Monday, January 9, 2012

about those resolutions . . . .

Welcome to the New Year.

This is going to be a different sort of year for me than past years.

For one thing, it will be my first full year as a retired person.  That seems to be working out just fine, fine, fine.  (This is where I do a few back flips).

I'm finding myself more prone to just being quiet and doing a lot of pondering.  I like to ponder.


Sitting quietly and allowing thoughts to just wander is a luxury.  One I'm allowing myself more of.


And it's the year I'm truly going to try to stretch my wings.  To grow creatively.

And also try to learn to "just be."

It's the year I'll be attending my first Malice Domestic convention, which I am super excited about.   Some of my all-time favorite writers will be attending, Jan Burke is this year's Guest of Honor, Dana Cameron is Toastmaster.   And - a huge big major plus for me -  a woman I admire more than I can say, Elizabeth Peters aka Barbara Michaels, is being honored.  I would not miss this for the world!  I think I own every Barbara Michaels book published and re-read them all often.

I'm riding up to the convention on AmTrak.  My first experience on AmTrak.  I haven't been on a train since I was at Brandywine College and used to scoot around to a few favorite cities for the weekend - and loved it.  I'm pretty much through with planes, I think.  If I can't get there conveniently by car or by train, it's probably not gonna happen for me.  I worked in the airline industry for several years in the late 60s/early 70s and I remember how much fun it was; it is so far from fun these days that I've decided it's just something I'm not going to do.

This was year I gave in and made some resolutions.  Three of them.

One, to write.

Two, to read Julia Cameron's THE ARTIST'S WAY, and do the accompanying exercises.

Three, read David Busch's book about my camera and learn to use all its features.

So, nine days into the new year it may be time to give an accounting.

I'm writing.  Happily so!  I now have 48,214 written words.  Not that they're all great words, or even THE words, but it's a pretty decent start, I think.

I've been getting lots of questions about this new venture of mine, and I have to say, I'm surprised at how much interest y'all are showing - Thank You!!!

I'm not ready to say too much yet (isn't that bad luck, or something?), but I'll tell you what I feel comfortable telling you.  I started writing "The Book," in April of last year.  It takes place in the south (surprise!!  LOL!!).

Actually, truth be told, y'all are probably going to be sick to death of this book way before I ever get to "The End."

I'm reading THE ARTIST'S WAY, and have started doing the Week One exercises.  It's interesting.  Some of what she says is the sort of thing that makes me kinda itchy.  It's not my normal way of looking at things, or going about things.  I'm not one who puts the name "God" so "out there" in my normal course of conversation.  But.  At the same time, some of what I've read so far has resonated with me.  So, I'm going to continue and we'll just see how it goes.

Sadly, David Busch's book about my G12 camera is still sitting on my nightstand looking a little lonely.  But, it is after all, only the 9th day of the year.  There's still time!

The one thing that has suffered so far this year is my reading.  My "reading for fun" reading.  It's very unusual to have only read one novel in this many days.  I'm going to change that, or end up with a major case of the blues.

I hope all of you who made resolutions this year are feeling as though that's working out and feeling proud of yourselves.  And I hope you're all reading more than I seem to be!!!!!

Happy 2012!


Kaye said...

Pondering is good! Good luck with your writing, it does sound as if you are off to a wonderful start!

Eileen said...

One of your resolutions resonated with me. I bought a Canon T2i last fall and I really need to get a book and work with the camera. I had an EOS Rebel and I upgraded...And I think I'm going to get The Artist's Way and read it. And lastly, I read your reads of 2011 and bought The Recluse of Mill Creek. It was wonderful and I read it in one lump. Didn't go to bed til 2.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Kaye, hi! Pondering IS good, isn't it?!

Thanks for the kind words and good to see you here, as always!


Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Eileen - let me know when you get started learning about your camera. It might be just what I need to get me moving.

The Recluse of Mill Creek! Wasn't that some story?! I don't know how I even heard about it, but awfully glad I did. I love those books that keep me up till 2!

Mason Canyon said...

I think we all need to add a little pondering time to our lives. Sounds like a great way to reduce stress. BTW, we could never tire of hearing about "The Book." Nine days into the New Year and you're doing good on your resolutions. I think I need to make some.

Thoughts in Progress

Sam said...

"Pondering" is a good thing. But these days, I tend to fall asleep just when I'm doing my best pondering.

This is my last year of full-time employment (just 357 days to go), so I plan to do a better pondering job next year.

Can't wait to learn more about your book, BTW.

Maryannwrites said...

I really found The Artist's Way a great boost to my writing. Like you, I'm not that comfortable with "putting God out there" but I do believe strongly in our inherent spirituality and how that connects with creativity.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Mason, Hey You! Good to see you!

I "think" maybe the thing about making resolutions you can keep are to make them things that you really want to do, and even more importantly - that you're ready to do. Then it's a fun way to feel quite virtuous about yourself. Lord knows I love finding things to make me feel virtuous about myself! LOL!!

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Sam - Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! Yay, you - you are gonna love it! And you know what - you'll be surprised, I think, and how well that whole pondering thing will go without falling asleep (you made me laugh). I have loads more energy now than I did when I was working. I blame that whole energy drain on stress.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

Maryann, hi! I like the way you said "but I do believe strongly in our inherent spirituality and how that connects with creativity."

I agree, I think so too.

Plus so many people have told me exactly what you've said about how it gave your writing a "boost," that I have to believe there's a lot to it. I think I just haven't quite gotten to the point where I'm seeing that yet. I'll keep you posted!

Bobbie said...

Kaye, my very best wishes to you, going forward into 2012-Happy Whole Year! Pondering and feeling quiet, is something that everyone should have time for, it brings thoughts and knowledge and beauty unknown and unseen if one is hurrying too fast. Your photos will show that quietness, besides a great camera, one needs that inner 'eye' to see things a different way, or to see beauty in a freckle, or some such. A red crayon. Have fun with that camera, and with writing, it is your turn, Kaye! Ever forward.