Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We all watched the ball drop in Times Square last night on TV just like we have in years past. We dusted off the fancy stemware glasses and poured sparkling cider and grape juice for everyone to toast in the new year. After we clinked our glasses together and drank the bubbly, we all began sharing our resolutions. I won’t name names, but some wanted to lose weight or get in shape, some wanted to make better grades in school, some wanted to spend more time working on their animation skills, and then there was me. As usual, by the time I stopped listing mine everyone was listening to Jimmy Buffet belt out “Margaritaville” and Bekah and I started dancing. What else can a girl do? I always dance like no one is listening! Or is that watching? Oh well, same thing.

Gosh, resolutions, I do have some. I would like to finish the cozy mystery novel and I’m hoping that some of my readers would like for me to do that too. I need to finish the sequel to Penguins in the Basement. If I could write some more short stories so that I could enter some more contests or submit them for publication, that would be great. Oh, and I heard that the University of Iowa is going to have another class this year and this time it is all about poetry. I really would like to do that too!  By the way, I did finish the “How Writers Write Fiction” class and even got the certificate to prove it. It was a great learning experience. I was able to spend a lot of time writing, discussing writing, critiquing, and being critiqued by wonderful writers from all over the world. And with any free writing time that I find, I will be continuing my work on my autobiography. Whether or not anyone else will ever want to read it, I want to write it anyway. I have found that writing about my own life experiences is very cathartic.

What about you?  Have you made any resolutions? Don’t be afraid. Go ahead and do it. I have seen the warnings about how you should not make resolutions because you might not follow through and then you will be disappointed. I call malarkey! That’s right. It’s a great time to reflect on last year’s accomplishments and focus on the new year’s goals. I never think of it as a contract, only as a plan, and plans are subject to change, and change is as inevitable as new year’s resolutions.