We All Have a Past, Present, and Future
Look at the face of a watch or clock. In it, we can see the hours already past, the present time, and even anticipated future hours. All in that singular dial.
A look at our lives reveals something similar to the clock face. On New Year's Eve, time is spent reviewing the previous year and what we didn't accomplish, or in enjoying the present moment of celebrating the coming year, or perhaps anticipating the singing of Auld Lang Syne as the clock strikes 12:01 AM and heralds in our future.
I'm not going to bore you with what I didn't accomplish in 2017 because to tell the truth I'm rather bored by it all too. Interruptions for a variety of things kept me from my writing and blog activities so not much was produced around here.
A Look at 2018
I'm not one to make resolutions, and I've even become hesitant about stating goals. However, in 2018 I want to do the following:
- Be consistent in writing about the craft itself here on the blog, sharing with you tips, software, and tools I have discovered, alerting you to possibilities for publishing your work, and sharing the transition from writing nonfiction to attempting my first novel.
- I may not post each week as the time for research and drafting my novel will be extensive. If the planets and stars align as I hope, I will post two or three times each month, with the newsletter coming out the third Wednesday.
- Support and encouragement among writers is an important part of who we are. I want to improve in this area by visiting their blogs and engaging more in commenting and discussion.
- Lastly, but most importantly, I need to be good to myself, both physically and mentally. Still faced with some challenges, there may be times when things don't go according to my hopes and dreams. When I need to take time away, I will.
Your Takeaway Today
If you take nothing else away from this post, take with you my heart-felt wishes for a productive and satisfying 2018 wrapped up in this quote from Thoreau: