Monday, January 3, 2011

An Awesome Gift of Time

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.


  1. 525,600 minutes...

    That's how many minutes in a year. (I know that because the song from Rent says so. )

    Too many of those minutes get wasted, at least, I know for me they do. I need to be much more productive these days. I have a blog as well, and I need more posts there, as well as other writing to do. must fill the calendar pages with words written, Ella. And laughter, and living, and loving...

    Blessings for the New Year to all of you, and may your 525,600 minutes be alternately productive and restful.

  2. Sassy Boudoir? Great name! What's your blog site, sounds like something I'd love to visit!
    Ella, great post and so true! Here's confidence that you will rock every minute of 2011.

  3. Thanks, Jennifer! I kinda like the name myself. (Since it's obviously one of my own choosing. (g) )

    My blog is called Sex is Like Ice Cream...

    And you can find it here:

    Thanks for asking!

  4. Sassy! I love that name and thanks for the math!going to check out your blog. Ella

  5. You lead the way Ella. This is so cool and I loved your post. Gives me hope for the future.


  6. Well, I thought I posted a comment, but I don't see it. Oh well, I'll just post another one :-) Great blog, Mae. What a wonderful way to look at a new year! You are such an inspiration!

    Sassy Boudoir, welcome and I agree, great name! Anxious to check our your blog.

  7. I like the idea of the blank calendar pages as a gift.

    When I was in high school, I kept a datebook for the things I'd done and it sure was a lot fuller than the one a few years back of the need-to things. (I'd given up on them then, but I may try again and look at the adventure of it)-thanks for the idea

    ... and congrats on the new blog ladies!