Some resolutions worth keeping

First, the usual resolutions:

*Less binge watching; more writing.
*Less wine; more walking.
*Lose 20 pounds; gain more Twitter followers.
*Feed the kids more vegetables.
*Keep the bathroom cleaner.

Now some special ones:

I have a new book to write. Chapter One. . . . two exhilarating/terrifying words. After a year of editing and plotting, I feel like a bull behind the gate, one foot kicking at dust to bust out of the stall. This new book is number three of a trilogy. The beginning of the end.

*In 2016, I resolve to write the first draft.

Speaking of terrifying words: Querying. It’s time to knock on agents’ cyber doors again. Nothing makes you feel more like a real writer than receiving a form rejection letter in your inbox.

*In 2016, I resolve to be tenacious with my querying.

Finally, there are four words I’ve had enough of: Fear, Outrage, Judgment, Complaints. The biggest of which is FEAR.

Yesterday, my daughter asked, “Mom, what are you going to hashtag leave in 2015?” Those four words sprang to mind. Though they weren’t always spoken, they ruled 2015, the instigators behind breaking news, trending social media, inciting political rhetoric. Enough.


*In 2016, I resolve to:

1. Reject the onslaught of fear mongering.

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
—Isaiah 41:10

2. Ignore the new fad of being outraged.

“Seal up the mouth of outrage for a while,
Till we can clear these ambiguities.”
—William Shakespeare

3. Withhold judgment.

“Love is the absence of judgment.”
—Dalai Lama

4. Swallow complaints.

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
—My mother

Wish me luck.

And have a blessed and joyous 2016!

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