Another round of resolutions.

We’re back!  It’s 2018!  Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope your holidays were merry and bright.  I hope you celebrated to your heart’s content to ring in the new year.  I hope you missed us!  We’re back and ready to face whatever 2018 throws at us head on.  It couldn’t be any more depressing than the constant stream of bad news and idiotic behavior that 2017 kept feeding us.  Wait, forget I said that.  I hope it won’t be more depressing.

But that was 2017.  It’s the start of a new year.  Where we take the lessons learned from the previous year and apply them to moving forward.  We have some ideas brewing for STAR POWER itself, but that’s a blog post for another day.  While those plans are being discussed and finalized between Garth and me, I’ll use this blog post to tell you how I plan to move forward in 2018.

KEEP GOING TO THE GYM AND EATING WELL.  I started working out and eating clean about two and a half years ago, and I’ve been successful at sticking to my routine.  I haven’t bulked up like I wanted, but I’m leaner and fitter and actually proud of how my body looks.  I may not be the ripped, muscular specimen I dreamed myself to be at this point, but I’m happy with my body and that is enough for now.

RETURN TO STARGAZING.  I say this one year after year, but I always fall short.  Fatherhood is tiring, even with a well-behaved kid like mine, and I haven’t been as inspired to point my telescope to the stars after a long (albeit easy) day of parenting.  This year may be the year I finally get back into regular stargazing, though.  My son is obsessed with the moon.  He loves it.  He jumps around yelling “Moon! Moon!” when he sees it in the night sky.  So when the weather warms up (we’re in a brutal cold snap here in the northeastern U.S.) I think I’ll show him how awesome the moon can really look.

GET BETTER AT STAYING IN TOUCH WITH OLD FRIENDS.  I’ve had a stupid hangup concerning contacting my friends.  I feel like, unless someone contacts me first, I’m bothering or pestering them.  But now as I get older and adult responsibilities keep me away from friends longer and longer, I’ve gotten over that stupid hangup.  Life is short and friends are precious, and it’s important to let them know you’re thinking of them.  I fell out of contact with a few good friends in 2017 and it’s time I reminded those people how much their friendships mean to me.

READ MORE COMICS.  This is something I should be doing constantly.  When you make comics you should read comics.  I don’t care about Marvel or DC’s titles any more, thanks to constant reboots.  I’ve fallen out of reading many webcomics because I don’t spend as much time in front of a computer as I used to.  A three-year-old who loves to play with his daddy will keep you away from you keyboard.  I’ve only been reading Saga and the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics when I can get to the comic shop, and while they are finely made books and good reads, they haven’t made me excited about the medium of comics.  So it’s time to break out of my comfort zone and read some new comics.  I’m starting with THE INCAL by Jodorowsky & Moebius.  It’s absolutely bananas and Moebius was a god of this craft.  I’m a little over halfway through this superbly weird graphic novel and I can’t put it down.  For the first time in a long time, I’m feeling actively hungry for new reading material.

Those are my most important goals for 2018, for now.  Whatever your hopes for the new year may be, I hope you reach for them.  The determination to try is an achievement by itself.

About Michael

Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him "Mookie." He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire." He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three cats. His favorite planet is Jupiter because it's awesome. He wants having superpowers to be fun again, and for this to be a universe you want to escape to, not from. He hopes you enjoy reading Star Power.