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Bloody, Bold and Resolute

(By the below I mean resolutions for the year 2013, not that I have 2013 of 'em. Good grief.)

[2013 resolutions]
  1. Edit. Writing is fun. Editing is like pulling your own fingernails out. But it needs doing. My goal is to smarten first drafts into passable second drafts (which make some sort of sense, characters have the same name throughout etc) which I can then, gulp, show to people for feedback.

  2. Write. 2012 has been very much about the furry writing, and I want to keep that up. But because furry publishers have actually been wanting to publish me, I've rather neglected other markets I want to crack, like women's magazines. Let's get back on this one.

  3. Sew. I've had a beautiful cross stitch kit for years that I've been too scared to start (it's an image by Jon Van Zyle, the Iditarod artist) because it's so large and complex. No longer!

  4. Floss. I signed up with a new dentist who has informed me that if I floss my teeth every day, my annual checkup could be reduced to an eighteen-monthly checkup. I hate flossing but I also hate dental checkups, so that was a pretty big carrot to dangle.

  5. </ul>

    With that lot, 2013 looks like being the Year of Sore Fingers.


I find dental tape much easier to use, and more helpful, than floss. Oral-B or Sainsbury's own brand are both effective.
Oh, I hate actual floss - I use those rather wasteful plastic flossers.
I hate those, as I can't fit them between my teeth...
Do be sure to break 'em up after use so they can neither garotte small animals, nor stick in the craws of larger ones.

I found the experience of flossing to be inestimably improved from a couple of months ago, when, at the age of 37, I asked my dentist, "So, uh, by the way, am I flossing right?" The answer turned out to be a pretty comprehensive, "No," and I got five minutes of instruction that have made the whole process far more comfortable and productive.
Interesting - I will see what the dentist says next time!
Mmm, what is it you dislike about flossing? I used to find it rather uncomfortable (and the gaps between my teeth are very narrow, so I often had problems getting the floss in in the first place), but I've found that the choice of floss makes a huge difference — the one I'm using now (Oral-B Satin Floss) is relatively expensive, but it works very well.

Heh, I know what you mean about editing, too. I tend to dislike rereading things I've written — which is one reason why when I look at older LJ posts, I almost invariably find an embarassing mistake or two, a typo, a duplicated or left-out word, anything. :P
I am a terrible fiddler and can barely write a paragraph without altering the previous one. You'd think this would mean ending up with a perfect first draft, but no!
I am a terrible fiddler and can barely write a paragraph without altering the previous one.

*chuckles* OK, I think I officially need coffee — it took me far too long to realize that you're not talking violins.
I wish I'd learned when I was little - it would be easier now!