Happy New Year! I’m scooting in under the wire for the first day of 2014, but I have been traveling over the past several days from one end of Florida to practically the other and back again. Sorry if my title mislead you to believe that international travel was involved, though I did visit with some dear friends today who are of Filipino descent. Seriously, I did ten hours of driving today, so the last thing I wanted to do after spending all day sitting on my rear was to get my BICHOK on (Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard), but one of my resolutions was to not skip any blog posts this year. So after unloading the van, hounding the kids about taking care of the pets (who were also subjected to the road trip), and hooking up my computer, here I am, ready to tackle one of my 2014 resolutions.
One thing that has kept me busy this year, and kept me from writing, was a lot of the road trips. Most often it was to see family, friends, or as one of the offspring called us, “framily”. Close friends you’d choose to be your family. I have no regrets about not writing for those reasons. And when it comes to documenting much of that fun on Facebook, I slack there too. Come on! I’m too busy having fun! Okay, that and I usually haven’t charged my camera battery and my phone takes pathetic pictures, so there’s that excuse. My point is that I am a well-rounded slacker. My children have not been to a professional portrait studio in at least 4 years. Grandparents get crummy to decent school pictures every once in a while. Birthday cards arrive late and I still haven’t done this year’s Christmas letter though I have a very rough draft taking up memory on my hard drive. On occasion my slackerdom pays off in a good way. Today’s plan was simply to get home tonight, but I’d wanted to visit with my high school friends because one of them lives in Texas and was there with the family. Bonus is that by visiting my high school friends on my way home from visiting the college “framily”, I made a surprise trip to my parents as well. Good daughter bonus points!
I suppose no one would be surprised to hear that my writing style is far more pantser than plotter. Because plotting requires planning and y’all know I am way too much of a slacker and procrastinator to handle that. But since it’s a new year, I’m game for trying something new to get the momentum going on my writing again. Plus I visited with a writing friend yesterday, so we’re both psyched up to have a better 2014 in terms of our writing.
So forget the whole resolution thing! What one new thing are you willing to try this year? Month? Week? Go for it! Be wild! And I’ll see you here next Wednesday!