"Now the seasons are closing their files on each of us, the heavy drawers full of certificates rolling back into the tree trunks, a few old papers flocking away. Someone we loved has fallen from our thoughts, making a little, glittering splash like a bicycle pushed by a breeze. Otherwise, not much has happened; we fell in love again, finding that one red feather on the wind." Ted Kooser, Year's EndI got up really early this morning 4:00 a.m. (couldn't sleep) and read some blogs that I haven't had time to visit the last few weeks. A good reminder that I haven't been blogging myself lately, with a full time job and part time school there seems to be little time for personal fun writing. I also spent some time on Duotrope looking at the free submission tracker and realizing how little work I submitted last year a paltry two submissions and one was Monday. I justified not submitting work because I was concentrating on craft, revision and working on my collection of poetry that will be (fingers crossed) my senior project. But I think 2010 will be different, I'd like to get my work out there, let it go, and write some new poetry. I think the feedback will be good for me and it's something I missed this year.
With 25 days left in December, I thought Ted Kooser's Year's End was an appropriate start to my post this morning. December will be a difficult month for many but soon we have a new year full of promise, hope and beginnings.
How will 2010 look for you? What will change? How will you grow? What will you learn? What will you accomplish? How will this new year be different?
Today, write a letter to yourself. Tell yourself all the wonderful things you are going to accomplish in 2010. Be specific. Think of how even the smallest steps will bring you closer to your goals. When you're done seal it and tuck it away to be read December 31, 2010.
Now get back to work!
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