I look back at the year of 2011 and wonder what can I do differently? There are many things that I would like to change about me, but here are the ones that are uppermost in my mind.
First of all, I love to write. I started out writing children’s books and short stories when I was very young. A couple of months ago, I wrote a story with my granddaughter, “The Rainbow Egg” which was fun for both of us. I’m thinking that I would like to do that again. She’s such a quick study when it comes to writing that I feel we both can learn from each other. Gail joined in with some of her ideas too. It was a fun time for all of us and I would love to do that again!
So to sum up, my first resolution is to write another children’s story with my daughter and granddaughter, Gail and Leah. I would like to say, “I finished this story on February 14th, Valentine’s Day.”
My goal last year was to write a mystery. I fulfilled that goal and did two of them for the year 2011, “Stacy’s Visions” and “The Mystery of An Old Photograph”. When I joined WDC, I just wrote children’s stories at first. During these last few months, I have progressed into writing poems, supernatural, adventure and mysteries. I’m thrilled that I have expanded my horizons with the help and support from other authors on this site. I’m very thankful I found WDC and I would like to try writing a more in depth third mystery for the year of 2012. My plan is to make my characters stand out as law-abiding citizens, so that my readers will not be able to guess who did what until the very end. Of course, there will be clues along the way for my readers to guess who did the terrible deed.
Summing up my second resolution, finish writing an intriguing, keep my reader guessing, mystery by May 13th, Mother’s Day. This will be my gift to my beautiful daughter, Gail, who loves a good mystery.
My third resolution is writing a sci-fi thriller. I loved all the “Star Trek” movies and episodes that were on TV. When the “Star Gate” movie came out in the year of 1994, I thought what could get better? The Star Gate series on TV of course. This led into another show called “Star Gate Atlantis”, after which came the movies. I have to say Star Gate Atlantis was my favorite show. So, after watching the many episodes of "Star Gate Atlantis" once again on DVD this weekend, this got me wondering. Why not try writing a sci-fi thriller of my very own? I can do this! I’ve been enthralled for many years by these very shows I just mentioned. My family and I have been big fans and now I want to see what I can do with my own characters. It’s a challenge but I’m willing to try.
My third resolution to myself is, I want to finish a sci-fi thriller by August 29th, my husband’s birthday. It will be my gift to him.
Another genre I love to write is the Supernatural. I listen to Coast to Coast AM, they have people on the air tell about all kinds of scary things happening to them. I love a good tale of the unexplained whether it is ghostly, monsters or aliens. If they are true or not, I don’t care! This writer loves the material and the intrigue that goes with it, letting me spin a tale of villains of a different kind.
Marking my fourth resolution down, I want to write another supernatural story with a different take on it. My deadline will be October 26th, in remembrance of my dear mother, who truly loved a good ghost story.
Remember, you're still trying to write another adventure story. What happens when you do? Every time I start my great adventure story, it turns into a supernatural story. It’s very frustrating! My folder has only one so far, “Hiking the Everglades Trail”. I love to write descriptions and this is where I can shine. So this is a must for me!
Summing up my fifth resolution, I want to write another adventure story and have it finished by November 30th, my son Brian’s birthday, who is a true life adventurer. This will be my gift to him.
These are my five writing resolutions. Now I want to tell me to stop struggling to lose weight. Why? I’m sixty-eight years old and tried all the diets in the book. My doctor warned me about yo-yo dieting, these up and down weight differences cannot be healthy. She told me to write down what I eat, "Find the calories of all the foods you like that aren't fattening and stick with it. Tell yourself what you would like to look like, put a picture of yourself when you were thinner on the refrigerator. Work towards that goal and you will succeed on finding that diet that works, then sticking with it while exercising each morning." I’m also thinking I should get some yoga tapes and work out with them, so I can get my balance back to where it was. This is a must, because when my doctor went into great detail on why I have to lose these pounds; she didn’t hold anything back this time around. I have to say it frightened me!
So, to sum up my personal resolution, lose those extra pounds. Find that healthy diet and follow it to a T, you can do it. Start immediately, keep a daily record until the end of this year. When everything is written down, you’ll be able to see your progress. Keep up those morning exercises and do Yoga, making this the best gift you can do for yourself.
So me, if you are listening to yourself, you have put down some resolutions that can turn into 'a good thing', as Martha Stewart likes to say. Follow your instincts on what is the best for you, be all you can be, and keep looking at these goals that you have stated so plainly in red. Make the most of 2012! When the next new year rolls around, you can look yourself in the mirror and say, You did good, girl!
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