Monthly Archives: January 2016

Birthday Beat Down TONIGHT!

Danny Gable B-day Bash

Tonight, we will be celebrating Danny Gable‘s birthday in true hip-hop style. He does a lot for the local music scene and promotes shows that enrich the culture. Let’s wish him all the best by attending this amazing event.

Not only do we have a lot of great rap performances lined up, we also have a scratch battle between two amazing deejays; DJ Arctic and DJ Wiskaz. I will be judging the contest.

I will also be scratching and mixing some great hip-hop tunes all night long.

Arctic, Wiskaz, and I will take turns spinning the music for all of the rappers on the bill. There is a lot of great talent lined up including Ngajuana, Jux Cain, Nick Easton, Mad Hattr, Tempomental, Kiv, Traffimatics, Last Sesh, Nickii Chatts, Audible Prophets, Androo Josef, FAxZ, and more.

We may even have a few other DJs in the house.

It all goes down at Gordy’s Brewhouse on 1631 Oxford Street East in London, ON.

Visit the Facebook Event page for more information. 

This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Know Your History – Swearing in Hip-Hop

Swearing in Hip-HopWelcome to Know Your History, your monthly dose of hip-hop knowledge.

Be forewarned that there is a lot of cursing in today’s episode as we explore swearing in hip-hop. We’ll listen to a sound clip from a movie, a few interview clips, and of course, great music.

I used to have the time to transcribe every episode and it has been killing me that I no longer have the time to to do so.

I hope you have been following the podcast over at The Word is Bond so that you haven’t missed an episode. I have a lot of ground to make up here on Silent Cacophony and will be dropping an episode of the show once a week until we are all caught up.

Download this episode for free or stream it with the player below!

And please share online using the hashtag #WIBRapRadio.

Thanks!

The Superior Spider-Man Is . . .

The first four volumes of Superior Spider-Man were very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed them. These last two issues bring the story to its natural conclusion.

Superior Spider-Man Vol 5

Superior Spider-Man: Volume 5: Superior Venom

Flash Thompson has been able to use drugs and his will to keep Venom under his control, or so he thought. When the alien symbiotic leaves him to rejoin Spider-Man, Otto Octavius believes that he can control him as well. He relishes the new power, but perhaps he is not greater than Peter Parker and will fail to control the alien as well.

Superior Spider-Man Vol 6

Superior Spider-Man: Volume 6: Goblin Nation

Doc Ock has been living as Spider-Man for years now. He has done his best to rid the city of the criminal organizations that have terrorized it for years. He didn’t realize, however, that the Goblins had grown to form an entire nation right under his nose.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker has fought to regain consciousness and take control of his body, and life, once more. This is the final battle between them. We will find out who the Superior Spider-Man is after-all.

My 2016 Reads – my annual reading log

My Current DJ Set-Up

Here is my current DJ set-up.

Chase March home DJ set-up

I have it housed on a farily ugly table. Covering it with a blanket allows me store things underneath it out of sight.

Chase March APC battery back up power supply

This is power supply. It is much better than a simple power-bar. It has a battery built into it and if the power shuts off, the battery takes over and keeps my system from crashing. This has saved me a few times at bars that didn’t have the best electrical systems in place.

Chase March DJ laptop

I have a laptop that is my dedicated DJ computer. I don’t use it for any other purpose.

Chase March wireless mouse

I hate using the mouse pad on laptops. So I asked for this wireless mouse for Christmas. Thanks, mom! It can sit right in front of the mixer and makes controlling my computer a lot easier.

Chase March external soundcard

This is a Soundblaster SBX. It is an external soundcard that lets me record my mixsets with ease. I plug in the record feed from my mixer into the line in. I can then record on programs like Audacity or Adobe Audition.

Chase March headphones

Headphones are a must!

Chase March Numark HDX blue

I love the Numark HDX turntables. They are digital and have internal hard-drives, but they are vinyl controlled.

Chase March Numark HDX red

I love having the full-sized, actual vinyl records to scratch. I replaced the clear vinyl that came with the units with some coloured vinyl from my collection.

Chase March SL 1

I have the first generation Rane SL1 Control Box. I have to use the old Scratch Live version of the Serato software. I hope to upgrade soon to a mixer that has Serato built right in so I can use Serato DJ some day.

Chase March Xone 22 Mixer

I have an Allen and Heath Xone: 22 mixer. I really love it. It’s not top of the line but it is a great mixer for a scratch DJ.

Chase March control vinyl

This is my most recent accquisition. I bought control vinyl so I can rock on the turntables at the radio station now.

Plus, if I do a DJ gig and they already have turntables, I can leave my at home and rock with these.

I have Road Ready cases though, so my gear is portable. It just takes a couple of trips.

Let me rock your party!

I am available to DJ all events and have great rates.

Please contact me and let’s work together!

How to Properly Reboot a Franchise

Star Wars I

Star Wars tried to rebuild their franchise with the prequel trilogy but those films were flawed and didn’t gain a lot of traction with fans.

Fans have loved the books, animated television shows, and comics for years now. It was finally the right time to restart the film franchise.

Star Wars VII - The Force ReTread

But they went about it the wrong way again. This time it might even be more unforgivable than the prequel flops. All they did was retell the same story that had already been told twice before in the original films.

I wrote extensively about this already, but I wanted to touch on this subject again to show that it is possible to reboot a franchise and breathe new live into the property while pleasing die-hard fans and attracting new ones.

RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes

The latest two movies in the Planet of The Apes franchise were brilliant. I loved every moment of them. They effectively paid tribute to the original films without having to retread old familiar stories. They effectively told a prequel story the way George Lucas wanted to with Episode I.

How did they do this?

They took note of the past. There were all sorts of Easter eggs in the Apes movies that would have gone unnoticed to brand new fans, but that us, die-hard fans, appreciated greatly. They didn’t feel the need to use an old and tried plot to attract new fans to their fictional world.

They learned from the mistakes of their past.

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They tried the story-retell thing before and it didn’t work for precisely the same reasons the new Star Wars film doesn’t. The whole thing just felt stale.

Pay Tribute While Being Novel

It’s a hard balance to achieve but it has been done. You can breathe fresh air into a dead franchise without having to overhaul the whole thing.

Battlestar Galactica

I loved the way Battlestar Galatica didn’t just retell the same old story. They updated it by having robots that looked human. It added a new terrifying sense of drama to the series. They didn’t throw out what made Battlestar, Battlestar. They kept all of the elements you wanted to see and expected to see.

Star-Trek-Movie-Poster

Star Trek is doing it wrong, So is Star Wars.

Seeing that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Trek, I was so excited for big things with this franchise, but the new trailer shows just how far the film-makers have strayed from the essence of Trek.

Star Trek was always at its best in deep space. That is the entire premise. so having two Star Trek films in a row not set on the ship is a huge disappointment.

Let’s not Dumb-Down the Scripts 

The audience is always smarter than you. That’s one of the cardinal writing rules, but when it comes to blockbuster films, it seems that this rule has been forgotten.

I want to see well-told stories and no more retreads or rehashes. Is that too much to ask for?

Jam Master Jay and National DJ Day – The 1, 2 Punch

Today is the day that Jam Master Jay was gifted to the world.

Unfortunately, he is no longer with us, but we celebrate in his absence. For all that he did for hip-hop, for how he has inspired countless DJs, and for how he could rock a party.

Here is a video showing his skills on the turntables, right alongside another legend, Grand Master Flash.

And yesterday was National DJ Day.

National DJ Day

It’s fitting that these two days follow each other. It’s the 1,2 Punch!

Here is some more of Jam Master Jay kicking off a concert the way a DJ should!

I was fortunate enough to see Run-DMC live once and it was amazing. This was before I had any way to recording the performance though. Wish I could relive it again.

Rest in Peace, JMJ!

Miles Morales is Back as Spider-Man

The first series featuring Miles Morales as Spider-Man was brilliant. I did not want to see come to an end. Thankfully, we got a second series featuring the new web-crawler.

Miles Morales Spider-Man Vol 1

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man – Volume 1: Revivial

It turns out that the Green Goblin isn’t dead . . . and neither is Peter Parker. Things get very confusing for Miles Morales in the second volume of his very own series.

Fortunately, Parker doesn’t intend to go back to his old super-hero life just yet. He leaves the mantle to Morales. Miles’ father even reappears and has quite the explanation as to his absence.

Miles Morales Spider-Man Vol 2

Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man – Volume 2: Revalations

Miles decides to tell his girlfriend that he is Spider-Man. Little does he know that she has been brought up in a Hydra household, a terrorist organization meant to bring down S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Ultimates.

Spider-Men

Spider-Men

Peter Parker and Miles Morales team up in a story that takes place before this arc. They are both impressed with each other and make a great team. This was a very enjoyable read. Too bad that it was a one-off story. The good news though, they will fight side-by-side again in the Spider-Verse story. Stay tuned!

My List of 2016 Reads – my annual reading log

8 Online Tools for Students and Educators

8 Tools for Students and EducatorsSomeone approached me and asked to contribute a guest post for my Teaching Tip Tuesday series.

Over the years, I have had some great tips submitted from readers all over the globe.

I found out that this latest one though was a thinly veiled attempt at self promotion. Even worse that that, it linked to a site and service that cut against everything I believe about education.

I almost deleted the post outright. Instead, I edited in heavily and let it stay in place. I have since reconsidered. I wrote this rebuttal and erased the entire post.

I am sorry that I was duped this way and hope not to be again. I will be very critical of further guest -post submissions.

Thank you!

Teaching Tip Tuesday – advice, lessons, tips and tricks for classroom teachers  (once a month)

My List of 2016 Reads

My 2016 ReadsI like to keep a detailed reading log. It’s always nice to look back at what I have read over the course of the year.

If this year, follows the pattern I have established in the past four, I will read close to 60 titles this year that will include graphic novels, teaching-related books, books on writing, books about hip-hop culture, various non-fiction works, and, of course, novels.

This is how I did since starting this tradition four years ago.

In 2012, I read 65 books.
In 2013, I read 61 books.
In 2014, I read 78 books.
And last year, I read 60 books.

This post will be continually updated throughout the year with each new title I read. So, bookmark this page and come back often to get some titles you can add to your own reading list.

Happy Reading!

NOVELS

Batman: Wayne of Gotham
Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice
Life on the Refrigerator Door
Manuscript Found in Accra
The Little Women Letters
Planet of the Apes

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Alex + Ada – 3 titles (Vol 1 – 3)
The Amazing Spider-Man – 6 titles (The Parker LuckSpider-Verse, Edge of Spider-Verse, Spider-Gwen, Graveyard Shift, Spiral)
Ant-man – 1 title (Second Chance Man)
Batman: The Dark Knight – 1 title (Night Terrors)
Darth Vader – 5 titles (Vader, Shadows and Secrets, Ninth Assasin, Lost Command, Cry of Shadows)
Fantastic Four – 4 titles (The Fall of the Fantastic Four, Original Sin, Back in Blue, The End is Fourever)
Hawkeye – 6 titles (My Life as a Weapon, Little Hits, LA Woman, Rio Bravo, All New Hawkeye, Hawkeyes)
March – 2 titles (Book 1, Book 2)
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man – 3 titles (Revival, Revelations, Spider-Men)
Mister Wonderful – 1 title (Mister Wonderful)
Ms. Marvel – 3 titles (No Normal, Generation Why, Crushed)
The New Avengers – 1 title (Fear Itself)
Powerless – 1 title (Powerless)
Scott Pilgrim – 1 title (Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life)
Star Trek – 1 title (The New Adventures: Volume 2)
Star Wars – 2 titles (Princess Leia, Skywalker Strikes)
Superior Spider-Man – 2 titles (Superior Venom, Goblin Nation)
Thor – 2 titles (Goddess of Thunder, Who Holds the Hammer?)
Wolverine – 6 titles (Three Months to Die Pt 1 and Pt 2, Death of Wolverine, Old Man Logan, Season One)

TEACHING RELATED BOOKS

The Inner Game of Work

WRITING BOOKS

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Pulishers, Editors, & Literary Agents
How To Write and Sell Simple Information
The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience

MUSIC RELATED

Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide
Ten Ways to Not Commit Suicide
Playing With Something That Runs

NON-FICTION
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

Memoir

Life Lessons from a Total Failure

Total Books Read in 2016: 65

Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide

Classic Material - Hip-Hop Album Guide

Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide edited by Oliver Wang

This book contains intelligent writing on over 60 classic hip-hop albums from 20 different music journalists and experts. It spans 20 years of hip-hop history and does so in a very respectful way.

Main Source “Breaking Atoms”

It was cool to find out that “Snake Eyes” on this album featured five different samples running throughout the track including “an Ike Turner piano vamp, a Johnnie Taylor bassline, and  Jesse Anderson flute melody.”

The book covers sampling at the legal troubles that some hip-hop musicians got into because of it. It’s sad to say, but an album like this would be very hard to do in a day and age where samples need to be bought and cleared.

Layering Samples

Pete Rock’s “particular gift has been in his layering, his ability to juggle any number of different elements – a bassline twiddle here, a keyboard tinkle there, not to mention horns. Pete Rock’s signature sound of this era was his horns.”

It was so great to hear samples layered on top of each other in uniquely creative ways. Hopefully this isn’t just a remnant of old records and something we will be able to get back into in the near future.

An Obscure Album that Revolutionized Music

I enjoyed the piece on Freestyle Fellowship’s “To Whom It May Concern…” especially considering that Myka 9 is still making music fifteen years later. He was even featured in my Top 15 of 2015 albums.

Best Hype-Man Ever?

Could it be Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins of Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five fame? Jeff Chang thinks so.

I might argue that Branded Moore, a local emcee, Flava Flav, and Freaky Tah could be added to this list.

Ice Cube’s Death Certificate

Allen Gordon says this album “was a conceptual work that attempted to kill the ‘nigga’ mentality his early work reflected in order to give birth to a new culturally and community-minded ‘Black man.'”

What a great perspective on one of my all-time favouirte albums.

You Played Yourself

Ice T made himself “an elder statesmen, many miles in front of the guns-blazing stereotype he ushered in. Ice was light-years ahead, fearless in his beliefs.”

Here I want to draw a comparison to Jeru’s record of the same title. Both tracks are an “indictment of move-fakers trying to profit from chaos”

2pac’s Gift

“…his ability to lay his soul bare – contradictions, fears, psychosis, and all. What makes these albums classic is not the sound of his beats and rhymes, but the ferocity of his honesty and the thumping of his heart.

I couldn’t agree more. This book is chopped full of great writing about some of my favourite hip-hop albums and about a few albums I might just have to dust off and play again.

My List of 2016 Reads – my constantly updated reading log

The Death of Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 2 - New World

Ultimate Spider-Man: Volume 1 – The World According to Peter Parker

The Daily Bugle has gone completely digital, Peter Parker is working at a fast food joint, and Gwen Stacy is living with him and his aunt. To make matters even more complicated, Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch and Bobby Drake aka Ice Man have moved in as well. Aunt May loves having all these teenagers in the house. They pose as her nephews and have to refrain from using their powers (house rules). And Mysterio is back trying to take over the Kingpin’s criminal empire.

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 2 - Chamelion

Ultimate Spider-Man: Volume 2 – Chameleons

One of Peter Parker’s neighbours develops mutant powers of teleportation. But it turns out that his was chosen to have these powers for a very specific purpose. Meanwhile, the Chamelion twins are up to no good. They have captured J. Jonah Jameson and have been impersonating him for a while now.

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 3- Death Prelude

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3 – Death of Spider-Man Prelude

Kitty Pride gets teased in the cafeteria and uses her mutant powers to just let the thrown food phase through her. Mary Jane gets the incident on video and wants to use it to show how unfair people are being towards mutants. Meanwhile, Spider-Man gets captured by the Chameleon twins. This is bad news for the entire city.

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 4 - Death

Ultimate Spider-Man: Vol. 4 – Death of Spider-Man

S.H.I.E.L.D. decides that Peter Parker needs training to continue fighting crime. Iron-Man tries to give him a few lessons, as does Captain America. But when The Ultimates are called to avert a huge disaster, The Green Goblin capitalizes on that very moment to bring about an end to his foe.

It was very sad to see Peter Parker die in front of his family and friends. He gave everything he had to protect them. And it was a fitting end for the series.

I know that I read these Spider-Man comics out of order. I should have read this before the Miles Morales story line. But it was good either way.

My List of 2016 Reads – with links to every title I read this year.

Light Duty – Heavy Reading

I spent the last six weeks working in an office, bored out of my mind. There was nothing for me to do. Seriously. Nothing. I sat at a desk, answered phones, did some filing of paperwork, shredded some documents, and just sat there.

I had been assigned light-duties since I hurt my back at the warehouse. It seemed like this was the best work they could offer me.

I knew it would be boring so I brought a book with me each day and read like crazy. You may have noticed that I have had a lot more book posts last month. That’s why.

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I also read a lot of comics with this handy app, Marvel Unlimited. In a feat of perfect timing, they offered a free month subscription to help promote the new Star Wars movie.

So, look for some great book reviews coming up shortly here on this blog.

I had absolutely no reason to complain. I got to read hundreds of dollars of comics, some great novels, and some cool non-fiction while getting paid to do so. Light duty lead to some heaving reading.

But it did get a little boring.

Chase March Novel Edit

My girlfriend suggested that I use some of this time to work on polishing up my novels. I had been meaning to get to that for years. It seemed perfect.

So I read through one of my novels and took plenty of notes about what happened in each chapter. I cleaned up any awkward sections and corrected a few typos. Now I have a great plan to work through when I work through the next draft of the story.

This one is called “Outside the Block,” and I absolutely love it.

I have some work to do before it will be ready to be released to the world. But I plan to have something published really soon. It’s one of my goals this year. And I will work hard on it.

Chase March 2nd Novel Edit

This was the second novel I ever wrote and it’s about eight years old. I still haven’t finished mapping it out, but I have noticed that this one is going to need a lot more work. Some of the writing is awkward and needs cleaning up. I will also have to rewrite entire sections. But the story is there and it will shine when I am do with it.

Friday was my last day in the office. The doctor has cleared me to return to regular duties today. I am going to miss all of the time I had to read and work on edits over the past few weeks.

I wish I could afford to take a few months to just work on my writing. I want to polish these two novels up and start a work of non-fiction. But I need a job and will need to work on this in my spare time. I will though. I am determined.

2016 – Let’s start the road to publication!

Daredevil Joins The Avengers

New Avengers 16 DD

The New Avengers # 16-34 (2011-2012)

Daredevil joined The New Avengers in issue number 16 of the ongoing series and made a spectacular debut. He stayed on the team right up to the very end of the series as well.

His debut was brilliant. The single issue revolved completely around my all-time favoruite super-hero. It was very well done. I highly recommend reading that first appearance.

I started reading the series with this issue and was pleasantly surprised to see that it pretty much revolved around the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen. If you are a fan of the Netflix universe, you will really enjoy this read.

Luge Cage is the leader of the team and his wife, Jessica Jones, doesn’t want to bring up their child in this environment. He tries his best to balance super-hero life with his home life.

This was the second volume of The New Avengers title. Daredevil was part of the team in the first volume as well, but he was really only featured in a handful of issues then.

I enjoyed reading the series and seeing Daredevil being part of The Avengers. I think I might need to read the first volume of the series now too.

My 2016 Reading Log – coming next week!

Star Wars VII – The Force ReTread

Star Wars VII - The Force ReTreadI avoided pretty much all of the hype leading up to Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens because I wanted to go in to it with an open mind. This was one film that I was hoping would blow me out of the water and replenish the franchise.

But as I watched the film, I got more and more disillusioned with it as time marched on.

Warning – Spoiler Alert: Read no further if you haven’t yet see the film.

One of the first scenes in the movie was set on a desert planet. That’s a very familiar trope in Star Wars. But then again so is a droid carrying a secret message in it. There was even an Obi Wan Kenobi type character in the opening sequence. He looked almost exactly the same as we remembered him. Of course, it wasn’t him or any relation. It was just an image we’d already seen before.

Maybe that was by design. After-all, the film-makers wanted to reestablish the galaxy for a new audience and for one intimately familiar with Star Wars. So I let that some of that go.

Next, we are introduced to a female character through this very droid. It was pretty much exactly what happened to Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars film. And it plays out nearly beat by beat. She discovers that she is strong in the force and starts her journey to become a hero, at first reluctantly.

This is when the film started to get ridiculous. I wanted a new story, set in the Star Wars universe with a smart plot. That wasn’t too much to ask for, was it?

Maybe it was. I swear the film-makers thought, “Hmmm, what are the parts of the original movies that fans really connected with?

  • desert planet (like Episode IV) – check
  • ice planet (like Episode V) – check
  • forest plant (like Episode VI) – check
  • hand-to-hand battle between the hero and villain on a planet that is falling apart (like Episode III) – check
  • a father-son relationship where one is on the Dark Side (like Episode IV-VI) – check

They just piece-worked all of that stuff in. The film looked great, however. The visual aesthetic was bang-on for what we would expect, but the story?

The story was exactly the same as Episode IV – A New Hope. If this were a reboot, I could have forgiven that. But this was Episode VII – The Force Awakens and I expected something novel.

Instead, we get a new and more powerful Death-Star, now called a Starkiller. And guess what, it has one small vulnerability that can be exploited by two teams. Even Han Solo knew the film was getting ridiculous at this point. He says, “We can always blow those up?”

And so they send a team to the planet to disable the shields and a fleet of ships to exploit that weakness in the Starkiller and blow it up. We saw this already in Return of the Jedi and even before that, minus the shields in A New Hope. 

Oh, and we get a scene where Han Solo confronts the bad guy, on that base. Just like Obi Wan did in the original, and with the same consequence.

And that’s the main story. The subplot is that everyone has been looking for Luke Skywalker for years. The droid had a map that would lead directly to him. Why such a map would exist is beyond me and the weakest plot point of the entire film.

My Verdict 

This film was a lazily written reboot and not a true sequel at all. We deserved a lot more for this beloved franchise. But I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything smart from this film. J.J. Abrams only seems capable of redoing past stories. That’s exactly what he did with the last Star Trek movie.

I heard a critic on the radio who called him, “The brilliantly unoriginal J.J. Abrams” and I couldn’t agree more.

Where are the Critics?

I had quite the heated debate about this on Facebook. So many of my friends loved the film and didn’t see these as problems at all.

David Roberts had some great things to say in his article, “Critics are going too easy on Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens”

What say you?

Final Thoughts

There are so many things wrong with this film. And it looks like they are set to copy even more elements of the original trilogy in Part VIII. I can possibly forgive that, if the story comes correct next time.

Let’s hope so!

Chasing Content – The Best of Last January

Chasing ContentIt’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that monthly feature that has us looking back at the best posts from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last January, 

or just these highlights

White Oaks Skatepark

Two years in a row, we didn’t have a White Christmas. The good news though, we were able to still skateboard, which is very unusual in our Canadian winters.

The Scotty Guide to Being Awesome

Chief Engineer Scotty knew how to build a solid reputation. He was able to get the Enterprise out of seemingly impossible situations. He had a secret though, and one we can all learn from.

Star Trek: Voyager Turns 20

Speaking of Star Trek, this spin-off series celebrated its 20th Anniversary last year at this time. And this year marks with 50th Anniversary of Star Trek. I’m very excited to see what celebrations will turn up this year!

Quitting Teaching Super-Sale

I didn’t sell all of my resources during my purge of education-related material last year. If you want to click through, browse, and contact me if you would like any of these items, please do so.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Why I’m Not Making Resolutions This Year

happy new year!There are a lot of things I want to accomplish this year.

I want to . . .

  • be more creative
  • DJ all sorts of events (weddings, rap concerts, dances, etc)
  • get my fiction published
  • produce quality radio
  • build a life with the woman I love
  • find a way to support myself financially
  • find a job that not only pays the bills but makes me happy
  • sharpen my DJ skills
  • make a few mixtapes to highlight my DJ skills
  • run more than 300 kilometers
  • write a new work of fiction
  • write a non-fiction book (I have two great ideas for this too)
  • keep this blog regularly updated
  • read for enjoyment, self-improvement, and personal education

That is quite the extensive list of things I’d like to accomplish in one year.

I can resolve to do all of these right now, but what good would that do? I’ve tried to get a few of these things done for years now and haven’t been successful.

The good news is that overall, I’ve had a lot of success since starting this blog. I’ve done things I hadn’t initially set out to do and they have been amazing.

So I am not setting any resolutions this year. Instead, I will look at this list of goals at the start of every month. I will break down each point in detail and set out a monthly goal for myself. I will share that goal with my girlfriend and a few close friends. I might even blog about the process. I will write down my monthly goal and track it.

This way, I hope to have a very productive 2016. I hope you will too!