Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

2013 Resolutions

. . . or something.

New Year's Day dawned cloudy and drismal.

Happy New Year, everyone! Here's my list of intentions for the coming year. A few are leftover from last year (and the year before). Namely these:

*Accept my physical limitations. I'm not as young as I used to be, and I have health problems that limit some things I'd like to do. So, I'll do what I can do, and the heck with the rest.

 I've lost more than 25 pounds in 2012, and that's helped a little. I read books by William Davis and Gary Taube that changed the way I eat (no more wheat!) and helped me immensely. I've accepted that the American Diabetes Association is full of you-know-what, so I don't follow their guidelines anymore. However, I still tire more easily than I think I should and don't have the strength I once did. I've become more careful—I still avoid driving at night, and I try not to drive on interstate if I can help it. I doubt I'll ever ride a horse again (Melody still has health problems, too, but she's lots better than she was last year) or walk long distances with the dogs. Some days, though, I feel OK. But I know not to push my luck.

*Consider getting one of my books published as an e-book. Which one? I dunno. . . . Which e-book format? I dunno. . . . But I should learn more about e-books.

I'm still thinking about doing Patches on the Same Quilt, my 2001 self-published novel, as an e-book. A friend is working on a new cover, and I've been watching videos on how to format. Maybe this year I'll do it. I still retain e-book rights to some of my other work. Maybe I'll do e-versions of some of those. I still haven't made up my mind. I need someone to sit down with me and say, "OK, this is how you format an ebook!" and then walk me through the steps. 

Update: Did this! On January 31, Patches on the Same Quilt went live on Kindle. You can order it at

*Keep reading. My stack of unread books continues to grow. Will I ever finish reading all the books I want to read?

My stack of books to be read continues to grow lots faster than I can read them! Plus I've downloaded more free e-books onto  my iPad. But I read every day. 

*Learn to use iMovie, Skype and Facetime.

I did downloaded Skype over a year ago but haven't used it. Ditto for Facetime. But last year I did upgrade the RAM in the iMac and went from Leopard to Snow Leopard (so now I'm only two Mac operating systems behind). I'm still, however, using an old version of Word.

Jim-Bob plans to keep occupying the basket on my desk.

Now for some new intentions:

Grow a garden. I had a garden last summer, and it was wonderful. I plan a bigger one for this year.

Update: On March 9, I planted kale, onions, and chard.

Do more with less. I've dropped a couple of clothing sizes, but I don't need a big wardrobe. I'll only buy what I really need—and I'll buy as cheaply as possible. I'll recycle what I can and appreciate what I already have.

Buy "used" when possible. Only buy things I need. Or really, really want.

Get my truck painted. My 94 Dodge pickup is down to bare metal in a few places. At 150,000 miles it's just now getting broken in good. But it looks bad.

Do some maintenance around the house. Stain the deck. Paint a few doors.

Lose a few more pounds. If I keep eating wheatless and low carb, this shouldn't be a problem. I'm losing a pound every two or three weeks as it is.

I'll continue to eat healthy—not the food pyramid crap, but food that is actually healthy for a diabetic. I'll try to eat more organic food, too. having the garden will help with that.

I'll probably think of a few more things, but this is enough for now.



Blogger Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Good luck, Becky, with keeping up with those resolutions. And good luck with your e-book.

2:07 PM  
Blogger CountryDew said...

I understand that need to have someone show you the ebook ropes! I feel the same way. Maybe by year's end one of will learn, eh? Hope so.

Happy New Year to you and best wishes for a terrific 2013.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Good luck on accomplishing your intentions.
Sending wishes for wonderful 2013!!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Maaco in Lynchburg did a fabulous job painting our Ram. Something with the Ram paint; if you look around, you'll see a lot of Dodge Rams losing their paint. Anyway, we did negotiate the price down so be prepared to do that to get the best price.

11:06 PM  

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