Blogging Into a New Year

I like to think that the reason I dread the holidays is because of Christmases past. I tend to over-analyze things and since many a Christmas found tension in the house from my parent’s less-than-ideal marriage and my grandma taking over my bedroom and leaving it with a stale smokey smell, the truth of why I dread Christmas is probably more simple. I don’t like it when it’s over. After weeks of searching for the best presents, singing Christmas songs with the rat pack, and looking at houses covered in electric brightness, the idea of slowing down and facing a more normal day is rather anti-climatic. The house is left with a tree losing all its needles, empty boxes of See’s candies, and wrapping paper that was once filled with possibilities now lying flattened and torn on the floor.

But, I love the possibilities of a new year ahead and the wonder of what each day may bring. You see, I love goal-setting. I enjoy (mostly) watching my children learn new things and grow into their personalities and abilities. This last year was yet another year of change for us. We moved to yet another new town, bought a new house and had to make new friends again. My kids had a great year. My husband had a great year professionally. I finished my children’s writing course, but didn’t complete my goal of having a children’s story published. I can’t say I gave it my all though. I spent the year avoiding “rejection,” which meant not sending my writing out there enough times. I probably sent out 4 stories this year. I have one that was just recently sent out. I should be on a more aggressive pace–at least if I want to be published in a children’s magazine. I spent time fearing failure instead of searching for possibilities.

I am a Will Smith fan. Of course I’ve never met him and don’t know who he is personally; however, I like the person I read about and he has said many inspiring things. I hope to meet him one day. Yes, I know that is a fat chance. I do have a niece that goes to school with his oldest son — so maybe? Anyway, I would like to focus on one of his quotes as I face this new year:

“Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

I would like to think I’ve been at least sitting there writing in 2008, but I haven’t been writing, just sitting. I know I’m on the right track with my writing and my jewelry business. But in 2009 I hope to get moving before I get run over. I will end this uncharacteristically solemn post with two ancient proverbs that I hope will inspire you towards a 2009 not focused on a broken economy, difficulties or past failures. 

“Fall seven times and stand up eight” –Japanese proverb

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors” — African proverb

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jackie
    Dec 30, 2008 @ 16:08:13

    Thanks for stopping by– looks like we have a lot in common! A writing friend of mine once made it her resolution to get *more* rejection slips. Her thinking was that everyone gets rejected, but that getting rejected at least means that you are making the effort to put your stuff out there. Also, she said each rejection slip was a chance for you to learn something more, either about that submission or that market. If you send your three best stories to that one magazine and they all get rejected, then that magazine is clearly not the right place for your work, and you can redirect your efforts.

    See you around, and good luck!

  2. rjlight
    Dec 30, 2008 @ 17:40:24

    jackie — thanks for your comment. The more rejections you get the more chances of a yes. I sent off two in the last week so we will see. One was a new one and the other article was revamped and edited and sent somewhere else!

  3. diesel
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 19:38:16

    I’m hoping to really get my writing in gear this year too.

    I have to ask, though, what the hell do the Africans know about sailing? Where there some great African sailors that I don’t know about?

  4. rjlight
    Jan 04, 2009 @ 18:03:27

    diesel — thanks for commenting. As far as the sailing quote — the ocean is all around Africa so they have to learn if they ever want to leave, right?

  5. meleah rebeccah
    Jan 06, 2009 @ 08:29:05

    I tend to feel sad after the Holidays are over too. After all that hard work and all the company everything seems too calm and quiet when its over.

    Congrats on finishing your children’s writing course! You did A LOT last year, maybe THIS YEAR you will send out more stories to more places!

    “I spent time fearing failure instead of searching for possibilities.”

    Oh I know how THAT goes.

    You sound really motivated and like you are on the right path, so DONT GET RUN OVER!

  6. Becki
    Jan 15, 2009 @ 10:43:06

    I like the Will Smith quote. I’m not sure what track I’m on, but I’ve definitely been sitting there, and definitely getting run over.

  7. rjlight
    Jan 15, 2009 @ 12:46:28

    meleah — thanks for the congrats. I sure hope this year will be a year filled with my stories in magazines!

    Becki — thanks for your comment and coming over. I think we all get run over at times.

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