Belated New Year

I haven’t had the time to blog this month. Except for today–the last day of January. And even now, I’m rushing through this post as I’m getting ready for bed, just trying to make sure I at least get something up in the month of January. It’s funny–being a writer and having a blog, I feel guilty if I don’t write (especially fiction) and I feel guilty if I don’t get at least one blog post up per month–and so the past few months, I’ve felt particularly guilty because I’ve hardly done either kind of writing.

This brings me to my New Year list. You could call it a list of resolutions, but I think most people are always resolving to better themselves in some way throughout the year. These are personal wishes for myself that I always have in mind, but the new year gives me a reason to revisit and recognize them:

1. I’ll try NOT to feel guilty and anxious for not writing. And I’ll prevent that feeling of guilt by either sitting down and writing for one hour per week at least (start small), submitting work to literary magazines, or by recognizing when I actually just don’t have the time–and be okay with that.

2. I won’t buy any more books until I’ve read all the books I already own, waiting in the bookcase or on my Kindle  (unless it’s an emergency–avid readers, you know what I’m talking about).

3. I’ll continue to get at least one blog post up per month.

4. I’ll share my thoughts on each book I read, even if it’s just for the sake of catharsis.

5. I’ll remember that we are all perfect in our imperfection. And that we are always moving toward our goals, however slowly. Life is never static.

I wanted this post to be a little more uplifting because I have seen some terrific New Years posts about following your dreams and all that, but I also just have to be real about my thoughts right now.

Readers, I’m actually more interested in hearing about your goals, especially if any pertain to reading, writing, or creativity, as I know we all need motivation in those areas. Anything you’d like to share?


8 thoughts on “Belated New Year

  1. My goal for the new year is to create…. something….anything…. It could be art, food, the written word, or even just a window treatment!
    BTW, is that Florence through the window on the right? From the Duomo?
    Love reading your blog!


  2. BTW, I recently read two books by Author Candace Mallard. The Destiny of the Republic and The River of Doubt. I had heard an interview with her on the NPR Diane Rheems show. Both are great books that bring parts of our American history to life! Those were exactly what you had said… emergency reads


      1. Andrea! That’s a great goal. Send me pictures or word documents of anything you create. I’d love to see.

        The picture on the right was actually taken in Napa Valley. A few years ago, I went to California and did a wine country day-trip. That picture was taken at a winery called Castello di Amorosa, that has a castle built on the premises. So beautiful! I’m still figuring out what picture to use on this site, but I figured that was sufficient for now.

        I’ve never read those books, but yes, those sound like emergency reads for sure. I love NPR, by the way! I’ll add them to my Goodreads to-read list, haha.


  3. This new year, I’d like to write more…as usual. But mainly, work on publishing this children’s book! And writing more personal essays, short stories because I’ve decided that novels aren’t for me. 🙂 I’ve realized that deciding what you DON’T like/want to do, is just as important as figuring out your passion….And reading more books thru my book club.

    I really love that you share your thoughts on books that you read – I might start doing the same!

    Lastly, I’m still figuring out this blog posts – as far as what to blog about.



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