For the last few years in my writing journey I’ve decided to take on New Year’s resolutions. Most scoff at setting goals at the beginning of the year like it’s begging to be broken. A fad some say. Pointless, others huff. I disagree. My resolutions have kept my determination high. They’ve challenged me to continue reaching for the seemingly impossible and hold me accountable to what I set out to do. Here are my resolutions for 2013:
1. Read 25 books.
Okay, I tried this one last year and I didn’t make it. In the beginning of the year 25 sounds like such a small number. Hell, I have 12 months to do it. How hard can that be? Especially if you’re friends with an overachiever who gets through 100 in a year. Yeah, I’m looking you, you know who. I’m getting back on the horse. I have a new plan. Usually I keep my writing time separate from reading. This year I’m going to incorporate the two when possible. Even though the resolution wasn’t written until now, I already have 3 books done in January. I’m off to a strong start.
2. Be more active on blogs.
I’m a lurker. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis. There have been fantastic articles, experiences, and stories, but for some reason I chicken out before leaving a comment. My paranoia about saying something stupid/cliché/misspelled/boring/unfunny/catty/unintentional/ridiculous/etc. keeps me from pinning anything. This year, I’m leaving my worry and my arrogance at the door and will try to engage with the writing community more.
3. Have good hair in a photo with Mikel Jollett.
I went a couple rounds with all sorts of Mikel ideas. Have a beer with Mikel, interview Mikel for the blog, or get Mikel to be my BFF were all considered. In the end I went with the most important and didn’t result in a restraining order. It’s a known fact I have not taken one decent hair picture with Mikel. Our shots came after the shows where I couldn’t control my need for dance. Each time, the show ends in a disgusting pool of sweat and terrible hair. Frizzed out locks and warped bangs for each of my pictures with Mikel. This year I hope to show some restraint and maintain a nice do for the picture. Then when I have the photos on my desk people won’t feel the need to ask who rolled me before I met the band.
4. Get an agent.
As I discussed in last year’s roll up, this is a simple sentence for a complex resolution. Every day I learn something more about the writing world. I go back and work on the craft with the determination I’m not giving up. Every year I believe this is the year. I gotta be right some time, right? Well, let’s hope so.
5. Do something daring.
Age brings many lessons. Lessons are the stepping stones of maturity. Maturity brings a sort of wisdom. All good things. Important things. It also brought a byproduct I didn’t expect. Fear. Crippling fear. Things like embarrassment, self-doubt, failure, edge their way into new ideas. “What if?” stamped out by “Probably not.” My fancy free feeling of “who gives a fuck?” from when I was 18 replaced with “I guess I should because I’m a responsible adult.” This year I’m channelling that fearlessness from my youth. I commit to do something out of my comfort zone each month. The intention is not to get arrested, but to free myself from limitations I create in my own mind. “Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
Wish me luck!