Here it is the fourth day of the New Year, and I'm off the wagon.
Between today and yesterday, I said good bye to two of my three kids, and my third asked me for money to go buy ice cream. I handed over a ten, all the while telling myself 'no' inside my head. But when he returned, I realized we were partners in crime! I couldn't find the icecream scoop fast enough.
I know, I know...I caved so quickly. I can rationalize anything. He bought Reeses! What?! It was plain vanilla, strawberry or chocolate when I grew up. Well, that's a lie. The drug store's soda fountain had chocolate chip mint, peach, strawberry, cherry vanilla too. (Boring!) Nobody ever thought of mixing candy into the ice cream. Us kids did that on our own. At any rate, once again, I digress.
Back to the writing and resolutions.
Here's my plan for '09:
1. Say no to everything that has nothing to do with a) family and b)writing.
2. Market myself more. (I put this above writing this year, because I'm pretty clueless about it and I need to get public about that.)
3. Just write. Last year, I wrote a middle grade fiction novel between the months of October '07 and April '08. I began a young adult novel in July and finished it in November. I've never felt more satisfied.
4. Meet with my new group more often, perhaps visiting new ways of accomplishing that.
5. Read more.
6. Have fun! (This is really numero uno...thus the ice cream.)
See y'all at the SCBWI Convention in New York at the end of the month. I'm hoping for some inspiration to get that funky feeling out of the world of children's publishing. It's going to rebound...kids keep reading, so we've gotta keep writing. What else would we do, anyway? Like the ice cream, wild horses couldn't drag me away, that's for sure.