January 2nd, 2007

Halloween Cat

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.