First dose of Creative Juice for the New Year!
- I can hear you.
- Eco-dyeing paper.
- Beautiful art quilts.
- The beauty of the American Ancients.
- What? You don’t have a 2018 calendar yet?! Print out a template, and decorate each month to suit your fancy! Lots of ideas here.
- Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe you could borrow some of these.
- Because I enjoy listening to Christian contemporary music, I was interested in this writer’s 25 best Christian albums of 2017. I’ve never heard of any of these artists other than Jeremy Camp.
- The best Christmas story I read in 2017. I know we’re done with Christmas, but read it anyway. It had me rolling on the floor.
- And yeah, I know, but here are some excellent suggestions for Christmas reading next year. You might want to bookmark this article.
- The art of political cartoons.
- I love these beautiful Zentangle designs.
- Now that New Year’s has come and gone, what do the words of Auld Lang Syne really mean?
That being said, I see the value of articulating professional benchmarks that can be achieved in a calendar year. I challenge you to join me. So, here are my creative goals for 2016:
- Continue work on my three major works-in-progress, The Unicornologist, The God of Paradox, and The Night Runner, and begin the submission process with at least one of them.
- Write a poem a day. In December, I took Writing: 101 A Poem A Day through WordPress’ Blogging U and was tickled to discover that I can actually write poems! I am so looking forward to Writing 201.
- Make visual art. I’m taking an online drawing class on Craftsy.com. I want to finish the class and integrate creating art into my week, maybe even take a class at the local community college.
- Practice calligraphy. More on that next week.
- “Win” NaNoWriMo in November. For the last two years, I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month, and they’ve been productive experiences, though I’ve never hit the official goal of 50,000 words (I wrote 43,866 in 2015, up from 28,212 in 2014).
- Work humor into my writing. I love it when something I read makes me laugh out loud. I wish I could write like that. How do you do it? Any suggestions? Anyone know a book on writing humor?
- File the dozen or so boxes of papers stacked in my office so I can move in my sewing machine from the laundry room and hopefully get back into quilting. (You can tell how much I dread dealing with all those papers by how low on the list this objective is.)
- If you haven’t already, determine your creative goals for 2016.
- Post your goals on your blog, and leave a link in the comments below. Or if you don’t have a blog, list your goals in the comments. Now, the entire world can see them and hold you accountable. (No pressure. Really. Everyone who reads my blog is really supportive.)
- Put a copy of your goals in your workspace where they can be a reminder of what you want to accomplish.
- Let’s agree to meet back here on July 1 to reevaluate our goals and our progress. It’s already on my calendar.
Many years ago I gave up on writing New Year’s resolutions. It seemed to me like an exercise in futility—by February I’d forgotten whatever good intentions I had the month before.
It also seemed incorrect to call it a New Year’s resolution, since I was making the same ones year after year.
The Encarta Dictionary has 13 definitions for the word resolution. I would like to look at the concept of the New Year’s Resolution in light of 9 of them.
- Process of resolving—the process of resolving something such as a problem or dispute. We make resolutions in response to problems. We see something in ourselves that needs changing.
- Decision—a firm decision to do something. This is my conundrum. If you make a firm decision to do something, you do it. I forget about it.
- Determination—firmness of mind or purpose. This is another thing I’m wishy-washy about. I’m only…
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