Tuesday evening and it's time to head to the confessional for the last time this year. Join me as I unload what I've been carrying around.
It's been two weeks since my last confession. I confess I was a slacker over the holiday.
It's funny I generally approach each year end wanting to shake the dust of the past year from my feet. Usually I can not wait to put it behind me focusing on all the bad things that are lingering in my memory. I usually figure whatever the new year brings can't be worse than the one just past. This year I confess I can actually think of some things that have gone right for a change.
I have to say that I am thankful that we managed to get the required work done on our water meter line of font done without having to bring in outside help. This was a big savings.
I'm thankful that I have had a very successful year of Submission Saturdays. This was not something that was just good luck, but a determination on my part that has turned something I dreaded into a habit. A good one. And the results have payed off with more acceptances - getting homes for my work. It makes writing so much more enjoyable when you know others will get to see your work.
We were able to reclaim our garage and park our car in it. This has been awesome this winter already.
I was also able to move back into my home office. I think it has been beneficial to my writing and writing related tasks.
Those are a few of the positive things but I confess there are things that have been struggles. Sadness also seemed a be a theme this year as we lost three beloved pets. Our dog Mo and our cats Autumn, and Abby. Also, my son lost the his Mastiff named Church. I confess that I don't deal with the loss of pets well. They are family members. They also remind me of our own human frailty and mortality. Obviously I could really do without any more in 2014.
I confess that 2013 was also the year of binge TV for my wife and I. Yes, we did 8 seasons of 24 - all 196 episodes. Then we tackled Glee all past seasons and followed the current season. Then we too on Bones - watching all past seasons of it. Honestly some days we would do like a 6 episode marathon. No everyday, but I won't deny that it happened.
Now I could say that that was a lot of time wasted. But honestly, most of that I confess to having enjoyed.
I've probably read more this year then most past as well. That can't be a bad thing.
As we get ready for the new year I've been busy assessing some things. Taking an inventory of what I would do the same this year and what I might do differently.
Besides writing I've started painting in acrylics and water colors. I'm not professing to be great at it but it is relaxing and I'm hopeful that my skills will improve. I feel like it is just an extension of exercising the creative mind. I hope to keep up these activities in 2014. I'm also wanting to start playing my saxophone again. I've done a little in 2013 but nothing consistent. So this is another creative activity I hope to infuse into my routine in the new year.
Submission Saturday was such a success it will continue.
I confess I did not get out to read or to other readings nearly enough this year. This is something I need to be more committed to. There was a time when I was reading every month and sometime multiple times but that has been so long ago.
I need to work on some of my ties with other poets. I believe community is so very important for writers and I've not focused enough on this the past couple of years.
If this sounds very random, that's because my mind is feeling pretty random right now. The thing is I have in my mind some things I want different, but I confess can't say that I have any defined new years resolutions.
I suppose I have a few hours left...
Happy New Years to all of you!