Don't you love the new year? I do. The bowl is empty and you get to start cooking up whatever delightful repast you choose.
In 2012, I choose Jesus and writing.
My Jesus project is called Living with Luke. I decided to choose one book of the Bible to live with this year: to read through multiple times, and to study bit by bit, and to memorize from. I chose a gospel because I have neglected my faith somewhat in recent years. You know, what with kids and work and broken bones and homework and Life. It's no excuse--this is exactly where faith is relevant and meaningful. But I've been spending more time with Heath Barkley and Detective Goren than with Jesus, and I feel the need to return to the basics, to the Teacher.
I'll keep you posted on this project, assuming that I am able to stick with it.
My writing project has two goals: first, to blog more regularly, because blogging is story-telling, and story-telling makes me happy. "More regularly" is loose enough to encompass a couple of times a week or a few times a month, so that's my goal. Tell your friends to check in at least once a week.
But I feel compelled to work on a bigger writing project, so I'm putting the Book back on the table. I have at least two book projects in seminal stages--and by "seminal stages" I mean somewhere between an idea in my head and a draft of a book proposal including three chapters. My progress on these projects in 2011 was limited to non-existent, and that needs to change.
Writing is hard work--most writers will tell you that. After dealing with an eight-hour work day as well as the daily responsibilities of a household with five people, what I want to do is relax with a glass of wine and Simon Baker or one of my other pretend boyfriends. But I'm thinking that my soul or my psyche or some force inside me demands that I use my love for writing for more than just writing grant proposals and case statements. My goal is to make a little progress on a book project every week.
I've had three weeks off in December for surgery, and I am rested and happy and ready to have a great 2012. How about you? What are you cooking up in 2012?