Happy New Year
New Year's Eve was very low-key, which is just what I wanted. I met up with BFF Malory and we went to dinner at Longhorn, where we totally gorged ourselves on prime rib. Then we party-hopped, including a soiree at BFF Karen's house. I was home shortly after midnight watching Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper in Times Square. No illness or gunfire this year, which I think is a plus.
I spent several hours yesterday re-reading my novel, Conquering Venus, and making some additional tweaks. I plan to finish today and submit the manuscript to two presses tomorrow. Keep your fingers, toes and legs crossed for some success this time out. I've been trying to get this book published for over eight years, and it feels like the time is now. Many thanks to the extraordinary Kate Evans for offering advice, comments and critique on the novel over the last few months.
The next three days are all about writing. I've had some requests by editors for poems, so I have to go through the file and see what's ready. It's also time to look at the poetry collection in progress, which I put aside last year. Poems need to come out and new ones put in, plus a general rethinking of the sequence. I also hope to get out to see one more movie, probably Doubt (I'll post a review) and to finish reading Julia Leigh's Disquiet (the next "Read This").
Doing more reading and writing is my only resolution for 2009. Since I'll be -- gulp! -- 40 this year, I'm trying to make my resolutions more realistic. What are yours?