- Buy new calendar
- Remember to write new year on checks
- Panic, because Oldest Son's birthday is only a day away, and I'm probably not ready
- Make sure there's enough food in the house since everything will be closed (Christmas was a good practice run for this)
- Run year-end reports for publishing work (fiscal year = calendar year)
- Buy sparkling apple juice
So, I'll "ring in" the secular new year still trying to finish this novel. I'm getting closer! Next up in the scenes to be written: Sara (wife of my protagonist rabbi) is about to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Shabbat.
Husby claims I have a sadistic streak when it comes to my characters. I maintain that I just like to write them into tight corners and watch them figure a way out (sometimes squirming uncomfortably).
Thinking about it, I would now say that I ask my characters to give something they're not quite sure they have. And that's really what growth is all about - for any of us.
Happy (secular) New Year!