Things I’m Excited for in December

Movies!

So many good movies coming out! I should be getting my MoviePass any day now and I’m so excited to be let lose at the movies. Star Wars of course is a big one. My company is having screenings of Three Billboards, The Shape of Water, The Post, and The Greatest Showman soon, knocking those off the list. I’m also excited to see Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird. Unfortunately, two theaters in my area are having special screenings on the same night, so I am passing up on Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life in favor of getting to see Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers on the big screen. I also recently passed my yearly goal of seeing 100 films. There were many duplicates (which is fine) but I still definitely saw many, many more in theaters thanks to half price nights, morning matinees, and my amazing library’s stellar collection. I also still need to see the new Hey, Arnold! movie that came out (on TV and online) in November. I’m also super bummed that I missed Wonderstruck while it was in theaters.

A movie I am also particularly excited for that comes out this month is one that I worked on, Ferdinand.

Games!

I was one of those people who had been tracking Cuphead for a few years now, bought Cuphead the day it came out….and still hasn’t played it. What the hell? That can be said for a few games I’ve got in my Steam library, but Cuphead is really the big one. That and replaying Kingdom Hearts to get to the new material added in the latest bundle release. Not in a rush to play that one as much, as KH3 still doesn’t have a set release date other than “2018.”

Books!

I am so, so close to finishing my GoodReads 20 book challenge this year, but I am not quite there yet. There are a few books/graphic novels that have been on my TBR list all year that I haven’t gotten to, and there are some that are just so dense that they take me ages to get through. One I definitely want to start and finish this year is the new graphic novel The Witch Boy, by Molly Ostertag.

Places!

Actually…there aren’t very many events I am interested in this month. In fact, I tend to lay low precisely because of all the craziness the holidays brings with it. One of my best friends will be home this month, so I am hoping to see her a bunch. And I will be taking some vacation days off in between Christmas and New Years–which I usually don’t do–in order to spend more time at home.

I’d really like to dig out some of my old Christmas VHS tapes, some Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Rankin-Bass. Good shit, man.

Writing and Creating!

And by extension, editing. Lots of new things on the horizon, if I can buckle down. Put up or shut up, basically.

Planning!

Always the planner, never the executioner. That sounds morbid, and sad, but that’s something I definitely have struggled with since the beginning of time, and why I excel at a job where I plan things and am an enabler for others to deliver. With the end of the year comes the slew of year-end prompts and reflections that we’re all suckers for. Top 10 lists, reviewing resolutions and goals made, planning for the future. I’ve been trying to find a new planner (I’m one of those) that I think will best assist me with the different things that I’m working on, and to try to make things as modular during my weekdays as possible. I know that sounds super lame, but not when you’re trying to build routines and work towards bigger goals, which is definitely where I’ve struggled this year.

So I need to just reflect on everything. This blog, my animation site, goals I have, other writing I want to do, videos I want to make, events and places, more dedicated times for things, whether it’s reading or even figuring out consistent gym times (which I think I finally am). I get really good with certain things, like meal planning, for a while at least, and then then simplest thing throws it out of whack and all of that supposed-discipline goes down the shitter. I’m too old for that.

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