OK, I admit it. I make resolutions and never keep any of them, although I did manage to stop biting my nails last year and now have ten (count 'em) gorgeous looking fingers. (Blue nail polish, anyone?) But in the spirit of the new year, I've decided the following:
1. Write harder with more blood on the page. I'm writing scripts (or at least I WAS until the writer's strike occurred, an event I thoroughly support) and a new novel, and there are some days when concern about bills makes me work on my freelance gigs first. Uh uh. No more. What's important comes first each and every day.
2. 86 Envy and jealousy. Come on, admit it. You feel those things, too. Sometimes it's hard when you see a book that you know isn't well written getting huge press and instantly what I call "the scarcity disorder" sets in, that terrible little voice that screams, "Well now there won't be enough to go around for ME! I'll be booted out of writer's heaven, I'll be forced to sell shoes at Macy's, etc. etc." I want to calm those voices and instead celebrate every success every single writer gets (even the one who got a half million advance for a book about why the kind of sandwich you eat can tell you a lot about the man you will marry) because we're all really part of the same business. This year, I'm buying really gorgeous notecards and sending out thankyous whenever and wherever I can. Gratitude is as necessary and delicious as chocolate. And I'm going to keep helping other writers (as a critic, I feel my mission is to discover the book no one else has or to promote the first novel that might get lost in the fray.) It's all karma, and yes I do believe in it.
3. Dream bigger. Hey, it's a new year. Why not?
Happy 2008 everyone.
Causes Caroline Leavitt Supports
The Writers' Strike Writers Against the War PETA