Thought for the day: Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right. [Oprah Winfrey]
First off, Happy New Year!!! Now that the ball has dropped, the champagne's gone flat, and the resolutions have been broken, it's time to face a new year of endless possibilities. Let's try to carpe the heck out of every new diem, shall we?
As you can probably tell by that nifty badge on the left, it's that time again.Time for our monthly IWSG posts. As always, thanks to our fearless leader, Alex Cavanaugh, for founding this fine group, and
thanks to all the other nurturing guys and gals who've helped turn it into the thriving community it is today. To join this super supportive group of writers and to see links to other participating blogs, please go HERE
As Mark Twain said, Now is the time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them.
Me? I don't make resolutions. I mean, why set myself up for failure, right?
As exhilarating as the idea of a blank slate may be, there's also something a teensy bit intimidating about it, too. Kinda like a blank sheet of paper... or a blank computer screen with that cursed pulsing icon urging you to WRITE SOMETHING, YOU MORON! (Or is that just my computer...?)
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God. [Sidney Sheldon]
Ah, but I'm an optimist. Let's all make the most of this shiny new year, shall we? Let's dazzle ourselves.
Whether you're an optimist or a pessimist, 2018 is now officially kaput. Perhaps the champagne bottle is empty and the candles extinguished, but there will be other bottles, and hope can always light the way, if you let it.
And you know what? If you think about it, what lies behind us doesn't really matter all that much, and neither does what lies before us. When you get right down to it, the most important thing is what lies within us. For all of you, I wish that to be peace and joy. Here's to a successful 2019 for all of us!
Okay, let's take a quick look at the question for this month, shall we?
What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
Hmm, just having someone acknowledge my writing is pretty darned exciting. I suppose my favorite thing would be when they ask me anything about the characters in my book. Hearing other people discuss something I've written at a book club or whatever is absolutely thrilling. Makes me want to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming. (But not too hard. I'm old, and I bruise easily.) Least favorite? Hmmm, that's a toughie. Maybe being asked when the next book is gonna be released like a day or two after one is published. Geez. Gimme a chance to enjoy it, willya? HA. Just kidding. I don't think I will ever tire of people talking to me about something I've written. It's a sort of vindication, ya know? It might not pay the bills, but it feels pretty darned good.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man. [Benjamin Franklin]
No thanks, Ben. I'm pretty darned happy with the one I've got. [me]
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.