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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ten Goals...

Hello Gentle Readers,

Today's post is a bit more personal, as I wanted to take an opportunity to make myself accountable. See, I've not always been good at seeing things through. So, this is me putting it out on the internet, ten things I want to achieve.

Ten Goals...

10) Lose weight

There's a reason I hate having my picture taken. I don't like how I look, feel or weigh. So, my goal now is to do something about it. I know this isn't the most original goal in the world, but it's something I'm setting for myself.

9) Attend Conferences and Conventions

  Possibly while dressed as the King of All Monsters. 

I've really not done all that I can in terms of being a writer. I am kind of a shy person, and haven't been leaping at the chance to interact with dozens of strangers. But, I also want to embrace that I'm a writer, and it's time to start letting people meet The Mimsey. 

8) Dance

I want to do more dancing. It would be nice to take The Mimsus out dancing. Ballroom, square, clubbing whatever. I just want to get out there and dance.
7) Audiobooks

The best way to listen

People have more then once told me when they read my books, they hear my voice. So, I thought it would be fun to actually record the books. I tend to read my material aloud, doing the different characters voices. I think it would be awesome to share the experience. 

6) Travel
Maybe not there. 

I've been accused of being a homebody. It's an accusation with merit. I think it's high-time I get out and start visiting some of the awesome people I know. At the least, it would be nice to visit the world's largest ball of twine.

5) Read More

For too long I've been in a comfort zone with what I read. I either read what I'm required to read for my PhD. work or stuff that I feel comfortable reading. I need to break away, to start reading things that challenge me, make me feel, and to remember how much fun it can be to experience through the written word.

4) Make More Art

I've done acting, drawing and singing. I miss doing all of that. I want to enjoy doing art again. Even if it's just goofy drawings.

4) Be A Better Friend

I have amazing friends. 

I have wonderful friends. I have been neglectful of them lately, and that needs to change. I miss hanging with my awesome friends, and I really need to be a better friend. 

3) Make A Movie

I've had multiple ideas for short films, and have not pulled the trigger on any of them. It's way past time that I remembered why I got an MFA in Directing in the first place. Even if it's a goofy short, I want to feel that thrill of making something again.

2) Write More!

I've got my fourth Dan Landis novel coming out this Fall. I've got thirteen planned out. But, if I'm going to be a writer, I need to be writing. Not just Dan Landis novels. I've got some short story ideas planned, a new novel idea bouncing around, and can at least be working on a few more scripts. Basically, it's time to take my own advice: Writers write.

1) Be An Awesome Husband

The Mimsus is awesome and deserves an equally awesome husband. My most important goal is to be improve as a husband. If I can do that, I can do ANYTHING!

So, Gentle Readers....what's your goals?
On the first day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: My Favorite Santa Claus!

On the second day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: A Labyrinth And David Bowie!

On the third day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: Three Crocodile Dundee movies!

On the fourth day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: Four Books Are Written!

On the fifth day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: Five Awesome Ensembles!

On the sixth day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: Six Santas And A Movie!

On the seventh day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: The Seven Best Fictional Phones!

On the eight day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: Eight Ladies Writing!

On the ninth day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: Nine Songs Randomly Singing!
On the tenth day of Mimsey, my true love gave to me: Ten Goals To Be A Better PERSON!

Jay Mims writes books, blogs, and thinks we should all do some KARAOKE! Jay lives with The Mimsus, a semi-adopted cat named Eartha Kitty, a lizard named Bob and a passive-aggressive Dalek named Steve. Jay is far funnier on Facebook then in real life. He is terrible at Twitter.  Jay now has a website.


  1. You and the Mimsus should come and visit me in canada. I'll take you to West Edmonton Mall, and Museums and we could take a Road Trip to Drumheller!

    1. It's on a very short list of things I want to do within the next twelve months.

  2. They all sound like very achievable goals. And wow - you have 13 novels planned out?!

  3. You're awesome--and I agree with the above post that your goals sound realistic and achievable. I think you should travel to the Raleigh area, at the very least. Bring the Mimsus. Then go sit near a brick wall and say, "Come in and meet the Mimsus. Come have a nice cuppa tea. Don't go THAT way. NEVER go THAT way. That'll take you straight to the Goblin's castle." And I'll be Sarah and be like, "It's not fair!" And wait, what? Never mind. You're awesome. And most of your goals are also my goals, minus the husband and audio books and dancing parts. I'm not a husband and I don't dance. But I'd be way into hearing a Dan Landis audio book. The end.

  4. Another seven days have passed. So... How's it going?