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FORGET IT. OK?

For most of us, making New Years resolutions get us nowhere. Admittedly, these give you a clearer look at the year ahead. Write them down, forcing you not to forget them. And that’s the end of that. Or is it?


For those who keep resolutions, good for you. Me, I’m envious. What a joy it must be when late December rolls around that you kept them. Leaving the rest of us to ponder over what we should’ve done, yet never got around it.


What if we take on a new tact? By picking three projects we’ve abandoned this year. Don’t write them down. Make them important enough that you can’t forget them. Big ones which stick out like sore thumbs. You'll have the whole of 2020 to work on them.


I’ve chosen three for myself:


1 -- I need to do more to promote my latest book. HARM’S WAY, an international thriller. I can’t expect the Beacon Publishing Group to do all the heavy lifting. I have a Twitter account, let’s work harder getting my name out there. Line up additional independent bookstores. Take along a few of the books to sell. Talk about what it took to write the book, my eighth.

2 – I must practice listening more to others, not doing all the talking. Mind, it’s easy when someone at a party asks what you do for a living? When they hear you’re a writer, they want to know more how to do it. I once said, I write what you’ll find on most headstones. That killed the conversation.


3 – Being more thoughtful toward others. Friends, family members and those I bump into from time to time. Something else. I’m lousy at remembering names. This needs working on, believe me.

Author’s comment: Let’s recap those faults, and hopefully remember them over the next twelve months. Do more listening than talking. Be attentive when others have the floor, so to speak. What more have I to say? Why not wish everyone who reads this a very Happy New Year. All year.

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