Hello 2012

I’ve always liked the new year and all that it implies — a new beginning, a chance to improve upon the past. It may be that being a child of the 80s with video games teaching us that you just have to drop another quarter into the machine to wipe the slate clean just reinforces the idea that there are do overs. Regardless, I always feel energized when January rolls around. I make the usual promises to myself. To be more healthy, to eat less of this sort of thing (made by friend, Alexandra :)):

And more of this:

To do less of this:

And more of this:

I have a couple of big goals for 2012. One is to finish my novella (draft above) ASAP — I had hoped it would be done by the end of January but that seems unlikely. I do hope to have a solid draft by the end of January and will be happy if I can get that accomplished.  I’m also brainstorming for a new book. This is an enjoyable stage of preparation for me but I haven’t had near enough time to read and that is an absolute necessity. I also plan to do something for this book that I’ve never done before which is to go out and find live sources. And since I’ve never done that I need to bone up on the protocol of approaching professionals who might be interested in helping out a fiction writer with their deep expertise.

I’m always on the lookout for tools that will help me in my writing. I was generously given an iPad about six months ago and it’s been interesting for me to discover ways I’m incorporating it into my writing life. I plan to write a blog post soon on this but in the meantime I’ll just offer a screenshot from the latest app I downloaded. It is a dictation app from the long time leader in that industry, Dragon. It is shocking how the technology has improved over the years. In about a minute I had downloaded it and had it up and running. This was the first thing that popped into my head when I was prompted to speak — let’s hope it is true:

I doubt I’ll make much use of this for actual writing. But it could prove to be very useful for transcribing since I still occasionally write longhand. I think it will also prove to be handy in composing emails.

Oh yeah. I have a new book out! Buy it. Read it. And let me know what you think about it. Reader’s thoughts ultimately count the most. Links are on the right hand side of the blog.

5 thoughts on “Hello 2012”

  1. Very excited for a new year! And new books/novellas from you!

    Cake! For the record it was a four way partnership: one part Martha, one part my fantastic cousin, one part Kitchen Aid (want one) & one part me. It matched the tree.

    Happy New Year! 2012 is going to be marvelous!

  2. Happy New Year, Amy! I have your latest book & will read as soon as I finish the book I am currently reading.

    That cake looks great. Like you I am trying to get back to eating healthier now that the holidays are over.

    This is going to be a great year!

  3. Happy New Year, Karen! You’ll have to let me know what you think about the book. That cake WAS great. I hope all is going well with your fitness — I’m always impressed with your dedication!

    Thanks, Alexandra (and for bringing cake from Philadelphia!) — I’m hoping this year is going to be a great one. Though it’s going to have to be nose to the grindstone for me. Ouch!

  4. Awesome Dawson! I bet no one mentions the veggies tho. Oooops! Just did. In this house the KitchenAid gets the credit but the cake baker gets the applause. Here’s to us doing the Snoopy dance of joy this year – all year long. Ears flopping. Tails wagging. (Ears optional.) Cheers m’dearie!

  5. Hi McQ! I keep hearing the wonderful things about the KitchenAid — it’s very tempting (not to mention an attractive piece of equipment). Thanks for stopping by and cheers to you as well! Is there a blog in your future?

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