Eat less.

Read more.

Be nicer to the person at work who picks their nose in public.

You know, the usual New Year’s resolutions we all make. And break. And then kick ourselves over.

Well, this year, I’ve made a solid. Namely, to write more and veg-out less. With the audience I’ve been afforded, I want to steward your attention by providing life-giving, beneficial content more frequently. It requires a considerable amount of self-discipline and creativity. But, frankly, you’re worth it.

While I won’t be blogging every day, I will be blogging more. (Thanks to my friend Mike Kim for inspiring me there; he puts out some amazing stuff). And my goal is at least to get two new books out this year:

1.) The Creatives: Coaching Artisans Who Influence Society

2.) The Sky Riders Book II: Raising Thendara

I’d also like to complete another non-fiction work entitled Loud and Clear: Hearing God’s Voice When He Seems to Be Muted, but that may or may not happen. I’m at least accountable to you on the first two books. Cool?

What is (or was) one of your New Year’s resolutions? Let’s keep each other accountable.



Gabe · 8 Jan ’14 at 5:58 pm

Holy moly… This year is going to be epic.

    Christopher Hopper · 8 Jan ’14 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks, Gabe. Appreciate that.

    Did you make any resolutions for 2014?

      Gabe · 8 Jan ’14 at 7:00 pm

      Among other things, I’m working on an EP of remixes (to be released March 31st), training to be able to run long distances, and read more (on my iPod 🙂 ).

        Christopher Hopper · 8 Jan ’14 at 7:37 pm

        A.) What kind of remixes? Sweet!

        B.) I was a big runner. Loved it. Occasionally get to do some, but family and work life have taken priority. What kinds of runs do you like?

        C.) Guess I better get cracking on my books for you then!

          Gabe · 8 Jan ’14 at 8:01 pm

          I started this remix last year, it’s almost finished:

          I produced and arranged the entire thing. All of the vocals are from the original song (a song by Christian rapper Lecrae).
          I played and recorded the drums, guitars and bass were played by a guy I worked with over the internet, and piano was played by my dad (it’s kinda funny, Lecrae talks in this
          song about how he had no real father figure growing up, but my and my
          dad have an awesome relationship).
          Then I mixed it myself.
          All I need to do now is have it mastered, then it will be release-ready!

          Christopher Hopper · 8 Jan ’14 at 10:07 pm

          I have the coolest readers in the world. Seriously.

          Gabe: this is legit, man! I’m so impressed. You’ve done some incredible work here. Your creativity, technicality, musicianship and heart are awesome. Very proud of you. Let me know when this comes out and I’ll link to it.

          Gabe · 8 Jan ’14 at 10:13 pm

          Thanks, man!
          Will do. 🙂

          Quick question, I know you do a lot of graphics stuff… I want to do some kind of creative lyric video that matches the tone of the song, and I can’t pay anyone to do it… Any ideas?

          Christopher Hopper · 8 Jan ’14 at 10:20 pm

          Well, I’m a pretty big user of all Adobe products. They’re more expensive to get into than some of the free or entry-level software out there, but the best choice if you’re serious about creating something powerful.

          For typography-driven works, I use AfterEffects almost entirely.

          For great free tutorials on AE, check out Andrew Kramer’s site:

          For examples of high-end typo-driven graphical comps with a message, check out Dan Stevers’ work:

          Gabe · 8 Jan ’14 at 11:19 pm


          Gabe · 12 Jan ’14 at 3:18 pm

          Okay, sent it! 🙂

WayneBatson · 8 Jan ’14 at 7:10 pm

I have made and failed so many resolutions. I’m kind of done with them, mostly in terms of thinking there’s anything magical about it. Bottom line is, it’s good to take stock of where you are and where you need to be headed, and not just once a year. I do like to begin with the end in mind. I do like to plan. Only a semantic difference, really, but in 2014, here’s what I’m attempting to achieve:

1) Get down to 220lbs.
2) Finish Dark Sea Annals #3: Mirror of Souls
3) Finish Dreamtreaders 2
4) Finish and publish GHOST 2: Minister of Fire
5) At least begin nonfiction title: “All For One: The Power of a Church United by Christ.”

    Christopher Hopper · 8 Jan ’14 at 7:38 pm

    A day-to-day assessment is certainly the best behavior. Mad props there.

    1.) Go, bro! Rooting you on.
    2.-4.) Yes, please.
    5.) The church worlds *needs* this book. I’m rooting for this one extra-special.

natedogreimer · 8 Jan ’14 at 10:03 pm

I don’t do “resolutions” but I hereby do resolve to be more generous and share things that evoke the word “amazing”.

    Christopher Hopper · 8 Jan ’14 at 10:16 pm

    Now, I like those! Although I already think you do those pretty well. So however much I was intimidated by your generous heart before, I’m duly inebriated by it now.

      natedogreimer · 8 Jan ’14 at 10:28 pm

      Generosity to you and those who earn it is easy, I’m trying to be more generous to those who don’t expect it and are overlooked.

        Christopher Hopper · 8 Jan ’14 at 10:34 pm

        That’s quotable right there.

Joey Yelle · 8 Jan ’14 at 11:04 pm

I hadn’t really thought about my new year resolution, however, I believe that it stands reason to be created. I have a few.

1. Learn French
2. Try out for American Ninja Warrior
3. Read at least 2 articles to learn something new every day
4. Stick to my budget :/
5. Get engaged in the word of God every morning

Ambitious I know, but I have every reason strove for being the best I can be.

    Christopher Hopper · 8 Jan ’14 at 11:06 pm

    I like those a lot! Totally doable! Rooting you on, man. Good stuff.

Ryan Paige Howard · 9 Jan ’14 at 2:04 am

I do New Year resolutions every year. I know some people hate doing this, but I always enjoy doing these at the end of every year, even when I don’t succeed at my resolutions from the year before, in no way does it make it a bad year. Other things just filled it up, many times better things. So here are a few resolutions I plan for 2014. Fail (expect for number one and two ) or succeed, it shall be a great year.

(1) Publish TROH by the end of the year. Yes, this has been on my New Year list for the last three years, but this year I mean it. It’s coming out! It has to come out! Please feel free to hold me to it… no threats though. If anyone would like to stay up to date with it and really hold me to it here is my facebook writing page

(2) Visit “in person” a very dear friend of mine. She has been a HUGE blessing in my life and it’s pretty neat how deep God’s heart has been in it all.

(3) Start blogging again. 2013 was a sad year for my blog. Talk about slacking. January shall be packed full of book reviews and giveaways. First one is already up . I also plan on writing some inspirational post again. Anyone have any topics you would like me to write about?

(4) Start a book cover art business. I’ve wanted to do this for some time. I REALLY want to make epic, yet affordable cover art for self-published writers. Too many self-published books look bad. Their story can be wonderful, but their cover art keeps people away. Anyone interested… feel free to send me a message on it. I’ll be posting more about this soon at my blog and facebook page.

(5) Go on a medical mission trip with Hand of Hope. I’ve been blessed with the
knowledge of an RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) license. I would love to
bless others with it. I’m not sure if this will happen this year, but I’m going
to try to check it off my list. 😉

Your resolutions sound wonderful Mr. Hopper! Greatly looking forward to some
non-fiction books by you. I hope you and your beautiful fam have a wonderful
2014. Thanks for sharing some of your resolutions. God’s care on your writing.

    Christopher Hopper · 9 Jan ’14 at 6:59 am

    These are AWESOME, Ryan! You simply must attend to them. So much incredible life to be lived here because of them. I love reading them because they truly represent a great cross section of your dreams and ambitions.

    As for blog topics, I’d love to hear a little more about your thoughts on the topics of pursuit and dedication; that dental license is no small feat.

    Jennifer and I will be in the mountains of central Guatemala next month. Our teen & college group is going down first the week before, then we’re arriving for a conference. While we offer nothing medical, our hearts have fallen in love with these wonderful Myan people.

    I’m holding you to all of these, because I know you’ll hold me to mine.

Mike Kim · 9 Jan ’14 at 2:23 pm

I can’t wait to read more of what you write, both blog and books. I’d love to hear about your writing process (you should blog on it)…

– do you have a daily word quota?
– show us all how to REALLY use Scrivener
– show us all your gadgets and widgets and tools
– do you write in the morning like Stephen King and imagine monsters frolicking in the fields of NNY?
– do you mindmap the worlds you create and then tell the kids the stories at bedtime?


But seriously, you have a million things you could write on…

    Christopher Hopper · 9 Jan ’14 at 2:26 pm

    I’m officially going to use these as blog post impetuses. You’re such a catalyst!

Scarlet Raptor · 4 Aug ’15 at 6:22 pm

Well… You didn’t quite get the book goals out. 🙁 I’m still hanging on that cliffhanger…

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