2013 was a remarkable year for me, and for many of you as well. I confess to being a little sad to see it go, but like somebody once said (I think it was Chaucer’s wife, but experts are of mixed opinions), “Time and Tide wait for no man.” So, bye 2013.
Welcome, 2014. Wonder what you’re gonna be like? Can hardly wait to read the headlines.
“Congress Republicans and Democrats Agree, pass long-needed legislation!”
“Peace treaty signed between Israel and Pakistan!”
“Scientist explains what makes women tick!”
I’m guessing, probably not. But hey, you never know.
So . . . made any resolutions? I mean besides losing some weight, working out more, spending quality time with family and friends, those old standbys. Looking for some ideas? Here are a few.
1. Read more. Used to be, people who had to wait read. Airports, doctors’ waiting rooms, waiting in cars for their kids to get out of school. Now the mobile device has rendered that obsolete. Now in your average airport waiting area, 99% of the travelers are staring at their phones. Yes, I understand, Candy Crush is so compelling. But that’s so 2013.
2. Read something different. It’s easy to get into a reading rut. 41 straight Sci-Fi novels, and picking #42. Try something different for a change. Maybe set a goal for 4 during the year.
3. Write. If you’ve never indulged in the dark arts, set a modest goal. A short story by Easter, a poem for your significant other’s birthday, and a 4-page memoir to send out with your Christmas cards. What the heck, you’ve always wanted to. 2014 may be the year.
4. Finish that novel. Bruce, this Bud’s for you. And SusanH. And Heather. Lisa and Nick. And a lot more of you I don’t know about. You’ve all positioned yourself to meet this astonishing goal. 2014’s your year. I can’t wait to celebrate with you. I’ll even bring the champagne.
I intend to finish 2 novels in 2014, although there’s a 50-50 chance that one is a rewrite. The first is a no-brainer: I finished Chapter 46 this morning, and the word count eased up over 89,000. Not sure what’s coming next, but I have a novel waiting to get out plus a hankering to rework Bradley Schuster and the Holy Grail and get it out there.
I resolve that my next novel is going to have a pet in it. Probably a dog, but it could be a cat. Not sure if they will have their own internal dialog or not; have to wait and see.
My friends, it’s gonna be a great year.