For starters, let me say that I don't make New Year's Resolutions. There are too many negative connotations to that. Rather, I prefer to have good, honest goals about things I'd like to do or accomplish in the new year. It takes some of the pressure off, by acknowledging that things happen in progression, so the focus is on forward momentum instead of static goals. Frankly, things can take longer than you realize, leaving you to ponder if slower than anticipated progress qualifies as failure. Forget that - the journey is just as important as the destination. It's why we have an entire lifetime on this rock called Earth.
Hense, what I refer to as my boomerang dream. In reflecting on the progress I'd like to make in 2017, this dream caused me to realize that many things I plan on doing are, in fact, the same as things I've done in the past. The difference is that I'm coming to them with more life experience now, and hoping that they'll bring me new insights. For example:
1. One of the writing projects I'm working on is Joy on the Journey, which is my long-delayed follow up to Battleground Earth - Living by Faith in a Pagan World. Of course, getting Book 2 of The Earthside Trilogy published this summer is my primary goal, but Joy is a project that I hope to complete in 2018, meaning that I'll need to make some good progress on it next year. And frankly, I need to research how to market non-fiction in the new world of ebooks, because that's an area that will need attention before I query it in 2018. The big question is whether there's anything I can use from my fiction work to help in the non-fiction area. It's something I need to research and consider amongst my other writing goals in the new year.
2. I've felt drawn back to reading and studying the works of C.S. Lewis. It started with an Advent devotional I read based on Lewis' work, which I loved in my late 20's and early 30's. Frankly, I'm not sure why I got away from it in the first place - I guess I got bogged down in my own writing and studying the current markets to get an idea of where I am in this new landscape of ebooks. Well, I feel drawn to get Lewis' work on my Kindle to see what new insights I can glean from it with a decade or so of more life behind me. He and Tolkien inspired me so much as a beginning writer and young adult Christian, and I feel sure there's more I can take from their inspiration in middle age. We'll find out. I bought Lewis' Space Trilogy, and plan to read that once I finish the book I'm reading now. It seems fitting, especially since I'm now a Sci-fi writer myself.
3. Today, I lost 7 inches of hair, bringing me back to the style I had in my early to mid 30's. I have this duality thing going with my hair: I like how it looks best long, but I like how it handles bast shorter. After years of long hair, I got frustrated enough to decide that it's time to forsake vanity for practicality. Sometimes, you just have to let things go to embrace simplicity.
It's funny how life brings you back around, sometimes. It really isn't a straight road but rather, a winding path that often takes you back around to places and things you never thought you'd see again. Best not to burn your bridges, eh? That's especially true, especially since coming back around can bring you to new insights that you never would have expected. I'm hoping it's true for me in 2017.
That's all today. Take care, and have a safe and Happy New Year.