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popsprocket
February 1st, 2015, 07:37 AM
And I only almost wrote 'January 2014' twice before getting it right!

It's a new year, in case that escaped anyone's notice, and this month we bring you the New Year edition of WiFs, chock full of things to do with the year ahead. There's word from all staff hands that this year will be big and that they've all made big plans, word of the Anthology project from Bazz Cargo (http://www.writingforums.com/members/42813-bazz-cargo), competition winners, Twitter business, and twin articles, one from Joshybo (http://www.writingforums.com/members/57219-joshybo) with his take on the year ahead, and the other from Bookmasta (http://www.writingforums.com/members/53051-bookmasta) (who has written way more words than you and is younger than you and for shame, why don't you pay more attention to your writing (http://www.writingforums.com/threads/152454-Author-Interview-Austin-Dewart-(bookmasta))?) with his take on goal-setting and goal-meeting for those of us who aren't great at either of those things.

WiFs 7 - January 2015

http://www.writingforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=7425&d=1422482657

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Thereís something about New Yearís resolutions that compel us to keep making them despite the fact they often clash with an agenda already filed up with Netflix. Perhaps itís their fleeting nature, and as a society we feel compelled to give them their due time in the spotlight, or perhaps itís just because the resolution that no one expects you to keep is the easiest one to make. Whatever the case may be, there will always be that first week of the year where we are assaulted by lists of things that people hope to accomplish over the next twelve months.

Both because New Yearís resolutions have become little more than vanity lists to impress Twitter followers and because Iím hardly the type to set hard goals in the first place, I donít bother with specific resolutions anymore. Rather, I decide on an intention for the year. Instead of saying that I plan to write x number of words per day, go to the gym twice as often, and call my mother once a week, I decide that Iíll pay more attention to my writing career and fight the urge to stay on WF just a little longer when a workout is in order. Thatís just what works for me. For some reason my knee-jerk reaction is to be contrary toward rules and goals, even if I set them myself.

But to those of you who set hard goals and stick to them, I salute you. It takes a certain kind of dedication to draw a line and work until you can cross it.

No matter whether you made New Yearís resolutions or not, and no matter whether you have already let them fall by the wayside, I wish a productive year on everyone. Work on the small things and chip away at the big things to make sure that itís a good year. Thereís nothing worse than looking back and seeing all the opportunities you might have missed throughout a year. As this is a writing forum Iím sure that lots of you set the goal of publishing something this year Ė I look forward to reading those books, so make sure you actually get them written!

Personal goals aside, at the rate that WF has been evolving in recent memory I fully expect that 2015 will be a huge year for the forum and canít wait to see just how it turns out. Keep your eyes on the horizon because some of our first big projects for the year arenít far off!

<-- December Newsletter (http://www.writingforums.com/threads/153092-WiFs-No-6-December-2014-Newsletter?p=1807356&viewfull=1#post1807356)

popsprocket
February 1st, 2015, 07:56 AM
Also, what I said about Netflix in the editorial was a joke. We don't get Netflix here in Australia so I actually have no idea what I'm talking about.

https://40.media.tumblr.com/15e85a4a832c4ad172a21e28d0a31d2a/tumblr_mmeix9vj1g1r5xzspo1_500.jpg

Schrody
February 1st, 2015, 10:31 AM
Also, what I said about Netflix in the editorial was a joke. We don't get Netflix here in Australia so I actually have no idea what I'm talking about.

https://40.media.tumblr.com/15e85a4a832c4ad172a21e28d0a31d2a/tumblr_mmeix9vj1g1r5xzspo1_500.jpg

Psst, I know how you can watch Netflix or Hulu ;)

bazz cargo
February 1st, 2015, 07:07 PM
Another bustin' moves edition, great to see the arty-farty types getting the space they deserve.

escorial
February 1st, 2015, 07:12 PM
arty farty types...one day i hope to be one..ha

Firemajic
February 1st, 2015, 10:01 PM
Coolllll read popsprocket! I really enjoyed it and was thrilled to see "Our Artists" showcased.

rcallaci
February 1st, 2015, 11:01 PM
A excellent read... a newsletter that one can sink their teeth in ...

Bishop
February 2nd, 2015, 05:00 AM
Totally fantastic issue, thanks for all your hard work guys :D Loved it!

popsprocket
February 2nd, 2015, 12:17 PM
In next month's edition: I try to keep my snark about Valentine's Day to a minimum, a losing battle.

TJ1985
February 2nd, 2015, 12:45 PM
In next month's edition: I try to keep my snark about Valentine's Day to a minimum, a losing battle.

What's not to like about a day designed to glorify romance and love? A whole day to celebrate the special spark between two people. The opportunity for loved ones to tell each other what's so wonderful about the relationship. Those golden moments of pure passion.

Don't let it get to ya, Pops. I've seen relationships, and that "I wuvs you" crap is pretty short-lived. Then they get back to normal: fighting, arguing, despising, and ignoring each other. As it should be. :D

popsprocket
February 2nd, 2015, 01:24 PM
What's not to like about a day designed to glorify romance and love? A whole day to celebrate the special spark between two people. The opportunity for loved ones to tell each other what's so wonderful about the relationship. Those golden moments of pure passion.

Don't let it get to ya, Pops. I've seen relationships, and that "I wuvs you" crap is pretty short-lived. Then they get back to normal: fighting, arguing, despising, and ignoring each other. As it should be. :D

I'm a grumpy old man in the body of an early twenty-something. I need things to be snarky about or my life force will slowly drain away!

Cran
February 2nd, 2015, 03:27 PM
At the risk of derailing this thread utterly -

Love is Cool
The baggage that is put on it
is not.

LeeC
February 2nd, 2015, 04:07 PM
"We owe to the middle ages the two worst inventions of humanity — gunpowder and romantic love." ~ Andrť Maurois

popsprocket
February 5th, 2015, 04:02 AM
Okay, I have decided that I will keep my editorial snark to a minimum.

And let you guys do it for me!

Even if you don't win our social media contest (http://www.writingforums.com/threads/154264-Romance-is-hard-poetry-is-harder-Valentine-s-Day-Competition/page2?p=1825117#post1825117), if your poem is cynical enough I will definitely put it in next month's edition.

I don't need romance because I have a cat.