So it’s 2014. I’ve done all the 2013 dishes, not because of any resolution to do housework, but because they were there and I was awake and downstairs alone and thinking about writing.
I gave up making “classic” resolutions years ago, but I think it was only last year that I really gave up secretly promising myself that I would do more of X, less of Y, the obligate habit- and health-related stuff. I have little control over my health, and the only promise I must keep making to myself is that I won’t set myself up for guilt trips.
But there are a couple of things I really want to do, starting now, because January 1 is as good a date to start as any:
1. Blog more. I often think “I should blog about that!” and if I still remember it when I get home (because I usually think it on the bike, or in the swimming pool) it seems too futile to warrant blogging. But then a blog is for futilities! (Er, unless you read “blogger” as “person who writes influential things on the internet about current affairs”, which I am very much not.) Also, it’s good free-writing practice, and I want to get rid of the feeling that all my writing must be useful, another way of setting myself up for guilt trips.
2. Finish the expletive-deleted book. I thought I knew how Jilan handled Lyse, but it turns out from what my backbrain came up with while I was immersed in roughly 639750 liters of lukewarm water that it’s Lyse who gets to handle Jilan. Admittedly also vice versa, but it was a bit of a surprise. This was yesterday (New Year’s Eve) but I didn’t remember what it was until 21:49 and I didn’t see my way to finishing in 2013, so I resolved to put the whole thing off until 2014.
3. Publish the other expletive-deleted book. This entails getting the cover into shape (with lettering), sorting out the front matter, and figuring out exactly how to do the donation stuff and perhaps even the ISBN stuff. The text has been in its final shape for almost a year now. I’ve considered Smashwords or some other venue like that but I want full control, [expletive deleted]. When it’s set up the way I want I may offer other writers an outlet, too. (Only people I know and love the work of! I’m not a free publishing company.)