I’ve been musing upon resolutions for a couple of weeks now, and came up with the following work-specific goals for 2007. But before I list ’em, let me reiterate that for me a goal is not the same as a resolution. A goal is a way to measure resolve, certainly, but resolve (the root of the word “resolution”) is something that transcends mere benchmarks.
I resolve to be industrious. I also resolve to be a number of other things, but for the purposes of this post that’s the resolution that matters.
If I really AM industrious certain things will happen. By setting goals around those things I am more likely to remain unshaken in my resolve. So… here they are:
1) I will grow the inked Schlock Mercenary buffer by one week per month, so that by the end of 2007 I have around 100 days of strips inked in advance of the current day. That means that on December 31st, 2007, I should have already inked a little past April Fools Day of 2008.
2) I will publish two volumes of Schlock Mercenary comics in time for the Christmas shopping season. This one’s pretty important for the old “bottom line,” since book sales account for something like 80% of my family’s income.
3) I will grow the “colored-and-uploaded” buffer in concert with the inked buffer, such that it never lags more than two weeks behind, and occasionally is equal to the inked buffer.
4) I will draw at least one non-strip picture each week, and put it into the blog. Lately my art has been stagnating, and only regular warm-up sketches and concept pieces will snap me into a new groove.
Aaand that’s about it. Lots of other things need to be done, obviously, but these are the places where I can tell I’ll be stretching myself the most.