Sunday, January 1, 2012

Resolution

Oh, it's very good to be back to blogging.  Let's see, in the past twelve days that I haven't added fresh posts, I've accomplished a few things: eating an impressive amount of chocolate covered pretzels (totally worth it), accidentally letting ten dollars worth of Kohl's cash expire (who does this?), painting several rooms in our house (more on this later), and enjoying Christmas and New Years (hope you did, too.)

Now that we're in a brand new year, I'm thinking about resolutions.  I've discovered that the key to sticking with a resolution is making it as concrete as possible.  For example, instead of setting a resolution to "eat better," which is fabulously nebulous and something I could break by noon tomorrow, a better resolution would be to eat one extra serving of vegetables at lunch each day.  Or, to limit yourself to only two chocolate covered pretzels at a sitting.  Whatever fits your needs.

I've never been one to set many resolutions in the past, but I do have a resolution for 2012.

I am going to finish writing my book. 

I've been hesitant to blog about this, fearing that it's a pipe dream.  Worrying that it's never going to come to pass.  Doubting whether I have the talent or wherewithal to complete such a task while raising three children, teaching classes each semester, and living life.  Come to think of it, folding laundry alone consumes enough time to make me question the feasibility of the goal.

But this year I'm doing it.  In fact, I have no choice because during the fall I signed a book contract with Byrne Publishing and I will be submitting my full manuscript by September 2012.  As in, I have an actual due date.

It's terribly exciting.  It's also a bit terrifying to the point that I occasionally want to curl up in the fetal position.  But mostly it's exciting.

I can't wait to tell you more, and I will.  Oh, I will tell you plenty more when the time is right.

But for now, I really would like to know one thing: what are your resolutions?  (Do they deal with chocolate covered pretzels?  Because that might be the next item on my list.)

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21 comments:

  1. Lisa WitherspoonJanuary 01, 2012

    Can't wait to hear more about the book!  Sounds exciting and I'm sure you can do it!  :)

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  2. Jennifer HeptinstallJanuary 01, 2012

    Whatever book you write, I am certain to want to read!  I can't wait!

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  3. NaomibellandnathanielJanuary 01, 2012

    Let me know if you want a content/proof reader!!!  

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  4. Bmandrews31January 01, 2012

    Really looking forward to a book by  my favorite blogger...and take the Kohl's cash in anyway they are usually very nice about using it for you anyway!

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  5. Christy MurpheyJanuary 01, 2012

    I let Kohl's Cash expire all the time and once searched frantically for Old Navy Bucks to no avail. It happens! :) Good luck on the book, I have been reading your blog just recently but have enjoyed it - so I would love a book by you!

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  6. Christy MurpheyJanuary 01, 2012

    I let Kohl's Cash expire all the time and once searched frantically for Old Navy Bucks to no avail. It happens! :) Good luck on the book, I have been reading your blog just recently but have enjoyed it - so I would love a book by you!

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  7. Dana @ Checking PocketsJanuary 01, 2012

    You'll do great! Can't wait for your book to come out. :) Congrats and best wishes! Happy New Year! 

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  8. I am super excited about the book!  If you need someone to read through it and give some feedback I totally volunteer.  Unless it's about the mating habits of Canadian Geese or something incredibly scholarly like that.  Because then I'll decline.  

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  9. Unfortunately, Ami, it IS an astutely academic phenomenological study of the mating habits of Canadian geese.  You nailed it.

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  10. Dana, your words of encouragement are winds in my sails.  Happy new year to you, as well.

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  11. Thanks, Christy!  You're making my day!

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  12. You're right -- Kohl's seem to be all about the customer... I'll do this!  Thanks for the tip -- and for the compliment!

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  13. Lisa, thank YOU for the vote of confidence!

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  14. Serious? You're going to make us wait? You can't drop a bomb like that and then leave the room. Absolutely not fair.

    (Welcome back and Happy New Year.) :)

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  15. Excited about the upcoming book. Cant wait to hear more.

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  16. Campbellcrystal20January 03, 2012

    I cant stinkin wait!! 

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  17. This is all part of suspense-building, is it not?  It's the teaser before the trailer before the movie.  Strategy in action!

    Thanks for the welcome back, and Happy New Year to you as well  :)

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  18. Good for you! Tell us all about it as soon as you possibly can!

    P.S. Come check out our giveaway of a PMD

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  19. Kohl's accepted the expired cash!  I knew that I liked that store for a reason...  :)

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