Yes, we must look back, we cannot help it. And yet I am not a pillar of salt.
Continuing Belief: Somewhere there’s a job that’s not awful and is only 8 hours a day.
Lost Belief: That President Obama can unite legislative branch of the U.S. government to accomplish anything good, healthy, and straightforward.
So what has 2009 wrought?
- The launch of my blog.
- I wrote a bunch of reviews (films, plays, dance pieces) and "published" them on said blog!
- I wrote my first short-short stories. I still don’t quite know what to do with them, but I like them.
- In fact I’ve started several short (not short-short or microfiction) stories, none finished to my satisfaction yet.
- I continued working on my first mystery novel.
- Submitted one short story to a magazine. Still waiting.
- My love of performing was reignited when I read Ophelia in Matthew J Wells’ delightful Countrie Matters. Let’s do it again.
- There are even more pounds of fat on my belly and butt.
- My first ever tetanus shot (good for 10 years!) due to the first of two infection-inducing bites from my doddering old cat. I’m sure he really meant to bite the vet’s assistant.
- My latest review at work seemed to be a good one, but in fact was really a directive to stop doing what I do well and only teach the young’ns to do what I do. As if my boss knows the increased commute to the new building in spring 2010 will kill me. As Elizabeth I said, “Balls. If I had ’em, I’d be King.”
- My acid reflux was verified by two medical tests by two different doctors. Ain’t that swell.
- 1 friend stricken with cancer seems to be doing just fine.
- 1 friend stricken with cancer in ’08 had a recurrence in ’09 that made us all wonder just how important that first place one is treated really is. She’s doing just fine now, but wondering continues.
- Tried “progressive” glasses and hated them. Need bifocals in 2010.
- I saw an opera (or was it an oratorio?) I actually thought was fabulous (Kepler, by Philip Glass). Does it explain the persistence of opera as a theatrical art form (which is the reason I go to the opera at least once a year, in my quest to “get” the form). Well, if it was really an oratio as Matthew suggested (and I agree), no. My quest goes on to understand this form with its bad acting, pointless repetition, and great sets. Opera is like a James Cameron film post Aliens – “Looks 10, Plot 3” (see http://matthewslikelystory.blogspot.com/2009/12/blue-christmas.html)
- A delightful production of Love’s Labour’s Lost that made me finally appreciate the “play” for whatever it is.
- My goddaughter got engaged.
- 2 other engagements
- 1 wedding
- 2 separate vacation weeks away from my apartment
- Started weekly allergy shots in hopes of someday being free of allergies. My single act of faith for the year.
- Writing group fell asleep and has yet to be revived.
- Saw many films, 5 of them at the Tribeca Film Festival
- According to my calendar, I experienced
8 live musical evenings
5 dance pieces
Participated in 2 readings
- New heating system – I no longer wear shorts in my apartment through the winter!
That's enough looking back. Let’s move forward.
Plans for 2010
- Learn to meditate in order to be able to fly again – what else can I do for an hour at the end of a flight when not allowed to read a book or scribble in a notebook.
- Exercise minimum 5 days a week. (Plan for execution: Bought a Wii console on New Year’s Eve to facilitate.) Plan within a plan: Alternate Yoga & Cardio via Wii, and still walk at least 30 minutes a day to build up breath.
- Build up Resiliency for me, not my employer.
- Write and/or edit on the bus either to or from work each day. No more napping.
- Write more Story, less back story.
- Create Time out of none.
- Create clear, flat surfaces in my apartment, on which to lay out storyboards comprised of index cards, chapter by chapter.
- Visit my friends more.
- Do some readings in addition to attending them.
- Cut down on taxis! Think how much reading/editing can be done on subway.
- Leave the office by 6:30 latest every night.
- Leave office by 6 once a week.
- Maybe learning to delegate isn’t such a bad idea.
- Find that job that’s not awful and is only 8 hours a day.
That’s a start. Happy New Year, everyone!
~ Molly Matera, signing off. Must plug in that Wii! Thanks for stopping by.