1) Publish a book. I’m not sure what. Some days I think fiction, others non-fiction. There’s a non-fiction book I’m mulling that I think would be very popular in a regional market (specifically, NC). It would require a lot of research and interviews but hey, those are fun. I would also like to do a collection of my columns at some point, once I have enough to collect. My column turns one year old later this month.
I’ve been thinking a lot about writing today. Clemson is hosting a Literary Festival in March and I’ve been looking authors and their publicists all day and emailing them for interview requests. I emailed Dave Eggers’ publicist today. The thought of interviewing someone whose first book (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) was a Pulitizer finalist makes me a little light-headed. I’ve also emailed Steve Almond (Candyfreak, which is great) and Brock Clarke (An Arsonist’s Guide to the Homes of New England). I’ll post here if any of the interviews actually happen.
2) Have a piece on This American Life. I love the show. I’d love to be on the show.
3) Publish a piece on music in No Depression. It’s a great magazine about alt-country music and if I could publish something in it, I could die with a satisfied mind, to quote a Johnny Cash song. He sang it anyway. It might be a cover. Porter Waggoner, maybe?
4) And now the resolution: I want to lose a ton of weight this year. To that end, today I bite the bullet, handed over my debit card and joined the Pickens County YMCA. I’m hoping to convince my fat ass to get of bed and go swimming tomorrow morning before work. We’ll see if that actually happens.