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Closing down 2012 and opening up 2013 (or, “I’M FINE MOM, HOW’S WASHINGTON!”)

December 31, 2012


“The Ice of Boston (Live in DC 1-21-11)” – The Dismemberment Plan

On a personal level, I leave 2012 better than I started it. 2011 was a year largely in flux, and 2012 was about tying up loose ends. I’m settled in a place I enjoy living and have a job that I love doing. I feel well, got to do a lot of wonderful things this year, and have many people in my life to be thankful for both new and old. As trying as Decembers tend to be (and this year I think I realized that December always has been / probably always will be draining), I am thankful for just about everything 2012 sent my way.

One thing that slipped through the cracks in 2012 was writing. The last post on this blog came in February, and aside from a few long emails to friends, I haven’t spilled a few hundred words anywhere on the internet in a long time. In 2013, I want to get back to writing. Not necessarily on a daily basis or even on a “regular” schedule. Rather, I want to write when I’m moved to write rather than let the ideas linger until they are forgotten.

I’m not necessarily concerned with getting hits or maximizing my readership (as publishing this around 7PM on New Year’s Eve probably suggests). Instead, I want to get back to the joy of writing. As someone who teaches writing and espouses the virtues of writing often, I feel like I should practice what I preach.

I need to figure out the logistics still, but I figured I’d put it out there. Whether I write here or somewhere else, I’d like to do it more often. Not quite everyday like I did in 2009, but certainly much more than I did in 2012 (and probably 2011, though I haven’t gone back and counted). I guess that makes this a resolution; whatever gets the job done is fine by me.

So here’s to another (goddamn) new year, and I’ll be back soon.

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