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Goodbye 2012

I'm sitting by a crackling fire at my aunt and uncle's house in New Jersey and we're just a couple hours into the new year, which means that it's a perfect time to review the year and look forward.

If I were to title my year, I'd call it the year I got serious. Something interesting happened near the end of 2011-- I realized that I wasn't actually on track for a lot of my goals, that I was going to have to actually get serious about stuff, and that this seriousness had to come in the form of action, not talk. I ended 2011 with a few months of solid productivity under my belt, and a year-end post that optimistically predicted a productive year.

I'm happy to say that the productive year materialized, and that my focus on getting serious has intensified.

When I was young, maybe third grade or so, a psychologist did a study at my middle school. We answered some questions and were offered two choices: a small prize now or a large prize later. I took the small prize now. I think knew it was the wrong move at the time, but the pack of stickers on the table looked like a lot of fun. Later on the big prizes were given to the waiters in such a way that I was able to see what they got. Sure enough, their prizes were a lot better and my stickers were long gone.

Musashi (Reflections On)

On Huan M. Nguyen

Because of the recommendations by Tynan and Sebastian Marshall, I picked up Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa.

It was well worth the time it took to finish nine hundred pages of well-written, gripping samurai action, love, and life lessons.

The following is a list of symptoms:

I use the word symptoms in jest, but if this list applies to you, then I'm positive that there are fiction books out there in every genre that have appealed to you immensely at some point. A few of mine are Ender's Game, any Forgotten Realms books, the Inheritance Saga (Eragon, and sequels), and many more.

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