Well, it's New Year's Eve, and I am off to the city to see Pan's Labyrinth and do some festivities with my friend Ray. Which brings me to a couple of New Year's thoughts, both big and small, which may be a guide to the new year (at least to me):
- Ray and I spent last night into the wee hours hanging out, talking, watching Scream, and reclaiming my old PC's Hard Drive. On that hard drive is almost all of my output as a writer in New York - one novel, the start of a second, severall shorter pieces, and a clutch of movie reviews and criticism. It's nice to have them back, and indeed, I spent much of Scream half wathing it, and half re-reading my "Washington novel." I have recently figured out some new ideas for it, which I look forward to pursuing, but I have to say this blogging thing has taught me what others have mentioned at other blogs: blog writing is time consuming and takes away from other projects. The need to keep the maw consistently filled means always worling on, well, a short essay of one sort or another, and it's hard to do a longer, sustained work at the same time. That, plus, getting more pay for more wiritng, is my personal challenge in 2007.
- The second thing is this morning catching up on political shows - mostly year-end recaps (on Meet the Press and McLaughlin), but also John Edwards. As I blogged over at RedStar, Edwards announced this week, to some fanfare (overshadowed by Ford and Saddam, not a good omen), and already there's some discussion around the web on just what Edwards did and did not say about things like spending, taxes, and new ideas like Universal Healthcare. I swear I will have more on UHC myself shortly (that writing challenge, again). But right now I want to say, watching Edwards this morning with Stephanopolous, I was quite underwhelmed. He (still) comes off as a lightweight, uncertain, tentative. He says he wants to be direct and honest and then hedges and waffles an straight questions. And I have to say between his willingness to continue massive deficit spending and his waffling on gay marriage, I'm pretty sure I can't support him. Already. And that's as good an entry into the 2007 political landscape as any: I want an alternative to Hillary Clinton (I'll explain in the coming months), but the people I see - Edwards, Obama, Vilsack, etc - are a decidedly weak field.
Finally, as ever, I have to acknowledge the friends who have been so supportive and sustaining over the past year, and in my life: especially Jim (I showed Scream to Ray because you taught me to like it), Jennifer (who reads what I write and says she knows more about politics because of it), RedStar (whose belief in who I can be is humbling), and new found blog friends like Kate and Amy.
And Dr. T - Thanks for coming to visit, Tommy Boy. :)
Have a safe, happy and healthy New Year. More to come.