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Sunday, December 31, 2006


"No thing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen."
Epictetus AD 55-135 "Discourses" ibid 15

Here we go again...another beginning, another new year. And we're all asking ourselves 'What lies ahead?' and some of us are making 'resolutions' in regards to the path we intend to take for this fresh start. 2007. How time flies! And did you live up to all those resolutions you made last New Years Eve?

Once again, the year ends and I still haven't finished work on my novel "Shadow the Lion".
But I'm that much closer to the grand finale. It's just a matter of sticking to it. So I resolve to make more effort not to allow myself to get so distracted, although some of this year's distractions were due to travel and moving and the travel is part of my writing too.

I don't expect to be making quite so many trips in 2007. For certain the plans are underway to return to Greece via Venice in mid-May. It's destined to be a reunion trip in more ways than one. A couple of my Classical scholar friends intend to meet up with me in Athens. And a couple of girlfriends are traveling there as well, so I'll be the tour guide for them, something I truly enjoy doing. Of course, just being back in Greece is always a huge inspiration to me. But I resolve that I WILL have the novel done by then because there are other projects I wish to pursue and I can't do that until Shadow is finished.

The next isn't a 'resolution', but a 'must do'. I have to get back into my exercise and diet regimes or else!!! I am getting badly out of shape, aches and pains and stiffness in the joints. You'd think I was an old lady or something! (haha. Heaven forbid!). It's a matter of discipline -- getting out there and doing it! I've been sadly off my routines the last couple of months and slowly trying to get back into them.

"First you say to yourself what you would be: and then do what you have to do." Epictetus

So what are your 'resolutions'? And how do you intend to achieve success?

Starting today I resolve to get out every day and exercise (walk, swim, stretch, visit the gym)
and spend part of the day writing (finish Shadow and some of those travel stories I've got partly written. Along with that, send out more stories for publication. If they MSS are sitting in my files, nobody's going to read them!) My night school classes don't start for another three weeks. I've got that much time to resume my routines and get a good grip on actually accomplishing what I've resolved to do!


"Every man naturally persuades himself that he can keep his resolutions, nor is he convinced of his imbecility but by length of time and frequency of experiment."
Samual Johnson 1709 - 1784 "Prayers and Meditations" 1770


Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

I can relate with the aches, pain and stiffness, Wynn, which is always made worse for me when I ingest too many refined carbs, the sugar, flour, etc., that I curb so rigidly throughout the year. But the enjoyment I get out of ingesting all those holiday goodies is worth it, I think. ;-)

May you enjoy a bright and happy New Year, Wynn, filled with great joy; the comforting warmth of love; good health and wellbeing; the delight of true friendship; and enough of whatever you want and need to fulfill your deepest dreams and desires.

Thank you for being a part of my life this past year and making it so much richer!

Wynn Bexton said...

A Happy New Year to all my blog friends and other readers. I do appreciate your comments and the inspiration I get from you and your own writing. Thanks. And best wishes to all.

Gabriele C. said...

Happy New Year, Wynn.

Megumi said...

Happy New Year! I'm also trying to get back into shape and write more, so it's wonderful to know I'm not alone. Keep us all updated on your blog! (^_^)

Adrian Swift said...

It may be true that most people fail to keep their resolutions, but that doesn't mean that everyone is destined to give up on them.

I think it's very possible to set a goal and stick to it. The secret is to want it enough, to work at it day by day in small quantities, and never to give up, even if you fall off the horse -- just get back on, forget the mishap, and continue as if nothing happened. Over time, anything is possible.

Best wishes for a happy and successful New Year!

dayya said...

I sympathize, Wynn. Here it is, another year, and I'm not even close to finishing A Lamentation of Swans. However, I know I will finish it and you will finish yours. Happy New Year! d:)