Welcome to 2011, everyone. Hopefully everyone's holidays were wonderful, with lots of good food, good times, and fun family moments. I know some of you have had to deal with personal tragedies and difficulties recently, but I hope this new year will bring you great things - great enough to help you overcome those difficulties.
As you can see, I have made some changes here. The foremost (to me at least) is the description of this blog (directly under the title). It used to read "This blog is one author's attempts to work through those dry deserts known as writers block, using free writings, ramblings, and plain old storytelling." I think the new description more adequately describes what I'm here for. It's also a bit more of a positive outlook on who I am and what you can expect when you come here. Rather than focusing on the moments when I am unable to write or have difficulty writing (which I hope will be less often this year), I've chosen to focus on what I really want to strive for. In essence, I want to be a good writer. There will still be some stories, some free writings, or ramblings. I am just choosing to focus on the writing itself rather than the dry deserts between bouts of writing. Heck, with a few rain dances, I might just eliminate those deserts completely. Sorry, no Youtube videos scheduled for these performances.
I've also changed the background and colors, partially because I wanted something new. I like the torn and yellowing page in the background. In one way, it reminds me of my writing. The edges are a little rough, but the page has lots of room for improvement. As for the blue banner and tone, I guess I just like that color.
I'm really energized for the new year. I got up this morning and did some exercise (pushups) before heading off to work. I've made a few tweaks on the blog (and there may be more coming, who knows). And I'm actually looking forward to getting home this evening and squeezing in some writing time.
My vacation was wonderful (the whole reason I was absent for the past 10 days). I slept in a little bit, spent lots of time with the family, and didn't do homework OR writing. Now some of you may be cringing out there as you imagine how much writing I could have gotten done during such a break, and I completely understand. But I needed to take a moment and examine where I was and where I want to be. Take stock of things. So while my goal of being an exceptional writer hasn't changed, I'm more energized to work on it because of the break.
There will be more fun coming as the week unfolds. And I hope everyone else is ready for a great year. I am overly optimistic, and I'm really looking forward to what new works I can create. How about you? Do you have some goals for this year?