01 01 11

Happy New Year!

Let’s see if I can start the new year off with a blog post. After such a long time of blog silence it seems hard to begin again so I’ll just ramble a bit.

What’s been happening? The winter has been good to us thus far- solstice and christmas have come and gone with lots of friends and family and feasting.

And the week before Christmas we bought a house. It was almost by accident that we found the place, as it’s right next door to where we are renting now. It’s the first house we looked at and now it’s the place of our future. The house is lovely – with ridiculously beautiful gardens and a view to die for. I love walking down our driveway and seeing our new little home through the trees, it’s windows glowing with warmth and welcoming.

As I mentioned in my last blog post all that time ago, buying a house makes our island adventure a more permanent kind of situation. Right now I couldn’t be happier and we continue to be so grateful to be here. We get the keys in the first week of February when the hard work begins. Until I get some photos of my own, here are some glimpses from the real estate listing.

So you see it’s going to be a busy year. Apart from all the painting and the packing and then unpacking and settling in we will be doing, (oh and I should mention all the gardening!) I have finally settled on a creative focus – and that’s going to be writing. Lots of it.

Here’s my plan:

Firstly, to prevent myself from getting restless and tiring of the idea of writing altogether, I’m working on three different things. One is a romance (watch out Nora Roberts), one is a chapter book for kids and one involves zombies. I really like zombies. They scare the bejeezus out of me, so I’m going to do something about that. Three very distinct projects. I can flip between them depending on mood or motivation. The thought is that as long as I keep writing, some or all of these things will eventually get finished. My intention is to treat writing as a job, to do it even if I don’t feel like it, muse or no muse. That sounds possible, right?

That leads me to the other part of the ongoing plan. I am starting the new year with the intention of following the Jerry Seinfeld school of productivity (yes, Jerry Seinfeld…because why not?) with its catch phrase “Don’t Break The Chain”.

From Life Hacker:

“He [Jerry] told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”

“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis.”

And the gardening will keep me fit. That’s the plan.