I know making resolutions for the new year is horrendously cliche, and about 90% of them are doomed to failure, but I’m going to do it anyway, and hope I have enough resolve in me to keep them. Nothing that will change the world, but will hopefully change me.
Firstly, I need to fix my posture. Because GOOD LORD, I am a real sloucher these days. It’s terrible. This includes less “lay down on the couch” writing time and more “sitting in a good chair” writing time.
Next, I need to get out more. Just in general. Even if it’s just a solo trip to the coffee shop.
I will also be making an effort to be more organized. I’m actually not that bad with it, but I have a nasty habit of letting mail sit around for too long, so it piles up and then becomes a real chore to file/shred. I’m actually sitting next to a pile of unsorted mail right now!
But more than anything, I want to get another book out. 2017 was a less-than-stellar writing year for me, as I didn’t produce anything of substance except for a manuscript I’ve been trimming and editing for over a year. Now that it’s finally taken a more complete shape, the fiddling and messing around with it will soon stop, and I have angled my hopes to set sail for 2018. No more fear, no more doubt holding me back. I want to have a much more productive writing year in 2018, and it’s all on me to make it happen.
I also want to see at least 30 films in theaters (no repeats!) and read 110 books.
2017 was a rough year for me, though I know it was even rougher for far more people. I don’t intend to change the world in 2018, or make miracles happen or anything too dramatic. These are just small personal changes that I look to make as the rough edges of 2017 fade into the distance, but if I can accomplish them all, I hope it will mean that I can look back on 2018 with pride.
Happy New Year, all – and if you’ve made a resolution for 2018, I hope you have the resolve to stick to it.