2016 is gone. It is over. Like it or not, it is time to accept that it is 2017.
I tend to make my resolutions in the fall during the Jewish High Holidays. I try to look at my last year with introspection, reflection, humility, and objectivity. It’s not easy. For me, it’s easier to do while spending hours in synagogue trying to think of something other than food. But this year, given the year that it’s been, I’ve done some self-reflection at the more traditional time. Here are my resolutions:
- Be happy.
- Be kind.
- Be thoughtful.
- Appreciate every day as a gift.
- Appreciate everyone who touches my life.
- Act against those who, no matter how hard I try I cannot appreciate, by making phone calls, sending emails, signing petitions, unfriending, or flat out ignoring.
- Read stories that make me happy, stories that make me think, stories that are inclusive and filled with tolerance and love.
- Write stories that show happiness, thoughtfulness, inclusivity, tolerance, and love.
As of a few days ago, my most recent project went out into the world. It is gone. It is over (until, knock wood, an editor asks for revisions). It is time for me to move on to the next project…And boy, do I have a doozy in the works! It is dark, ugly, historical, frightening, and timely. I am SO friggin’ excited to write it!
When I am working on a project, my desk tends to look like Albert Einstein’s.
As I finish one project and move on to another, I need to reboot my brain and my office.
I’ve spent the last month getting my brain organized to tell this story. I’ve even made an outline (not something I have ever done before and which may be the subject of some future blog post).
Most importantly, I’ve cleaned my office.
I’ve printed out maps,
created a playlist,
read a stack of books,
tracked down newspaper articles,
and printed out photos of what my characters will look like.
Now I am ready to write!
Like it or not, it is 2017. We are entering a new era. I am determined to hold to my resolutions. I am determined to write this story AND sell it because it needs to be told.
“I am one with the Force. The Force is with me.” Chirrut, Rogue One
May the Force be with you.