Friday, December 31, 2010

Dream the POSSIBLE dream!

Happy Holidays,  y'all. I hope the new year brings you many blessings. And speaking of 2011, it's that time again--time to make those New Year's Resolutions. When I was younger I used to make outrageous resolutions like, "This year I'm going to write the Great American Novel." Whatever that means...and I didn't write my first novel until I was 33. Better late than never, right? Or I'd commit myself to solving some sort of complicated mathematical equation, though I am not at all mathematically inclined. Or--and this is my favorite--I'd resolve to workout like a madwoman and starve myself into supermodel-thin shape not taking into account the fact that my figure is naturally more Marilyn Monroe-esque than Kate Moss-y.

Finally, over the past five years, I decided to make resolutions I had a hope in hell of achieving. In 2010, I resolved to submit a manuscript to Ellora's Cave and that worked out beautifully! In fact I have a new release coming out at Ellora's Cave on January 7th titled Love Game. Woo hoo! So this year, I'm going to keep building on my momentum as a writer and keep up with my healthy habits like yoga and controlling my sugar intake (not insane, borderline eating disorder habits).

But then I thought, why not take these reasonable resolutions one step further? Why not make a few resolutions I know I can keep to bolster my self-esteem even more? It's time to dream the possible dream! Here's what I've come up with:

1. When I empty the garbage can, I will immediately put in a new trash bag. I'm sure I can stick to this one...okay, 75% sure.
2. I will clean the lint trap in the dryer between each load.
3. I will no longer buy Men's Fitness magazine under the pretense of reading the articles. And really, if they wanted me to be able to focus on the content, why would they fill it with smoking hot, half-naked men??? I mean, look at the dude on the cover--even he's checking himself out!
4. I will no longer sneak a few grapes from the bag while finishing the rest of my shopping. I mean, I still have to taste one to be sure they're worth buying, but I will stop at only one...maybe two, but that's it!
5. I will not ogle my yoga instructor's ass...hey, I have to make one resolution I know I'm going to break. That's half the fun, isn't it? *grin*

So now it's your turn--what grand and not-so-grand resolutions are you making this year?



Renee Vincent said...

This was one hilarious post! My favorite was the Men's Health Mag. I do the very same thing! I get that mag all the time and my DH thinks it's so funny. People will come over the house and say "Hey Greg, how much was your MH subscription?" and he'll reply, "They aren't mine. Ask the wife."

But I'm not like you....I can't make a resolution to not purchase them anymore. It's a silly indulgence I'm not ready to give up yet. hahah

Great post!

Terri Talley Venters said...

In 2005, I resolved to read at least one Classic a year. I've kept that each year, but I admit, only the thought of a half-naked Brad Pitt got me through the Illiad.

In 2010, I resolved to write one chapter per week, so I could finish one novel per year. I kept that goal too. Except for the month after I finished my second novel, Body of Gold. I needed a break.

In 2011, I resolved to write at least one Short Story per month to post on my Blog. So in 9 years, I'll get through all 110 named Periodic Elements.

Now I'm going to go buy Men's Fitness and not feel like a perv.

Happy New Year Cindy!

Terri Talley Venters
Author of Carbon Copy

Shoshanna Evers said...

This year I'm resolving to start querying literary agents. That's doable :) Happy New Year!

Cindy Jacks said...

Glad to know I'm not alone, Renee! I'll still buy the mags, I'm just going to be honest about why I'm buying them ;)

Cindy Jacks said...

Awesome resolutions, Terri! I think I can get through the Illiad if I picture Brad Pitt :) See, you've helped me embrace the classics too!

Cindy Jacks said...

Go, Shoshanna, go! Good luck querying agents. They'd be crazy not to snatch you up ;)

Lily Harlem said...

Great idea on those men mags - why hadn't I thought of that??

I'm going to try and be generally healthier this year - try and beat that writers bum!!

Terri Talley Venters said...

And let's not forget my man Erica Bana as Hector! Happy thoughts!