To Be Resolved in 2015

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Dates that come around every year help us measure progress in our lives. One annual event, New Year’s Day, is a time of reflection and resolution. —Joseph B. Wirthlin

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Have you written your New Year’s resolutions yet? After all, it is New Year’s Eve/Day, time for Old man two-oh-fourteen to step aside (willingly or unwillingly) and allow the birth of newbie two-oh-fifteen.

It’s also the time we are expected to welcome Newbie 2015 with a list in hand—a list of resolutions with which we are to write in the first blank page of a 365 page journal, which, through the year, will become a good book.

The December 22, 2014, WordPress prompt asks How did you do on last year’s New Year’s resolutions? Do you anticipate there will be any leftover items to be carried over to next year?

I found my list of nine 2014 resolutions…from which I’ll pick the top five to evaluate, based onthe WordPress questions.

  • Finish the first draft of my novel. Harumph. When did I even start it this unplanned project that evolved out of my genealogy research? About 2000? Being concerned it was taking so long to write I surfed the web to discover authors who took years writing their novels. I found several, including Elias Canetti’s Crowds and Power (25 years); and Charles Dickens, who allegedly took 25 years to write A Tale of two Cities. Assuming I’ve written for 14 years, I have 11 more years to complete the book—including rewrites. Writing the first draft has made the top of my New Year’s resolutions for about six years. Each year, including 2014, the novel moved forward, but the first draft awaits its completion. I only hope I live long enough to bring it to fruition.
  • Paint 36 doll heads. This task has been on my New Year’s resolution lists since January 1996. I cut out the doll heads in my Jamestown, Pennsylvania, neighbor’s garage about 1994-1995. All the doll parts and clothes are ready and waiting for the head-painting. My niece Debbie instructed me how to paint the faces.  The problem is that my hands freeze when I hold a paint brush. In 2014 I found someone willing to paint the heads for me—all but the six I must paint myself so I can submit them to craft shows. Perhaps in 2015 the painting will be completed.
  • Finish my paternal genealogical calendar. On my list for about 4 years, after I completed my maternal genealogical calendar.
  • Complete three magazine articles. One done—Flight of Valor (a musical composition on Flight 93), published four years after it began.
  • Maintain my blog, CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS, on a regular basis. Accomplished with easy to write short pieces.

A review of the above list tells me that I only partially accomplished my goals. However, I credit the list with being a good incentive for working on these resolutions.

Have you found your 2014 list of resolutions? Do you have any that you will continue on into 2015?

For those who are curious, below is the list of the four resolutions I didn’t evaluate:

  • De-clutter my house: This task has been a New Year’s resolution since…well, since forever. Perhaps it should be removed.
  • Organize my print photos, print, tin, and digital.
  •  Locate a source to copy information from my 5 inch floppy discs.
  • Locate a source to copy one music tape onto CDs.

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Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. Quoted in Benjamin Franklin’s 1755 Poor Richard’s Almanac, December



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About carolyncholland

In several if my nine lives I have been a medical lab technician and a human service worker specializing in child day care, adoptions and family abuse. Currently I am a photo/journalist/writer working on a novel and a short story. My general writings can be viewed at My novel site is
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