The academic calendar has been a part of my life since age six. I still remember the excitement of the first day of school, new pencils, one new dress laid out on a chair, sometimes new shoes, and the anticipation of another year.
Once I was an adult, the new dress and the new pencils were no longer part of the picture--same old jeans, same pencils (though I do buy a new pen to start a new story). Still, the anticipation of another year is more than dresses and pencils. This time of year seems like the start of the "real" new year. And each year I tell myself this time I'll figure it out. I'll be organized. I'll be more focused. So, for this year my resolutions are:
- keep my writing desk clean (since starting this blog post, I read "The Writer's Room" in the Sunday New York Times, in which a number of writers show off their writing spaces and at least one says, "...like many writers I aspire to be a clean-desk person but admit the daily reality is very dirty.")
- read The Story of Charlotte's Web by Michael Sims
- keep a character journal--just a collection of possibilities--buying the notebook today
- follow the Ron Koertge rule and start my writing time with a poem
- follow the Phyllis Root rule and write a poem every now and then
When is your New Year? (I think any 365 day period can have more than one New Year.) And what would be your resolutions?