Well, the New Year is here. While I’m not normally one to make resolutions, this year, the time seemed right to do so. Of course, figuring out which goals should take priority isn’t always easy. But it was a heck of a lot easier than figuring out exactly what pedestrians are supposed to do when confronted with the situation pictured below!
The biggie for me this year is to up my physical activity and improve the diet. The last 18 months or so saw me moving backward in those areas, and the scale shows it. I did my best writing when I was more fit, and I’m sure that’s no coincidence. Physical fitness is also good for the brain. So my first goal should help me reach the second, which is to finish this manuscript I’ve been working on for too long already.
I didn’t do any actual writing in December, and I still haven’t started in January, but I’ve been running the story through my brain, especially while walking off the calories. Christmas gifts included Larry Brooks’s Story Physics and Story Engineering as well as a collection of books on writing mysteries. I’ve been going over them and thinking of plot elements and characterization. When I’m ready to put words on the page, the research and refresher courses should help me make good progress.
Of course, life wouldn’t be life without throwing a few curve balls at us, and I fully expect some detours will crop up during the year. I’m just hoping they aren’t of the serious variety. Also, my Facebook friends won’t see a lot of me in this election year because I cannot stand the diatribes, intolerance, and viciousness that characterize American politics. Sound bites and name calling are not going to solve anything. If any of you are brave enough to post about politics anywhere on the spectrum from left to right, you won’t see me commenting! I would much rather spend time with the manuscript and getting the new yard in order this spring. And hopefully getting out a few more blog posts that readers will enjoy. 😉 The next one will offer an easy way to support your favorite writers.
So while I’ve set out “the way to go” for the year, we’ll see where I’ve ended up come December 31st….
I hope 2016 is off to a good start for you. Have you set any goals for yourself? Or have you already reached the place you want to be?