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I suppose New Year’s resolutions are generally composed more or less at New Year’s. We used to walk around a lake in a nearby park  January 1 and discuss them, once upon a time. That was before our  household added an early January birthday to the roster.

Now, as far as I’m concerned, the holidays aren’t over until the second week of January.  And, rather than brainstorming them out of thin air, I guess you could say such resolutions as I have evolved, kind of organically.

I took a bit out of the Sunday paper last week and spun a story with it. The original plan was to turn out one a month, but I’ll shoot to get one a week.  I’ve already started another, however…Realistically? My dad is probably facing heart surgery this year and I have to move a freshman to college.  But I’m off to a decent start.

Resident Expert and I have both resolved to blog with regularity, no matter what hits the fan.  Another good start.

I plan to get out a query a month. Not shooting real darn high with that one, I’ll admit.  However, slow but steady beats out erratic, which is what I have been. Picked an agency, picked an agent. Have plans to re-read said novel and query letter and try again.  I can do this thing.

So far, I’m just using my basic blog site without actually moving in, hanging curtains, painting the walls, you know, making it mine. So, a time line for adding the extras will be finished by the end of this month.

Moving in will include having at least the first of my craft-themed postings out by mid-year.

Also, I hope to have at least one short work out there at all time.  That is a little ambitious.

I’ve already typed in a half of a novel for which I only had a hand-written copy. I will outline all of my notes for the rest of it.

I don’t know when I’ll finish my other novel series. Whenever I do, I suppose.











I didn’t work on craft things. I did come back with a short story, followed by a novella. The first is finished and in the revision stage; the second is nearly finished.

I’ve started this post a half a dozen times in my head: as a musing on the impermanence of things, taking as a starting point the fact that I cannot find some of the yarns that were in stores a  year ago, because knitting as a craze has crested;  as a consideration of loss, and confronting loss–which was already part of my vacation experience– followed by the news, when we returned, that one of my earliest and best supporters was entering hospice care.

I considered writing a humorous piece thanking Nathan Bransford for his blog about getting side-tracked and letting time slide between posts.  For one thing, his post was certainly timely, and for another, it would give me the chance to publicly thank him for years of sensible advice.

I had plans to incorporate more of the fun stuff. I hadn’t anticipated that my daughter’s last year of school would be quite so frenetic or so vulnerable to bouts of bittersweet retrospection.

I suppose I could have launched forth on the subject of working in a semi-detached townhouse between a neighbor  who is meticulously re-sanding his wood floors and one who possesses  not one but two yapping little dogs all of which may be heard in my basement retreat.

The closest thing to profundity that I seem to be able to wrest from all of this is that the same–forget profundity.

It’s this: You pick yourself up; you keep going.



So, How Much Is Too Much?


Like a lot of people, I have vacation plans this season.  I have to wonder though, how many of those people angst this much over what to pack.

I don’t mean clothes.

I tend to think of vacation as big long blocks of time in which I could do anything. So, should I take along an unfinished piece of knitting? I’ll have the time. Books I’ve always meant to read? Here’s one I haven’t heard on a writing site yet

Do you take writing work along?

Do you take those revisions you wanted to finished weeks ago? Do you take any writing materials? Or does that defeat the purpose of the whole venture?

I have this sort of creative, craft-oriented, story-related bag of  future blog stuff I could work on. It could be fun. Or, it could leave me feeling pressured to produce. I could use this as a great time to learn about incorporating that kind of material into a blog.

Or, I could just sleep the whole week.

Whichever it is, I guess you’ll be the first to know.