Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Mushrooms

by Sheila Connolly

Sorry, it's just me, although I'm honored to be following in the footsteps of some pretty heavy-duty writers this week.

Tonight is New Year's Eve, and in my household that means . . . not much. We'll drag out a favorite DVD (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to be precise), open a bottle of champagne and watch the ball in Times Square drop at midnight. If we're lucky we'll still be awake at 12:05.

Gone are the days of wild New Year's parties. Not much of a loss, because I can't recall more than two or three, and those were a long time ago. Heck, the annual fundraising dance for our local organic farm, music provided by Dale and the Duds, is livelier than most of the New Year's events I've attended. I guess I'm just not much of a party person.

But I will admit that I try to make a resolution or two each year. Or at least I think about it. Committing to a resolution and then blowing it just sets you up for frustration, and a writer faces plenty of that without asking for it.

What would I like to do better next year? Get organized! My family has gotten good at tiptoeing through the boxes of books and research files and promotional materials in order to navigate our second floor, and all that stuff is piled on top of the boxes of genealogy files. Then there are all those books I really do plan to read, stacked three deep on every available shelf, with teetering piles of more books in between. Who knew that writing would take up so much space?

So as soon as I meet the looming deadlines (yes, plural) and overhaul my website, I'm going to have to take a hard look at all those stacks and piles and boxes and figure out a better way to manage all that paper. Maybe there's a shredder in my future. I've read that I can raise mushrooms on shredded paper, so if the writing thing doesn't work out, I'm ready to start a mushroom farm. Sounds like a plan!

What's your Number One resolution for 2011?


Sandra Parshall said...

Sheila, my resolution EVERY year is to get organized and get rid of some of the paper and books cluttering my office and spilling over to the rest of the house. This year the situation is so dire that I might actually have to keep my resolution.

Dru said...

My goal (resolutions) is to take small steps towards bigger goals.

Anonymous said...

I have so many resolutions left over from previous years I'm going to reusing and recycling them in an effort to reduce the stock.
--There's the green quilt, now 11 years in the making.
--There's that play that needs two more acts.
--There's a wonderful group called Creative Aging Calgary that I hope to be involved in.
--There are my roller blades and ice skates that I discovered at the bottom of a closet. I think it's time I took up skating again.

Hugs and Happy New Year all around.

Diane said...

Resolutions and I don't mix. Just don't happen. But I do have to get back to knitting that lace thingy (kind of a cape/hood) my almost 11 yr old granddaughter requested. Her birthday is mid-Jan. By the way, she is smart, thank heavens. Because she will need to make a lot of money to support her tastes. The yarn - which she grabbed from my stash - is cashmere. Then I've got 4 pair of wool socks to knit for family members whom I just found out loves them & wants some. They never mentioned it before. Who knew? I've been hunkered over my e-book reading like crazy recently. Silly me...

Marilynne said...

My number 1 resolution is to relax and enjoy my life. I want to quit worrying about the itchy things in my life and just take care of me.

Sheila Connolly said...

Sandy, there may be a market niche for book organizers. If you find one, let me know.

Sharon, I've got a set of four antique maple chairs I bought in 2002. They needed new cane seats. I've finished one, and started another--and there they still sit.

Diane, the idea of knitting anything in cashmere wool sounds tempting, especially in cold weather. But I've never tried to make socks.

Marilynne, I love the "quit worrying about the itchy things" line.

Let's hope that 2011 brings us everything we want!

Ellis Vidler said...

Sheila, you have my empathy. I'm right there with you--paper is the bane of my house. Books and umpteen versions of my stories are stacked everywhere. As always, I plan to donate the books, but the paper defeats me. I can't burn it--think of the carbon! I'd like to take it to the recycling center, but I have visions of my words and thoughts blowing across the landscape and can't do it. Maybe mushrooms are the answer. Happy New Year!