Things I Might Do Through 2014…Maybe.

This is my best friend, Salem, and I.
This is my best friend, Salem, and I.

I’m about twelve days late for this post, but ya know, procrastination had me by the hair as usual and I had some other writerly things going on, too. Like reviving an old manuscript and trying to see if it has any life left in it and making the painful decision to scrap yet another one, even though I love the story and the characters so much. I know, I know–we’re all only human and occasionally we all write something that sucks.

Unless you’re Stephen King or Danielle Steele or whatever. Wouldn’t it be nice to see what their resolutions for this new year were? I wonder…

But, here are mine. Sort of. Maybe.

1) I MIGHT write another novel. I don’t know that I definitely will. If I don’t, I may finish a few I’ve already started or maybe dig that vampire one out of the trash and dust it off. It may take me an entire bucket of red ink to get it ready to resemble anything reader worthy, but…well, there is no but. I don’t even know why I typed the but.

2) I might work on some short stories this year and maybe even some magazine things. I don’t want to limit myself to novels only and short stories are, well, short–I talk too much to write such short things. Which is why this would be a serious challenge for me. Wish me luck.

3) Lose a few pounds. No set amount, just a few. Why? Because heart disease and stuff. My dad and step mom had photos taken of my kids for me this year and had them all framed. That was what Santa brought me and it made me think. I really want to stick around long enough to warp my own grandkids someday, just like my dad warps MY kids now…It’s a heartwarming thing, ya know!

4) Make four baby quilts. One for my cousin’s cutie patootie little girl, Alma. Two for my other cousin’s twin boys, Ryan and Jacob. Oh, and one for my niece or nephew (coming to a maternity ward near my sister in July 2014). I’ve already got some blocks made. Just need to keep going.

5) Get organized and make a better writer/mother/crafter routine going. During my busy days, I’m a wife, mom, writer, crafter, and reader. Fitting all of those things into a daily schedule or routine is tough. And I’m not completely happy unless I can take care of these things daily in some way or another. Kids first, of course, and they take up most of my time as is. Wouldn’t have it any other way, but I do have hobbies.

6) Organize my garden a little better this year. Last year’s gardening was a test run. This year I know a little bit more about growing things and I can learn from mistakes made last year. It’s important to me. For what reason, I’m not sure. Gardening is therapeutic.

7) Fix broken relationships. I have a lot of friends I rarely speak to. It’s not because we don’t want to talk to each other, but because we’re all so busy in our own lives. That’s what happens when you get old (and somebody should really start warning kids about this before it’s too late for them, too!).

8) Move past the old and move forward with the new. This one is something I struggle with. I hold on to things and people far too long. I guess I could start in my bedroom because it’s a wee crowded. I have a tv stand, a dresser, a bed, a desk, a very large stereo, an old table style sewing machine with my new machine on top (though the old one inside the table still works perfectly), and a cedar chest. I also have clothes, two closets full of junk, lamps, shoes…All kinds of things in my room.

9) Reward myself for a job well done. Sometimes I forget to do this. We all do, I think, but it’s an important thing to remember.

10) Take more pictures. Of course, this will require the purchase of a new camera. I can do that.