Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ring Out the Old?

I have never been a fan of New Year's Resolutions. I'm sure that has something to do with my resolve lasting a month, at most. Something about February always made any resolutions fly right out of my head. Mardi Gras, maybe? Then, six months later I would remember and feel bad about not following through. I hate feeling like I've dropped the ball.

Last year, some friends and I decided to change the way we do "resolutions." Instead of saying what we're going to do in the new year, implying that there was something wrong with us or the way we did things before, we decided to discuss all of the great things we accomplished in the new year, as if they had already happened. Each person took a turn saying how great their year had been, and all of the fabulous accomplishments they made that year. It's hard to stop once you get on a roll, and it's hilarious to hear what starts coming out of your own mouth when you're not thinking about it.

I'll start by saying how fun it was to participate in Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge. It was so much fun to come up with a new picture book manuscript each month. I was really impressed that I was able to get those all completed and finish the first draft (and first-round revisions!) of the YA novel I was working on as part of my last lesson in my ICL course. And let's not forget how awesome (and inspirational and challenging and fun...) it was to complete an application to Clarion and get to go to the workshop this summer! I'm sure it was all possible because of the writers' group that Karen Buchholz and I started at Celebration Spiritual Center. I got so much more done as part of a diverse group than I would have gotten done on my own! That's just the tip of the iceberg, though - 2012 was such a great year!

What about you? What did you do in 2012?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

All I Want Is...

Dear Santa,

I've been (mostly) good. I started lots of projects and even finished a couple. I posted almost regularly on my blog (until November, when I dropped off the face of the earth). But look, I climbed back up, and I'm writing and posting and only procrastinating a little.

For Christmas, I'd like a little more focus. I'm doing my best with the one I have, but it's kind of slippery, and I lose it a lot. Maybe I just need a bigger one. Ooh, or maybe one with handles! Then I could hold on to it long enough to finish this workshop application, or work some more on one of these novels I've started.



So that's it - my letter to Santa this year. I really need that focus I asked for. I've got a lot of projects that I want to FINISH next year, and I'll need focus to get them accomplished.

What would your letter to Santa look like this year?