New Day, New Month

So it’s February already.  A twelfth of the year has gone by.  I’ve got a lot of things that I want to accomplish this year.

Last year I managed to read 111 books.  It was a hard year and when I was feeling low or not up to being around others, I’d read.  I was hoping for 100 books read, but I got on a roll and exceeded my goal.  This year I’m hoping for a solid 52 books.  A book a week.

Currently I’m reading The Goldfinch.  It’s long, but I’ve truly enjoyed the time I’ve spent with it.  As a writer, I’m always impressed by a good read and Ms. Tartt delivers in this compelling book.

Another goal is to write regularly.  I realized that I needed to do some replotting on the work in progress and got a spiffy new notebook and a fast pen and I’ve spent the weekend playing with my characters and asking them all sorts of questions.  I’m always amazed at what they reveal to me.  So I’m well on my way to knowing what happens in this book (it had been so long since I plotted it and I’d lost the notes, that I wasn’t sure what was going on).  I have to take a firm hand with some of the characters or they will run away with the story and make it their own.

Since knitting is my stress-reliever, I want to get a handle on the gazillion projects I have either in progress or in the planning stage.  I’ve found I do really well if I knit monogamously.  Things end up getting finished.  Like the Zinfandel shawl I posted in my last entry.

Sam continues to grow and do new things every day.  He’s such a good kitty.  His latest thing is to hunker down in the  sink and pop up at me when I walk into the bathroom.  He thinks it’s hilarious.  4 a.m. in the morning with eyes barely open – not so much on my part.  But I’m trying to be a good sport.

So Sam and I are both learning and growing with each new day and new month.

What are you up to this month?  What are your plans for this year?

I hope we’re all successful with our plans.