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Woo hoo, it's New Year's Eve! It kind of snuck up on me since my brain has been living inside Magic Mansion all week, busy thinking up all kinds of crazy and humiliating challenges to put my Magicians through. I think I'm more grateful than appreciative of today's item, a new year, because I don't think it's "a given" and I don't take it for granted. It's another whole year in which I have 365 days brimming with possibility! I'm totally psyched, and I'll be honest, every day that I don't wake up and feel stifled working for someone else is a fabulous day for me. It honestly may never get old.

I've just spent the last couple of minutes re-reading Stroke of Midnight--and in case any of you have come to PsyCop recently and didn't know about this PsyCop short from Jacob's point of view, or if you've just simply forgotten about it, I'll take this opportunity to remind you that I'd love for you to have it as a gift from me to you, along with my well-wishes for a fabulous new year for us all.

This year I've set the goals of losing more weight, keeping up with my meditation, writing/finishing three novels and taking a couple of trips to make sure I stay balanced. No more all-work and no-play.

What are some of your goals?


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Jan. 1st, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you! I envy you your enthusiasm in welcoming in the new year.

I've been finding it very hard to be enthusiastic about anything lately. Maybe that should be one of my goals! To always look on the bright side. The last two years have been particularly difficult; every time I started to feel happy, something awful would crop up.

So this year, along with trying to become more fit, I'm thinking I should try and look at the positive side of life, rather than cringing, waiting for the next anvil to drop.
Jan. 1st, 2012 07:50 am (UTC)
I'm sorry your year was rough - I think New Year's is a great time for a mental re-set and a fresh beginning.

Looking at the positive side is bigger than we think, because in the end we're all having subjective experiences, and what we tell ourselves about our lives is makes a huge difference.

I recently listened to Change Your Brain, Change Your Life on audio (it's in book form also, obviously) and it claims that choosing to think about something positively actually alters your brain physiology. I highly recommend it. For me it's very empowering to think I have some role to play in my own experience and I'm not this poor little dust mote being buffeted around by a gale.
Jan. 1st, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. I checked out the local libraries. They don't have that particular book, but there's one similar by the same author, and another along the same lines by Mark Grant. I'll be sure to check them out. :-)
Jan. 1st, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'd love to hear what you think of them! I found it pretty darn profound...also for dealing with difficult people...it makes me tend to think, "Wow, there's something going on in their brain," rather than, "What a jerk."
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:01 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!!

I don't set goals or resolutions, as it seems to guarantee that I won't achieve them...
Jan. 1st, 2012 11:36 am (UTC)
Isn't it funny how we're all wired differently? I adore New Year's and the chance to set my goals.
Jan. 1st, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
I take my year as it comes and do my best with what I have

Happy New Year

Um, is there any chance one of your goals for 2012 would be publishing the next PsyCop? Just curious ;)
Jan. 1st, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you, too!

It's my goal to start and finish writing PsyCop 7, but I find I can't rush publication. I'd hate to put something full of errors out there with my name on it.
Jan. 1st, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
I shall try to be patient then

Hey, I have a goal for 2012 now ;)
Jan. 1st, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
I've taken Stroke of Midnight. I really miss Vic and Jacob.

Thanks so much.

Jan. 1st, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Awesome, you're so welcome.
Amanda Corlies
Jan. 1st, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Woot! Thanks for the free book. I am off to read it again. I read it the first time from your site, so I'm all excited to have a copy in my Kindle, now. Hee hee. Happy, happy New Year Jordan! ;D
Jan. 1st, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yay! I like reading everything better on my Kindle.
Jan. 1st, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for Stroke of Midnight. I love Vic and Jacob so much.

Happy New Year!
Jan. 1st, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's so sweet of you to say, thank you!
Jan. 1st, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
I love that story, might read it again before bed - up early to catch my flight :o)
I hope to hell this year is better than last for me :o)
Hope yours is filled with all the best - you deserve it.
Jan. 1st, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'd really forgotten about the story. Re-reading it, I'm struck by how Jacob is constantly trying to read other people, in contrast to Vic's typically pronounced self-involvement. And that his friends are all so saucy, grabbing his butt and giving him naughty kisses ;-)
Jan. 2nd, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, I loved reading something from his pov it is so different from Vic's. Will read the other Vic pov one tonight before I fall asleep - been up 24hrs :o)
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Are you back in the states now? And are you getting loopy from being awake so long? I don't know how people with crazy jobs manage it. Like I imagine Vic and Jacob can keep the type of hours that would make me fall down and cry without more than just a few minor complaints.
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Yes I am, got home about 2 hrs ago. Had to wait at the airport longer as my ride had to go to ICU and I didn't know until I got off the plane and had to find a new ride and wait 3+hrs for said ride and then ride 3+ hrs home. I am not for the long hours, when I was younger it wasn't a problem.
Jan. 1st, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, Jordan!

I think I'm more grateful than appreciative of today's item, a new year, because I don't think it's "a given" and I don't take it for granted.

Loving your enthusiasm about 365 days brimming with possibility :-) I’m not good with new years resolutions, so let’s keep it simple – stay fit, save some money, change careers (ok that's the difficult one).

<3 Stroke of Midnight *big lusty sigh*
Jan. 2nd, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
I was just thinking about how every time I left a job, I waited way, way, way longer than I should have. I think nowadays people feel much less pressured to stay in jobs that no longer suit them, and it's not seen as a big black mark on your resume to have a few different jobs listed like it used to be 20 years ago. Good for you for being proactive about your career!
Jan. 2nd, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
I haven't been very pro-active about changing jobs in the past, but I'm not getting any younger and "going with the flow" is not going to cut it any more!

I needed a kick up the ass and listened to your podcast on 5 year plans as motivation. (Obviously I'm not a writer, but I was curious about the podcast and thought I'd pick up that one).
Jan. 2nd, 2012 09:06 am (UTC)
That's so cool you found Packing Heat! I had a massage therapist tell me she found it motivational, too.

I learned a lot about planning, brainstorming and time management at my last job. The extent to which I expanded my own skills probably has a lot to do with how long I stayed, nearly 10 years. A few toxic personalities really drained the joy from that job, though.
Andi Lea
Jan. 2nd, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
Happy New Year!

I am looking forward to a year of new adventures. So much in my life has changed in the past twelve months I can't wait to watch it all unfold as 2012 moves along.

And thanks so much for being an invaluable source of information and internet friendship.

Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
My year of big change was 2010, and it was actually a bit harder than I would have liked, but I knew it was bound to get better so I kept the faith. I think for me 2011 was about finding a groove, and 2012 can now be about expansion.
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