And a Happy New Year!

I don’t think I wrote my New Year’s Resolutions down last year, but I’m probably making the same ones again this year (and they will be here to haunt me on January 1, 2013).

Write More:  Our Hundred Word group starts a new challenge today.  We have eight or ten people participating this time.  The loop started on March  10, 2007, so we’re coming up on five years.  We’ve had people drop off and come back, and a few new ones join over the years, and I think everyone who has participated has benefitted.  I know I’ve been taking a holiday from my novel writing since I “finished” Bathtub Jinn over Thanksgiving weekend.  Without the impetus of the Hundred Word Challenge, and the definite starting date of January 1 (what could be easier to keep track of?), I’d probably drift along for another month.  As it is, I have a lot of editing to do on my existing manuscripts, but I think I’ve also got the opening of the next project.  In my head.  Next step, get it on paper.  Tonight.

Read More:  My friend Cheryl Bolen teases me a lot about my addictive book collecting, but that doesn’t slow me down.  I read 43 books in 2011:  16 romances, 7 mysteries, 9 science fiction novels, 6 mainstream novels, and 5 nonfiction books.  I bought at least twice that many, but that’s neither here nor there.  Back in the day, when I wasn’t working full time, I read a lot more.  Now I come home through Houston traffic and put my feet up in front of the TV set.  It’s harder to get lost in a book when you find yourself analyzing story structure and point of view, watching for typos and grammatical errors, and generally thinking more like a writer than a reader.   I’ve become a multiple-book reader in the last couple of years.  Right now I’m reading a mystery on paper (currently located on the shelf above my bed), a user’s guide to Facebook (I’m still resisting, but the book is on the coffee table in the living room), a mainstream novel by a friend (on my Kindle, currently on the coffee table but often carried in my purse), and a book on conflict and suspense in writing (also on the Kindle).  Those will be the first four books on my 2012 list.

Lose a Few Pounds:  Or at least stay healthy.  I lost quite a bit of weight a few years ago, and about ten pounds have found their way back.  My jeans are getting tight. 

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  1. Cheryl Bolen
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 22:02:56

    Now, if that isn’t anal, I don’t know what is! You’ve got to be the only person I know who can tell you precisely how many books you read in a calendar year. Oh, but you’re the one who’s kept a daily dairy for many, many years, aren’t you? When did you finally turn off the air conditioning for good in 1997? You’ve got it recorded.

    I am grateful and honored that three of my books contributed to your final tally for 2011. Thanks for reviewing them, dear friend.

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    • Kay Hudson
      Jan 07, 2012 @ 22:18:31

      I have at least one more of your books on my Kindle, Cheryl, just haven’t gotten to it yet. Surely I’m not the only person who keeps a book list, am I? Yes, I keep a diary (started in 1995–I’m on spiral notebook #39 these days) and I probably could find out when I turned off the A/C in 1997. And how much rain my backyard got that year. You mean this isn’t normal? I blame my mother–she kept lists of everything.

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