Literary Resolutions

The new year always brings hope of new beginnings.  I found this LA Times article and thought, what a great idea.  My own literary resolution: to write every day and  to read at least one book for month for pure pleasure.  I also resolve to submit at least one story or article every six months for publication.

Here are a few more from The Los Angeles Times:

The new year as always brings with it the desire to make a change: eat better, save more, learn a new language, floss every day. We asked some smart bookish types if they have any particularly literaryresolutions for 2013 — they’ve got some great ideas for kicking off the new year.

Antoine Wilson, author of the novel “Panorama City“: My teachers used to encourage me to scribble in the margins while I read, and as a result I’m mortified at the sight of my own marginalia. For years now I’ve been folding down page corners as a means of noting remarkable passages, but when I go back to these, they’re baffling. So this year, I’m resolving to overcome self-consciousness and/or indolence and scribble in the margins much more while I read.

Marisa Silver, whose novel “Mary Coin,” inspired by Dorothea Lange’s famous Depression-era photograph of a migrant mother, is coming in March 2013: To get out of town. Not literally (although that would be nice, too) but literarily. I feel like my experience of contemporary literature is very English-language centric. I want to know what’s going on in the literatures of Cambodia, Ghana, Sweden…. The list is endless. The translations might be hard to find, but, as with any good travel experience, it’s always worth searching out the hidden places.

Mark Haskell Smith, author of the book “Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup“: In January I’m starting a new non-fiction project called “Naked at Lunch.” It’s the history of nudism, anarcho-naturism, and a look at the anti-textile lifestyle. Because of the kind of research I do, my literary resolution for 2013 is to be courageous and wear lots of sunscreen.

Daniel Mendelsohn, author of the essay collection “Waiting for the Barbarians“: I have a book due to my publisher in July, so that trumps everything in the resolution department. But otherwise I’d like finally to tackle the complete Samuel Pepys — having spent last year on his 20th century avatar, James Lees-Milne, I’m ready for the real thing.

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