Don’t Call It A Comeback.

I’m going to be honest with y’all, I am failing my 2012 New Year’s resolutions in spectacular fashion. I don’t know if it’s because I’m so distracted by preparing for the apocalypse or because I’m only good at resolutions that involve reading, but this year is not going very well for me resolution-wise.

I have two resolutions this year.

  1. To learn to play my ukulele
  2. To finish my book.

To recap what I have done so far…..

  1. I’ve not even touched my ukulele.
  2. Not only am I not close to finishing my book, I’ve completely changed direction and have to do a massive rewrite on about 95% of it.

So, I’m putting my ass on blast and calling myself out on not getting either one of these things done.

 “Hey Girl on the Contrary! They should call you Girl on the Failure because you’re totally failing at New Year’s resolutions! Snap!”

Now that I’ve used biting humor to point the problem out to myself the process of healing can begin and I can rededicate myself to my resolutions. Especially the one about the book because, as I understand it, the world doesn’t really need another ukulele player. So, I’m giving myself deadlines and if I fail to meet them I will mercilessly taunt myself a second time.

Don’t call it a comeback. Call it a rededication to previously established goals. Actually, just call it a comeback.

60 thoughts on “Don’t Call It A Comeback.

  1. As the saying goes, “It’s only a comeback if you were already there before.” But I’ll go with whatever you say…I’m easy that way. Good luck!

  2. I am going to act as your shaman on this one 😉 and repeat the words of the wise Don Juan: All the paths are the same, they lead nowhere, but some paths have a heart and some others don’t. If the path has a heart, you have to stick with it because you are going to enjoy it like hell. If not, you must not stay with it under any conditions because pretty much everything will suck as a result. I think new year’s resolutions are like these paths…they have a heart or not…both ukuleles and books have high heart potential…you just have to find your way around it and when you do…boy, oh boy! Good luck with both!

  3. I hate to brag, but I am winning big time at checking resolutions off my list. I should probably mention that my New Year’s resolution was to not set a resolution of any sort. I hate being bossed around… even if I’m the one doing it 🙂

  4. stevesw says:

    My theory is New Year resolutions are really made just to get other people to stop nagging you about how they want you to change your life. BTW, my ‘get the novel finished’ resolution has turned out like yours; I am making a major rewrite of how the plot unfolds because I have eliminated two characters.

  5. I think you are wrong. What the world needs IS another ukulele player. Then you could form your own ukulele band and play at the Republican convention! Music soothes the savage beast and all that. 😉

  6. cooper says:

    i went through 10 re-writes on my book before i was happy with it. the final version holds only a vague resemblance to the first draft. just keep plugging at it – you’ll get there.

    as for the uke…yer on yer own…

  7. my new year resolution has always been to reach office on time and work on my book… cant ever reach on time…m glad my boss likes me to the extent of ignoring my in time…and book …its like on a snail speed… super slow… 😉
    atleast you can say you were preparing for apocalypse .. 😉

    hope we get a sneak peek of your book..

  8. I love playing the Uke! What kind do you have? Sometimes I think my guitar misses my Uke too. I had a baritone Uke but I will probably get a concert or tenor when I finally get around to getting a new one.

  9. I do understand for I too have set a deadline for the sequel of my book. Now, I did finish the sequel but I have not even picked it up to read, edit, proof, etc….. I’ve done nothing on the contrary!!! LOL… However I am MAKING myself stick to what I say because our words are everything. You have to be a person of your word so that others can believe in you and your product.
    Keep going you’re headed in the right direction. We can encourage each other to PRESS FORWARD!!! Enjoyed this very much and can’t wait to get a copy of your book!!! I’ll pass on the ukulele tunes…

  10. good for you and your re-dedication. and you’re correct. the world does not really need another ukulele player, while it most decidedly needs another book. and even if you master the ukulele, there’s no New York Times best ukulele player list, whereas if you finish the book, there is; as well as movie rights and bragging rights and one very impressed grandma.

    you go ?GotC.

  11. Life is filled with comebacks, isn’t it? I don’t even want to associate with anyone who comes up with big goals, executes them in a timely and efficient manner, and then goes on to the next ones. Stay. Away. From. Me. So hurray for your comeback!

  12. “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish, as my old gaffer used to say.” -Sam Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings.

  13. I didn’t even make any resolutions this year, so I’m sticking to them perfectly 🙂

    Editing and rewriting is part of the process of finishing a book. Sounds like you’re right on track 🙂

  14. You go kiddo!! And don’t dismiss the need for another ukele player – nothing can generate a smile quicker than the sounds of strumming (cute babies, lottery winnings, and unexpected acts of kindness exempted)..

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