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New Year’s Resolution

2 January 2016

New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.

James Agate


7 Comments to “New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Ah, the impossible proviso.

    My New Year’s Resolution: To jump off a tall building, provided I never hit the ground.

  2. The writer’s resolution: to market the heck out of me and my new book, without anyone finding out who I really am.

    • Ha!

      If you end up writing one you think is that bad, just use someone else’s pen name!

      • Can’t do that. Just the thought that the book will carry my name is enough to raise the standards as high as I possibly can.

        I’m a very slow writer – and I’m starting late (1995, if you’re curious), and if I didn’t believe in the story, I wouldn’t have bothered: it’s been a LOT of work.

        But I kept wondering why I couldn’t find novels with realistic depictions of ill or disabled people as fully human, with all the same wants and needs as everyone else, with no magical cures, and no inspiration porn. I had the story dropped in my lap – so I wrote it (that’s what ‘they’ tell you to do).

        There are plenty of stories in the ‘die heroically and everyone weeps for a while’ category (from Love Story to The Fault in Our Stars). Living is harder.

        • Twas merely teasing ya. 😉

          You’re an ‘old hand’ compared to me, my ‘first’ was 2005 for a friend’s website. Currently rewriting the early stories into something that I’d feel worthy of being ‘paid’ for by others (though the new will also be free on the site — a bit like the ‘Baen’ method.)

          • Teasing is fine – if you can’t laugh at yourself, you don’t survive.

            • Was going through the junk mail when I’d seen your comment. Was thinking of all the political junk — and calls we’ll be getting this year and wondering again how many of they are from the ‘other’ side.

              (Sam calling people and screaming at them “VOTE FOR JOE!” You get a few of those and you’ll want to vote for anyone but Joe.)

              Same trick could work with stories, just tie another name to a bomb and they wonder why their readership is dropping (no, I don’t intend to try it, it’s just one of those random thoughts that rattled loose in my mind …)

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