Too Soon to Talk About Next Year?

English: Two New Year's Resolutions postcards
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I’ve had a great year. That’s the truth, no matter how ways I count in 2013.

Whether in babies (our #2 arrived in April) or books (2 eBooks, 1 paperback), even countries visited (3).

I love the year end countdowns that recap the past 12 months. But over dinner this week we were looking ahead to next year.

New Year’s resolutions have a bad rap; from unused gym memberships to abandoned manuscripts, they are made in the passionate hope of a blank slate of 12 months ahead. They have such a bad reputation for being broken that the most cynical no longer set them. Columnists now advise New Years “themes” for your year so you don’t have to feel so bad when you abandon them as you put away your Christmas tree.

My resolution last year was to make 52 short films. I came very close.

For 2014, I have my eyes set on something even more challenging. I wanted a new goal that isn’t related to writing, teaching, or exercising.

I chose something I’ve wanted to try for a long time but haven’t had the courage, stamina or reason to really get behind.

After trying Meatless Mondays, and meat free weekends, I’m going whole hog – to use an inappropriate phrase – vegetarian. That’s right: for a whole year, I’m going to go without any meat. I’ve always admired vegetarians for living much simpler than than us meat eaters who tax the earth with our animal farms. Lately, when frying or pulling skin from chicken or cutting into slices of steak, my mind skids to the humans in cages in Planet of the Apes.

What habits are you thinking about working on for 2014? What are your victories for 2013?



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Friday Fiction: The Christmas Spirit

thechristmasspirit5_finalCheck out Susan Buchanan’s holiday theme newest release! Leave a comment below about your favorite holiday memory and Susan will choose the winner of a free copy of a of The Dating Game. Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it. Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing. Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her? Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year. Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

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