Resolved for 2017

"The Scream" by Edvard Munch

“The Scream” by Edvard Munch

I had hoped to spend the year holding Democratic politicians to their promises of living wages, racial justice, gender equity, greater LGBTQ equality … the progressive dream list was long. Instead I’ll be fighting Republicans to save Medicare, Social Security and the environment. I wrote a blog back in November about how I’d deal with the fallout from the 2016 elections, but I still have room for the kind of end-of-year resolutions I use to measure my own productivity and determination.

Before I get to 2017, let’s have a look at how I did with last year’s list.

1 — Stay active with Lambda Literary: I continued as president of the Board of Trustees; attended events in LA, Boston and NY; and (with your amazing help) raised over $10,000 for LL programs. That’s a 5-star year. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2 — Write a short story: I did indeed, the first one in several years. You can find “Sin City Spin” in Bella’s romance anthology, Happily Ever After. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

3 — Work more offline: That one lasted about a month before I got sucked into the elections. After a career in media research and political science, I found it too hard to look away from all the broken conventions. Apparently, two weeks is the typical lifespan for New Year’s resolutions, so at least I made the most of it by getting #2 completed. ⭐⭐

4 — Settle in one place: Last year, we got tired of moving back and forth with the seasons so we put down permanent roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The year has had its ups and downs, but we’re making it work. Although we’re here, the urban soul inside me isn’t quite settled. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now for 2017 …

1 — Write a book: Most years, this totally goes without saying. These days however I’m finding it harder to get things from my head to the page, and even harder to be satisfied with how I’ve written it. At 61, I’m realizing everything I want to do takes longer and hurts more. Now that my knee’s better, I can get moving again — and back to walking in the woods where I can dictate my thoughts. That always makes writing easier.

2 — Revisit some of my characters: Honestly, I’ve been meaning to do this for years. I don’t have any sequel novels planned, but I wouldn’t mind checking in on a few of my couples and bringing them up to date, either in a short story or by having them pass through another book. I have a pile of notes in my head on what they’re all doing these days … just need to get it to the page (see #1).

3 — Stay the course at Lambda Literary: June 2017 marks six years on the LL board — the end of my third and final term. We’ll soon be launching a new program I conceived a few years ago, and I want to make sure it takes off before I go. Thanks to Lee Lynch and Michael Nava, I’m feeling pretty good about it. 😉

I’ll leave it at three for now. When someone figures out the way forward, let me know and I’ll resolve to get on that path.

4 Responses to “Resolved for 2017”

  1. KG, Thank you for your reflection blogs. While I enjoy all your entries, I find these especially thought provoking. They force me to reflect on my contributions, both local and larger, to differing communities, and my commitments to myself as well. Your consistency in sharing yours inspires me to put my thoughts on paper and blog as well. Thank you for your work for LLF and the Progressive Dreams. Thank you for the literary visions you add to our lesfic canon and the way you reflect our lives — sometimes in our dreams!

    • I appreciate your encouragement and attention to my ramblings. I still have a stubborn resistance to making that 4th resolution — it probably involves something constructive and kind, but I still feel like lashing out at this horrible thing hate-filled voters have done to us.

  2. Sylvie Saint-Laurent Reply January 2, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Hope your wishes become reality: it would be good for all of us.

    May 2017 be better than it looks. We, Canadians, may suffer because of your politics.

    Sylvie

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