Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Resolution or a Promise? ~Happy New Year - 2010~

The PromiseImage by vandan desai via Flickr

The promise of a new beginning, a new hope, a new dream. That is what the New year brings to each and everyone of us. Most of us make resolutions that never see the light of day. Or we may give it a heartfelt try, however, by January 15th, our firm decision has crumbled. I know, this isn't news. We've all been there and we all know about losing the "conviction of our resolve". I am going to try something different this year. Instead of New Year "resolutions", I am making New Year "promises". I have always worked much harder at keeping a promise than I ever have at keeping a resolution. I'm not sure why that is, but it may have something to do with the fact that a resolution is something we decide to do for ourselves and is, almost always, expected to be broken. A promise, however, is something we make to another and in doing so, becomes more important. Well, this year I am making myself that important "other" and making promises to me.

I would love to make a promise to bring world peace, feed every starving child out there, and give every homeless person a warm and safe place to live. If I thought I could accomplish those things, well.....maybe next year! But, for this year I have two important promises to make to......me. :-)

The first promise to myself is to take care of my health and this means dropping the excess weight. So, paying more attention to proper nutrition (which may mean giving up my comfort food), starting a consistent walking program (which will give me less time on the internet) and consistency in both are key. I know, it doesn't sound like much fun, but will be worth it in the long run.

The second promise is to spend more time on my writing. I want 2010 to be full of short stories, poetry, and the two novels, of which I have the first drafts completed. My goal is to have one or both of my novels ready for submission by the Spring of 2010 or at the very latest, Summer of 2010. Now, this does sound like a whole lot of fun.

Well there, I said it publicly. How could I possibly not keep my word to myself with the whole world watching. OK! Maybe, not the whole world, but my twitter friends and family, who are the whole world to me.:-)

Wish me luck and let me know what "promises" you've made for the New Year!













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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas to My Twitter Friends

happy christmas everybody!Image by allerleirau via Flickr

I had no idea what Twitter would do for me as an aspiring writer. Soon, though, I found out how welcoming the writing community can be. It was last June or July, (can't remember which) that I began tweeting about my aspirations as a writer. I have met so many wonderful people who share the love of writing and reading and feel that a whole new world has opened up to me.

Something I have always wanted to do and believed that I could do has become a reality. I am now a writer. I have very much work to do in perfecting this craft of writing. I am no where near the writer I would like to be, but I can see the possibilities now, because of my dear Twitter friends. I have never met a more supportive group in my lifetime.

@writingspirit @markdavidgerson @Wisneski @mdemuth @Donna_Carrick @Alex_Carrick @KCBOOKS @AuthorGabrielle @MichaelHyatt @PublishingGuru @RachelleGardner @johannaharness @janineShepherd @gtakamiya @LisaCollierCool @joe_roy @GargoylePhan @MissBeckala @jennienash @AnnArmbrecht @KMWeiland @heidi_stryker @Le_Shack @JaneFriedman @ClaraGillow @kbairokeeffe @christinerose @JodiCleghorn @Ghunibee @kuhlcat @groovymystery @jmstro @Doublelattemama @lauraeno @jonpinnock @Wendell_Howe @dlschubert @smilingwriter @DHeiliman @David_N_Wilson @inkyelbows @thewritermama @Peevish_Penman @lkblackburne @alisonwells @DebraMarrs @BooksByTara @TonyNoland @thehrgoddess @brianrathbone @righter1 @KristanHite @bradshorr @ireadiwrite @merylkevans @DavinaH @WriteSuzanne @JodiWhisenhunt @amysorrells @triciagoyer @AntSteele @Boolawoola @nixdesk @hank_phillippi @whenwelisten @joannayoung @MichaelPokocky @FlowerDust @SuzInIL @CafeNirvana @rightnowcoach @Trishryan @Veroniqque @CynLeitichSmith @bethlayne @MyleneDressler @recreate @Toltecjohn @louiejerome @Derek_Haines @EmApocalyptic @frostdevereaux @Annemazer @CyberDivaVA @rkuang @storyladies @CliveM @VarietyPages @jimsissy @JoeFinder @JohnBOlson @echogarrett @AnneTylerLord @techtigger.

These past six months, you have all touched my life in some way, directly or indirectly. Whether by an article or writing tip or life tip, or just inspirational words that you managed to put in 140 characters. One of you, (you know who you are) even gave me the opportunity to have one of my story's published on his site, www.jimwisneski.com, in a 12 Days of Christmas project on his Writers n' Writers site. And, then, there were those of you, who just made me smile. If I have forgotten to mention anyone, please know that this is my failing, not yours. If we have touched hearts, even for a second, you mean the world to me.

I want to acknowledge each and every one of you and say thank you to all.
Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!
And because of who I am, (and though it may not be politically correct) I must say
Merry Christmas!



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