My yearly reflection for 2012 was semi-popular, so I thought I’d try something new for 2013: an end-of-the-month reflection for each month.
2013 started off with more of a whimper than a bang. Things haven’t been especially exciting, but that’s okay. I haven’t been looking for a lot of excitement.
I had decided, as the new year rolled in, to buckle down on my writing. I had a hard time writing in December, due to the fact that I spent a lot of extra hours at work. So the plan for January was to start getting up early every morning to give myself extra time in the day. Therefore, I won’t have any excuses to slack off on writing (i.e. errands to run, etc.). Unfortunately, it took me until the end of the month to get off my slacker butt and implement this plan, but it’s in full swing now.
Once I got started, I found that it’s working quite well. I haven’t had any trouble getting up early. My goal was to write at least 500 words per day. So far, I’ve been exceeding that, hitting more like 1,000 – 2,000 words per day, split between two different novels. I’m feeling encouraged, and my mood has been a lot better.
I guess one of the big national news items this month has been the flu that’s been going around. Seems like everyone’s had it, even lots of folks who got the flu shot. It’s been a much bigger epidemic than either bird flu or swine flu were, that’s for sure. Sadly, the husband and I were not immune (the husband still claims that he never had the flu, that he came down with cedar fever from the weekend we were in Austin, but due to his illness’s persistent duration, I’m skeptical of the claim). I stayed on the couch for 4 days, missing 2 days of work, but steadily improved after that. I’m feeling much better now.
All in all, it wasn’t so bad. I’ve had worse flus.
The other big national news item this month seems to be gun control. I’m not going to express my views on gun control here, because I don’t want my blog to be a platform for those kinds of discussions. What I do want to express is my disappointment in people on both sides of the debate. People seem to just lose their damn minds over this issue. There are a lot of words being said, but, in my opinion, few genuine, reasonable solutions have been put forth.
I feel like there’s never any actual debate anymore. When two opposing sides meet, all they do is try to see who can out-shout the other. It’s tiresome.