I’ve never been one for making New Year resolutions, but the end of the year, and a few days holiday, do give one the time to reflect. So reflecting I am. This year I complained a lot about time, specifically, the lack of it. Sorry. In the interests of full disclosure, I have been reliably informed that 2016 will not be coming with more time. Nor will time expander packs be available. More’s the pity.
It would appear that the only solution is to do fewer things. Which is exactly NOT what I am going to do. Seriously, I don’t respond well to “slow down”, “take it easy” or “don’t do so much” and similar expletives.
I wrote a lot this year, not as much as I wanted but I did write! I also learned that I have a lot of work to do. The stories and ideas are there – I love this part as the imagination goes wild – but technically, I am suffering from my lack of education. Yes, I have a PhD in physics and speak a couple of languages, but that does not help with the subtleties of the English language. And let’s face it, being a good writer needs power over those subtleties.
The problem with time (ok, one of them) is pressure – the idea that something needs to be done, and it needs to be done now, or very soon. Unfortunately, that is often the case. The good news, at least for me, is that I do not have any deadlines on my writing. I am doing this because I want to. Because I enjoy it. Because it’s a challenge. Because I think that I can do it well. I am not about to ruin the fun just to get that first book done/published/whatever. When that happens, it will be done well and it will be done on my terms.
One thing that will change is my engagement on various “social” media. I love the engagement with people from all over the planet but recently I have noticed a tendency towards repeated memes on daily – usually US – politics and feel-good quotes from the famous/celebrity. So what will change? Easy. Concentrate on the good people out there and be social! What will change, and may even be called a resolution, will be that I am going to avoid social media in the mornings – I have often used it as part of my daily news source – wake up and read the “papers” with a couple of cups of coffee. This is being shifted to the evening as I can do that even if I’m exhausted. The mornings will now be dedicated to daily writing time – as I previously reminded myself: Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid. I may even get up a little earlier than usual, but my goal is to write for an hour every morning.
The other exciting change that will take place in 2016 is that I will be playing music again. I’ve been in bands since the 80s (in Sydney), the 90s (in Brisbane) and even into the 00s here in Geneva, but I have not played seriously for a while. I am going to take the extraordinary step of actually learning my instrument – the bass. For the last 30+ years I just played, which was fine, but now I’d like to take this to the next level. Strangely, this is inspired from my writing; I want to go back to the basics, learn to crawl, before I understand how to run and do cartwheels. And then… think about putting a band together, because creating music with other people is one of the coolest things on the planet.
So, 2016 sounds like a lot of fun. Super intense, but working on amazing creative projects that basically all revolve around doing really simple things well.
Hope you had a good 2015 and your 2016 is even better.