My 2016 New Year's Resolutions

This is my fifth New Year's Resolutions list since the launch of my first blog (at taomanna.com) and the second list to be posted to my new updated blog at myamericanmorning.com. Each year I will issue a new set of resolutions, probably much like the previous set, and discuss my progress against last year's list.

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Overcoming Writer's Regret

I am a sometimes writer who is trying to develop my skills while getting more serious about and more consistent with my writing. I've always been frustrated by my lack of productivity and my long lapses. This is an eleven part series of articles addressing my attempt to get right with writing; a Table Of Contents is below. I discuss books on writing I've read, new writing tools and my new writing process. I also discuss my concerns, the obstacles I face, and my long term plans.

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My 2015 New Year's Resolutions

This is my fourth New Year's Resolutions list since my launch of a blog (at taomanna.com). It’s the first list to be posted to my new updated blog at myamericanmorning.com. Each year I will issue a new set of resolutions, probably much like the previous set, and discuss my progress against last year's list.

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If It Was Easy I'd Be Famous By Now

I remember back to the days when there were no computer keyboards for untrained hands to hunt and peck at. It was a time when typewriters were for secretaries, a feminine thing – not something a man would ever want to do. Unless that man was a writer as I wanted to be.

But I had no typewriter. And I did not see myself as a typist.

I graduated from high school in 1966. Although I could have learned to type in school, back then I could not separate the “feminine” notion from my fantasy of been a writer. Some guys in my grade took typing, including one of my “straight A” buddies. But that just made him seem more weird to me. I knew he studied ….  and studied a lot – that's nuts! (That's what I thought back then.) I had no idea that one day I'd own a computer and type on it every day. I supposed that the words my teenage mind might think of would always be captured by pen and paper. That's all I had at the time and all I ever thought I'd have.

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I Can't Do This Because I Ain't Done That Yet

My history tells me I am the owner of a previously capable brain of well above average ability. I have studied wide-ranging subjects of interest to me and understood those subjects to my complete satisfaction. That may be a false memory or ego or self-loving exaggeration talking but at least I have felt comfortable believing it was true for most of my life.

I've lost that loving feeling.

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