December 30

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Put a Cork In It

Well, do to a (hopefully) minor malady having befallen our dear Megan, I’m jumping in here to throw down the last post of 2013. I’m not big on resolutions or spending too much time harping about the past but, considering the timing, this does seem like an appropriate time to look back and to look forward. So, let’s start with a short list of reflections on 2013.

1. This happened:

2. And this:

3. After two years of contests, query letters, self doubt and being picked up over and over and over again by my fellow writers, I signed with an agent.

4. I discovered all kinds of really great new music. Including (but not limited to):

5. I survived another year where the victories outweighed the defeats. I can’t complain. 2013 was as kind to me as it could be. I have these moments lately where I try to think of the scale of time and how fleeting all of this is. It might be because I’m 42 and, traditionally, you get to this place in your 30s and 40s where you start to look at your own mortality (and if you don’t believe me…go and listen to the lyrics of the vast majority of 40 yo songwriters out there). I suppose the catalyst for these thoughts was the death of my grandmother. All of my grandparents are gone now. Their chance to play a role in the here and now is over. I’m not a religious fellow. I tend to consider myself a bit of a spiritual free-agent. I don’t spend a lot of time sitting around thinking about what’s next because I really don’t have any control over any of that. But, I do have these years that keep ticking by to do something amazing. 2013 reminded me of that. Which leads me to my only resolution for 2014:

Go do something amazing.