My New Year's Resolution

This is going to be short and sweet. It's purposely being written on December 31, 2011 so that I don't immediately break perhaps the biggest New Year's resolution ever. Which is, to wit:

I'm taking the year off. I know this will be a disappointing, if not heartbreaking, announcement to my millions of fans in the Spirit of Bainbridge circulation area, and especially to my esteemed editor, Anne. But I promised myself to start the year with a clean plate and I intend to keep it that way--at least during 2012.

One of the questions I'm asked most is if I'm working on a new book. The answer, for quite a while, has been no. It's not for lack of ideas or for lack of time, but for lack of commitment. I seem to be able to squeeze all sorts of other things onto my agenda, and that has to change. I also want to get back to playing the piano, taking better care of my health, and just enjoying life and family without the pressure of details and deadlines.

You may not see the Great American Novel by this time a year from now, but hopefully, there will be something readable on your Kindle or Nook. You may not be fair game for those scalping tickets to hear me play a sold-out concert at Severance Hall, but I'm determined to not embarrass myself when I play a duet with my six year old grandson this spring.

At the very least, I should be happier, in better shape, and ready to jump headfirst into 2013. My wish is that you all will be the same.

PS: Not to say I won't jump in here with a post now and then. I just don't want to HAVE to!

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