While your humble MS-QOTD ain’t one for resolutions (preferring to “be the change you want to see,” as espoused by either Gandhi or Dick Van Patten, I forget which), it is that time of year for Year-In-Review features and lists of all the things we had wished were different about the preceding three-sixty-five.  While there is a case to be made about whether that sort of navel-gazing does any good, I will not fault those who want to use the calendar’s restart as a way point, a benchmark for what things were like before they chose their new way of life.  It’s our nature, after all, to find patterns that may or may not exist, and the date 1/1 (or, as in Europe, “1/1”) has the same inexplicable cache as a fresh new pad of paper, or the moment where your paycheck reaches the bank before your bills do.  It’s the fresh, new snow just waiting to be turned into a snowman and covered with your bootprints, which in turn begs a (somewhat less floridly composed) query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) figures that every year, Han Solo wakes up in Bea Arthur’s bedroom with a screaming hangover after Life Day, and promises never to do THAT again, asking: Choose your favorite fictional character.  What should THEIR New Year’s Resolution be?


  1. January 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Movies: Snake Plissken – stop being so damned gullible.
    Comics: The Badger – a triumphant return in 2014!
    Books: David Wong (John Dies at The End and This Book Is Full of Spiders – Listen to John more.

  2. January 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm — Reply

    A shared resolution for both Blade and Buffy – Kill all the sparkly vampires.

  3. January 2, 2014 at 3:56 am — Reply

    Harry Dresden- Get Molly and himself out from under Mab’s thumb.

  4. January 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    Halsten Thorkelson: Cut down on the funnel cakes and spend more time in Prayer and fasting.
    Ket Hizzard: Listen to others and take their feelings into account.
    Orem Rivendorn: Try not to be such a douche.
    Randus DuThane: Try not to lose any more body parts or become more mechanized.
    Trelle: Not to stare as much
    Smith: Live again

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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