Resolutions? by Debra H. Goldstein

Resolutions? by Debra H. Goldstein

January
14. Two weeks since 2022 began. If you are like me, two weeks is more than
enough time to have broken every resolution you made or contemplated making.
That’s why, this year I didn’t make any resolutions. Instead, I decided to roll
with the flow.

 

How’s
that going? I’m not sure. I seem to be weaving down a lot of different paths.
Some of them are fun to explore, but many are dead ends. Of course, even when I
know which way I’m going, there have been many unforeseen obstacles ranging
from the soaring Omicron numbers to realizing my new sneakers look pretty but
don’t fit my orthotics and feet well for extended walking.

 

My
writing seems to be following the same pattern as my life. Instead of resolving
to write a set number of words a day or so many stories a month, I’ve been
letting the muse guide me. How’s that going? Not well. I’m playing a lot more
solitaire than I should be. What’s worse, I’m repeatedly surfing the net to see
if there are any unread news stories, touching human interest articles, or
exciting things reported by friends.

 

The
latter makes me happy for them; but, if they are writers, it also prompts a
little jealousy. Why are they getting things accomplished and I’m not? I guess they
made resolutions that they are carrying through. There are still fifty weeks in
2022. I think there’s still time for me to make and act on a few resolutions.
What about you?

 

10 replies
  1. Donnell Ann Bell
    Donnell Ann Bell says:

    About the same, Debra 😉 Actually, I've done a lot of housekeeping not just in my home but on my personal blog http://www.donnellannbell Help From My Friends Friday. Scheduled guests, got some terrific articles, and with COVID and Cathy's passing, I escaped into reading. Two days ago I got serious about book three of my cold case series and started an outline and realized what another formidable plot I'd undertaken. Fortunately Sisters in Crime member Kass Lamb appeared like a genie in a bottle and has been answering some intense psychological questions. I can't write until I'm sure the plot will work, and thanks to Kass, I believe it will. We all have processes. I believe you're engaging in yours. A writing coach once disagreed with the phrase "Writer's write." Some of them spend hours "thinking." What a concept, eh? (Sorry, wrote my own blog 😉 You got this!

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  2. Saralyn
    Saralyn says:

    Don't beat up on yourself, Debra. I count what you've been doing as research time, because if you shortchange yourself on the "thinking" part, you won't have a solid writing project to work on. So, hey, you're still writing.

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  3. Gay Yellen
    Gay Yellen says:

    A writer's brain is always at work. My guess is, playing solitaire is just one way to clear the cobwebs until inspiration strikes. Hang in there, Debra. That day will come. At least, that's what I tell myself!

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  4. Lynn McPherson
    Lynn McPherson says:

    I can relate! However, don't be too hard on yourself. No doubt Sarah Blair is on the move. When is the next one coming out? Looking forward to it!

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