Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

Okay, okay, I know I'm a day late.

That bad a hangover, eh?

Oh, come on, you know I don't drink.

Yeah, and a bear doesn't--

Hey, this is a G-Rated blog. Watch your language.

Fine. I'll just go over here while you prattle on.

Thank you. As I was saying, I know I'm a day late. I did honestly mean to post this yesterday, but I remembered just as I shut my computer down, so, no posting. Hope everyone had fun and kept it safe.

I was up at midnight, but that's mainly because my sister calls every New Year's eve at midnight to wish our mom a Happy New Year. Plus, my city sets off fireworks and I'm close enough to the launching point that they would have woken me up if the phone call didn't. So I saw in the New Year and fell right to sleep.

Only did three things of great importance yesterday. Laundry, take in the outside decorations, and started my personal January WriMo. Yep, just like the official November NaNoWriMo, I'm doing my own WriMo in January. My plan is 30,000 words by January 31. So far yesterday, 1489 words. I spent most of December reading, revising and reorganizing my 2008 NaNo and came up with a handful of scenes. Probably not enough for 30,000 words, but hopefully more scenes will come to me as I write. This story has potential, and I need to keep at it. I'll be too disappointed in myself if I just let it go at this point. My local NaNoWriMo group should be starting write-ins this month, so that'll keep me motivated.

They're predicting snow showers today, the kind that gets little kids excited, but adults know that there'll be no accumulation. That works for me since I was inside all day yesterday and I need to get out today. Cuts into my writing time, but too bad. I need to get out! I'll probably head down to Front Royal, check out this great little used book store I know.

Hmm...New Year's resolutions. I usually don't like to make resolutions because they're so easy to break. I like to make decisions or promises. In my mind, they're harder to break. Plus, I have this real hang up about people who don't keep their promises, so I always try to keep mine. Also, as RT says:

...most new years resolutions end in failure. People hate themselves for failing at their resolutions, and then spend months in a depressive spiral of self-loathing and horror before giving up and resolving to try again later. That’s no way to spend your time! By the same token, making a difficult to achieve resolution is a sure recipe for failure.

Couldn't have said it better myself. So don't make resolutions that are doomed to fail. Make promises that you mean to keep. So here they are, in no particular order:

1) Study the New Testament. Not just read it, study it, learn it, and really understand it. It's one thing to read it, it's another to KNOW it.
2) Continue writing my story. Finishing it this year would be grand, but at the very least, I want to continue working on it, with the hopeful goal of finishing.
3) Lose 50 pounds. I need to lose more, but I think 50 is good for one year.
4) Improve my attitude at work. I get lazy sometimes, and I have a few issues, so I need to turn those around or...
5) Look for a new job.
6) Post to my blog more often. I can't have my loyal readers getting bored and find other blogs to read.

I may add to this list. We'll see. But I definitely won't be subtracting from it. I'll keep you posted as to my progress.

So ends my first posting of 2009. Have a great year, everyone and be safe!

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