Good Morning friends, and fans, of Musings of a Mad Macedonian.
Yappy Hew Near, one and all! :-D
How do ya like my portrait?
This caricature was done by a wonderful young artist named Oscar, at Knott's Berry Farm, in a 1/2 hour sitting, earlier this month, based on my telling him about my creative writing/journalism work, with Nikita & Elvira Mistress of Felinity, at Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat. :-D
I went to Knott's to relax, and be inspired creatively, and this image now hangs next to my desk as a reminder of who I am, and of my creative talent, and potential, as I head into 2012.
Reviving 100 Word Musings as part of a more creative 2012.
In July 2010 I was inspired by the 100 Word Stories Series to try my hand at the form, and so wrote a piece called "What Thanks Do I Get?" :-D
Nearly 2 months later I became voluntarily unemployed when I accepted the Downsizing Buyout at my last job.
Somewhat distracted, for a while, I didn't attempt another one until last January: The Golden String.
Then I was distracted again, especially by something that happened at the end of May. :-D
It's been an eventful year, and yesterday I went for a walk in Clark Regional Park, to think, and write.
I soon find myself sitting at a picnic table, clipboard, and notebook, before me, pen in hand...
New Year's Resolution
In a quiet corner of the park the writer, unemployed, recovering from a broken ankle, contemplates the idea of change, and new beginnings, at the mid point of his life.
After starting the year learning new skills, reading for inspiration, and creating on his blogs, a summer of fear, and doubt, affected his life.
Turning to reading for faith, now, as well as creative inspiration, the writer began to think in new ways about the future, and where he wanted to go, and what he wanted to do.
He resolved that 2012 would be the best year of his life.
An occasional car rolled by on a road near where I sat, and I could hear children playing on the park playground, and ducks expressing their opinions in a nearby lake....
Aside from birds in the trees around me there was nothing to disturb my rest as I sat reading the last pages of Being George Washington by Glenn Beck, and writng down some thoughts on my clipboard, including the above 100 Word Musing.
The last year didn't turn out the way I'd hoped, and expected, it might, and where I'm headed next in my life I'm not entirely sure.
I learned new computer skills, made a few new friends online, but I also suffered a major injury that slowed me down, and left me uncertain, and a little fearful, though still determined to over come, for several months.
Yet, during my recovery I've begun to hesitantly consider the future.
A few friends know what I've been considering.
I feel that I somehow must find a way to move on, and start fresh.
Even if I find a good job related to my last one, or something different, I have hopes, and dreams, and ideas, for my writing, and Cat Blogging, only needing to find ways to move forward with them.
In recent weeks, and days, I've done a few new things, creatively, from writing about a Laguna Beach People's Council Too Stoned to Critique Poetry, and Stories, to writing Air Poetry, and a Creative Writer's Prayer that has been praised, and remarked upon, by several people who have read it.
Back in October, inspired by the nut jobs at Occupy Wall Street, my Cats even initiated an Occupy Your Litter Box Campaign! :-D
Worries about debt, tied to my medical bills were all taken care of except one, and I've even paid off all my credit debt, the last few months, closing my Mastercard, and Sears card, and bringing my Dell card to a zero balance.
I think these are all positve steps as I head into 2012.
I trust that God has plans for me, going forward and, as I heal from my ankle, those plans will make themselves known to me, somehow, and I will be able to act on them with courage, determination, creativity, and faith in my abilities.