Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Daze After Christmas



I've never been one for making New Years resolutions. I tried, decades ago...but they all tended to end up broken within the first couple of weeks, so why bother?

I am, however, making plans. Setting goals for 2014, actually.

Early next year--sounds so far off when put that way, doesn't it?--will bring the publication of my first work of nonfiction: a memoir, not of writing and publishing, but of the most turbulent period of my life. Until a few months ago, I never wanted to even talk about it again, let alone write about it. I still hope I'm not making a big mistake....

Collin and I will also be publishing Sam's memoir. Yep, I'm talking about my parakeet Sam, who passed away in February 2011. I'm writing Sam's Story as I believe he would tell it. So far, so good....

2014 will mean big changes in my fiction writing as well--years ago, a fellow author told me she didn't understand why I wrote "serious" novels. She thought I was really funny and should write funny. Well, I'm finally taking her advice. Better late than never, right?

As for personal goals...hmmm. I'd have to say I'd be happy just to be able to walk without a cane or wheelchair again. Losing some weight will help the old hips and knees (emphasis on "old" here!). Exercise is also a must, I'm told. I'd like to be taking fewer meds by the time 2014 comes to an end. I'd also like to still have a pulse....

What are your goals for 2014?









18 comments:

  1. Congratulations on everything Norma and good luck with all your future plans both writing and personal. To your health!

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  2. Same to you, Evie!

    Collin got the badge from AUTHORSdB for the cover contest semi-finalists. He's going to add it to our book covers.

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  3. I must say all of your plans are mine !
    I have taken out my "book" lots of drawing little text, about my first Scotty Kirby and will work on it this year.
    When she died I sent out a story about her. The Ten Good Thing About Kirby. A received a lot of nice feedback. It was also a story that a friends child love to hear and would ask her to read it to him. So....
    Although now The Square Ones want a book too !

    Congratulations to Collin YeeHaw ! and yes of course, it should be on the book covers/jackets.

    A Happy and Fabulous New Year to you and Collin.
    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Of course the Square Ones want a book...and they deserve one!

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  4. A very Happy Birthday to you and Collin, Norma!

    And funny writing is definitely called for!

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    1. Happy Birthday?

      Funny writing will be a welcome change after the memoir....

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    2. Only now do I see my own mistake. A good old fashioned facepalm is called for....

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  5. I'm not going to make any resolutions this year Norma I'm just going to get on with it..haha! yeh right, like that's going to happen :) I think your fellow author friend is spot on, you would right a brilliant funny book, you often have me chuckling as I read! All the very best to yourself and Colin for 2014, may all (or at least most) of your dreams come true.

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  6. Happy New Year Norma. May your plans be even more wonderful than you planned!

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    1. Thank you, Lynn...and a wonderful 2014 to you as well!

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  7. Happy New Year!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  8. Mine are the same as usual..undo the damage I did with Christmas cookies and get my finances in order. Best of luck with yours and Happy New Year!

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    1. I believe you and I are in a rut, Krisztina!

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  9. Great goals, Norma! I just went to a mini-lecture on how stepping outside of our comfort zone is what will help us to grow and change, otherwise, we just settle. Sounds like you'll be changing lots this year! All the best!

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    1. And to you, Carla! So far, so good...thought it is only a week into the new year. Lots of time to fail....

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    2. But lots of time to succeed, too! :)

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