Yay, it’s a new year. Because the old one sucked.
So what are my New Year’s Resolutions? I don’t do resolutions. The last thing I need is something else to feel guilty about. But I do have Plans. One of them is actually Krissie’s Plan. She e-mailed me on the 29th and said:
I want to do a blog like Lani’s, though only for a year, and I want it to be about personal transformation. Losing weight, getting healthy, changing my reality. I want a place where I can post daily, get support, keep myself honest, and I think a community and feedback would help me in the process.
I need another blog like I need another dog, but the idea of journaling change appealed to me. Also, I whined WAY too much here on Argh last year. Honest to God, there should have been a cheese plate, there was so much whine. So I figure if I check in once a week over there and say, “Here’s what’s working, here’s what’s not,” I can keep the self-absorption away from here and not look like such a solipsistic bore.
Of course, I immediately began to design the other blog while brainstorming titles with Krissie. I like making things. Making things is my chief pleasure in life. So Krissie and I decided to call the blog Reinventing Fabulous (because we were already Fabulous to begin with) and I came up with a design and showed Lani. Lani said, “Uh no,” and redid my design. I said, “Uh no,” and came back at her with changes. Well, we both knew that was coming.
So for two days, Lani and I e-mailed back and forth (yes, we live in the same house, what’s your point?), hammering out this blog design with poor Alastair in the background making changes and tearing his non-existent hair out. At one point, I kept making changes to the design and then seeing them change back; it took me a good two minutes to realize that Lani and I were working on the site at the same time. The thing is, Lani likes making things, too, so we were both enthralled, while Krissie kept saying, “I like that. I like that, too. That’s good. Whatever you guys want.” All she wanted was a place to journal, but Lani and I were obsessed. And since our tastes are the exact opposite in everything but pajamas, it took some negotiating.
But the blog is done and up and now I have a place to whine while being an adult here. Okay, not an adult, but not a self-obsessed, high-maintenance, too-lucky-to-be-complaining spoiled brat. That’ll be over on Reinventing Fabulous. Or ReFab as we like to call it. Like re-habbing a derelict cottage, we’re Re-Fabbing our derelict lives.
Lani and Alastair and I are re-fabbing Pop D, too: we’re going to start doing the mystery podcasts this year, theoretically every Monday. The first one is The Thin Man, the podcast for which should go up on the 9th. So PopD is back and newly fabulous, too.
And I have two books that have over 60,000 words each, and I should finish them. So I’m going to be blogging a lot more here about both of them, which means you get to see the seamy underbelly of writing Crusie fiction once more. Really, I don’t know why anybody reads this stuff. I should be more empowering but it’s just not in my wheelhouse. (What the hell does that mean anyway?)
I think I want to do more interviews, too. I owe the Fabulous Laura one from about two months ago, so that’ll probably be the first one. Oh, and Lani and Krissie and I did some chats and we might keep doing those. So more Playing Well With Others, coming right up.
You will notice that none of this stuff is resolutions. I resolve to never make another resolution again. There are enough people in the world willing to beat me up for falling short, I don’t have to join the queue. But I have Plans because Plans are infinitely better than resolutions because Plans contain both promise and flexibility. You can change Plans. And in 2012, I’m all about Change.
So what are your plans?