Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Works for Me

The thought of making a New Year's resolution for 2011 has me once again waffling. I think change is good, but I resent having to decide and initiate the change by January 1st. I'm too tired after the Christmas holidays to work up the proper amount of enthusiasm; I'd be more receptive to something like a Valentine's Day Vow or maybe a Saint Patrick's Day Pledge.

Tradition keeps poking me, though, so I went over and rifled through the sidebar links over at The Generator Blog to find an online resolution-maker (because Gerard has a generator for everything) and of course I found one that led me here. This was the first thing the generator suggested:

Hopefully that doesn't mean a musical instrument. I'm tone-deaf.

Seriously, I would like to take more time to play. I have another idea for a year-long virtual art project similar to PBWindow, but I don't know if I have the time or the nerve to attempt it. Have to brood on that a bit more. My work schedule is pretty packed, but I wouldn't mind experimenting again (I might save this impulse for NaNoWriMo 2011.) I'd also like to try something I've never done, like make a video for fun.

I've got a few more days to think about it, so that's probably what I'll do. How about you guys? Are you making a New Year's resolution, are you undecided, or are you going into 2011 unresolved?


  1. Keita Haruka4:28 AM

    New year's resolutions? What's that? :p I never make them, because I never keep them. :p

  2. I understand not wanting to make resolutions on January 1. Why not make your new year's resolutions on the Chinese New Year? This year, that would be Feb 3.

  3. I'm not making a resolution, exactly, but picking something I want to work on next year. I need to get from concept/idea to finished book quicker, so I'm going to work on fine-tuning my process. I have too much I want to write to waste time spinning my wheels!

  4. Anonymous9:24 AM

    I almost always fail to keep them.
    Usually because I don't really want to.
    The exercise regularly resolution is always a downer.
    The one I've made and enjoyed keeping: engage and focus on the present moment. I'll try that again, I think.

  5. I'm starting a new job and going back to school, all while trying to keep up my writing as of January 2011. So I think my resolution will be. . . maintain my sanity? :)

  6. I am big on New Years' resolutions! Some people may call me crazy for doing this, but I like to create a long list of resolutions and sort them into categories such as Personal, Education, and Health/Well-Being. They're all small and specific goals and I keep track of my progress each month. Last year I had 29 resolutions and I completed 21/29, which felt pretty good! :)



  7. Nah. I don't do resolutions. If I'm going to do something, I just do it-don't mess with waiting for a year to change. I'm still working on my weight thing-20 lbs to go but asthma issues are playing havoc with me and interfering with my workouts and crap.

  8. I'd make resolutions except that I'm too busy at the moment. Maybe next year.

    BTW, have you seen Freedom? Software program that shuts off the internet for a certain number of hours.


  9. I usually make and keep a few New Year's resolutions, although sometimes I choose to start them on my birthday instead (better timing).

    I've been thinking about doing an art one, but it's kind of scary and intimidating to me, so I'm still thinking about it. I have a lot of nervousness about sharing my visual art, I guess.

  10. Atropa Rainwater11:03 PM

    I didn't make resolutions for a few years, and lo-and-behold! Nothing I really wanted to happen happened. It was sad.

    So I decided I'd rather make a resolution and miss it than not give myself something to aim for.

    I also have categories I put them into. Work: Make enough money with my website so my husband can quit his crummy job. Personal Writing: Actually make money with fiction this year. Even if it is only $20. Health: Get in shape with pole dancing! Financial: Get a new vehicle.

    *cringing* We shall see what happens. As long as I achieve one of those I'll be happy. Preferably the work one.

  11. it's THAT time already? *whines* i'm not ready for resolutions!!!!

  12. No resolutions, but I do have some wishes. Wishing seems friendlier and less likely to invoke the gods of chaos who seem to converge on all my plans.

  13. If I was to make a New Year's resolution it would be to "not disappoint myself." But that's not going to happen. Soooo...

    I wonder who invented the New Year's resolution and is there already a stake of holly in his/her heart?



  14. No resolutions for me. The few times I've tried to keep them, I've managed to make it oh...five days or so before I broke them so failure is not an option. If I don't make them, I can't fail :o)

  15. I usually try for goals rather than resolutions, but I'm just too wiped right now to even think about it. I'll figure something out before January is stale...I hope :).


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