Monday, January 07, 2008

Committed this Year

By C.L. Beck
© 2008

Every year my author friends make New Year’s goals. Those are good ones, I’ll think as I read their lists. I should make the same resolutions.

But, I don’t. Why? Because I’m committed to making commitments I can keep. So here’s my list of goals for 2008:

I will write at least once this year—preferably by Jan. 1, so that I don’t procrastinate and end up doing it at the end of the year. When nothing shows up on my blank, white paper, I will go into the kitchen and eat that three-week-old, green, Christmas tree sugar cookie I was saving for emergencies.

I will send goal number one out to a publisher by February 30. When that doesn’t happen, I’ll mail half of my Christmas tree sugar cookie to the Salt Lake Tribune.

I will use my spell cheque moor.

I will read the book, Don Quixote, in the original Spanish. When that doesn’t happen, I will try to read the Spanish label on my catsup bottle. When that doesn’t happen, I’ll settle for watching Speedy Gonzales.

I will sharpen all my pencils. When that doesn’t happen, I will gnaw a point onto one pencil while searching for a pen.

I will re-read my list of goals daily. When that doesn’t happen, I will re-read them weekly. When that doesn’t happen, I'll use my computer mouse to bang holes in the list.

So, there you have it—goals that I’m certain I can accomplish. And I don’t know what goals you have in mind for this year, but if you’re having trouble coming up with a list, I’ll be glad to help—as soon as I gnaw a point onto my pencil.

What books C.L. recommends:
Life is Like Riding a Unicycle by Shirley Bahlmann
Publishing Secrets by LDS Storymakers (BJ Rowley and others)
Writing for Story: Craft Secrets of Dramatic Nonfiction by Jon Franklin
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Rennie Browne & Dave King

View C.L.’s other work:
Newspaper Column
Photography Website


Marsha Ward said...

I love your list. I'll make one for myself, as soon as I . . . uh . . . hmmm . . . ooooh, shiny!

(distractedly, Marsha)

Keith Fisher said...

Ha ha ha, as always, very good. thanks for the laugh

Ajoy said...

Hi! :) I'm browsing over to your from Trisit's Challenges. I 'm participating in the BIAM #2 {as well as the first one} and wanted to welcome you aboard.

I enjoyed reading your list of I WILL...

Good luck and happy typing. ;)

C. L. Beck said...

Thanks for stopping by and reading. Glad you enjoyed the list. I'll be watching for yours over at Writer in the Pines!

That is, if you're not too distracted to make one. Ha ha :)

C. L. Beck said...

Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you got a laugh out of it.

And you think I'm kidding with that list? :)

C. L. Beck said...

Thanks so much for stopping by to read and for commenting. Good luck on your BIAM. Hope you get a great book out of it!