Happy New Year!

As ever, despite the trials and tribulations of the past year and the fact that it looks like we will be under shelter-in-place orders for many more months, I find myself filled with optimism this January 1.

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

—E. L. Pierce

For one, I am going into 2021 with two major editorial projects that should take me well into 2022. And, unlike last year’s project from hell, which was with a new client, both projects are with two favorite clients of long standing. They are also projects that should have relatively flexible schedules so that (hopefully) I will be able to plan my time and spread out my work hours a bit better than last year.

In terms of blogging, I can’t really have a worse year than last year, but who knows? Mostly I hope to at least get through my Century+ project. After all, if the almost 400 films I watched last year are any indication, I can at least get through films regardless of circumstance. Beyond that, I also hope to continue my Women 101 series in March. In one sense, that should be more than doable since it dovetails nicely with one of my work projects—a textbook on world history—but we’ll see.

Finally, whether I blog about it or not, I’d like to get a lot more reading done. However, don’t worry, I’m not tempting fate by setting a ridiculously high reading challenge number on Goodreads or resolving to read War and Peace yet again. In any case, if there is one thing the pandemic has taught me, it’s to feel less guilty about (or bound by) that sort of thing.

How about you? Are you making any resolutions this year?