Happy New Year!

In my customary always-running-behind style, I seem to have missed out on the fanfare of the New Year; the well wishing, the extravagant wave of resolutions, the insightful posts promising possibilities and commitment.

Perhaps I still have time to proclaim, Gong Xi Fa Choy to one and all. The Year of the Dragon promises extremes, good and bad; that if you double your efforts, double rewards will follow. Don't be complacent and watch your temper!

I wonder how all this bears upon my humble 2012 Resolutions: Write More, Eat Less (no really)?

I thought of another this morning: Be more Forgiving. By this I hope to be less of the Shouty Woman, less impatient with myself and others and less intolerant of all those other shouty, impatient, intolerant so and sos who continually get in my way.

Multiple rejections, family constraints and the usual insufficient amount of minutes on my clock will continue to test my metal but it's helmets on and off we go.

Found this in my Christmas stocking
And I have a bunch of reasons to get on with it: a relaxing 4 week sabbatical in the crystalline English winter countryside, the write (pun intended) equipment, and some gratifying achievements received in the closing moments of 2011 to remind me what I'm capable of and where I want to go...

These include:

- A Special Mention for my picture book manuscript in KBR's inaugural Unpublished Manuscripts Award 2011.

- These two lovely Commendations Certificates from Dee White's Writing Classes for Kids and Adults First Page Submission Comp Nov 2011

- A fantastic copy of Lets Celebrate Christmas-Additive Free by Melanie Avery from Ang Hall at Bug in a Book for sharing the Magic of Christmas...and why shouldn't we?

- A copy of the irrepressible Michael Gerard Bauer's Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel, third in his Ishmael Series, for doing nothing particularly skillful other than offering to make my own gift box for the set. It's nice to enjoy a tiny flush of luck now and then.

And so as I waddle into February still bloated from my unrestrained festive feasting, I finally get around to clearing away the Christmas debris, and sorting the holiday snaps whilst clinging to the sensation of being shackle less and commitment free; but never the less, glad to be home among the flooding rains and ripening star fruit. I'm more than a little fearful of facing my Dragon and keeping my own promises.

But excited too. What has 2012 got you excited about I wonder?


Karen Tyrrell said…
Happy New Year to you!
Hoping the Year of the Dragon brings you all that you wish for.

Really love the promise of "Double your efforts... double your rewards"

Karen :)
Renee Taprell said…
Hey Dimity,
I've had a major delayed reaction in my New Years Resolutions. I just filled out my diary and it's February and usually I've done it by the first week in January..lol

Happy New Year to you! Hope the Year of the Dragon rewards you kindly.

Catch up soon.
DimbutNice said…
Hey girls, Yes Karen - it's going to be double or nothin' this year. Ha. Haven't told that to body and mind yet. Hope they don't mind.
DimbutNice said…
I hear you Renee. One month already done and dusted. I feel cheated in a way but only have myself to blame...and Father Time.

I keep writing in my diary: slowly, slowly, catch the monkey.

Hope all went well and you're on the mend.
Good to see you blogging!
I've already forgotten my resolutions - I think one of them was to get fit and I've been going to the gym almost every day and watching what I eat - next year's resolution is going to be to just get fat again (it's easier).

Must organise a catch up soon (I don't mind doing the GC run down)
DimbutNice said…
Hi Charmaine Yes nice to be back and writing 'something'.

Wathcing what you eat is a good idea. I might try it. You can't put on calories by just staring at your food can you?? ;-)

Would love a catch up. Let me know what days you aren't working and will try to link up. You're welcome to pop over here.
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