Most years, I keep my resolutions simple. Back when I was a smoker, it was always to quit. That never worked, of course, but it was a good stand-by resolution. Ever since ending that addiction (on the 3rd of July, 2008), my New Year’s resolutions have been single words, sort of mini-mantras for how I want to live my life, and most of them would be right at home in a yoga class or as part of Oprah’s Super Spirit Sundays, so I’ll save them for that other blog I’ve been neglecting lately, since they’d seem a bit out of place here.
Here on G4, I want to talk about some resolutions I’ve decided to make concerning my entertainment habits. I consume a lot things, and if I want to get back to creating things as well, I should give care that what I consume fuels creativity, rather than just killing time.
1. I resolve to stop reading books that don’t hook me in quickly. There was a time when I’d finish a book no matter what. 300 pages, 600 pages, a thousand – didn’t matter. If I started it, I was damn well going to finish it whether I liked it or not! Those days are officially over. I have stack of books up to my chin to get through, and anything that doesn’t grab me in the first 50 pages goes back to the library, or into the Good Will donation pile. I’ve already successfully executed this plan with two books since 2014 began, both of which are probably perfectly lovely books, but neither of which compelled me to keep reading (Troubles, a classic from J. G. Farrell, and The Monstrumologist, book one in a popular series from Rick Yancey, if you’re curious). Which brings me to my next resolution.
2. I resolve to read the remaining novels in the Dresden Files. The first book of the new year that has captured my imagination is one published a few years ago – Dead Beat by Jim Butcher. Book seven of Butcher’s on-going series about wizard Harry Dresden is my favorite in the series so far, and has inspired a reading binge like I haven’t had since the first in the Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones (which I read a good 10 or 15 years after its publication – I’m not always timely with these things, as you can see). I know big things go down in the most recent two novels in the series, and I want in on that info, tout suite. (To be fair, this may take me more than the next year – I like other books too, and I’m a good 8 books behind.)
3. I resolve to finally delete Elementary from my DVR. Obviously, I’m not going to watch it. If I hear enough good things about it, I’ll Netflix it later.
4. I resolve to catch up on Arrow. I hear nothing but good things, and while the first few episodes were just OK, I have to acknowledge that I felt the same way about Supernatural, and the first four seasons of that show turned out to be stellar. Plus, um, swoooooon.
5. I resolve to be honest about this season of The Walking Dead instead of trying to talk myself into liking it more than I do. It’s uneven to say the least, and I’m worried about its future. However, I did feel the last couple of episodes found some solid footing. Here’s to hoping they come back from the mid-season hiatus with a strong sense of direction.
6. I resolve to get everyone I know to start watching Almost Human because, yes, it is that good. That means you too, folks. DVR that business.
7. I resolve to see the shit out of each of the movies below. Probably more than once.
Johnny Depp has been bumming me out lately, but this one looks good. From IMDb: A terminally ill scientist downloads his mind into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Yes. Just, yes. X-Men: First Class was so much better than I expected that I have nothing but faith in this one. YES.
Captain American: The Winter Soldier
The first Captain America was my least favorite of the Marvel origin movies, but in The Avengers Joss Whedon and Chris Evans gave Cap exactly what he needed – personality, depth, and some steel in is blood – to make me eager for more. This trailer is fantastic.
8. Finally, while I will never be able to create as much as I consume, I do resolve to continue to create.
What about you? What’s on your 2014 resolution list?
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