Friday, December 27, 2013


We made a trip into the city yesterday to have some fun and spend a few gift cards. I think I did very well at B&N with mine:

We also stopped by the big art supply store for my kid, where I spotted some really nice mixed media sketchbooks, and picked up this one for me:

Later my guy and I went out for coffee and talked a bit about next year. I'm at another of those crossroads in my career where I can go a number of different ways; he's decided not to retire for a few more years. Like most folks we're willing to work hard and get through whatever challenges come our way, but it seems like more and more pile on us every year. Needless to say it wasn't a very uplifting discussion, and when we got home I decided to break in the new sketchbook with some doodles and a licenseplate-style letter poem I'd had floating in my head for a week. Here's the poem:


I started with that, drawing the letters on little floating computer keys, and then doodled around them:

I also wrote UCANBNE1 several times on the page. It's something I distilled from the poem while doodling out from the keys I'd sketched. I created it as my license plate definition of a writer; when you write you can be anyone. But it's more than that, I think, and I'm going to find out exactly what that is next year.

Here's the entire doodle:

So who are you going to be in 2014? Let us know in comments.


  1. More focused, more scheduled, more productive by far.

  2. Anonymous7:47 PM

    That's a good question. Every year I tell myself that I will be more thrifty and live more mindfully. Perhaps this year.....

    Sandy L

  3. In 2014 I'm going to be... probably the same person I've always been. Getting a little bit better and a little bit older, but mostly just the same old me. I wish I could pull off a big dramatic change, but after many years of trying, I've decided to go the 'moving mountains with teaspoons' route instead. :)

  4. Susanne1:23 PM

    I want to be more businessminded...and more focused, too. Otherwise I am working on not taking things so much to heart (but that´s been a project for years now).
    Otherwise - I ll try to stay the same...minus 15 kilos or so :-))


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