Cookies, brownies and dream cake squares. Check. Champagne. Check. Ingredients for pad thai. Check. Popcorn, Coke and for our movie snacks. Check. It's like we're using food and drink to fortify us against the terror of another year passing – that or we're just plain excited about celebrating in style. Perhaps it's a bit of both. We are officially stay-at-home . No use going out into the world tonight. Better to stick close to home and enjoy hibernation.
I don't feel like making any New Year's Resolutions. This last year has already been full of resolutions, so I have enough change to try and keep up with without adding to my list. I do like the idea of a clean slate though – and 2017 is looking very pristine and shiny and golden to me right now. Hello new year. Come on in.
Do I always think that the coming year is going to be better than the last? Yip. Not a lot of logic going on there. But I'm an optimist – so that's just how I roll. I suppose it's also human nature to think that at an undefined later date, I will somehow get done what I need to and do it better than I can right now. Idealize the future and idealize the past... What I really want to do is write more fiction this year. I just love a good story and trying to craft one.
Mike and I just finished watching the first season of The OA (on Netflix) and it really took some interesting turns. There was one episode near the end which almost ruined the whole series for me – some of the characters' actions/motivations didn't add up and there were a few scenes that didn't tie into anything else – which made me feel as if I were watching the deleted scenes reel. But the storytelling overall was excellent (although sometimes the tone was a little too gritty and raw for me). As the season went on, I started to feel like I was watching Lost – much is unexplained and you start to wonder if the creators of the show are really going to make this work. We'll see if they can continue to hold up the story in the seasons to come, but it definitely intrigued and inspired me – lots of new storylines that I haven't seen before. Pretty original, in many respects. And I now know what OA stands for. I won't ruin it by telling you.
I have to admit, I didn't read that many novels in 2016. I read lots of great poetry and non-fiction. Just finished How to Write a Sentence, by Stanley Fish. So good and so fun. I hope more people write books like that. Let's get into the magic of the sentence more. It's a wonderful, powerful tool. Poets who haven't read this book are certainly in for a treat. I'm actually reading it again for a second time (and redoing all the exercises too). Fish has some exercises for writing aphorisms. Here are some of mine: It's more important to be happy than to be right. Too many nights out lead to too many nights in.
Happy New Year to all lovers of fiction, poetry and everything in between. Here's to new adventures and warmer climes!