This week between between Christmas and New Year’s Day is one of my favorites in all the year. It seems stolen out of regular time, when the glass on the windows is steamy with cooking and the breath of bodies, when there is a chance to take stock and think about possibilities and imagine with joy what fresh things might be waiting in the wings.
One thing I’m working on this week is the new schedule for Voice and Girls in the Basement classes this year. I hope to have the new website up for the classes by the end of this week, so if that’s your pleasure, do check back. In response to repeated requests, I’m adding two workshops to the schedule this year: Voice II and a special, fully anonymous workshop for published writers.
I’m organizing my travel schedule, as well, and I do believe I’m going to spend a fair amount of time in Australia and New Zealand when I go over for the Romance Writers of Australia conference in August. I’m thinking strongly of renting a place in Melbourne for a month and exploring from there. Maybe go to Tasmania, which has intrigued me for a long time. Any suggestions are very welcome.
Of course, I have writing goals, too, and lots and lots of work, which I love.
Do you have rituals of contemplation at this time? What do you want to leave behind in 2007 and what new thing would you like to pick up in 2008? I don’t mean the idea of New Year’s Resolution (I will lose 20 lbs, I will quit smoking, I will look younger, better, whateverish). I mean, what would you like to LOVE more next year? What would bring you more joy?