New Year, New Goals: A Story Told in Ice

(Crosspost from See Jane Publish.)

My long holiday weekend got a little bit longer thanks to a lovely White Just-Missed-Christmas topped with an icing of, uh, ice. But since I was stuck at my computer, I figured there was no excuse not to sketch out my plans for the new year.

At first I wasn’t too excited about it…

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Goal-setting is a little intimidating. I have to think ahead for a whole year?! It’s hard to see that far ahead, sometimes, and the path is slippery.

But ’tis the season for new year’s resolutions…

IMG_3154I know my big plans can only be achieved through drip-by-drip word counts and daily goals…

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And so I start planning. At first it seems like a wild tangle, my brain is just a chaos of ideas and wishes and wannabes. These are my synapses on goal-setting:

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But then the pieces start to come together and smooth out. Everything starts to move in the same direction. I can see a way forward through the wilderness of A. what I want to accomplish and B. what is possible. (Since I don’t have a stop-time machine.)

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Eventually, my twelve-month to-do list starts to look — dare I say — rather impressive and stately…

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I actually feel even inspired! I see potential brilliance hidden inside these small beginnings!

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It’s early days, I know — very early days! — but I see the shape of what is to come.

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With attention to my deadlines, I’ll be mowing down my goals!

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If you have suggestions for launching with enthusiasm into the new year, please share in comments. And Happy New Year!

Hope your day was merry & bright

Jessa Slade drinks the blood of banned books

For Christmas from my loving family, I got a Banned Book mug! The mug makes everything taste better, tinged with the tangy-sweet tears of angry, small-minded people who try to ban books only to be mocked by mugs. Monster Girl down in the corner would like a sip.

(The bottom of the mug reads “For best results, use other end.” Heh.)

I hope everyone had a lovely Friday, a Merry Christmas, a delightful full moon, and generally Happy Holidays according to your inclinations.

Decking the hall

Mostly, decorating for the holidays is about torturing the dog. But she DOES keep coming back to sit in the middle of my gift wrapping, so it can’t be too bad. When she gives me that long-suffering stare, she kinda looks like she has LED eyes. :D My poor borg dog! Hope your howlidays are coming along festively too.