Today the Dragon Wins

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Something New for 2009
Or…The Dragon wants to exchange resolutions with you

It’s not quite like a recipe exchange, but let’s use that as our analogy. For today, I’d like to hear (or read, as the case may be) your New Year’s resolution. What’s the biggie for you in 2009?

You see, I don’t typically set some year-long goal and map out the plan to pursue it. In preparing this blog, I couldn’t remember the last time I made a list of new year resolutions. I think it was early in my Kansas City days. I lived there about 13 years. Now, this isn’t to say I’ve wandered aimlessly through life without goals. Far from it. But when I set out to accomplish something (and you can read that anal-retentive exercise, complete with Nigel’s spin on how it usually progresses, over at Nigel’s blog today) it’s not limited to an announcement Dec. 31/Jan. 1 and a plan that goes into motion Jan. 2 or 3 or whatever you like.

This year, I’m breaking with tradition and making a resolution. In fact, I’m making two. (I can hear a black-cloaked muppet vampire cackling somewhere in the background.) Two new year’s resolutions. Bwua ha ha ha ha ha ha.

First, I’m going to get healthy. Two oncologists—one a radiologist—have informed me that my tumors have shrunk. Considering the disease I was dealing with gets cured—not just smacked into blessed remission, but 100 percent cured—all the time, I feel quite confident that when I go in for my scan in April, I’ll hear that I have a clean bill of health. In the meantime, I’ve been able to hold food down for almost a full week now. This morning, I ate solid food. It wasn’t a lot, but it was non-mushy and it didn’t hurt my throat. This, my friends, is improvement. Soon, I’ll be gaining weight and be back on the court shooting hoops.

Second, I’m going to send out birthday cards. Doesn’t sound too difficult, does it? People, you have no idea. I used to be so good about keeping track of my friends’ birthdays (and immediate family, of course). That would be back in my college days and when I first got out of school. Back when I was married (and I shudder) I took care of getting cards to send to folks on both sides of the family…for a while. I can’t really say what went wrong. Busy schedule? Forgetfulness? Not transferring dates from a calendar one year? The Christmas before I filed for divorce, I got Idiot-Stick a calendar and I contacted a couple of the matriarchs in his family to get birthday lists so I could write them all down all over the calendar. This way, he would have names, birthdays & years, and relationships in one convenient spot. I thought about this gift during an e-mail conversation recently and thought, “That’s what I need.” So I got myself a lovely song bird calendar with these excellent pictures on each day (some really cute ones in there) and started contacting people whose birthdays or anniversaries I didn’t already know. I also have a book of stamps attached to it with a paperclip. See…planning for success.

Anyway, I’ve done enough rambling about this. Those are my resolutions. There’s room in the comment field to share yours. There’s something mentally “de-cluttering” about having set these resolutions this year, and about having written them down. So feel free to de-clutter here at The Dragon and share your resolutions with us.

Some days, I just want the dragon to win.
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Blogger Laura M. Crawford said...

Two resolutions. That's doable. Since I am letting go of Fear from 2008, I am setting a goal to do at least one thing I have always wanted to do and one thing that scares the crap out of me each month. Don't worry, I won't be bungee jumping anytime soon!!!

My other goal is to write everyday, at least 2,000 words per day (the Stephen King Quota). I want to have a pile of written material in various stages so I have something to work on at all times, including rewrites!! :)

I will have some exciting news to share with everyone very soon, so stay tuned! LOL!! ;)

In the meantime, many blessings to you and your health, and success in reaching your goals.

(My birthday is June 11th, BTW!)

Laura :)

1:58 PM  
Blogger Jeni said...

The only goal I set for myself anymore is simply to live life as fully as I can, each day. One day, one step, at a time. To not let the yucky stuff get a grip on me.
Sandy, I firmly believe that winning the battle against cancer requires faith (of the kind I know you have) and a positive attitude! You can do that quite well too! So you see, you have the keys -those things you provide, the oncologist and radiologist provide their skills and voila -a winning combination!
Hey, I'm proof -it'll be six years come March 13th since I was intially diagnosed and so far, I'm cancer free. If I can do it, so can you!

4:09 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

One resolution.
Already broken.
Resolution? Go to Yoga Class and lose 10-15 pounds.
How broken? Fell/slid/careened-in-an-unsightly-fashion down the stairs on Dec. 20 and sprained ligaments in my derriere (no joke!). Remember college? Like that, only carpeted this time. Not supposed to do vigorous exercise for 6-8 weeks.
I will reinstate the resolution later in the year when I've healed.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

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Jane Kennedy Sutton

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Sandy,

You mentioned going to DragonCon to promote your books. Have you considered this one?


11:48 AM  
Blogger Islamorada said...

What you NEED to do is get yo' butt on Facebook....cuz it reminds you when folk's birthdays are...and so I can keep up with you...and because it's fun. =)

12:18 PM  
Blogger Sandy Lender said...

Hi there.
I'll check out Opusfest. Thank you!
I don't think I'm doing DragonCon in 2009. That thing is incredibly expensive...
There are a couple of other cons that have invited me to speak so I think I'm going to concentrate on those if I can finagle the finances.
I'm looking forward to the day when being an author is a paying proposition... :)
Sandy Lender
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

2:28 PM  
Blogger Sandy Lender said...

You have no idea how many people have sent me invites to join Facebook...
But...criminy...I joined Friendster, Good Reads, MySpace, Shelfari, Ning (bookplace), Gather, Twitter, and a dozen other networking communities all to get my name and Choices Meant for Gods out there. I can't keep up with them all and I can't really tell that they're driving traffic for me. So I look at Facebook and feel overwhelmed.
That little "snap" you just heard was something in my brain.
Sandy L.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."

2:34 PM  

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