Jon Scieszka, outgoing Children's Literature Ambassador, guy's guy, writer's writer, kids' hero.I'd like to begin with a tribute to
The drive to write is the drive to be connected, to move others in some fundamental way. Scieszka has said he writes to make kids laugh. As a mother of preschoolers, I say -- Bless him. As a writer, I say -- Bless him. As a teacher, I say again -- Bless him.
A facebook friend posted last week that she regarded this new decade with mixed feelings, as the last (nameless, generally reviled) one marked her marriage, new motherhood, and the advent of the "grown-up" years. I must say, I feel exactly the same.
I am not a habitual resolver, as I am far from resolute. Further, once I fall off the wagon (so to speak), I'm gone. Like most people, I respond far better to positive reinforcement than negative consequences; but of course, what better reward is there than the fruits of one's writing labors?
In the hope that posting it here will keep me honest or at least remotely on-task, here's my six-word resolution for the New Year. I resolve to:
Rest. Read. Play. Love. Laugh. Relax!
You will note that there is nary a mention of writing in my writing resolutions. However, in these early years of motherhood and consuming day job, I have often failed to nurture myself, to "fill the well" (as they say) and do the things that inspire. So I hope to make it a nine-word memoir and add write/revise/repeat to the tally. But I refuse to beat myself up if I don't make it there. Someday -- as you all have so often and kindly reminded me.
I just had two weeks' vacation from work. I had time to read! I downloaded the free Kindle for PC application. I am neck-deep in mysteries and kids' books and loving it. I resolved to update my website, and I did that, too. Being html-illiterate, I tried the yahoo sitebuilder tool. It's garnered mixed reviews online, and I've hardly built a professional-quality site; but it's serviceable and, significantly, I can now update it myself. I've spent time reading about teaching and planning my syllabus for the upcoming semester. I've slept and played with the kids and relished the time we've had to just BE. And, not so coincidentally, the writing ideas are percolating like mad.
Today marks the end of vacation but the beginning of a new year filled with promise. Wishing you all much happiness in 2010 and always!