Says Chris: “Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to start writing again.”
I’m paraphrasing, but he’s not wrong. Frankly, I had great plans of writing over the break–especially the furlough days, courtesy of the State of Georgia. But there always seems to be more to do at the holidays than you think there is–putting parties together, shopping for Christmas dinner, cooking, wrapping gifts, getting ready for family visits, driving everywhere… And then it’s over, and you haven’t much to show for it, other than an overly-boring list of announcements about leveling up in one game or another on Facebook.
I’m sad that Christmas is over–and not just because having the days off was nice. I don’t need to pontificate about how the reality never measures up to the hype, though I had a good Christmas day with Chris, and later my Mom, who showed up around 7:30 p.m. (and my wild mushroom lasagne for Christmas dinner was amazing). But you go into the stores now, and see things on 75% clearance, and everything looks so sad and broken, and you wonder how it can be gone so quickly, and forgotten.
Anyway, it’s 2010 now, and since I accomplished my goal of getting a chapbook accepted for publication last year (although it won’t be out until this July–and believe me, I will be reminding all of you when Finishing Line is doing the pre-sale), my new resolution is to write a full-length collection that will be ready for the contest route in 2011.
I just need a theme (what I call the “gimmick”) that can help guide me in writing and shaping the collection–I mean, for La Petite Mort, the gimmick was the voice–it ruled the poems, both in subject matter and in tone. I need something like that to help me begin writing the new collection; otherwise, I will continue to write a lot of random, unrelated poems that could never be a book. (I just wish I’d be hit soon with some divine inspiration about what that theme/ gimmick could be. *Sigh.*)
And I suppose the best thing about heading back to work is that our writing group will gear back up. I really, really need that discipline.
Anyway, Happy New Year, everyone. I hope it’s filled with poems, publications, and pleasant good times.
Good to see you on New Year’s Eve. Best of luck with the new writing!
Wild mushroom lasagna?! Sounds awesome! Happy New Year, JC — may your gimmick find you soon!