Last year, I made three resolutions:
1) Take my writing more seriously.
2) Reduce the irritation in my life.
3) Accept myself for who I am.
I am definitely taking my writing more seriously. I've been pretty good at reducing the irritation in my life. And I'm happy in my own skin. So win win win.
This year, I only made one resolution, and it really shouldn't be that hard:
1) Maintain my sanity.
I said that as a joke when people first starting talking about resolutions for 2015. One person even said something like 'you have sanity?' You know, cuz writers are hanging on by their fingertips most days.
But then I started to think about it. And the more I said 'maintain my sanity', the more I realized, it was a good resolution to have. It doesn't just mean preventing a psychotic break, and staying out of an 'I love me jacket' at the local looney-bin.
It means not letting every little thing drive me crazy. And I suspect there will be a lot of little things this year. Missed deadlines and weird reviews and people not holding up their end of the bargain and squonky formatting and... Well, there are a lot of potential pitfalls to self-publishing that could drive one out of one's mind, doncha know.
But it's not just self-publishing that could make me crazypants. It's the writing and the editing and the cats and the news and... well, life in general.
Hell, a trip to Walmart could send me 'round the bend. I made the mistake of going to Wallyworld on New Year's Eve. In the afternoon. Oh.My.God. I was totally stressed before I even parked the car because the people in the parking lot were insane. So, I parked and sat in my car, calming down and then I shouted HAPPY NEW YEAR, climbed out into the world, and waded in. Maintained my sanity that day.
So, I'll be working on my one resolution this year. Life's too short and people are too weird to let it all make you nuts.
What about you? Did you make any resolutions? And what makes you crazy?