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In the Meme Time: New Year

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New Year

Creative Juice #75

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Creative Juice #75

First dose of Creative Juice for the New Year!

From the Creator’s Heart #131

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From the Creator’s Heart #131

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19 NIV).

2016 Creative Goal Challenge

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2016 Creative Goal Challenge

I have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Practice calligraphy. More on that next week.
  5. “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).
  6. 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?
  7. 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.)

Here is the challenge:200px-Happy_new_year_01.svg 

  • 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.

Image 2016 New Year (christmasstockimages.com) / CC BY 3.0

I Resolve . . . by Andrea R Huelsenbeck

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I Resolve . . . by Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Doing Life Together

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.

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. Determination—firmness of mind or purpose. This is another thing I’m wishy-washy about. I’m only…

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