Every year around this time I read blog posts, Facebook updates, and Instagram feeds that fall in either one of two categories: looking forward to the New Year with a resolution to achieve, or a pessimism laden rant on why resolutions don’t work.
If you fall into the later category, I challenge you to read the article that inspired me to start this blog as my New Year’s resolution two years ago, 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person. Originally written in 2012 by David Wong and published on cracked.com, it provoked such a strong response that they keep reposting it every year. It it’s some of the best advice I’ve ever read. In short, it challenges readers to ask themselves, “What do I do?” versus “What am I like?” and then focus on developing new skills while killing all the excuses that keep people from doing that.
To come up with my own New Year’s resolutions, I think of a big goal I want to achieve, and then a short list of the main actions I need to complete to achieve it. When creating my blog was the goal, my actions were set up a wordpress.com account and site, and post every day. Last year when I decided I wanted to get back into creative writing, I participated in Napowrimo, and participated in writing prompts hosted by other blogs.
This year my goal for 2019 is to join the Horror Writers Association as a full member, which will require being paid at least $25.00 for a published piece of work. So my actions will be to restart submitting my work to publications, maintain a spreadsheet of submissions/deadlines, and to adopt some of the tools and strategies that my fellow bloggers have mentioned worked for them on their own sites. I’ve gotten a head start by entering in a holiday haiku contest put on by Little Infinite, and would be very appreciative if you would vote for it here.
Do you have a New Year’s Resolution for 2019? I’d love to hear about it!
Strange Happenings This Week:
Humble Design is a nonprofit that assists individuals, veterans and families emerging from homelessness by furnishing their empty homes and apartments. They serve families nationwide and maintain warehouses in Detroit, San Diego, Chicago, and Seattle. They accept furniture and home furnishings at the warehouses in each city, along with monetary donations.
Rules of Civilty, by Amor Towles celebrates the thrill of living in New York City, and gives readers a mystery that begins at a New Year’s celebration between the end of 1937 and the beginning of 1938.
Wednesday, December 26- Jupiter rises nearly two hours before our star and climbs 10° high above the horizon in the southeast 45 minutes before sunup.
Tuesday, January 1st- BBC America is airing the Dr. Who New Year’s Day special, along with a marathon of past Dr. Who episodes in the week leading up to the special.