Monday, January 09, 2017

A New Year

Do you make New Year's resolutions? I read the other day that one should call them "intentions"--the theory being that relabeling them might make them less intimidating and help us feel less of a failure when we inevitably stumble.

I usually do make them, and they're typically the same ones every year: eat healthily, exercise more, get more sleep, stop wasting time. I actually do eat healthily most days (the result of some twenty years of making the same resolution), and I exercise when my aching joints allow. The sleep and time-wasting are still a work in progress.

Another of my resolutions this year is to be better at keeping this blog. I do like to be upbeat on it because nobody needs a Debbie Downer, and last year was such a rolling series of disasters that I found it increasingly hard to strike the necessary note. Maybe this year . . .

I can tell you that having my girls home for Christmas was beyond wonderful (and Maddie and Zydeco! I've really missed those two. Look how big and fat Maddie is!). My little Peanut is now just fine. One thing I learned from our vet is that runts of the litter, when they hit 7-8, usually start having health problems. So another of my resolutions is to spoil her. She's not complaining.

I'm back at work on my next Sebastian book (tentatively entitled Why Kill the Innocent), and the end is finally, finally within sight. I've reached the point where I'm more than anxious to move on to #14 (Who Slays the Wicked--love that title). I'm also looking forward to the release of WHERE THE DEAD LIE, coming in April. It has already received a nice Publishers Weekly review, which I should be able to share soon. This is undoubtedly my darkest book, by far. I wonder why?

I will be going over to San Antonio again in few weeks to be with my daughter while her husband undergoes major surgery. Another of my resolutions this year is to try to stay calm and meditate more.

We'll see how I do.


paz said...

New Year's Intentions -- a much kinder and wiser spirit from which to embark upon new beginnings. Mine are quite simple: complain less; identify workable solutions; prioritize problems; be kinder to others AND to myself.

Zydeco is simply GORGEOUS!!!!

cs harris said...

Paz, I like the idea of being kinder to oneself--although I suspect I'd simply use it as an excuse to be lazy.

Barbara Butler McCoy said...

Wow. This post and the comments dovetail with a book I bought at the New Year, "The Book of Joy," by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It's such a paradox, really, that attending to what causes us pain and pleasure, as individuals, in the end helps others. That is WAY philosophical for a comment, I know, but it captures in a nutshell the disruption that rolled through my life all year. That's one of the reasons I so appreciate your blog, Candy. I also just absolutely love Sebastian and Hero. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Charles Gramlich said...

I no longer make resolutions. I agree with the "Intentions" thing. That's kind of how I do it. Or even, I sure would "like" to do such and such this year

cs harris said...

Barbara, Did you find it a good book? I have been considering buying it myself.

Charles, since this is your area of expertise, maybe I'll give the renaming concept more credence than I originally did!

Susan/DC said...

I understand the joy of having one's children around. My 3 are grown and out of the house, which means our time is our own, things stay where we put them, and the leftovers meant for the next day's dinner are still there at dinner time tomorrow. But when they come home I realize how I miss the joy and energy and just plain miss them. Who knew they'd turn out to be so kind, interesting, and funny? I no longer worry about what kind of people they will turn out to be, but I do worry about the larger world, even though I realize that such worry is mostly a waste of energy because there's not much I can do about it. However, it did lead to one of my resolutions/intentions: to do what I can (even if it's only a little) to become more active in organizations that promote kindness and understanding.

Barbara Butler McCoy said...

With regards to "The Book of Joy", let me put it this way: the clarity and depth of their conversation about, and love of, humanity is a balm I am savoring. It is also a joy just to get a glimpse of their extraordinary relationship.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update and pics. I try not to make myself too crazy about New Years resolutions as it usually doesn't last all that long. Keep us updated on progress of not only the books but how things are going with all your people and pets. Best, Sabena

cs harris said...

Susan, good point about missing young people's "energy." I feel like we're turning into a couple of old fogies. The young help keep us young.

Barbara, I will have to get it. I could use some balm right now.

Sabena, Thank you. I won't deny life is hard right now.

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