Vintage Schwarzenegger and some goals for 2013

We don’t really have any 2013 resolutions for BBB because, let’s be honest, in my experience “New Year’s resolution” is generally synonymous with “thing I’m going to eventually have to feel guilty about not doing.” Goals, though, are different. We’ve got lots of those.

And really, all our smaller goals come back to our one big goal, which is to take our business out of the realm of hobby-dom and turn it into something that does more than just pay for itself.

We’ve been having lots of conversations about what exactly that means and what we need to do to get it there. After asking ourselves lots of uncomfortable questions (How does one get a business license? What does “incorporated” mean? When do we have to start doing something fancy with our taxes?), we made a list of some of the things we plan to accomplish during the next 12 months:

1) Make more stuff. At the bottom of every page on the Bunny Suicides calendar hanging in our studio, we’re writing down some production goals for the month. It helps.

2) Sell more stuff. There are some BBB books at Vespertine in Carrboro and others roaming around the country with Bill and Vicky of Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, but we want to make it easier for people to buy our books online. We’ll look into setting up a shop on Etsy or some similar online marketplace. Any recommendations? Preferences?

3) Keep the studio clean. This is not easy, given that our studio is also our garage, and it houses all manner of crap. We cleaned it over the holidays because it had gotten, um, very bad. I wish we had some “before” photos to truly horrify you, but rest assured that it was so bad that this is what it looked like after we cleaned:

Anyway, when the studio is a mess, we just don’t want to be out there and it keeps us from getting anything done. And really, garage clutter is just a nicer way of saying “spider sanctuary.” I found a black widow out there once, so yeah – we’re going to try to keep it tidy.

4) Revamp our website. It needs a facelift, for sure.

5) Talk more about what we’re doing. On the blog, on Facebook, maybe on Instagram. And we want to hear from you, too!

In other news, I defy you to find a better use for red wine than what we found last night when we used it to dull our senses as we watched The Running Man. I spent the better part of 2012 on an inexplicable Stephen King kick, so I read (or reread – don’t judge me) a lot of his books. And the book version of The Running Man was super entertaining. Well, in that horrifying, occasionally misogynistic way that old Stephen King books are entertaining.

The movie, though. Oof. So terrible. And really only loosely related to the original plotline. But here’s what the movie had going for it: Vintage can’t-touch-his-elbows-together Schwarzenegger. Gratuitous dance scenes choreographed by Paula Abdul. Angry Jesse Ventura. And Dweezil Zappa, looking exactly like the offspring of Frank Zappa and Weird Al Yankovic.

I was pretty delighted by the whole thing. Josh, on the other hand, endured it as a kind of Zen exercise in patience.

Anyway, how about you? Any favorite terrible movies? Or goals for 2013? “Avoid the gym with dignity” counts.