Welcome to 2011 and a new year; a tantalizing package waiting to be unwrapped, teasing and encouraging us to life and living. As I drank my coffee on the first day of the New Year I couldn’t help wondering what adventures lay ahead. That’s when it occurred to me what an amazing gift the New Year offered; time and lots of it!
Really, think about how much time is contained in that measure we call a year; 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days! I’m not even going into hours and minutes, I’m good with a blank calendar page. Mentally rubbing my hands together I wondered how to best use my new gift? What to do? What goals did I want to make? What dreams to chase?
That’s my favorite thing, chasing dreams (writing fiction) and now thanks to the New Year I have all these blank calendar pages! Yes, there is work to be done, but there is also fun to be had. As I sat, coffee cup in hand watching the day unfold, I thought about the current projects (unfinished stories) and how to move them to the completed file. What new ideas would pop into my head this year?
Creating a work of fiction is one of the most exciting adventures imaginable. From ‘idea’ to ‘the end’, it’s a ride with twists and turns and stalemates; sort of like a roller coaster or river rafting-no matter how many times you do it, each adventure is different. That’s what makes it exciting time and time again.
And yes, while contemplating all this “new” time I had, I got an idea for a story, really a series of stories. It’s the tiniest germ of an idea, but an amazing concept I can’t wait to explore. Of course there will be characters to develop, plotting parties, writing and rewriting. There will be information to gather and a location to find or create.
Okay, got to go, life is busy and my calendar pages are filling up quickly!
Let’s raise a glass to Auld Lang Syne, adventures and this amazing gift of time to enjoy life.