Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 Resolution

Not cryptic at all, no...
And here it is, because I knew you all were waiting for it, my resolution to Make Lively Stories, Nurture Strengths And...

I don't mean to be cryptic. Here's a quick explanation.

This is based on the Six Word Story website. Go ahead and check it out. Back? Did you like the Hemingway story? There are so many possibilities in those six words, aren't there?  Okay, so back to why I do this.

The first half is pretty obvious -- "Make lively stories" applies to what I hope to write, but also to how I hope my year goes. I want to have some lively stories to tell or at least use in my fiction. This assumes I will be in the right place at the right time to gather or experience these stories, so we'll see how that goes. It's a resolution, anyway, to try to be there.

The second part, "nurture strengths" is a little more vague but a little more in my control. I can continue to be a better writer and a better manager at my day job. I can also continue to work hard at losing weight and that means eating less and exercising more. Both things I can do, and I consider them strengths. My weakness is that I can't continue either thing for an extended period so I end up in the roller coaster of loss and gain that most people experience. My goal for the year in this part of my resolution is to even out those peaks and valleys a little more. So by nurturing my strengths in general, I will be better overall.

Finally, the last word (with ellipsis) "and..." is meant to encompass everything else. It's mysterious enough to mean anything and that's what attracted me to using it this year. The mystery of the coming year is enticing, entrancing and enigmatic. What lies ahead? More of the same?

I don't know.

I based the design on the now famous "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster. The two stars superimposed over one another represent day and night, the sun and the stars. The dark blue field is the endless possibility of the sky at dusk, the white words are maybe clouds or the Milky Way if you prefer.

If you want to share your resolutions below in the comments, please do. If you don't do resolutions, tell me why.

So I wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year. I hope you have a great one. I know I'm going to try.

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