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A Brand New Year

I never sit down and say "I resolve" at the start of the new year, but I always like to make myself a few promises and see how it goes. I did in fact end this year significantly lighter than I started it - I'll weigh in officially when I get to work and update accordingly - but naturally still haven't gotten that novel published. Or anything else. I did, though, finish two short stories and enter them in one contest, and I'm working on another. Of course, I haven't gone back and used the suggestions from the judges on the FIRST two stories.

I still don't manage my time very well. Or at all. I do manage to get up most mornings at 5:30 so I can get in a workout. I work 8:45 - 5:00. I get home between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., and try to get to bed by ten. These hours forever manage - I HATE it. I haven't yet gotten acclimated to getting home so late. As a result, I just don't get as much writing done as I used to be able to do.

I did manage to rid myself of a significant amount of junk. That process is ongoing.

In any case - Resolved:
I would like to get a trifle more organized, see above.
I still need to manage money a little better.
I have to find an agent. Or a publisher, but the more research I do, the more an agent sounds smart.
I need to lose about twenty more pounds.
I'd like to find more time for a lot of things. I just don't know how to manage my time wisely, at home or at work (although I do better at work).

On the whole, I think that's about it. I have reached a point in my life where I am content. I'm not exactly doing what makes my heart go pitter-pat, but I know I'm very likely never going to make a living as a writer unless I REALLY get a fire going under me, so I might as well keep my day job - it may eat up my physical time but it doesn't eat away my brain time, heart, or soul. I leave it in the office when I go home and pick it up when I get in, and it pays me really pretty damned well to push papers while I organize my thoughts, compose scenes, and think about my characters. All I need from it is the time to write ANY of that down!!! Of course, I just spent a three-day weekend mostly playing and goofing around, although I did finish reading some books (which suddenly has become a big accomplishment, FINISHING a book I'm reading), I goofed around with Photoshop for a while (GIP) but didn't quite finish the project (I'm working on modifying my emotionpics), and I watched a lot of TV (a full day of Twilight Zone, that's the way to spend New Year's Day!).

There's still a lot of food in the house, much of it snacky, but I made lime curd to go with the egg nog pound cake, and that'll finish off the baking for the season. For a while, anyway.

A Happy New Year to everyone! Since the start of the Oughts, the even years have generally been better for me - I'm going to work to make this "odd" year a great one.

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ljs
Jan. 5th, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
Lovely resolutions, some of which mirror my own! :-)

It just struck me that if I'm sending you and Barb cookies for Christmas, I'd like to be reading your LJ. [am a slow person sometimes] I hope it's okay that I've just friended you!

I'm Lori, by the way.
wildrider
Jan. 5th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
Hello! Yes, indeed, I'm glad you did! I've seen your name on our Christmas list for a couple years now! *g*

Welcome! I'm not as entertaining as Barb, but I'm trying!
cornerofmadness
Jan. 6th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
if you're still interested in that writer's group contact my friend at kablooey @ myway.com and put 'link' in the subject line.
wildrider
Jan. 7th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll give it a shot.

cornerofmadness
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
no problem and if you get in and find the group isn't what you were looking for won't offend me one bit if you don't stay. Don't want anyone feeling obligated. (honestly it will be nice to see more genre stuff. There's only about three of us doing it sadly)
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