Thursday, January 01, 2009


There is nothing like reading a word's etymology to get the mind working.


1412, "a breaking into parts," from L. resolutionem (nom. resolutio) "process of reducing things into simpler forms," from pp. stem of resolvere "loosen" (see resolve). Originally sense of "solving" (as of mathematical problems) first recorded 1548, that of "holding firmly" (in resolute) 1533, and that of "decision or expression of a meeting" is from 1604. Harper, Douglas. Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001.

My inbox has been flooded with folks sharing their new resolutions. There have also been quite a number of people sharing their forms and favorite books to help me plan and reach my own resolutions. I'm always open to new ideas.

I like simple. My goal making follows that philosophy. Here are some of my yearly top to-dos. Take paying gigs. Write a couple of articles. Finish one picture book. Write a draft of or majorly revise a novel. I make clear-cut goals. I try make sure my goals are reasonable. I don't write 12 books a year; I write one, or half of one if it's a huge project. It's all about keeping it real, folks.

Here are some sites with great advice for those who wish to set goals yearly year:

Try this site with tips to write SMART GOALS.

Setting Effective Writing Goals by Moira Allen

Here's a site with tons of 'put you in the right direction advice'.

My last bit of advice, follow your star. Find that white hot place inside you, the stuff that stirs you up to distraction. This is where your going to find the power to get stuff done.

My doodle today is a little bit of Texas, I call it 'Some Texas Goose'.

Remember: ©Molly Blaisdell, all rights reserved. If you want to use my cool doodles, ask permission first. It is so wrong to take people's doodles without permission!

I wanted to add something from the ages for this week's playlist hit. Gosh, this piece is totally my theme song. Here is the wonderful George Winston playing Variations of the Kanon by Pachelbel.

Our ideals resemble the stars, which illuminate the night. No one will ever be able to touch them. But the men who, like the sailors on the ocean, take them for guides, will undoubtedly reach their goal. Carl Schurz


Vijaya said...

Good goals, Molly. And you are amazing -- because you will do more.

Loved the doodle and poem and the Canon.

Blessings for the New Year.

MollyMom103 said...

Hi Vijaya! You are one the people who inspire me all the time that you can always do more.

Glad you liked the doodle and Kanon.

Blessing to you too!