Making Resolutions


        I resolve to never write again.  Instead, I think I’ll just chill and listen to Jimi Hendrix music.  Okay, that’s not my New Year’s resolution.  I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.  This year my resolution does involve scaling back my writing, though.  The past three years my resolutions have focused heavily on writing.  That’s all well and good, but I’ve neglected one important aspect of writing: publishing.  Sure I picked up a copy of the Poet’s Market, and planned to go through it to find the right publications for my work.  The problem as it turns out, is that there are just too many publications.  Don’t get me wrong, that is a good thing.  On the other hand, it also makes coming up with a good short list of publishers difficult.  Inevitably, I always lose interest and go back to what is comfortable: writing.

        This year, however, I resolve to put the work in and focus on publishing.  Currently, I have more than 20 unpublished poems from my Lost in Time collection, the fourth and final collection of The Past, Present, and Future.  Of course, I still have some other works that have not seen the light of day yet.  I suppose the time has come to test the waters of the publishing world with some of my unpublished work.

        While I’m trying to convince the distributors of information that my work is worth presenting to the consuming public, I suppose I should keep myself busy.  That’s why I have decided to publish 10 poems from Lost in Time on this site.  As always, I’ll publish on the third day of the month.  Pacific Standard Time, of course.  Most likely a few minutes after the day begins, as I typically like to do.  Then in December, I’ll post an update on my publishing adventures.  I do hope that you like my Lost in Time poems as much as I enjoyed writing them.

        Now, where did I put that copy of the Poet’s Market?  Oh, I suppose I should pick up a copy of the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents while I’m at it.  For good measure, I imagine I should throw in a bottle of The Macallan.  You never know when you’ll have to sip away your sorrows, or toast your successes.  As always, I hope for the latter, expect the prior, and will be content if I find myself somewhere in-between.

14 thoughts on “Making Resolutions

  1. Even sipping away our sorrows,is part of our life … Only then can we appreciate success.Go test the waters of the publishing world,I have a feeling that we’ll soon drink a toast to your success 🙂

  2. So important to keep our priorities straight and not ignore one goal as we pursue another. Always good to find that balance. Looking forward to seeing your published pieces!

    • I’m glad that I joked about never writing again. It seems to have done the trick. I just had one of my most productive nights of writing possibly ever. When it flows, it flows… Sorry for the fright. Oh, I just remembered I was supposed to be looking for publishers. I suppose there’s still time. It’s only the fifth day of the year, right? Thank you for your well wishes. I hope that you have a great 2015 too.

  3. Specific resolutions always seem really good at the time and then fade out throughout the year but I think your focus on getting published is a good one and definitely achievable!

    • I sure hope it is achievable. I always feel good about things in the beginning, then doubt tends to creep in. This year, though, I’m trying to not worry about things so much. Then again, maybe worrying about things too much helps my writing. I suppose I’ll find out…

    • Your comment brought a smile to my face on a cloudy day. Actually, let’s make that a foggy night. You have to love winter….

      • your smile – makes me happy, too. i do love dry winter with plenty of snow, on my doorstep. but today i live in switzerland and the snowy winterwonderland is rather far away in the alps. did you see the film i posted (aurora borealis)? i have small cottage right in that area in lapland and spend from time to time some fairytail-moments over there. wish you a beautiful creative day…

    • Glad to know that there are others out there like me. I’m getting over my publishing aversion one step at a time. I still have a ways to go, though.

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