Monday, January 30, 2012

Pretending January didn't exist, and introducing: Theme Weeks!

January was a rough month for me. In the last thirty days, I have:

-Had a muscle spasm in my back. I couldn't turn my head for three days.
-Had my cat drop a laptop on my toes. It landed on its edge, by the way.
-Went to the more-than-urgent-care-but-not-quite-ER for some scary chest pains (apparently, the cartilage between your rib cage and sternum can swell and make you think you're having a heart attack. Who knew?)
-Gotten an interview for my DREAM-dream job.
-Not gotten my DREAM-dream job.
-Gotten food poisoning. Twice.
-Entered a much-beloved but long-shelved manuscript in a contest.
-Gotten a reprieve for a close animal friend at work
-Lost my close animal friend after all
-And jumped back into the query pool, feet first, eyes closed.

Having shown you this, dear friends, I hope you can understand exactly why the Archives have been a little delayed thus far this year. I don't really have an opinion on the whole "The world is ending in 2012!!" thing, but I have to say that I certainly hope it's just getting all the challenging/ difficult bits out of the way right off the bat. With that optimism in mind, I want to introduce you to two new concepts we're going to try out here at the Archives, hoping to advance our way further into the blogging world and interact with you all in a real-time, digital megaspace reality that's sure to innovate our fluxative capacity. (Okay, so that was actually my attempt at shoving as much nonsense jargon as I could into that sentence).

Our two new concepts?

The first:

NO WRITING ABOUT WRITING. (Well, except maybe a little).

Frankly, we're all sick of writing about writing. And I know I'm sick of READING about writing. I'd rather be writing! So while our blog will stay topical, and while we are still writers, we hope to include a lot more of ourselves in our blog posts, and a lot less of . . . well, you know.

And the second:


You guys, I don't know if you've noticed, but it's HARD coming up with ideas for blog posts. Some weeks, we just give up out of sheer lack of motivation. Others, the well simply runneth dry. So we're going to try something new and fantastic: giving ourselves a theme to write to. Each week will have a theme, and you will get five different points of view about the topic at hand. We've already got a bunch of ideas, but if there's something you want to hear our thoughts on, leave it in the comments of this post!

Now, having waded through all of THAT business, we can move onto, er, business. This week's theme?

A wishlist.

It's been a new year twice now since the last time we really, really posted, and I'd like to celebrate and hallow the start of two new years by sending some wishes out into the universe. I'm genuinely hoping for some good things to happen this year! Here's my wishlist:

-Get another interview for my dream-dream job. Don't suck at it. Get the job.
-Have some small (or large) writing success-- find an agent, write another story that I can't stop thinking about, get past the first round in that contest.
-Continue to grow as a better friend, wife, relative, blogger, writer, critter mom, and employee.
-Get my gorgeous loveable stubborn spooky horse down to the Big Arena-- and ride her there. Safely.
-Learn. Learn more. Learn everything. Find more to learn once I've learned everything.
-Spend quality time with wallabies at least twice a month. (I'm happy to report that my profound love of wallabies can at last be satisfied on a weekly basis! And guess what: they're WAY softer and fuzzier than they look!)
-And while we're at it, I'm just going to go ahead and ask the universe to help me out a little financially.

Now, universe, I don't want any of these to be Backhanded Wishes. No killing anyone or anything or ruining lives to make it happen, ya hear?

Do you have a wishlist for 2012?


Linda G. said...

Oh, my gosh! I sure hope your luck turns with the calendar page, and February is better for you than January!

Personally, I'm just hoping to get through 2012 in one piece, with my mind intact. ;)

Keriann Greaney Martin said...

Well said on all points!! I knew about some of the bad January stuff, but some I hadn't heard. Hugs and ice cream and fuzzy wallabies for you!

I think your wishlist is very modest and achievable. If not all in 2012, then perhaps in the not-so-distant future (if we live past December, of course).