Today is my first day of work at my new job. While I officially quit my 9-5 programming job last Friday, my new job is free of hours and totally run by me. That's not to say it's a free-for-all, lazy, sit-in-front-of-the-couch kinda job. HELL NO. I'll probably be working harder than I did at my last job, honestly. The idea is to focus on my achievements this year and how I can build them into a sustained career. One of the main ways I plan on doing this is to get my ass back into the international memory competition scene and to make a stir over there. I'll travel to London this week, Germany next month, and China in December to make this happen. In the midst of all that, I'll be tackling other big projects. Some I can't share on here because I know my competitors read this and if they had any fricking clue about my idea, they'd be punching themselves in the face asking "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT??!"

Other projects though, I can elaborate on. I recently finished a book proposal about my Everest climb and how my memory saved my life in the Death Zone. A true story about my recent expedition mixed with all sorts of goodness about the journey I took to improve my memory and reach the top of the world. Anyways, the proposal is currently being distributed to a handful of literary agents. Hopefully someone will bite soon.

Secondary to my book is public speaking. I've done a number of talks in the past, all with amazing responses and reactions, and now I've been getting tons of requests to have my voice be heard in front of this company and that. Good stuff! I love talking and opening the minds of the people before me; it's such a great feeling.

Enough blogging. Gotta practice memorizing as many decks as I can in 30 minutes (aiming for at least 10 packs this Friday at the UK competition) and as many digits as I can in 30 minutes (aiming for at least 1000).