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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

No Resolutions

I'm not good at New Year's Resolutions. But I do like goals, or at least thinking about goals. Especially the first week in January.

Because I have such eloquent writer friends (one of whom I actually know as an in-person, flesh and blood friend), I'm going to let them say what I've been thinking. I could not have written it better myself.

From fellow 2012 Debut Writer, Caroline Starr Rose (whom I truly hope to meet this year), good thoughts on Jumpstarting Your Writing in the New Year, with a reading list of craft books. Here's the link:

While you're there, check out her previous entry, about Goodreads and the public life of writers/ readers.

Irene Latham's first book, Leaving Gee's Bend is still one of my favorite historical fiction novels. (Her new book is on my list to read!) She, like Caroline, is a poet, so it doesn't surprise me that she chooses one word to guide her new year.

Read her blogpost about ONE LITTLE WORD  here:

Now, what could MY word be? Thinking! Hmm. Thinking? That's not my it, but it well could be.
I'm leaning toward PONDER because I've always liked that word...

And my Tampa writer buddy, Rob Sanders goes with Three Words:

Are we all thinking of new beginnings? Tossing out old calendars, expired coupons and cans, shoes that don't fit? Cleaning out the Junk Drawer and the window sills, donating to our libraries and our friends the books we know we'll sadly never read.

For me, 2012 will be hard to beat.
But here's to 2013!

Each year I toss out my previous year's Quaker Motto Calendar and hang the new one over my desk. But before I do that, I reread the quotations and often use the backs of the pages for notes. Here's an old one that seems particularly appropriate for the New Year, for writing, or just for moving ahead in a busy world.

If you're still with me here, this could be your lucky day. I found an extra 2013 Quaker Motto Calendar hiding in my stash. Leave me a comment and I'll draw a name tomorrow evening (January 3, because everybody needs an inspiring little calendar ASAP) and send it right off.


Caroline Starr Rose said...

Thanks for including me here today! I hope this is the year we meet, too. And I love that Irene.

I'd love a chance to win your calendar. xo

Katy Manck, MLS said...

Hooray for paper calendars! I do love having calendar on my phone & computers, but often just need to look over at the one hung near my desk to see the whole month at a glance.
Thanks for inspirational words!

Allison Jackson said...

Love the word "Ponder", too, both for me and for my students. I, too, am pondering what my OLW will be....hmmmm.
Loved turning the calendar page to a new month, new year, new possibilities??
Thanks for a thoughtful post, and Happy New Year to you!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

I'm still pondering, too . . . ;-) Maybe because I have too much to think about! Ha! Thanks for the links!

Augusta Scattergood said...

Hang on! I think I may have 4 calendars. One for each. I'll be back in a day or so to let you know. Back soon.

PragmaticMom said...

Happy New Year. I am using electronic calendars these day .. no room for paper ones. But enjoying reading your resolutions!

Irene Latham said...

Ponder... I like it! xo