We’re gonna party like it’s two-oh-oh-oh-nine!

Happy New Year, everyone!

(Yes, I know there are too many oh’s in the title. But that’s how many syllables there are in the song!)

You know, I like New Year’s traditions. I watch the ball drop, I drink my sparkling grape juice, and I kiss my guy. However, I go back and forth on whether or not to make resolutions. Like everyone else, I have a hard time keeping them.

This year, though, I decided I should make one, and only one.

WRITE MY HEART OUT

We’ll see how it goes. (You’ll see how it goes, if you read my blog this year!)

What about you? Did you make any resolutions? Care to share?

Either way, I wish you all a very happy 2009.

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  1. Funny, I thought about that, too… the resolution dilemma. It’s like setting it and NOT keeping it gets us “used to” not keeping it and makes it more OK to break it in subsequent years, but I think this year I’ve decided on a single resolution, also. It sounds like a “dur” statement, but I just wanted to _be better_ this year. Better about keeping up with the little things that only take a second to do, but seem to have little impact. But all those little things, with their tiny impacts, add up to big effects in the long run. (As simple as putting the cap back on the toothpaste!) I find it tiring to keep up with the commonplace things, but often regret the cumulation of that laziness. We’ll see! It’s a simple resolution, but hard at the same time.

  2. Mary

    I have a confession to make. I actually kind of dislike New Year’s. I mean, it’s a nice idea and all, but the only good ones I’ve ever had are very, very recent. Before I had Amiel to hang out at home with me, it was always so disappointing that I never really had anywhere to go or anyone to spend it with.

    So I don’t really put much stock in the holiday as a whole.

    I also don’t make New Year’s resolutions, in part because I have such a hard time keeping them. But they also feel rather artificial to me. I’d rather not restrict my resolution-making to one day a year, and just make them whenever I feel they are necessary. I’m more likely to stick with them if I make them on an as-needed basis.

    But hey, none of that stops me from wishing you a Happy New Year! I wonder how long it’ll take all of us to get used to writing “2009” instead of “2008” :)

  3. i love your resolution. Glad to have met you in 2008 and looking forward to 2009.

    phhhst’s recent blog post: Spin Cycle: 2009 “Resolutions” and Positiviality

  4. Albie-
    Does that include being better at waking up early? :P No j/k. I think that’s a good resolution. We all have to work on things, right? Why not take on one bad habit a year?

    Mary-
    Haha, I’m sure you’re not the only one who doesn’t like New Year’s. And I totally agree that restricting resolutions ot one day a year is silly. We should be making resolutions every day!

    That said, humans are silly, myself included, and I think the idea of a “clean slate” or “new leaf” is really helpful to motivate people, even if it’s just a mental trick.

    Thanks for the good wishes, despite your dislike of the holiday! I’m sure it’ll take me at least a month to get the year right. :P

    phhhst-
    Ditto!

  5. Les

    I dont keep resolutions but writing sounds like a good one to me!

  6. Les

    oh and if you’re looking for more ways to waste time in between writing, I’d suggest here:
    http://community.compuserve.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=start&webtag=ws-books
    It’s primarily based around Diana Gabaldon’s style of writing, but there are quite a few published authors running around and lots of good advice to be had.

  7. Cool, thanks so much! I haven’t read her stuff but I did read a couple interviews with her on Writer Unboxed.

  8. Great resolution, Kristan!

    Me, I’d like to keep learning and get a solid draft of book #2 finished by the end of the year. And stay sane when book #1 is debuted. :-)

    Therese Walsh’s recent blog post: New Year’s Resolutions

  9. Haha, I’d love that last problem. ;)

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