Some intentions I am considering before making the full commitment to New Year’s Resolution.
Write for two hours every day. Exercise my writer’s mind. If my mind is a total blank, sit in my Writer Place for an hour and write some words even if they are crap. Email doesn’t count.
Read for two hours every day. Read books written by friends, recommended by friends, or writers getting a lot of buzz–like Stieg Larsson. Read magazines, The Sun, The Atlantic Monthly, as well as some magazines I’d like to write for, currently that is RV and travel magazines. Read some of the great blogs and forums on-line. I read Alon Shalev’s blog (http://leftcoastvoices.wordpress.com) every day. Alon is one of the few activists who is neither sarcastic nor hysterical, thus he is readable and suasive. Nathan Bransford’s blog (http://blog.nathanbransford.com), until recently a literary agent, currently a commentator for CNet. Great insights for the writers and wannabees. The forum, LinkEds&Writers group on LinkedIn.com
Is there a blog you are faithful to?
Hike/bike for two hours every day. Walk in Nature, cycle at lollygag-pace around some rural town, inhale, meditate, and get the good cardio thing going without having to think about it. Keep a bike log. Aim for 120 miles every month. Follow good bike-riding weather around the country.
Fuss with the coach for an hour a day. Houseclean, tidy, put away the clutter, fix something. Show the Jolly Swag some affection lest she get bitchy.
Park one day for every day I drive. Find something new at every stop: a new place, a new person, a new prompt to think and write about.
Never spend all day driving even if I am in highball down-the-highway mode. Three or four hours max. When just cruising, start the day by looking for the next stopping place, thirty miles seems about right. Hmmm how about this for a sub-title of the blog. “Seeing the country one zip code at a time.”
Avoid cities unless there is a damn good reason. The only good reason to go to a city, or one of the ‘burbs it overran, is to visit someone interesting who has a 28’ driveway. Imagine, a year without setting foot in a city. Lovely notion, eh?
Get to my 50th state, North Dakota.
Once a year play bridge with real people. Preferably with someone I know (are you listening Patty, Wally, Robbie?) or a pickup partner at a tournament. Is anyone doing the nationals in Toronto this summer?
Learn how to become a real bookdocker, to be out of sight and self-contained for a week at a time. Learn how to find where to boondock.
Blog twice weekly.
Be faithful to the C7, my critique group, pay my dues so they will be there for me when I am ready to publish.
Do have some resolutions forming in your mind? Writer’s goals? reader goals? cyclists’ goals? hiker goals? travel goals,? ACBL goals?
When I’ve written 500 words for the blog, stop writing.