Resolution is a funny word, especially at this time of year.

One meaning is “to find an answer or solution, to settle or solve.”

Another is “to make a formal decision about something.”

Both work for the change of a year.

We bid goodbye to 2015.  It was a good year for me in so many ways.

I resolved my search for an agent by finding the amazing Carly Watters.

I resolved my quest to get a first novel published by working with Word Branch Publishing.

I resolved my continuing cancer saga by completing my last (fingers crossed) reconstructive surgery.

Huge milestones, all.

And what of the other meaning?  What new resolutions for 2016?

Most of what I want to accomplish is only partially under my control.  My agent is shopping a murder mystery, and I’d dearly love to see that book come to publication.  It’s as good as I can make it, and now it’s up to the editors.  I wait and hope.

I have beta readers checking out my newest thriller.  With their suggestions, I resolve to make it work.

I have the barest outline completed for my next book.  It’s calling to me right now.  2016 will see it finished, and I can only hope it will sing to others the way it sings in my head.

My publisher has the first of a different series in her hands…will she like it?  No longer up to me.

And somewhere down the road I hear the distant voice of Saria, my Flamewalkers calling for a new adventure.  It’s a faint flicker that teases the edge of everything else I write.

Endings and beginnings.  They’re what the changing of a year brings to mind.  2015 was a banner year for me, and I hope it brought longed-for resolutions to you, too.

What resolved for you?  What do you resolve for 2016?  Share in the comments.

Published by drwendyv

Veterinarian, writer, board game designer, scuba diver, cake decorator, cancer survivor.

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