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Happy New Year 2013!

Yes I realize Times Square dropped the ball six weeks ago. Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready to ring in the New Year then. I had too many things to finish before 2012 ended. I was behind on book 2…behind on karate work…behind on household projects.

I was a duck paddling like hell to keep afloat.

How could I possibly start off the New Year with a clean slate when there was no way humanly possible to reach my goals by December 31st?

I needed another month. That’s when the idea hit me. If I followed the lunar calendar, I could add six more weeks onto my year. That’s six more weeks in which I could finish everything before the New Year started.

The Chinese New Year. February 10th.

You know what? It worked.

I finished and turned in book 2 to my editor on Jan 27th. With the help of a hardworking karate student, I caught up on outstanding dojo business. And I’ve tackled a lot of those household projects. Still working on the biggest one, which is cleaning and purging the basement and putting everything up on Freecycle. I can’t believe how much we’ve already gotten rid of. Though, what really blows my mind is how much is still down there. Does the rest of America accumulate as much STUFF as we do? Where does it all come from? I don’t even like to shop! Sorry…I digress.

Anyway, I feel great having accomplished what I’d wanted. Now I have a reason to raise my glass and celebrate. It’s wonderful starting off this New Year (the Year of the Black Snake) with a new writing project.

Of course, this led to a curiosity about what the Year of the Black Snake has in store for me. I Googled my Chinese zodiac sign (the ox) and found this on the About Sichuan China website:

Year of the Ox 2013 – Summary

2013 should be a good year for the Year of the Ox person.

Their hard work, loyalty and reliability should ensure a successful year in business, career, fortune and relationships.

Just beware of those negative traits – stubbornness and misplaced loyalty.

And they should look after their health in 2013 otherwise sickness will spoil a lot of good things that should happen in 2013!

For the person born in the Year of the Ox 2013 should have successes as long as the Ox person builds on their positive traits and manages their negative ones!

So the ox person needs to work hard but balance that hard work with exercise and good nutrition to avoid health problems.

In other words, 2013 will be a good year if I maintain balance. That’s good advice for anyone in any year, don’t you think?

~K.M. Fawcett

World’s Slowest Writer

Happy New Year!

Is it me or is time speeding up? Here we are five days into the new year, and I haven’t figured out my goals yet. Heck, I haven’t even reflected on last year’s goals. Maybe it’s better that way. Last year I had three goals and fell short of them all.

Time to try again…

My goal for 2012 is to start and finish writing a new novel. Since I’m a contender for World’s Slowest Writer, handing my agent a new book before year-end will not be easy. But I think I can speed up productivity if I plot more precisely than I have done in the past. If I spend more time on the story arc, the characters’ goals, motivation and conflict, and the turning points upfront, I should have less fixing and rewriting later on. It can’t hurt, right?

So I download a free trial of the writing program Scrivener. This program seems like a great way to organize my story and keep everything, including research, in one file. I’m still going through the tutorial, but so far it seems pretty good, as long as I can remember how to use all the functions. Perhaps I should sign up for Gwen’s Scrivener class in February.

Well, at least I have one goal to work toward. I still need to determine my karate goals and personal goals (Note to self: include get more sleep on personal goals list). What about you? Do you make goals or resolutions for the New Year? If you’re a writer, do you use writing software? Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?

~KM Fawcett