Well, I think with this entry we can officially call the New Year’s Eve entry a “tradition.” This is the third year in a row I’ve done a New Year’s rant for you all and well, I don’t see any reason why I’ll stop doing them unless of course the internet ceases to exist or I go broke supporting my crack habit and can’t afford to pay my hosting bills.
So there have been fewer and fewer Choice Words around here this year. “Why you so lazy Chris?” I hear you asking. I’m not. I’m not lazy as a matter of fact. It may not seem like it looking at this website, but I have actually been writing MORE this year than any year prior. This year I finished the first draft of a novel, adapted two of my college-era plays into post-college era screenplays, began work on a third screenplay, polished off countless old short stories, and turned out a plethora of new ones. I released my first full album of music at the beginning of the year and during the last couple of months I’ve been filming videos for that project as well as putting together a whole new batch of songs.
All of which has left me very little time to work on this website.
That is about to change ladies and gentleman. Beginning tommorow and continuing on through the duration of 2002, if not beyond, The Bastad will return to it’s Updated Daily roots. My New Year’s Resolution is to write an entry a day for the next three-hundred and sixty-five days. It’s ambitious I know, but I have to try.
If my writing has suffered at all this year it has been due to my lack of journaling. Journaling is one of the most valuable tools a writer has at his disposal. The phrase goes, “writers write” and journaling is one way to make sure that you are always doing that. If you’re not working on a story, or an article, or a play, or something, at least you have that fifteen to twenty minutes with your journal. At the very least you have strung together a couple hundred words. They may not be great, but they are an accomplishment.
I’m always bitching to Stephanie about how I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything on a given day. I don’t feel comfortable sitting back and relaxing when I know that nothing productive has come out of the day. This resolution will change all that.
So here’s the deal for you folks. Blog del Bastad will be updated every day during the year 2002. This here page, “A Few Choice Words,” I am hoping to update at least once a week, possibly on Sundays or Mondays. We’ll see how that goes, but the important thing is that you check the blog daily to see what’s up. I think I’ll be reserving “Choice Words” for bigger things.
2001 was a good year. Until September 11th I had things to bitch about… we all did. But in general, it was a good year. I got married this year man… to a wonderful woman that I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be looking at when I’m 80 or 90. I wrote a shitload of stuff, most of it at least mildly good. I got a new apartment, and a new laptop… I went through therapy and came out the other side as a better person…
The year had it’s downs too. Dad was knocked off a ladder while sawing down a tree, but he’s alright. John was going to fly out California at the beginning of September but he didn’t. He drove instead, and thank God. Far too many innocent people lost their lives that horrible Tuesday morning but the tragedy has caused us all, if only for one brief portion of a second, to question the world we live in, the safety, and the sanity of it all.
For me anyway, if for no one else, 2001 was a good year. A tough year, but a good one.
See you on the flipside.