Happy New Year!

Hopefully this year will be too, too amazing.
Get it? ’22.
We are SO due.

Last year at this time, I stepped away from the weekly blog post to focus on getting other writerly things done. My word for the year was MOTIVATION. Let me correct, my word for that particular week, day, hour–moment? was ‘motivation’. Sadly, I accomplished very little.

So, hey, I’m back. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I’ve said that before

I realize resolutions have become the punching bag of commitments, a lot of people refuse to make resolutions because they see it as setting yourself up for failure. Others believe that if you need to make a change, just do it; a random date should not be the impetus.

I’ve blogged about resolutions many times throughout the past ten years. And as I kick off my eleventh year, I bring it up yet again. Because, quite honestly, I do love a fresh start. An empty page. A new beginning. And the date is NOW. What was it that Wayne Gretzky said– “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” You think hockey’s greatest player would not take a shot because he might be setting himself up to miss? I choose to use a cold, wintry January to begin shooting. To show up and at least try.

I began my Monday posts in 2012. A lifetime ago. A blink of the eyes.
Over 500 posts, six publications, and many, many opining observations.
Better than relying on my memory, I have a digital diary of thoughts, insight, and reflection. Going through old posts today (many are tagged, click the highlighted words), I am overwhelmed. Good, bad, exhausting… pride, loss, disappointment…it’s a strange feeling to reminisce with yourself.

Overall, I find myself needing the Good Monday Morning messages. Hopefully the lessons I have learned over the past decade will inform a new year of posts. Prove engaging, entertaining, and edifying. My gosh, I have missed an avenue for alliteration.

I look forward to revisiting topics like Gifts & Gratitude, BBs, corgis, and life lessons. I hope to share more writing insights, short stories, retreats, conferences, and of course, MY PUBLICATIONS.

I want to touch base with you weekly and I hope you reciprocate. Share your goals, take the shot. Let’s keep each other focused and on-task despite worldly distractions. We can be Accountability Buddies. Two-gether we can make this year Too, Too Amazing!

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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3 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. Rebecca Kojetin says:

    Welcome back, Mary! 2022 will be a year for progress, a year to get our writing lives back on the track that we plan and not the track that the nemesis, Resistance, tries to get us to follow. I’m with you on getting the blogging articles and the novels and short story submissions back on the train and moving to their destinations.

  2. renobarb says:

    I’ve never picked a word for a year, but now is as good a time as any to start. I pick PERSIST.
    Here’s to a fabulous new year, a blank slate–or maybe not so blank–one filled with words and intention. I look forward to seeing your words. Onward!

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