Things for 2019

I’ve made a list for 2019—me, the person who is not by nature a list- maker.

Will wonders never cease?

What’s on the list, you might ask?

Well, things.

What kind of things?

Things I want to accomplish during the year, things I’d like to see happen. Things like hopes and wishes and dreams. You know –all that important stuff deemed not so important by some, but extremely important to this writer. I’m a dreamer, a hoper, a wisher–what can I say?

Not all of these things are of a writing nature, mind you. Even though I often feel that my life is lopsided and I’m too immersed in this world of words and sentences and pages for my own good. But then I remind myself that I do things other than write.

Family–always number one, even before writing. Family are the people who support you though the good and bad. They accept you, not only at your best, but our worst. They are the people you laugh with and cry with and share with. They are your safety net when life gets tough.

I knit. Sometimes, but not often. There just doesn’t seem to be the time.

I garden—in the summer months—but not as regularly as I should. Much of that falls onto Hubby’s capable shoulders.

I grandparent—not as often as I’d like, distance being the primary reason. Is that a hobby? I don’t think so. That’s just life. Little people rock!

I’m not going to claim to be a cook. I gave that up when the kids all moved out. Cooking now feels like an inconvenience at the best of times. I now have a daughter-in-law who can cook circles around me, and I just love that!

Okay, I do housework…sometimes. While matters of sweeping and laundry and dishes don’t invite me to use my imagination to the fullest they are sometimes a necessary part of living. Dust bunnies do not rock!

I have a job—for about eight months of the year I get up early in the morning and spend maybe ten or eleven hours away from any kind of technology. If I must write, I “head write” then wait for a break, or lunch time, to jot down all those clever thoughts. Did I say clever?

I have friends. Having friends means putting effort into that friendship, taking the time to have coffee or just phone to say hello. Sorry, a like or a comment on a Facebook status just doesn’t cut it so far as I’m concerned. I need real contact of some kind. I know it’s time consuming, but isn’t friendship worth it?

Maybe 2019 will be the year I try something new, or even a plethora of new things. Why stop at one?

I’ll be working on the edits for my two books due out in 2020. I’m a so excited about this. I love working on edits. It’s where the magic happens.

If all goes according to plan, my list of things for 2019 will continue to grow. It’s not simply a January list but one that will evolve over the weeks and months ahead.

Happy New Year to all my readers. I hope 2019 has something truly remarkable in store for you.

Are you a list-maker? All the time, some of the time, never or just occasionally?

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  1. I am a huge list maker, always have been even as a child. It’s just me. I get a real charge out of striking something off a list. I am sure your year will be awesome. Happy New Year!!


  2. Linda Pineo

     /  January 4, 2019

    First off, Laura, wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead. As far as lists go, I use them constantly. If you ever come to my home you will probably find my kitchen table and my computer desk full of lists and notes. I don’t believe I could operate without them. Like Darlene mentioned in her comment I really get great satisfaction in marking something off the list. Sometimes they get a bit out of hand and I have to sit down and consolidate them. In the end, lists and notes keep me a bit on track, and I fool so many people, because they think I have a good memory! I even get some kind of weird pleasure out of that.


    • Happy New Year to you and your, Linda! There is nothing wrong with being a list-maker. I do occasionally make lists, but it’s simply not in my nature. I say whatever works. I’m looking forward to reading your latest book! Congratulations.


  3. Phyllis Crowe

     /  January 4, 2019

    Lists… All. The. Time. I have even learned to not really care if I don’t get everything crossed off, because my worst habit is putting too much on them in the first place. Happy New Year!


  4. Happy New Year, Laura. Lists are funny things. Years ago I advocated making them, but in recent years I seem to have dropped the habit. Sometimes I would get great satisfaction in crossing things off a list, and other times a list caused me discouragement as I counted all the things that still needed doing. I keep a fairly detailed electronic calendar which syncs on my phone and computer, so I don’t forget important things. I suppose that’s a form of list making. 🙂


    • Happy New Year, Carol! I hope the upcoming year holds many wonderful things for you. You must be so proud of Shari! I’m really rooting for her.


  5. Judith M Hiltz

     /  January 5, 2019

    Lists, without lists I wouldn’t know what day it is..LOL Lists for food, lists for chores, lists on who I should call, lists for things for Lee to do. I live for lists, and more so as I get up there in years. Right now I think I should call my friend, Laura..


    • Well, thanks for calling! I enjoy hearing your voice and sharing a giggle or two. Here to a healthy and happy 2019, my friend. ❤


  6. Packaging Your Imagination 2019… That would be a new experience:)


  7. I am a list maker; they keep me on track. Without a list, I’d dilly-dally, end up near the ocean somewhere, lose track of time and come back next year.

    All the best in 2019.


    • List do make perfect sense. I’d likely be more productive if I made them more often. Wishing you continued success in your writing, Diane. Let’s hope 2019 turns out to be a stellar year for both of us!


  8. Ericka

     /  January 12, 2019

    Hello there ‘Ole’ friend. Notice I didn’t call you my old friend! lol, Been awhile since I’ve seen you too and would love to have that tea face to face that we’ve talked about so many moons ago. So looking forward to your 2 new novels, truly is exciting! And ‘yes’ I am a list maker and a dream planner! Now that’s not to say those list of dreams come true but hey…nothing wrong with trying to be organized in our ever so hectic lives.



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