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With more videos still to come.

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- I'm just still trying to figure out exactly what that might be -
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See you there!

Monday, December 26, 2011

A New Year's Resolution

I stopped making New Year's resolutions a long, long time ago.

And then, just a couple days ago, I posted two resolutions here at Meanderings and Muses.  But they're fun things, so are they still resolutions?  They're not at all those evil hard resolutions that mean sacrificing something you love - like ice cream, milkshakes, potato chips, pizza or chocolate.  Heaven forbid!  I know better than to make that kind of empty promise to myself.

The resolutions I make these days are fun and fulfilling, but things that I seem to get busy and "lose."  Lose the time, I guess, to do them.  But this next year, I'm going to try to plan my time better to do these fun, creative, fulfilling things and spread my wings a bit.

Especially with my writing.

And I'm going to put this quote up on my laptop as my screensaver in hopes that it will help me remain fully focused and committed to the novel I've finally started working on -

"The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work."

- Augusten Burroughs, author best known for "Running With Scissors, a Memoir"

Wish me luck!


Bill Crider said...

Good luck, and have fun doing it!

Lesa said...

Good luck, Kaye. Have you worked on that today?

Kay said...

Good luck, Kaye. I'll be in line to buy it when you get published :-)

Ramona said...

Good luck! A positive resolution is the kind worth keeping.

Maryann Miller said...

Great resolution. One that I think I will adopt, too.

le0pard13 said...

Best to you on this, Kaye. Good luck.

Vickie said...


Earl Staggs said...

Kaye, I'm so anxious to read that novel, I could just spit. But then Carol would make me scrub the floor.

Get at it and get 'er done, darlin'.

Best wishes to you, Don, and Harley for a happy and terrific 2012.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Great resolution. And my advice--put your pretty little behind in the chair in front of your computer and write, write, write!


Sylvia Dickey Smith said...

A NICE resolution! We'll be watching!

Jonathan E. Quist said...

I'm in there with you, Kaye!

Got to finish one of these novels some day!

Jinx Schwartz said...

Here's plan A: Shoot out your local cop's tires, you get locked up, et voila! no further distractions.

Plan B: Go to Mexico to your boat, no phone, no TV, and write. Oh, wait, that is MY plan.

Revert to plan A and good luck.

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Vicki Lane said...

Best of luck, Kaye!

Jenny Milchman said...

That's a great quote, Kaye, and personally I already consider you a writer. But I will eagerly await the mystery/novel you turn your head and heart to. I can't imagine the result will be anything but meaningful and thrilling.

Here's to the New Year!

Margaret Maron said...

Kaye, my mantra comes from an 1890s book of practical advice for housewives. She was talking about making good bread, but it works for writing: "IF PERSONS WITHOUT BRAINS CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS, WHY CANNOT YOU?"

You can do it!

Kaye Barley said...

oh, golly. How fun to come back to Boone after being gone for a few days, checking email and M&M and finding friends wising me well. Nice wishes from good friends rank WAY up on the top of my list of things that touch my heart. Thank you.