grits (on the side)

Southern Class. City sass.

  • 7th January
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  • 31st December
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Resolution #3: Finish.

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Usually short stories, essays, or the occasional poem. Somehow with those, I could wrap them up. Find a final point of sorts to consider them done, for better or worse.

Longer form work though, say a memoir or a novel, not so much. There’s always more to be said. How do you know when it’s really the end? And in the case of memoir, what if there’s a bit more that might be helpful to the overall story arch?

This year, I completed my fourth NaNoWriMo. It was a challenging one, as I did not think I was going to be able to squeeze enough time out of my November to do it, but yet I somehow managed to do so. One of the perks of completing the 50,000 required words in 30 days is two free printed copies from CreateSpace. While I won’t be finalizing this year’s WIP, I am planning to wrap up what I started back in November 2011. I’m excited. Nervous. But I’m determined to make it happen by the July 30th cutoff date. And my apartment has the perfect spot for me to make it happen…

Wish me luck!

  • 30th December
    2013
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Resolution 2 - Read All of The Things

I have a confession. Every time, I choose to study my eyelids during my subway commute over reading the latest book I am reading I see Stephen King. He’s there, looking at me, either frowning, or looking sort of like this:

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It’s as if he’s mocking me, showing just how easily he’s embraced books and that I haven’t made it a priority to do the same. 

And, under his breath and through clenched teeth while still somehow smiling, he’s muttering, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

I have to admit, I haven’t made this enough of a focus. I haven’t looked to my Goodreads profile to see the stats, but I know that 2013? It was not quite the year of books I had envisioned. I’m not setting an unrealistic goal I won’t accomplish. Simply to read more than last year, and to do a mix of fiction, non-fiction, and books on writing.

And, seeing as I now need all of the recommendations, what’s the best thing you’ve read as of late?

  • 29th December
    2013
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Resolution 1 - Worry Get Out of Here

I remember years in the past where I was super ambitious with New Year’s Resolutions. I love lists. Bulleted, numbered, I don’t care. Organized lists, where I can check things off once they are accomplished. It feels amazing - like a visual representation of all you have achieved. 

However, lists with resolutions can be long and generic (eat more at home! eat more veggies!) so I let go of the long lists in favor of a few things, maybe one of which is a bit harder than the others.

I’m a planner, which I think lends itself to worrying. When you think about it, worrying is silly. What’s going to happen happens - thinking through all of the various permutations under the sun as I see what is going to happen with situation XYZ doesn’t really help anyone in the end. 

I really like this John Mayer song, below. The words summarize one of my overarching resolutions for 2014. I realize that i won’t be able to full do this immediately, if ever - but it’s my goal to make an effort. To start to think that way. In my eyes? Anything progressing in that direction means a checkmark on said list.

Close your eyes and clone yourself
Build your heart an army
To defend your innocence
While you do everything wrong

Don’t be scared to walk alone
Don’t be scared to like it
There’s no time that you must be home
So sleep where darkness falls

Alive in the age of worry
Smile in the age of worry
Go wild in the age of worry
And say, “Worry, why should I care?”

Know your fight is not with them
Yours is with your time here
Dream your dreams but don’t pretend
Make friends with what you are

Give your heart then change your mind
You’re allowed to do it
'Cause God knows it's been done to you
And somehow you got through it

Alive in the age of worry
Rage in the age of worry
Sing out in the age of worry
And say, “Worry, why should I care?”

Rage in the age of worry
Act your age in the age of worry
And say, “Worry, get out of here!”

  • 24th December
    2013
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One amazing guitarist & super friendly IRL. Great surprise meeting @johnmayer! #bklovesmayer (at Barclays Center)

One amazing guitarist & super friendly IRL. Great surprise meeting @johnmayer! #bklovesmayer (at Barclays Center)

  • 13th November
    2013
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Made this one wait until the temps rose to a balmy 30 degrees for our morning walk. Le brrrr.

  • 12th November
    2013
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creativemornings:

Charles Morrison connects with the world through letters. He hand-writes hundreds of letters, taking two hours each day to do so. He tells us why he does it and the effect it has had at our Seattle chapter.

Watch the talk. →

This reminds me of something we used to do in college when I was a student recruiter (Roadrunner, they called us) at Mississippi State. We called them special letters, and I loved them. It was an excuse to sit down, pen to paper (which I love) and send someone a letter. I feel like such a practice would even be more well-received now, where mail more often than not falls into junk or bills. A real letter is a true gem, and there’s something to be said for saying how you feel - or even just saying hello. 

I’m sure there’s some of you out there who, like me, have a stack of letters they’ve saved over the years. They’re just amazing.

I realize that in the midst of NaNoWriMo is not the time to pick this back up, but come December (after Christmas cards, of course), I’m getting a fresh booklet of stamps just for this. Love it.

(Source: creativemornings)

  • 11th November
    2013
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