a good deal of time working on novel length fiction and didn’t write much new short fiction. Still, it’s kind of a punch in the gut not to make any headway on short fiction sales. My creative writing class gave me the opportunity to work on some “literary” fiction and I’m hoping it will be good enough to sell. I might also be able to take some of our exercises and urn them into flash pieces. I’ve already ramped up my efforts to start gaining momentum for the new year.

I was able to edit a good amount of my first novel (this is really my second novel but the first one is such a mess I’ve abandoned it for now). I also picked up on a theme that I need to bring out more fully to make the book as unique as I’d like it to be. But I’ve found that I don’t have a lot of patience in the editing department. This means I’ll be writing more slowly and methodically so I don’t have as much editing to complete at the end of a 400 page manuscript. And the editing has kept me away from at least three projects I’d like to start and/or continue.

Martial Arts Goals

I attended the grand opening of the Winchendon Martial Arts Center
Regrettably I was unable to attend New England Warrior Camp this year.
I bought a boken with a scabbard to practice sword draws
I bought a flex action sword and bo for full speed training.
Bought two Tiger Claw TC 2000 Gloves for randori etc.
Earned 4th Kyu
Attended SKH Boston Seminar
Attended 2008 SKH Fall Festival
Began training Patty in some basics (kihon)

This was a tough year for me physically. I damaged my shoulder during training and I’m still working on getting back to 100%. Then I suffered through a stubborn bout of bronchitis. My coursework also took up more time than I expected. Still, I was able to go to all the seminars with the exception of New England Warrior Camp. This would have been my eighth year at this event and I hated not being able to go. My college classes were more a barrier to NEWC than my health. Some weight also snuck up on me but I already started my plan to get rid of it. I’m hoping for a much more vibrant 2009

Business Goals

Continued selling books and DVDs on Amazon
Made major progress and major decisions on a business I’m not at liberty to discuss at this time.

Health

Had my shoulder and knee fixed at Muscular Solutions
Bought digestive enzymes to use with Protonix
Had teeth cleaned twice and an old filling replaced
Began using a prescription toothpaste with extra fluoride
Started taking Zyteck for allergies
Got over a really bad case of bronchitis
Had a check up with my doctor.

Cars

Had a scratch fixed on the rear quarter of my car
Had front end on Patty’s car replaced after it was hit in the parking lot at work
Completed all regular maintenance on vehicles.

Financial

Became an affiliate of a program that didn’t pan out but was a good experience
Patty got a new job that she really likes and a pay increase
We increased 401K contributions
Started a drip plan for Walgreen’s stock
Utilized comps and rewards programs for extra income

Education Goals

Entered my senior year at UMASS
Inducted into Gamma Delta the UMASS Lowell chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda: the National Honor Society for students in continuing Studies, Corporate & Distance Education.
Currently listed as Magna Cum Laude.
Biology B+
Biology Lab A-
Creative Writing Fiction A (If I didn’t get an A in this class I’d have to wonder and so would you).
Intro to Philosophy B+

Charity/Community Service

Served as a juror in a drunk driving case
Voted in presidential election
Contributed to the presidential campaigns of my choice
Met my giving goals for charity

Thing Goals

I’m not much of a gamer but I got a PS3 primarily for Blu-Ray. I know I said I hated Sony especially with what they did to Toshiba and HD. But I have to admit that Blu-Ray is better than HD and having the PS3 connect to my wireless network is very convenient. I just might never step into a movie theater again!

Patty and I are using the Amazon Kindle. I wasn’t sure if I’d like an e-reader, even a next generation one like the Kindle. But I’m enjoying the hell out of it.
To maintain our geek status we upgraded to Crackberry—er-I mean Blackberry phones. I haven’t done much with mine yet except use it as a phone but when I get some time I’m going to have to learn how to use this thing.

Planning

I switched to Franken Covey Plan Plus for Outlook. I still think Anthony Robbins RPM system is better but now that I have a blackberry I want to be able to take my planning on the go. Also, I find that I spend more time on the computer planning. So I’m using the RPM thinking method and weekly planning and then I’m using the Franken Covey ABC 123 for my daily planning. So far it’s been working pretty well for me. I would love to see an RPM expansion pack for FC Plan Plus for Outlook.

Travel

I went to Ohio for the SKH event. That was the only traveling I did all year. If you count the airport I was also in northern Kentucky.

Friends/Family

Made contact with some old friends we haven’t seen in about ten years
Sent out holiday cards (okay, that was leveraged to Patty but at least they were sent out)
Made time to visit friends and family
Had niece and nephews stay over because of the power outage caused by the storm in Central Mass.
Visited my family for Thanksgiving and my in-laws for Christmas.

House

Had the AC flushed an the furnace checked

That’s all I can remember. Onward to 2010!