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the year of doing less and more

My last photo of 2013, just before midnight.

My last photo of 2013, just before midnight.

Wow, it has been a long time since I last blogged! Sorry about that. See, I’m under a deadline on a Secret Project™, and I have to focus most of my writing time on that these days. I should be able to pay more attention to the blog in February, when I’ll try to catch up on the many posts I’ve been meaning to write, including some TV, film, and book recommendations. I also have some other things I want to try out this year to mix things up a bit. Oh, and I have some late e-mails and miscellaneous tasks to take care of too. Next month, I promise!

But I didn’t want to leave an old post up on the first day of a shiny New Year, so here we are. I used to do those year-end recap posts with the number of words written in the last year, stories sold, milestones, and all that, but I haven’t for a while. I don’t track things that way anymore, and it takes too much time at the end of the year to add all the numbers up, which feels kind of like doing taxes. (Ugh, taxes.) Looking back, overall 2013 was very good to me personally and professionally. No complaints. And I’m looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead in 2014.

One of my first images of 2014. So, not that different.

One of my first images of 2014. So, not that different.

I also don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but recently I’ve been trying to cut back on doing too much. I’d like to do more of that—more of less—which is difficult because I like helping people and doing interesting and different things, and I consequently have trouble saying no; however, in order to reserve more time for my family and writing and yes, even give myself a chance to relax once in a while, I’m limiting everything else as much as I can. Apparently time management requires you to concentrate on the things that are really important to you instead of trying to cram in more, and there’s some room for improvement there.

But… I do still have trouble saying no.

Happy New Year! Best wishes for a successful and memorable 2014.

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