Friday, January 14, 2022

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?

 

9 comments:

  1. About the same, Debra ;) Actually, I've done a lot of housekeeping not just in my home but on my personal blog 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. 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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    1. I love the way you think, Saralyn :)

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    2. Agree with both Donnell and you. It just feels so unproductive or confused.

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  3. 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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    1. I think you are right, but I just passed the 700th game of solitaire

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  4. Things will fall into place, just be patient. Love your writings. Keep the faith. Love and hugs and stay safe.

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