2014: Creative New Year's Resolutions

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Monday, December 09, 2013 - 11:31 AM

What’s the creative project you’ve been meaning to bite off for years? Finishing your novel? Learning how to play an instrument and sing at the same time? Or maybe it’s more of a creative challenge: writing a poem a day or painting 365 portraits.

In 2013, we followed a musician, writer, graphic novelist, and woodworker. See how they progressed throughout the year.

Let’s make 2014 the year to complete your creative New Year's resolution!  And we’re here to help you do it. 

Tell us your creative New Year's resolution in a Comment below. Or give us a call at 646-580-0360. The deadline to enter is Sunday, January 5 at 11:59pm ET.

We’ll pick a few of you to check in on throughout the year.

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Seven is short
given that my better wits are resounding so with resolution ode-unfolding:
the twenty best or so
of these poems
with homes found for publishing
when this year comes to a close

(funny how dreams start walking
under the steam of their own internal motors
when you exercise them regularly)

___

7/50, Project ArtBold

=Utility=

_
What can you do with a poem, anyway?
Can it put a roof over your head to shelter you?
Can it feed you when you are hungry?
Can it answer you when you need someone
to talk with at 3am in the morning
when your mind cannot be tamed to sleep?
Forget the moon and stars—
can it give you some place to stand on the earth
can it remind you of the taste of dirt
long after you think
you've mastered everything about being on your feet?

Yes;
yes: all of the above.

_

Feb. 25 2014 08:10 AM

Six has been hanging about
like a teenager with an illicit cigarette
for two whole weeks now,
waiting to be written—
I am so pleased to finally redirect
its peanut gallery witticisms
to the rest of you

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=text= = h2 / title
*text* = bolded
/text/ = italicized

6/50, Project ArtBold
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=How To Friends=

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*i.* /Win Them/

Charge down the field of battle on your horse
lance at the ready;
as each reason not to be your friend
looms up before you
brace yourself to unseat them
from their high horse

your friend-to-be is waiting
for you at the far end;
somewhere there are spectators also
who would be cheering wildly
except they are so cool
they give you these little grave nods
of, like, utmost respect instead as
you ride by
and throw invitations by the fistful
before you like flowers—

_
*ii.* /Make Them/

Take the first two seashells you encounter
—real ones, none of that plastic stuff—
and set them aside for ears
(seashells are even better at listening
than telling stories; they've already heard
an ocean's worth of everything)

Get yourself a branch of pussy willow
and snap off ten buds for finger pads
so your friend's touch will always be gentle-soft

Pick up feathers and sticks and bits of things
as if you were a bird building a nest
and weave them together like hair
that will always be worse than yours

Whisper to the friend you're building
even before they have a body complete
to be with you
tell them all the things you cannot say
and all things you might say someday
to someone not dug up from the rawest board-
bottom of your pandora box of self
if only you practice them enough

What life you give them they give back to you
(though mind you learn from golem-shaping:
leave a small thread somewhere loose for pulling
should you need unmaking in a hurry be)

_
*iii.* /Be Them/

listen if you ask someone how they are
(show up)
share your own thoughts
(show up)
you do not need to be
all things to all people;
no one needs to be all things for you
(I say it three times: show up)
friendship can be
like charging down a field together
like swapping bits of life
you magpie hoarded for each other
like shaping and welcoming
being shaped
like listening and knowing
you will be heard
like showing up and seeing what happens
over and over

like caring and seeking out
the people who care in return

Feb. 19 2014 03:18 PM

5/50, Project ArtBold.
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/Spend 5 Min. Daily Contemplating Merkwelt/

If the trees woke themselves up one morning
hauled their root legs out from under
the blanket of the earth
and went lumbering about the land
for reasons known only to themselves
I might bark
the way a little dog barks

we are so slow, so ponderous
in comparison
to the nose the brain the bowels
of a little dog

this one pants up
expectantly
in my general direction
not knowing my brain
was long ago wired to thinking cat
her eyes seem all pupil, dark and oversized,
ears perked to raise them to
some power I know not

I stand a moment awkward more
illingual and uncomprehending
then bend, slow and creaking,
to fold my roots my legs
under the sturdy trunk of me
and offer my hand my scent
to ecstatic nose

Jan. 31 2014 12:50 PM

4/50
of my Project ArtBold
let's see if commenting formatting here
allows some flex with spacing

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/Fulminology/

I like the feeling in my mind
like air electric after lightning
when I finish writing a poem
read through it entire
and realize I have bottled
something elemental there

some net of vision and association
word-forged to catch
the thrust of insight, reflect back
emotional resonance
before it changes, fades,
tatters from repeating

I do not have to find words each time
to share this thing I thought
I just pass along the Tam Lin coal
of it decanted
without losing it myself

and should I be in need of restoration
scrapped down raw to wet
and bone stuff
but sluggish building blood
to beat
simbering
through melic veins
I have but to crack
the bottle open
on my barest skin
and electric seize-start my heart again

Jan. 27 2014 08:35 AM

And now there are three
(this third revised from
errant pronouns of early am)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

wanted

for everything that happens some want a reason
precise delineation of cause and effect
all edges articulated so they know, sure as sure,
if a happening overlaps with them or theirs
or consists of others' bees' wax only

correlation causing concern, you see
our brains providing stories
out of patterns out of
A seen in the vicinity of B
occasionally
and there's this anxiety of scientific observations
increasing in acuity without the corresponding
courtesy of equal rising certainty, and yearn-aching just—

so easy to want
be wanting yet
if not control of all
if not foresight of all
at least that old worn tale of someone to notice
the state of every hair that bridges outside direct to under our skin
and maybe care
when bridges break

but I fear
the unquiet certainty of uncertainty
may be all that's guaranteed

Jan. 22 2014 10:11 AM
pizzuti

I am going to finish my first hyper-realistic sculpture. I started her in 2012. http://studiopizzuti.com/sold-in-cambodia.php

Jan. 19 2014 12:44 PM
Eric Clough from New York

Same as last year minus 284.

Jan. 16 2014 07:00 AM
Jane N. from Boston, MA

two weeks in and two poems writ
the second ending
I leave you with this:
the sky pale upon pale that stretches up to expand the world
pulling some inner ceiling up to meet up it
tree branches like anti-gravity curls
of hair on the horizon
possibilities rising like birds in flock to meet the morn

(let us meet this Monday
with some measure of perspective grace:
too early too Monday to get tangled up
in perfection yet
let's just do do do
and sort out what doing to hang out to
after Friday comes)

Jan. 13 2014 07:55 AM
Anthony Brienza from Seattle, Washington

I know Im late but I just recently was asked to write something to put into a time capsule at my work place.

So I submitted a story. Very similar to what I had written in my younger days, but I was sober this time.

I propose for each month I will write one book.

Yes it sounds very similar to someone last year, but my books will be more of a journal of my experience in the style I had written in years past (staying sober though).

The other kind of book will be a cookbook. I am a chef and write and create new things all the time so I might as well put them all together.

I'll keep you posted as each moth goes on.

Jan. 12 2014 03:26 PM
Bernadette Castro from Queens

2013 was an amazing year with the birth of our first child this past July but it kept me from my goal of riding a century. Commuting by bike from Queens to the East Village up until my due date has kept me in decent shape so I'm hoping by this spring I will be ready, although finding the free time with a 6 month old and working full time will probably be the biggest hurdles. Hopefully my continued commute 5 days a week will help in the effort!

Jan. 12 2014 11:51 AM
Jeff House

Here’s a cliché: I want to finish a song. But like Finnegan’s Wake, the Unified Field Theory of physics, or Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” this is my magnum opus. My twenty-minute piece, entitled “Below the Moon,” is a collection of archetypal references to Oedipus, Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Iseult, the Garden of Eden, medieval tricksters, and a grab bag of fairy tales, all a celebration of the cultural importance of storytelling.
The idea for “Below the Moon” came over two decades ago when I first began studying mythology and archetypes. In medieval cosmologies, I learned, the geocentric schema of the universe placed the earth at the center of a series of concentric circles that move out toward the realms of angels and God. But like a Maginot Line, a critical division occurred at the level of the moon. All things above the moon partook of the godly and the eternal, an unfluctuating state of perfection. By contrast, all things below the moon were mortal, in flux, and subject to corruption: the world we mortals inhabited. It struck me that all our stories, all our winter’s tales and summer songs, were ways we made peace with life below the moon.
A decade ago, I began to compose “Below the Moon,” but as “way leads onto way,” I got distracted by the things of mortality: a cancer diagnosis, the death of my father, the failing health of my best friend, and the usual litany of the vicissitudes of aging: unemployment, mortgage payments, the moving away of loved ones, and the stealthy wearing away of the body. Four years ago I purchased a new computer and ProTools software to spur myself to complete the song whose theme was becoming increasingly meaningful as I hit my 60s. But, as John Lennon declared, “life happens,” and it was three years later before I leaned the software well enough to begin recording songs again.
Turning 60 sharpens the blade of mortality, as we begin to list the things we are losing time to do. I wonder when the house will get paid off, when I’ll retire, what growing older will be like without a wife or children. How my life below the moon will finish. However it does, among the things I hope to leave behind is the song whose stories will tell why I lived the life I did.

Jan. 11 2014 06:16 PM
Eric from Charlottesville

Remember back in high school when students—or maybe even you—would ask, “When am I ever going to need to know this?” In 2014, I hope to create a high school where the answer to that question will always be clear because its students will always be using what they learn in order to make contributions to their community. At this school, students will endeavor to apply for patents; film and edit documentaries; start small businesses; speak at public hearings; kickstart; publish writings; create apps; conduct audits; plan, plant, and harvest food; submit entries to Studio 360 contests. With exciting, relevant, and diverse products as the end-goals of their learning, students can find new life in their course content, and the path to scholastic success and productivity can be navigated by any teenager with any skill (i.e. all teenagers) rather than just the conventionally studious book-learners. Students will learn to do and create as much as they'll learn to study and think. In the process, they will work in and with the local community to help address its challenges, and forge meaningful intergenerational relationships.

Now, although I’ve been involved in education for about twenty years, and believe I have a compelling vision and the right experience to make this happen, the fact is, I’ve never started a school, I don’t know anyone who has, and everything in my family pedigree suggests that this is way too unconventional an endeavor for an Anderson (not to be confused with those other, more accomplished, Andersens) to take on. For half the time I’ve devoted to this, I’ve been driven by excitement and optimism and idealism, but for the other 90% I’ve been wrestling with uncertainty and doubt. [Left Shoulder: “Why not me?” Right Shoulder: “Who are you?”]. In 2014, I resolve to continue forging ahead, build on the foundation already laid, and have start-up funding and a team of collaborators solidified by the end of the year, so that our new school can open in 2015.

Jan. 10 2014 10:25 PM

And we've begun! We met and outlined our odd near-future landscape of our not-quite-dystopian novel, developed and got to know our main characters--ages 14 and 54, and now we've even penned the first chapter.

Thanks for this great incentive! We are looking forward to co-writing our novel in 2014 (we're each writing every other chapter).

--Trinette (not quite a teen) & Dana (not yet 50)

Jan. 10 2014 05:34 PM
Zach from Boston, MA

Amidst a fury of creative musings, I forged one of the most meaningful relationships of my life. Picture books, plays, music, and productions became fodder for conversation and excuses to spend time together. The ideas were, in our minds, great. No matter the quality of these concepts, they worked to bring us together. But, since moving in together things have slowed. We've completed one of our ventures - an evening revisiting Shel Silverstein and his more adult side. It was wildly successful, but we didn't take advantage of the momentum it created. It is time to let the pressures of outside forces move us along on our current project - a modern take on the medicine show. We've got an outline, we've written a few songs, and we've got a bit of it on paper, but it would be excellent to finish the piece and have a reading of it before the end of the year. Now, back to work!

Jan. 10 2014 11:46 AM
Wendy from New York City

I want to sell my screenplay and write another one. The completed one has met with favorable reviews from readers in the industry. I need to step out of my comfort zone and really get it in front of people interested in making a romantic screwball comedy. I am also working on a feature length and short film script. I would like to finish both. To recap:
1. Sell completed feature comedy
2. Write a second comedy feature (have started the outline)
3. Write a five minute comedy short

Jan. 07 2014 04:13 PM
Tim from New York City

I've been a painter for many years but I haven't been very successful at getting my work out into the art world with a gallery or agent. Last year, I started a new series of paintings that I think are powerful, unusual and fresh. At this point, I don't want to give away exactly what makes them so, but they have a intriguing facet that isn't found in most paintings.

I'm now working on the 5th in the series and feel once I have a portfolio of 10 or so, I can start shopping them around, hopefully getting a gallery to show them. This is my artistic wish for 2014.

Jan. 07 2014 12:00 PM
UtopiaParkwayCello from New Jersey

I am a guitarist and composer who lost a beloved lifelong friend to cancer last year to cancer at 46. While she is, alas, not the first person I have lost, her passing lit an even greater fire under me to reach the goals I have been putting off in my creative life.
This year I want to resurrect the rock opera we debuted years ago, After the Valentines, and give it the chance it never got due to the band falling apart after its debut. As my friend was a supporter of me and my dream to do music from the very very beginning, it would be a fitting tribute.
I also want to finish recording my solo acoustic guitar/guitar and cello project that I have been putting off for years now. My friend as me to complete it while she was in chemo but things.... it just never worked out and she left without hearing a note of it.
Finally, while my friend was sick three time zones away, I worked on some 6 ft by 6 ft canvasses of art. I did them while awaiting calls from her family about how things were going, dreading the news that I knew would come. I want to have an exhibit of those works at some gallery in honor of her and what she gave.
So, basically, I want 2014 to be a tribute to a beloved friend who left too so, regretting all the things she never did, not knowing that her friendship and love did more than she ever realized.

Jan. 06 2014 09:03 PM

I made my first resolution last year, and now I feel like I should keep it going, so long as it's meaningful. My goal is to get my anger -particularly my angry outbursts which scare my family- under control. I scream. I curse. I break things. It can get bad. My partner has encouraged me to work on this, right about the time that I had resolved to make this my resolution for 2014. The real challenge is that it looks like I may be doing this without therapy. I've been in therapy in the past, but had to stop when I changed jobs and insurance wouldn't cover it anymore. I hope to find good coverage through the ACA, but for now at least, it looks like I'll be doing this with only my own consciousness as my guide. This will be a serious challenge. Finishing 2013 under 200lbs? That was easy by comparison.

Jan. 06 2014 07:44 PM
LORIN from New York

I'm late, I know. I am the father of 2 children under 2, and part of the challenge of making and meeting creative resolutions is that the kids get priority and other things get shoved to the side.

So... I am a television and screenwriter, and make a living doing that. I am trying something new, long form fiction. I spent last year writing an outline for a children's novel. This year, I would like to finish the first draft (by the end of March), rewrite it (by the end of June), rewrite it again if need be, and send it out to agents and publishers by the end of the year.

Good luck to everyone who is making resolutions and doing creative work. I liked the series last year and look forward to following the new crop of artists.

Jan. 06 2014 12:56 PM
Jan Reinhart from Piscataway NJ

I am a part-time literary translator. Very part-time. I've been published and paid, but I still find it difficult to make time for this exacting art. So here's my resolution: to write about an hour every morning before heading to my job (Supervisor of the Rutgers University Libraries' Media Center).

I have several great projects underway. What I need now is the quantity time to finish them. And past experience leads me to think that the early A.M. is when I will find it.

Jan. 05 2014 11:54 PM
Margi Condyles from Putnam County

i will be 65 this year. Health problems have surfaced. My new years resolution is to conquer these health problems by dancing. And video taping the progress I make in conquering these health problems. In doing so, I will also prove wrong those people who say I have no rhythm...

Jan. 05 2014 11:40 PM
john from Piermont ny

I'm going to continue a tradition and commitment which began a long time ago (in 1968) when I was a young graphic designer and illustrator. Every year since I've produced a poster celebrating the arrival of the new year with new imagery and typographic numerals. It began as an alternative to sending a commonplace Christmas card, and has evolved into a series of 4 posters a year sent with the arrival of each new season. My resolution is to maintain the commitment and energy (now at the age of 72) to come up with 4 more throughout 2014.

Jan. 05 2014 11:34 PM
Beth Elise from Savannah, Georgia

In 1991 I flushed out a visual narrative to create a picture book to go with the nonsense poem "The Cummerbund," by Edward Leary.

Since that time I have gone through 4 different creative careers and have settled down as a full-time drawing professor. After earning an MFA in costume design and working in Hollywood I earned a second MFA in 2-D Animation. While earning that degree I took a book illustration course in 2001 hoping I would be inspired and finish that book. I had a terrible experience and felt discouraged about illustration, feeling much more positive about portrait painting and character design. Until recently in 2012 I have worked to undo the bad feelings I had while taking that course.

While teaching drawing full-time as a professor for the past seven years I developed as an abstract painter with limited satisfaction.

This past year I decided to pursue illustration and took a series of digital illustration courses. I have made progress on the book, flushing out the story to update it for today's teens( so the title is now "Mega-Glam Girl and the Laundromat of Doom: A Twisted Tale of Terror and Toiletry,) and added 8 more pages to my book dummy to clarify the story concept. I have also re-designed the girl)our heroine,) to make her modern or "hip" looking and empathetic.

I just need to draw out 34 of the 40 pages of a 9"x12" sized book, scan and paint/color each page. Since I teach 20 units per quarter sticking to my guns is a challenge. I dream of finishing this book so I can show it to my teacher from back in 1991 and being a hero for all of my art students.

Jan. 05 2014 11:16 PM
Sandra Hamlett from Westtown, NY

Last year was a tough one for me and my children. My husband walked out on us in June and then our dog died in July. 2014 is the year for a total renovation of my life. I've spent too many years taking care of everyone else and putting my own dreams on the back-burner until the right time... well the time is now. This is the year I publish my stories and essays and launch my digital magazine. 2014 is the first year I didn't make resolutions; instead I take on one daily challenge and follow-up each evening.This year is about doing and not just wanting. With so much loss, I need to tip the scale in favor of gains.

Jan. 05 2014 11:10 PM
Courtney Donovan from Oakland, CA

It's time for me to chronicle the life of my Great Aunt Teresa in a graphic memoir. She was born of immigrant parents in New York City in 1908. She passed away last spring at 104. From early on, she challenged assumptions of immigrant children and fender norms. She was a significant influence on myself and many others. Her story tells a lot about women's history, New York history, and needs to be documented.

Jan. 05 2014 10:38 PM
Melissa from Ranson, WV

I have been wanting to write my memoir, with the intention of trying to have it published, for quite some time. I got about a dozen pages written in the last two weeks of 2013. My resolution for 2014 is to have at least 300 pages written. I am a sexual abuse survivor and want to share my struggles and survival strategies with other survivors so they don't feel alone. I grew up in the 70's in Washington, DC to parents who did drugs. Although neither of them ever went to college, I not only went to college, but even got a graduate degree. With Studio 360's support, I know I can write down these challenging memories and self-relfections. Thank you for listening.

Jan. 05 2014 10:38 PM
Christie Fountain from Stamford CT

I write about life as a postal customer. In 2013 I wrote 294 short pieces and illustrated each one with a cell phone photo. I started in my own zip code and ended up learning a lot about how the US Postal Service is changing. My 2014 creative project is much harder - to rework the pieces and send stuff out every three weeks. The point is to keep moving.

Jan. 05 2014 10:31 PM
Joel from New York City

After 40 years on this planet, I've long respected and disrespected the sport of boxing and rather than comment on it from outside the ring, I need to step in it for mental, physical and spiritual reasons. To elevate myself and deviate from the norm, I pledge to train as a boxer in 2014 and enter at least 1 fight by 2015. Don't call it a comeback.

Jan. 05 2014 10:16 PM
erik hanson from New York CXity

I want to write a book, Ive got great stories and my friends are always telling me, " I hope you're writing this down " I sort of am and very halfheartedly but I have some great stories and I want to put them together in a book that inspires other people;e to live a creative , wholehearted life….I like the idea of one story a month and ending the year with 12 chapters to my book

Jan. 05 2014 09:06 PM
Taloka from Brooklyn

CRANES: 1K/365
Origami has become increasingly a bigger and bigger part of my creative life. So I've been considering an idea of folding a thousand cranes in a new contextual way.

So I resolve to fold 1,000 origami cranes over the whole of 2014, with each crane visualizing some aspect of my daily life. Each square sheet will illustrate something from each day. I'll also post an online record of this project showing the paper/visuals and the cranes. And at the year's end, assemble all of the cranes in a way that's a testament of that year of small single hopes, endeavors and achievements.

Jan. 05 2014 08:46 PM
Jess Blue from St. Paul, MN

I resolve to make (sew, knit, paint, etc.) something every day this year and "blog" photos of my daily feats at http://www.myfriendjess.com I'm going to use up my grotesquely vast fabric stash and my creative energy to make some gifts, some art for art's sake, and some things to sell.
When I make something before I go to bed (after the kids are finally asleep) I wake up feeling so satisfied. There's really no other feeling like it.

Jan. 05 2014 08:21 PM
MichCotugno from Massachusetts

My new years Rez is to draw a hand a day - it was proposed last year on facebook by a friend. I did about 30 last year. I am hoping by making it public helps me keep accountability.

Jan. 05 2014 08:18 PM
Kathie Horejsi from Brooklyn, NY

I resolve to create and perform 12 age appropriate original clown pieces, one for each month of 2014. I recently turned 50. Twenty-five years ago I became a clown at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College in Florida, when I was as cute and flexible as a teenager. Now I am the mother of my own 13-year-old, recently turned 50 and ran the NYC marathon (slowly) to celebrate. I don't do perky anymore so what reason do I have to go before an audience? That's my 2014 question.

Jan. 05 2014 08:05 PM
Shawn Roney from Kansas City, MO and Nearby

I'm developing two music projects/groups: The Sacred and The Secular, and The Midwestern Ruminators. Both are designed as social enterprises, meaning there's more to them than making music and trying to make lots of money. Both are designed to encourage interracial and interfaith musical collaboration. With The Sacred and The Secular, my goal is to donate 30 percent of the profits from the group's recordings (to be released through Mutt Media LLC, my multimedia production and promotion company/record label) to two Kansas City area churches. My goals for 2014 are to release one recording from each group, make music that touches people and use much of the money made from making that music to help churches and synagogues minister to their communities.

Through Mutt Media, I've got two other projects in development: a documentary series for public television and broadband Internet television, and a blog series. I'd like for The Sacred and The Secular, and The Midwestern Ruminators to contribute to those projects. However, I'll probably put the program and blog on hold for a while for two reasons: 1) I'm juggling this with my day job (free-lance newspaper journalism) and family stuff, so my time is limited; and 2) I've dealing with some health issues (which I won't discuss here), so I don't want to suffer from overwork.

We'll see what happens.

Good luck to everyone in their creative pursuits.

Sincerely,
Shawn Roney
President/CEO
Mutt Media LLC
Richmond, Mo.
and
Band Member: The Sacred and The Secular, The Midwestern Ruminators

Jan. 05 2014 07:59 PM
Fig & Quince from Brooklyn, NY

I am an Iranian-American and I have a food blog (www.FigandQuince.com) where I prepare, style, photograph and write about Persian food. The very mention of the name “Iran” alarms and distances many people, but thanks to writing about food, I’ve been able to reach out and talk about not just the Persian cuisine but also the significant cultural heritage of my homeland and draw attention to the sensibility of Iranians distinct from what is generally portrayed in the media -- without pontificating, preaching, or distressing people.

That’s the beauty of food as a platform – it is a universally relatable and coridal topic that can be a powerful tool to gradually help dissolve barriers and make “us” out of “others” and “likeness” out of “otherness.”

My project is to write and illustrate a book that explores and celebrates the range, mixture and variety of cultural identities that together comprise Brooklyn – the New York borough I fondly call home – by showcasing the history and cuisine of various Brooklyn neighborhoods and its people. From Middle Easterners in Cobble Hill to Eastern Europeans in Brighton Beach; Red Hook food trucks to urban farmers to locavores and foragers; from the African American and Hispanic communities to the hipsters and the Hasidim in Williamsburg. And let’s not forget bodegas, food carts, and Farmer’s markets. An ode to diversity!

This project is close to my heart because as a hyphenated American, I often feel like an “other” when relating to either of the identities on each side of the hyphen. But I feel (and have from the get-go felt) entirely myself and entirely at home in New York. I used to live in Manhattan but for the past half-dozen years I’ve lived in Brooklyn. It IS home! No hyphens. And this is no small thing. I want to celebrate and pay deference and homage to the diversity of this home - this fascinating borough - and narrate an engaging and informative book through the context of food and cuisine for anyone who wants to know a bit about Brooklyn and the different people who live here and make it what it is. That’s my 2014 creative project and with the amount of work it will require to be realized, it’s certainly a challenge to see it through. But I will! At least, I dearly hope so. Who knows, maybe even with a little prodding from Studio 360? One can dream!

Jan. 05 2014 07:39 PM
Jamie Gordon West from Albuquerque, NM

My 2014 New Years resolution is to generate some funding for a large scale art installation. I plan to raise at least $1000, allowing me to do something bigger and more in depth with my personal work than ever before. I will construct my installation and show it in a gallery setting by the end of this year.

Jan. 05 2014 07:11 PM
Bill Muehlenhard from Philadelphia PA

(I thought I'd submitted this already, but it didn't show up in comments, so I'll try again.)

I want to finally market a collapsible, cardboard zoetrope that I patented in 2000. My zoetrope out-performs most others, hands down. And like no other version of zoetrope ever made, it can be easily and repeatedly collapsed for packaging, shipping, storage, etc., then popped-up again for viewing.The idea grew out of work I was doing over twenty years ago, teaching kids how to draw animation. I work now as a construction laborer, but I still dream of ideas for animated imagery. I'm not much good at self-promotion. I'm a more effective daydreamer than businessman. But the biggest stumbling block in moving this thing forward has been that, while it would be very cheap to cut out lots of units with a die and press, cutting just one unit by hand takes the better part of a day. This limits how free I can afford to be in sending out samples for marketing purposes.
My Resolution is: to learn how to use the electronic cutting machine I just bought; to produce the animated imagery I've been dreaming of for years, things like a playground series (e.g., an endless truck-shot of a kid on monkey bars), a science series (e.g., DNA at the point of replication), and an animal locomotion series (e.g., dinosaurs walking--I think Chicago's Field Museum once had a zoetrope installation illustrating how Sue would have walked); and finally, to send out lots of high-quality samples to potential retail outlets, like museum shops, boutique stores, greeting card companies, and advertising agencies.

Jan. 05 2014 06:59 PM
Amy from Brooklyn, NY

I moved to NYC 3 years ago because I thought it would be easy to meet people and potentially even a long term relationship. I'm still getting over how wrong I was! I recently read that NYC is the 57th best city to be single in the US. Um, 57th? I've done a lot of dating in the past couple of years and have some hilarious stories as a result. As the only one of my friends who is still single, I'm always being told I should write a book about my dating mis-adventures. This year, I want to try my hand at a blog that tells it like it is and maybe even captures some hearts.

Jan. 05 2014 06:20 PM

For the past 3 years I have posted a poem a day for Advent on my blog Steeped in Love (steepedinlove.blogspot.com). After Christmas, I always feel a little bereft because I don't have a motivation to continue to write on a daily basis. I have toyed with doing a poem a day for a year, but it is a little overwhelming.

However, a quote from A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver has inspired me. "If Romeo and Juliet had made appointments to meet, in the moonlight-swept orchard, in all the peril and sweetness of conspiracy, and then more often than not failed to meet - one or the other lagging, or afraid, or busy elsewhere - there would have been no romance, no passion, none of the drama for which we celebrate them. Writing a poem is no different - it is a kind of possible love affair between something like the heart (that courageous bur also shy factory of emotion) and the learned skills of the conscious mind. They make appointments with each other and something begins to happen."

My resolution is to make and keep a daily appointment with heart and mind and chronicle "the something that begins to happen" in a daily blog, The Appointed Hour.(theappointedhour@blogspot.com).

Jan. 05 2014 05:46 PM
C Harper from Birmingham, Al

My creative new years resolution is a part of my over all resolution to finish things I start. I've seen a few comments where peoples' resolution is to finish or record an album. I want to do that as well. I've been making music (beats) since the mid 90's. I never made any financial gains from but, I always enjoyed the feeling of sharing what I had and the reactions I would get from people. I want to create concept and share it with as many people as I can.

Jan. 05 2014 05:39 PM
Charlie Tee from Ecuador

My creative resolution: finally record a whole album with the songs I have written since 1990, when I was 14 years old. Most of the song were never even written down on paper, but I seem to remember them. It would be interesting to see if there was any evolution in my songwriting. Being a music producer and doing this for other people for a living seems to have gotten on the way, and I never got to really record my songs. So there, I'm up to the challenge, Studio 360. Let's make some music in 2014!

Jan. 05 2014 05:20 PM
Susanne Katchko from Bronx, NY

My attainable dream for 2014 is to see Happy Notes, my 9-year-old, inspirational magnet and bookmark company, take off. It’s already made so much progress – got some big customers and the product now includes positive sayings in foreign languages (and typefaces) with translations. The designs are made from collages of flower petals and grasses. (See them at www.happy-notes.com) This year, we need either angel investors or crowd-funding to pay for a nice, big printing so I can take this creation and sell, sell, sell to mass-market retailers, such as train station bookstores in major cities worldwide. These inspirational messages in different languages encourage cross-cultural appreciation – peace, harmony and prosperity all in one. We hope to do well by doing good!

Jan. 05 2014 04:39 PM
fredfrombrooklyn from Brooklyn, NY

To reach my potential.

Jan. 05 2014 03:38 PM
Bill Muehlenhard from Philadelphia PA

I want to market my collapsible zoetrope, which can easily and repeatedly be collapsed for packaging and storage, then popped-up again for viewing. The idea had its genesis in work I did teaching kids animation over twenty years ago. I now work as a construction laborer, but over the years I've dreamed up all kinds of zoetrope imagery. I'm not much good at self promotion. I'm a better daydreamer than businessman. But a bigger stumbling block has been that, while it would be very inexpensive to cut many units with a die and press, marking and cutting just one unit by hand takes up a whole day. This limits how free I can be in sending out samples.
My resolution is: remove the electronic cutting machine I just bought from its box, and learn how to use it; make real some of the animated imagery I've spent years dreaming of, things like a playground series (e.g., an endless truck shot of a kid on the monkey bars), a science series (e.g., DNA at the point of replication), an animal locomation series (e.g., running dinosaurs--Chicago's Field Museum once used a zoetrope installation to show how Sue would move); and finally, send high quality samples to potential retail outlets like museum shops, boutique stores, greeting card companies and advertising agencies.

Jan. 05 2014 03:28 PM
Nick from Brooklyn

My creative New Year's resolution is to compose a series of 24 short studies for viola, intended to be 2-3 minutes each. The instructional musical form has existed for hundreds of years, the composer writing from a knowledge of the instrument and the historical context in which in which it was to be used (Bach's Well-Temepered Clavier being one such extremely high-minded example; I am not promising anything of the sort!). My idea is to distill the experiences that I have had in a number of prominent touring ensembles and offer something useful to the next generation. I'm interested in the intersection between teaching, learning, and performance, and this exercise of writing exercises is definitely intended to push myself and others equally. My hope is to gently push other violists to a slightly foreign or uncomfortable space with the goal of imparting certain skills that will help them to succeed in a 21st century context. My hope for myself, as composing is not exactly my comfort zone, is to push myself to identify various problems facing a young violist and to come up with creative contexts for delivering these challenges (btw, this is not to be a dry technical guide or scale book- I would hope that these could find a home both in the practice room and on the concert stage). I know I didn't come out of my own musical education with all of the tools I was to need way back when, and I would love to help others think about 'the road' ahead in a proactive way- the intended audience would be talented high school and college age students. Happy 2014!

Jan. 05 2014 03:19 PM
Ruika Lin from San Francisco, CA

I'm writing and self publishing an non-fiction essay collection around the theme of "Questions" using Indiegogo, the international crowdfunding website which I happen to work for. I also invited some friends to be guest writers and share their own writings around the same theme. Right now I do have a detailed timeline laid out, from campaign launch to writing, to finally completing everything and distributing to my crowdfunding campaign contributors by end of May, before I turn 25 years old :) This will be a BIG item on my resolution list this year - it is my first time even attempting writing more than 2 essays in English within the period of several months (I'm a non-native English speaker), and the whole process of self publishing will take up to half of the year! Very very excited about it though!

Jan. 05 2014 03:13 PM
Annika from NY

Hi, I'm Annika, a 16 year old singer-songwriter from NY. This year I've decided to challenge myself by joining a group of women, each of whom will be writing a song-a-week for the next year. Each week I will be writing my song using a different theme (the first week was Vulnerability) and posting my songs each Sunday (the first will be posted a week from today). Over the last 5 years I've written about 60 songs, some of which I never share. It's nerve wracking to produce so much in such little time, and then to quickly record and share it via youtube. By the end of the year I plan on having 52 new original songs, which is a daunting, yet exciting, task! You can follow the journey at Facebook.com/realwomenrealsongs or listen to my other originals at http://m.youtube.com/channel/UCYWdyYAvuK-thdHNBmLBUWQ

Jan. 05 2014 03:09 PM
Jessica

One of the "resolutions" I am making is to be mindful of the coordinating conjunctions I use. I know that sounds pretentious; however, I don't mean it in that way at all. I feel I overly rely on "but" in conversation, and, most often, I don't mean "but." Is that hugely significant? Arguably, no. BUT, "but " carries a contradictory connotation, and I wonder if being cognizant of its use (or overuse) might reframe not only conversation, but also my self-talk and its extent of precision.

Jan. 05 2014 01:19 PM
Linda Karten from Maplewood NJ

I will live an authentically creative year.

I turn 54 this year. What have I contributed creatively? Some photos, a bit of writing, not enough I'd say. I want to live more creatively in 2014 and by the end of the year I want to have something to show for it! Excited to discover what that might be. I have begun my journey by reading your creative comments, listening to more music, seeing great flicks like Inside Llewyn Davis. I resolve to spend an hour each week In the attic with my photographs. I will begin to write the stories that are inside my head and Keep in touch with my fellow creative journeymen here. I will document my experience on Instagram @ linkarten. Hope to see you there

Jan. 05 2014 11:43 AM
Ellen Nordstrom

My New Year's resolution is to fully enjoy the company of myself...to look within for happiness...

Jan. 05 2014 11:27 AM
Nick from Putnam County, New York State

To apply to Yale University's MFA program in Sculpture and Mixed Media - and go in the Fall if accepted. I'm 62 years old.

Jan. 05 2014 11:24 AM
Erin Rader from Lorain OH

My very funny lovable husband had a brain aneurysm at 58 yrs old last May He is recovering and at home now but it has been rough. On both of us. As he recovers both cognitively and physically, he is getting and pieces of his personality back but is also different, typical of this type of injury. I'm trying to accept this new person and build our life back while working two jobs to support caregivers for him when I work. My resolution has been to write down one little funny story each day this year to keep my perspective, to share with our sons and people to make them comfortable with who he is now, to share with him when we have rough days and to save for him when he recovers more of himself.

Jan. 05 2014 10:45 AM
Albert

My New Year's Resolution is to finish writing my novel before I reach the age of fourteen. I have been working on my manuscript ever since I was eleven and am determined to get my book done.

Jan. 05 2014 10:37 AM
Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad from Vernon, CT

My top resolution for 2014 is to give away 20,000 ice creams for 20,000 dreams. In 2012, I came up with the idea of Ice Cream for a Dream and in 2013, I went on a tour to over 40 locations giving away ice cream for dreams. I ended up giving away 5,000 ice creams. I decided to quadruple my production this year. You can check out some of the videos from last year at www.thedreamsupportnetwork.com . Thanks. Never Stop Dreaming!

Jan. 05 2014 10:36 AM
Abdul-Rahmaan I. Muhammad from Vernon, CT

My top resolution for 2014 is to give away 20,000 ice creams for 20,000 dreams. In 2012, I came up with the idea of Ice Cream for a Dream and in 2013, I went on a tour to over 40 locations giving away ice cream for dreams. I ended up giving away 5,000 ice creams. I decided to quadruple my production this year. You can check out some of the videos from last year at www.thedreamsupportnetwork.com . Thanks. Never Stop Dreaming!

Jan. 05 2014 10:35 AM
'Stache from Washington, DC

I want to produce a burlesque show which will be a tribute to my favorite jazz vocalist/songwriter, Rene Marie. One of the premiere vocalists of today, her work is extremely evocative and personal ~ so it will be possible to tell her unusual life story through her songs. By incorporating burlesque performers' interpretations of her material, an additional dimension will be added. For example, one of her songs, "Autobiography" paints a picture of a bird tossed from the nest too early, and with a broken wing can only fly in circles or figure eights. Interpreting this with a fan dancer would be an amazing experience.

About a month ago I attended the CD release of Rene Marie's latest work, a tribute to Eartha Kitt titled, "I Wanna be Evil". While I was getting my copy of the CD signed, I told her how much I enjoyed the title song of a CD she released about a year ago, "Black Lace, Freudian Slip" and that because I perform burlesque (or more precisely: boylesque)I was looking for the right woman to perform to that song. She did a double take and asked me to repeat myself. After a moment's reflection she started laughing and said, "I never thought of it, but that would be a great song for a burlesque dancer. When you find that woman, let me know. I want to see it."

I've since found "that woman", a recent transplant to the area whose stage name is Dr. Ginger Snapz, and who used to teach burlesque at a university on the west coast. I've also recruited a uniquely talented, rising burlesque star who until recently held the title "Queen of Southern Exposure" to perform another one of Rene Marie's songs, "Rim Shot" which is a raucous 5 minute long double entendre.

Although I'm off to a good start, this will be a much more ambitious production than any I've done so far. But the possibility of creating a tribute to an artist who has brought me so much pleasure over the years is an inspiration ~ especially given the possibility that she might actually be in attendance for a show.

Jan. 05 2014 03:54 AM
Mags from Brooklyn, NY

I have always been moved by music. I was in choirs as a kid. I've taken piano and voice lessons on and off from time to time throughout my life. I've always had musician friends. My parents nudged me towards visual art and I spent many years pursuing that professionally with success. But there has always been that nagging part of me that says I should be making music. I've never really had the guts to pursue music performance in any meaningful way. I want to start taking voice lessons and writing songs in 2014. My goal is to perform in a public venue with a band at least once by the end of 2014.

Jan. 04 2014 10:58 PM
Gabriel Walker

After 40 years of playing the guitar, I've gotten passably good...okay, rather good. Here's the rub. I've been sound designing work for other artists for so long, I've lost my confidence as a guitarist and a singer. Over these last few decades, I've written no music, performed with no bands, or played a live music show. Sound design work has become safe and predictable...and a drain on my soul.
So, 2014 is the year I regain my singing voice, find musicians to work with, and play live gigs as a singer and guitarist. My heart is, and has always been, a musician. Rather than continue to make others sound good, I need to feed my soul by making live music.

Jan. 04 2014 07:23 PM
Chuck Gomez from Washington, DC & New York City

In 2014, I “vow” to produce cinematography and photography that inspires Americans to travel by passenger rail instead of other modes of transportation. Through my creative process I will achieve personal victory, and accomplish my “Human Revolution” in a strikingly and dramatic way. My creative work will promote intercity rail transportation with emphasis on safety, customer service, and financial excellence by “Moving America where it wants to go.” No matter what, I will confront all challenges as opportunities for growth, so I can proceed to “change poison into medicine” by improving my company’s bottom line.

Jan. 04 2014 05:19 PM
Reid from Putnam Valley, NY

I'm not going to get drunk until I get something published, somewhere, anywhere.

Jan. 04 2014 04:50 PM
ellen diamond from Manhattan

I'm on a time constraint anyway; I have leukemia and though I'm in remission, it's chronic and I'm already pretty "overdue." I've been writing poems for about 55 years but only since I joined a class 2 yrs ago have I worked hard on them and I believe now some are good enough to share with friends and family. I've promised myself that by this spring, I will put out a small chapbook. It shouldn't be too difficult a thing to do but it involves going through poems and revising until they're the best they can be. My poems are not great but they are heartfelt and different, and they tell who I am better than I ever can in person.

Jan. 04 2014 04:41 PM
Kittyh from Philadelphia, PA

I started a novel during the National Novel Writing Month. It's a pretty funny crime novel/chick lit thing, and I enjoy it. My goal is to finish it- well, to get it to the point of actually sending out to publishers- by the end of the year. It's loosely based on one of my best friends and is about a bankruptcy lawyer.

The hang up is that I have a toddler, a full time job, a partner in graduate school and we're part time foster parents. I need all kinds of motivation and focus to make sure I get to my goal!

I've always been an avid reader, and always wanted to be a real writer, but haven't had the guts to put myself out there until we entered a short story competition and I did surprisingly well. I realized that I do have talent to write things that are escapist and fun, which is exactly what I like to read. I do think it's important to have a nice paperback in your purse, and I'd like to be one of the people making those nice paperbacks.

Jan. 04 2014 04:07 PM
Carolina from Arlington, VA

For years now I have been working on an illustrated book/website that explains cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to kids (and adults). (Sample pages can be found on my site: http://CarolinaNadel.com/CBT.)
I work on it and get stuck and work on it and get stuck. I would love to finally finish this project in 2014!

Jan. 04 2014 03:42 PM
Rebecca Croft from Saint Petersburg, Florida

My creative goal for 2014 is to make four detailed and expressive dioramas in shoe boxes. I love the idea of creating a small world, feeling or moment within a little box that can be closed up and hidden away or opened and explored. I have always been inspired by installation art, storytelling in theatre and filmmaking, terrariums and of course dioramas. It may not sound very challenging but I have an 11 month old daughter and I work 40 hours a week. I honestly don't know when I'll find the time to do this. But I must!

Jan. 04 2014 03:14 PM
Kelli Sincock from Reston, Virginia

My 2014 Resolution: NO NEW CLOTHING OR SHOES FOR ONE YEAR!

I know, it probably sounds silly to most people. It may sound somewhat superficial. There are so many reasons including concern for ecology, concern for where and how our fashions are made, concern for how much money I waste each year on items I only wear a couple of times, concern for the growing consumerist society, etc... But the main reason I'm doing this is to regain my love of creativity, to learn to love and appreciate what I already have, and finally, to understand how the act of shopping slowly merged into my psyche as a form of immediate and temporary therapy.

For some people this challenge probably would not be difficult. But for me, it's going to be VERY difficult. If you take a peek at the blog I've started it will make more sense. I'm hoping for a lot of healing through this investigation.

This is my first blog to keep me focused: http://ayearwithoutretailbyvintagepersimmon.blogspot.com/

Happy New Year All!
Remember to Reuse and Recycle!

Jan. 04 2014 02:34 PM
marc alexander from canoga park, ca

I pledge to create one collage a week. By doing this I will increase my output and I'm sure improve my collages.

Jan. 04 2014 02:28 PM
Kevin Porter from Philadelphia, PA

O.k., here goes! I've had this play in my head for years that uses humor to tell the story of how one of the early Church's first forays in the culture wars revolved around whether or not converts into the faith needed to be circumcised or not. As a minister in a mainline denomination that is still licking its wounds over internal squabbling re: gay ordination, I think such a play could be a reminder that 1) throughout the history of religion, there have always been debates about who's "in" and who's "out" and 2) with some time and perspective, what we argue about today may not seem so dire.

Jan. 04 2014 02:10 PM
Kathleen W from New York City

My creative resolution for 2014 is to write, produce, direct, and act in a web series. For years I have complained about how the majority of female characters I see in popular media do not reflect my life or the lives of my friends. It's time to put up or shut up. It's time to create stories that are truer to the world that I and my friends experience.

I have kicked around the idea of writing this for a long time, but have always held myself back. There is risk involved in sharing your creative work; you reveal part of your self. In the years I have spent as a performer, I have always had the thin layer of protection that someone else's words and ideas were being presented on stage, on camera, etc. Writing this series feels more personal than performing, and it makes me feel more vulnerable. It also makes me feel heard, and that, finally, is more powerful than the fear I feel.

I have joined a writers group and have already presented one of the episodes to them. I also have a producer as well as many volunteers from a theater company with which I work. I plan on launching a fundraising campaign by early next month and to have the series completed by the end of the year.

As my nieces and nephew grow, I tell them to dare, to speak out. That they get to be heard. In undertaking this web series, I hope to give voice to myself and other women who feel laregely left out of the current media landscape and to be a positive role model for the young creatives in my life.

Jan. 04 2014 02:08 PM
Margaret from UWS Manhattan

Besides 1) getting all my on-the-shelf partially written books finished, 2)the oil paintings that will be part of documenting a "paranormal" phenomenon, recording occasions experienced when I missed getting a photo. (I put quote marks as one who refutes what is actual being referred to as though it is not. Must check in with Am. Soc. for Psychical Research re. their competition to re-name the work.) The books are mostly environmental rant poetry, elementary language texts, and introducing science to the newly literate - also clarifying environmental issues for science skeptics. The phenomenology documentary is experience- and scripture-based. There are a lot of proof photos, but only notes and sketches for some premonitions of natural disasters and human incidents. There will also be a series of written studies showing the relationship of the phenomenon to Bible text, and to worldwide iconographic design. 3) Choreographing "The Uptown Mermaid Parade". I've sent the Coney Island organizers verse in honor of their occasion for five years, and never been there. 4) Setting some poems to music. 5) The Greenwich Village Parade After Party Pumpkin Patch.

Jan. 04 2014 12:39 PM
Michael Butchin from Philadelphia, PA

Last April I began to write a short story that I had wanted to write for years. It was a retelling of the story of the gorgon, Medousa. I had for years been dissatisfied with how Medousa has been portrayed in popular stories and film, as a soulless monster, something irredeemably evil. But the oldest stories tell of a young woman who had been violently sexually assaulted, and then punished for it by the very Goddess she served. And of course, 'history' now remembers Medousa as a monster, so much so, that her name has become the thing that she was-- She is "a Medusa," not "Medousa, who was a gorgon."

When I started writing, I meant for this to be a short story, putting Medousa's side of the myth to the reader. But as I wrote, it got longer, and longer, until the story decided it wanted to be a novel. And then many of the characters-- whom I had plucked from ancient myth and literature, as well as one or two historical figures-- decided to do what they wanted to do in the story, never mind what I had intended for them.

So, here I am, nearly done a two hundred page novella. My goal is to complete the initial drafts by April, and then to have the final edits done by July. And then, I hope to publish it.

Jan. 04 2014 09:09 AM
Marc LeMaire from Saint Paul, MN

I am a visual and ceramic artist. I have a project in clay that will take place over the year. I will start the year with 2 different types of clay (earthenware and porcelain), each relatively the weight of a human. Each week of the year I will create a new sculpture/installation artwork with the same clay, recycling and reworking it. The idea revolves around questions such as: Can these creations or 'experiences' breath life into what once were empty materials. Can these 'experiences' create a sense of identity into the clay? How will these 'experiences' change and influence the materials? I will document the 'life' of these weekly creations through Instagram and Facebook-seeing as we often form or express our identity around these social spaces. What does life from matter mean and how is it formed? I hope to display this body of work and its documentation and process in a gallery at some point in the following year if all goes well.

Jan. 04 2014 12:08 AM
Georgia from Ramsey, New Jersey

I have been a working studio potter and teacher for about 38years and I have never made a complete set of dinnerware for myself! This is my goal for 2014!

Jan. 03 2014 04:25 PM
Jorge Ortiz from Salt Lake City, UT


My goal for 2014 is to produce a feature film ( Movie).

For the last couple of years I've been writing different ideas for a movie, I took the time and put together the 120 pages script and it's been sitting there ever since. The plan is to review and rewrite the script before the end of March, start casting a few friends as actors and also some auditions in the local library. Shooting (filming) should begin around June-July.

The challenge: other than the ideas and script, I'm starting from scratch. Needless to say it's a low budget project (zero budget actually) but I have some equipment and, more important, great people around me so I think it's a reachable goal/dream.

Thanks for the motivation and Happy 2014!!

Jan. 03 2014 02:33 PM
Carrie Allen from Portland, Oregon

Writing four novels Earth, Air, Fire, Water...Resolution is to get Air published this year, or find an agent, whichever comes first, and to continue with writing Fire, which is half-done.

Earth begins on a farm and has to do with rootedness and tradition. In Air, the protagonist pulls up roots and lives floating above the culture in Asia. In Fire, she is burned up like the phoenix. Water, set in the US Pacific Northwest, is all about her healing...

Jan. 03 2014 12:58 PM
Caroline Allen from Oregon

Beauty of the Beast. I grew up butchering animals with my own hands on a subsistence farm in Missouri. As a young adult, I became a journalist in Tokyo, London and Seattle, committed to giving a voice to the voice-less, the handicapped and abused. Then I realized I myself didn't even have a voice and spent years becoming an artist and novelist. Something was still blocking the creative flow. I moved back to the earth, near farm animals. I started painting their portraits. Beauty of the Beast was born. I'm painting portraits of farm animals for a show. My resolution is to paint 12 by the end of the year. One and a half such portraits are finished to date. Some of the proceeds from the sales will go to farm animal rescue organizations. As of January 1, 2014, I went vegan. This New Year's resolution is a profound journey into healing the primal in myself and honoring the primal in this wild raucous world we live in.

Jan. 03 2014 11:51 AM
John Morgan from Charlotte, NC

My goal is to complete 6 new large-scale portraits over the next 12 months. A painting every 2 months might not seem like that ambitious of a goal, but they're pretty intensely detailed, and yeah…a lot of them are mighty big.

Add to that the fact that I have a day job (I'm an elementary art teacher). So that's that. A new, completed piece, every 2 months. If it kills me. Here's where you can track me: www.johnmorganart.com

Jan. 03 2014 09:58 AM

My creative resolution is to bring more beauty into my life, the lives of others, and the world. I began with a personal quest to discover, create and share something beautiful every day. The idea grew and resulted in the recent launch of BeautifulNow, a new website that features the most beautiful things happening in the world today. And it has been so inspiring and rewarding. Come see what you think. You'll find new ideas and images daily, with beauty in Arts/Design, Nature/Science, Food/Drink, Mind/Body, Place/time, and Soul/Impact. I hope it inspires you too! (www.beautifulnow.is)

Jan. 03 2014 09:01 AM
Peter from Sharon

At the instigation of those more ambitious than myself, it might be time to set the songwriting exercises I've amassed throughout the years to tape. I can't wake up from a fever or bury a pet without taking to a guitar and aping lonely old Mark Eitzel (or, ahem, Courtney Love). I suppose this record would be my modest tribute to those who've moved me to the point of singing. Or ululating. Or screaming! https://soundcloud.com/trepanning

Jan. 03 2014 08:37 AM
Curt

I am teaching myself to draw so I can illustrate a year-long series of dreams I've recorded since late 2012.

Jan. 02 2014 11:03 PM
Elizabeth Connolly from long beach ny

After a career in textiles and a stint as a stay at home mom, I went back to school for a degree in Art Ed, which I received in 2009. No job yet, but lots of sub work and a couple of leave replacements. I created a game that is based, in part, on the many lessons left for me to teach in the absence of the classroom teacher. Since I am certified to teach K-12, I can be in any sort of class room teaching any subject on any given day. Many times I found myself giving children word searches, crossword puzzles or practice tests. I began to compile a list of questions and designed a game to play with the children left to my watch. Questions can range from simple (naming 4 states with same beginning letter) to difficult (define an isosceles triangle)to random silly trivia (who is Mr. Crabs arch-nemesis?). The best part about playing this game is engaging children in testing their knowledge. I would like to develop and market this game for educators to use in the classroom.

Jan. 02 2014 09:37 PM
Meg from NYC--- > Denpasar, Bali (Indonesia)

I have been given the unique opportunity to move to Bali, Indonesia at the end of the month (January) and teach English for the next ten months. My plan (and resolution) is to keep a blog about my experience living abroad. This blog will not only allow me to keep in touch with my family and (American) students, but it will also give me the perfect motivation to work on my photography and writing. My goal is to report back to my friends the daily happenings of life in Bali...and to show them what I am learning about myself and the new culture. I plan to write 2-3 entries a week and document most things with photos. I am hoping this will inspire others to travel--- and to give me even more motivation to explore my new world.

Jan. 02 2014 08:32 PM
Janet Luongo from Norwalk, CT

My creative resolution for 2014 is to finish a coming of age memoir of one intense year in my troubled youth. I first drafted it in 1980, but put it “under my bed” when my son was born. I unearthed the manuscript two years ago and have been working with a mentor, Patrick McCord, in a writing group on how to tell this story in a vivid way. My working title is “Breaking Free.” It’s about a seventeen year old white girl living in New York City involved in the civil rights movement in 1966, who is challenged by new black friends - an artist, activist and musician. She volunteers in a ghetto, drops out of college to study art, and runs away from her broken family in search of love, truth, and freedom. I plan to finish the revised draft in two months, give it to an editor, rewrite according to the editor’s recommendations, then seek publication, either through an agent, or an on-line or self-publishing option. Either way, I resolve that 2014 is the year I will finally get my story out into the world. My website is janetluongo.com

Jan. 02 2014 08:00 PM

To enter more photo competitions. Pushing myself to be more creative and play more in the community of Photographers | Filmmakers.

Jan. 02 2014 06:43 PM
Shannon K. McDonough from Somerville, MA

Later this month, I will launch The Library Effect, an online media channel dedicated to the interplay between libraries and society, learning and media. So much of the news we read about libraries in the US (and the UK, for example) is about how libraries are being closed, are struggling to remain relevant, and are about books in an electronic world. Libraries, access to media and information, and the people who work with the public on a daily basis to provide services and programming couldn't be more relevant. The Library Effect won't attempt to explain any of this, but will strive to get its message across by example and inspiration. I have attracted and received submissions from an international and diverse set of contributors, and aim to launch by the end of this month. The Library Effect is on Twitter: @libraryeffect and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelibraryeffect

This project is actually an outcropping of an idea (and another FB group that I started) to convince Studio360 to rebrand libraries as part of your redesign series!

Jan. 02 2014 05:15 PM
Shannon K. McDonough from Somerville, MA

Later this month, I will launch The Library Effect, an online media channel dedicated to the interplay between libraries and society, learning and media. So much of the news we read about libraries in the US (and the UK, for example) is about how libraries are being closed, are struggling to remain relevant, and are about books in an electronic world. Libraries, access to media and information, and the people who work with the public on a daily basis to provide services and programming couldn't be more relevant. The Library Effect won't attempt to explain any of this, but will strive to get its message across by example and inspiration. I have attracted and received submissions from an international and diverse set of contributors, and aim to launch by the end of this month. The Library Effect is on Twitter: @libraryeffect and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelibraryeffect

This project is actually an outcropping of an idea (and another FB group that I started) to convince Studio360 to rebrand libraries as part of your redesign series!

Jan. 02 2014 05:14 PM

I am a photographer, logo designer, and car enthusiast who is turning 60 this year. My creative resolution for 2014 was to put together a national event for Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky lovers from America and Canada during the week of the summer Solstice, June 2014. The idea had been percolating on my back burner for many years; I resolved to commit last June and although we have six more months of fine tuning, it is happening! GO NASSM 2014! For a peek at the event website, please click here: http://66.132.1.89/
My other 2014 resolution is to become creative and healthier with my cooking and exercise as to lose thirty pounds.

Jan. 02 2014 04:47 PM
Rachael from Holden Village, WA

In 2014, I want to finish my book.

Jan. 02 2014 04:21 PM
Nick from Los Angeles, San Jose and Chicago

Hello! I'm a relatively new listener to the podcast, starting back in summer of 2013 but already really enjoy it on my trip to and from work. Myself and 3 friends who met on our dorm floor first year in college have recently graduated and all moved away from UCLA, making it hard for us to hang out and remain in each other's lives. We met this holiday season and resoluted to do a project of taking one picture a day from our lives and posting it to our Flickr account, for every day of 2014. We hope it will be a great way to stay connected and continue our friendship together even as we move on from college to whatever life throws at us. I guess this resolution isn't as much about changing something we do or looking to complete a project we never got to, as much as it is about continuing our connection to one another; one that honestly only happens once in a lifetime. If you are interested in seeing our first few posts, here is my account and three people are my three friends: Charlotte, Madelaine, and Vivian. This podcast will help keep us on track and maybe provide some entertainment on what happens in the post-grad lives of four 22 year olds. Love the podcast and listening to it on our drive down to L.A. for our last hurrah before the break ends.

Thanks,
Nick

Jan. 02 2014 04:16 PM
Rhea Borja from California

I aim to compose my first piece of music -- a 3-movement piano sonata -- then perform it in public. Nothing like setting the bar high! Wish me luck.

Jan. 02 2014 02:50 PM
Launa Bacon from Lincoln, Nebraska

My 2014 resolution is to be a more prolific visual artist. I am a mixed media artist and my work ranges from painting and drawing, sculpture, video, installation, sculpture, performance and on-site cultural collaborations: http://launabacon.com/ I have a tendency to vacillate on my creative ideas, and not follow through to completion. My goal will to complete one work every week, posting them on my website.

I am a long-time listener and fan of Studio 360 -- almost always listening in my studio. Kurt Andersen, you rock. Thank you for all you do!

Jan. 02 2014 09:46 AM
Leah

My friend Jason is doing something pretty cool. He's going to meet one new person a day, and then on Dec 31, 2014 he will have a party and invite all 364 of them! http://friendoftheday.blogspot.com/

Jan. 02 2014 12:41 AM
Deian from Albuquerque, NM

I have been slowly, slowly working on a modern and accessible translation to an ancient text, "The Yoga Sutras" which, although they have been much translated, I still have the cheek to think there's something more they have to tell us. Because even a practitioner can use some support, focus and a goal, I am writing to you.

Bits and pieces of the Yoga Sutras are used in studios around the world, but they are easily misunderstood and can be confusing for most students. The structure, the metaphors, and the fact that they are written in an language no longer used conversationally, all contribute to this confusion. Many translations have focussed on magical powers, breath and reincarnation, but (as an undecided believer in divine things) I think this might be missing the point and in my teaching practice I have tried to say so. I have tried to complete a translation many times but have faltered each time.

So I am trying again. After all, to be "reborn" is not just a religious desire - as we see with New Year’s Day and the resolutions that accompany it - and while some might envision “magic” as meaning teleportation or chakras, I think it's pretty magical if someone stops smoking or becomes kinder to their spouse. It is this view of a practical (and practicable) text that I'd like to describe more completely for our modern lives.

The Yoga Sutras offer a simple, non-sectarian philosophy: "We are unhappy because we suffer and we suffer because we are not aware of being able to choose otherwise. To be aware means knowing the real difference between suffering and not-suffering, attachment and non-attachment, and to see and tame the things we do to create our own sadness. This is hard work, but with practice, we can live empowered by our choices rather than victimized by our circumstances. By choosing to how to navigate the world, we suffer less. When we suffer less, we change how we manifest our personal best nature. When we are being our best selves, we can change the world.”

Although I am not a Sanskrit scholar (I'm a yoga teacher and computer training supervisor), I have worked on this project (on and off) for seven years, surrounding myself with dictionaries, translations and online resources. 2014 is shaping up to be a huge year for me (I turn 50, among other events) and it would bring me joy to finally complete this work. To finish this translation would help me find my own anchor for teaching as well as creating a legacy to leave behind, even if it is simply the idea that "atha yogānuśāsanamaḥ" needn't be any more complicated than, "This is yoga."

Jan. 01 2014 11:57 PM
kim thomas from Astoria, NY

Writing it down means that I'll actually do it right?? I have a few creative things to do in 2014: teach myself the basics of graphic design within 6 months, draw more frequently, get back into my photography, finish my 100 days project that has been on hold for a few months now, and create a photo book of said 100 days project.

Jan. 01 2014 09:45 PM
Jana Castelli from Palisades Park, NJ

I would like to learn how to paint in Renaissance style and have a small show of my work at the end of the year. I am not a painter, and I only took a few painting classes one time at The Art Students League of New York. I did graduate with a BFA (fine art/Graphic Design degree), and I've always felt that I have a decent knack/sense for technical & conceptual skills in the arts. I'd like to try this challenge. I need creativity back in my life.

I was thinking that I could learn my new skills for this project at The New York Studio School of Drawing,Painting & Sculpture on 8th St in NYC (or I'm open to suggestions.

What do you think? The idea of this project seems outrageous to me, for me. But they say the best goals are the ones you can't imagine how they could possibly be accomplished. My biggest challenge is financial, because I don't see how I'd fund my classes or communicating fees into the city. Any suggestions? Anyway, please let me know if you like my idea!

Sincerely,
Jana

Jan. 01 2014 09:19 PM
Tim Cummings from Bloomfield, NJ

Inspired by Edward Humes' "Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash," and Bea Johnson's "Zero Waste Home," I'll be personally plunging into a zero-waste lifestyle throughout all of 2014 to better understand and recognize my role as a producer of garbage and the efforts required to live a more sustainable life. My hope is that this year will provide me with the expertise and skills to further develop a waste-free lifestyle that can be shared and incorporated into my family, work, and local community life. In order to fully commit to this experience I have decided that, throughout the entire year, I will carry with me any waste that I create that cannot be recycled, reused, or repurposed.

Jan. 01 2014 08:33 PM
Steven Cormey from Winchester, MA

I have always avoided making New Year's resolutions thinking that if something needed doing or changing in my life I shouldn't need or wait until one special day to decide to make that change. That being said, listening to your show I realized that putting a resolution out there publicly really puts the pressure on. I have written a novel. It needs to be edited and then I need find an agent (which means deal with the rejections) and if I can't find one I need to do what my friends and relatives that have read it suggest and self publish. This is my resolution for 2014, either land an agent or self publish.

Jan. 01 2014 01:21 PM
James Bedell from New York City

I've spent my career in the lighting industry. As a designer I've worked on a wide variety of projects, but I always felt my drawing skills needed improvement.

So my 2014 creative resolution is to post an original drawing every day. I'll be posting them to my blog. Here's the first of 365.

http://jamesbedell.com/blog/2014/1/1/my-2014-project-becoming-a-better-sketch-artist

Jan. 01 2014 12:05 PM
Danesha McKoy from Baltimore, MD

My creative resolution is to create a book of motivational speakers from some of my favorite motivational speakers. My other resolution is to make a fortune board. My son and I clearly eat out a lot and we eat lots of chinese food. We are big on reading our fortunes and seeing how they apply to our personal lives. We thought it would be a cool and fun idea to put them together. 202-441-5831

Dec. 31 2013 10:58 PM
S. Banks from Hyattsville, MD

Hey folks!!

A friend of mine told me about this...and coerced me into doing this!! LOL Serioulsy...I have neeeeeever ever written a book, but I wrote a children's book some years ago. I have read it to a few people and they thought it was kinda cool. I think so too!! I will use this call to action as a way for me to fully execute...and me this book a reality. Really...should I wait any longer...it has been years already!! IT'S A GOOD BOOK!! I will be elated selling one copy let alone several copies!! Just the thought of seeing it come to life will be AMAZING!! I am literally at ground zero...I need to find an illustrator, publisher, editor, etc. So...it should be a fun, interesting, and creative ride!! Thanks for the opportunity to get out of my own way and my comfort zone.

Dec. 31 2013 10:41 PM
Deborah from Westchester County, NY

I've worked on, left, returned to, put on hiatus and now resumed, a graphic novel/animation project called The Rug Tree. The setting, characters and many particulars stem from having lived in Iran when I was much younger, having known some extraordinary people and situations. With all that is written, said and heard about that nation, very little is actually known about it, and like the very talented filmmakers and artists from Iran, I want to do my bit to humanize and universalize it through stories both fact-based and fictional.

Graphic novel seems to be in a golden age, and is a demanding medium, rather like one person making an entire movie. Having an 'accountability buddy' or two---let alone a group of them---could help lighten the load and get the story fully out before the eyes of many. Could a few such groups possibly grow out of this exchange? That would be splendid. Best wishes for a Happy and productive New Year to all.

Dec. 31 2013 09:40 PM
Jan H. Croteau from New Hampshire

I resolve to create a house that is a work of art, one room at a time and then write an essay about each room. I resolve to write 12 essays, one a month, ruminating on the meaning of each space and how our environment shapes who we are.

Dec. 31 2013 08:16 PM
N Montgomery from Santa Cruz CA

I'm an artist specifically a maker of art quilts. I have been invited to be a part of a local exhibit entitled "California Creatures," leaving the interpretation of the theme up to each artist. I am currently working on a series of original painted and embellished art quilts featuring the sharks that reside off the California coast. The shark is a creature that has continued to fascinate and inspire my work. The exhibit is planned to be installed in April 2014 and my creative resolution is to have 6 brand new pieces ready for the exhibit.

Dec. 31 2013 04:41 PM
Suezette

I want to submit my writing to journals or contests. I would like to do one a month, but would be happy with one every other month. Both are doable, just have to make the effort!

Dec. 31 2013 04:08 PM
Richard Senti from Tucson

I'm a good photographer ... but no one knows it. I need to get my work out there, and that's what I resolve. I've started with my website -- SENTIFOTO.COM -- now I need to find a brick & mortar exhibition space.

Dec. 31 2013 01:44 PM
Judith from New Jersey

I'm a lawyer who loves to write fiction but I never seem to get through my various projects. I started a "ghost" book about 6 years ago when someone close to me died. I've carried it on the desktop of my laptop and added to it from time to time, but never got too far along. Well, now I recently turned 60, and am sorry to say that another person close to me has just died. Somehow I feel that finishing this book this year will be help me through the grief process and will also be a tribute to my wonderful friends and family members who have passed on. The nice thing about a book about ghosts is that they can live again - as they do in our dreams - within the pages of the book. Wish me luck. I think I can do it this year.

Dec. 31 2013 01:26 PM
Marvin Caplan from Hamilton, Ont. Canada

I have had the same new year's resolution for several years. "No new tattoos!"
Not that I have any old ones - tats are forbidden by Jewish law.

Dec. 31 2013 01:24 PM
edward weiss from Baltimore, MD

I have a play called "Brinkley Burnham and the All American Carnival of Dreams" that (back in the 80s) rose up from the slush pile and resulted in a letter back from Joseph Papp at the Public Theater. He said he found it "unique and interesting," but had decided he didn't want to do it.I think the themes of the play might actually have more resonance today. So my resolution is to dig it out, scan it, maybe do some rewriting, and send it out again. Although, obviously, not to him at this point.

Dec. 31 2013 12:37 PM
Connie L. from NJ

I'm not a writer or an illustrator, but I have signed up for an intro to writing and illustrating children's books at a local museum beginning in January. I will complete the course and write/illustrate at least one children's book in 2014!

Dec. 31 2013 09:36 AM
Marissa Bridge from New York City

In 2014 I plan to finish my painting series titled, "The Journey". The paintings depict the life cycle of an orchid plant, from first buds to the final withering and dropping off of the last flower. The series is a metaphor for life and the changes it goes through. I began the series in January, 2012, and at this point I am on painting #30, which is about 2/3rds of the way through. It is the first time I have done a painting series with a clear narrative, and it has been a great experience so far.

Dec. 31 2013 09:29 AM
Ayun Halliday from still Brooklyn NYC

Or maybe I should just illustrate this comments section! Now THAT sounds like a task I could get behind!

Dec. 31 2013 08:50 AM
Ayun Halliday from Brooklyn, NYC

Either resume my failed project of 2013 - illustrate Chapter 5 of Cannery Row line by line
or
Write a punk rock musical of Raggedy Ann (public domain, melonfarmers!)

Dec. 31 2013 08:48 AM
Shanai from Iran

I really wanna be happier in 2014. Probably less depressed and less lazy. I wanna make more out of my life. I'm desperate, but still...

Dec. 31 2013 07:00 AM
Nicole Speulda from Portland(ia), OR

In 2014 I resolve to write at least twelve poems in 12 poetry styles. Some will be one poem that month, others many. The forms are the following-- Sonnet, Haiku, Villanelle, Tanka, Rondeau, Sijo, Pantoum, Ruba'i, Ode, Ghazal, Sestina and Jintishi. I made a pact with myself that after 18 years in DC and abroad, I would move back to my home state of Oregon and commit to writing again. I did the first piece in October and need a way to keep myself honest in the new year.

Dec. 31 2013 02:59 AM
Saara Gallin from New York

Having never been inclined to making New Years Resolutions -- Why Now?

Listening to the stories of this years recipients moved me. I related to them. A thought crossed my mind -- for the very first time ever -- make a resolution! Make myself a promise (I keep my promises).

In 1978 at the age of 48 I made my first commission - 6 stained glass panels in relief for a small restaurant. They were part of a fountain in the very center of the dining room. Water was piped to the top and descended over the panels. They were lit during the day by a skylight and at night by lights at the bottom of the pool. It was a most successful commission in every way. I liked it, the owner liked it, and one of the panels received special wonderful notice in print from the Curator of 20th Century Decorative Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I have made much stained glass since then (WWW.Saara-gallin.com) but never another fountain. The impurities in the water from the solder used in connecting the glass necessitated cleaning them entirely to often. I had warned the owner when approached with the project. He insisted that they would be cleaned regularly and they were.

Not willing to burden anyone else I never made another fountain — lots of glass, but no fountain. For 30 years afterwards, I experimented with many different adhesives to use in place of the solder. Five years ago I found the the right laminating material. I could use it in my own studio. I was ready.

However, life took an unexpected turn - no longer did I work in the studio, but rather my first priority was to willingly be a caregiver to my husband of then 59 years.

This past year it became possible for me to work again. My husband is now well cared for in longterm care. Should I make the new and better fountain which I had been making in my mind ever since the first one?

Until your program, my answer to myself was no. After all my time was not completely my own (I was still a care giver even though it was not 24/7.) there were other less challenging projects -- projects which would give me joy -- BUT THEY WERE NOT THE FOUNTAIN.

The relationship between light, stained glass and droplets of water cascading over sculptured stained glass was one that I hungered to work with again. But this was not possible until now.

The mystery of watching a work evolve and take on on its very own life before my eyes, of watching my very own vocabulary take another step was what I yearned for. I have a very great need to see it evolve. What will it look like when it actually exists? Will I like it or will I find myself wanting to change different aspects when it is no longer possible?

This is the year it will become a reality. It will be my gift to myself for my 84th birthday.

Tomorrow is New Years Eve. My 93 year old husband and I will celebrate this final chapter in our lives – not with Champagne as we always did at midnight. but rather by going out for lunch.

Dec. 30 2013 06:37 PM

My resolution is to perform a one-hour magic/mentalism show in 2104.

I experienced a stroke nearly four years ago, affecting my communication skills (both oral and written). Immediately following the stroke I could not say my own name.

Since the stroke I’ve come a long way. Most people can’t tell I ever had a stroke. I still have issues. At times, it seems as though the engine is running, but I can’t but the car in gear: I know what I want to say, but can’t find the right word.

Communication has been my passion since I was a child, probably overcompensation from having been born with a speech impediment. Magic has been a hobby since age nine (I’m currently 54). I’ve been an announcer at a trained animal show, a Disc Jockey, TV photographer/journalist and a video producer/director for the US Army.

I’ve gone from being who could ad lib at the drop of a hat to a being someone who can’t read a page of text without stumbling.

My goal is to overcome the challenge and work with “magical mentors” to produce and perform a one hour show of magic and mentalism. To make this goal worth more than a personal accomplishment and an hour of entertainment for the audience, I will seek a venue that will raise funds for a non-profit organization.

As part of this process, I will offer to perform radio mentalism on up to three occasions while I’m on the path to making my resolution a reality.

Dec. 30 2013 02:16 PM
Karen Leahy from Mount Vernon NY

I heard Alberta Hunter bring the house down with her singing when she was 78, so being 72 shouldn't stop me from finally getting a cabaret act together. Though I have a Master's in voice and a good deal of performance experience, I pretty much left music behind to become a caregiver some years ago, then life and laziness got in the way. Now I have no more excuses, and I want to use a cabaret act as a fundraiser for the Bond Street Theatre, which brings street theater and it power to inspire, teach and entertain to underprivileged communities in Haiti, Afghanistan, urban US, etc. I would be grateful for a kick in the behind from Studio 360!

Dec. 30 2013 10:47 AM
Ryan Clardy from Brooklyn

I'm a bit scared to submit, because I love coming up with ideas and dreams, but follow-through can be challenging. It's one of the reasons I'm submitting: accountability. As to the idea, I want to co-produce, co-write, and act in an online web-series. I have a great story arc, the beginnings of a great team, and now if everything goes as planned, we'll have a fun little show anybody could watch online for free by the end of 2014!

Dec. 30 2013 02:04 AM
Ryan Clardy from Brooklyn

I'm a bit scared to submit, because I love coming up with ideas and dreams, but follow-through can be challenging. It's one of the reasons I'm submitting: accountability. As to the idea, I want to co-produce, co-write, and act in an online web-series. I have a great story arc, the beginnings of a great team, and now if everything goes as planned, we'll have a fun little show anybody could watch online for free!

Dec. 30 2013 02:01 AM
Colleen Lynch from Brooklyn

I resolve to finish writing my memoir Friends In High Places, The True Story Of A Reluctant Mystic. I will have the 2nd draft complete by the first day of Spring. Already have some of the 600 page 1st draft edited, but have been sick for over a year not knowing what to cut. I will be done in 2014.

Dec. 30 2013 12:03 AM

My 2014 resolution is to finish writing, have and artist illustrate and self-publish the humorous memoir I started two years ago about how I acquired my five cats and why they formed a club.

Dec. 29 2013 08:25 PM
Ian Strawn from kennewick, washington

Years ago, I was a fine art painter. I painted semi life-like portraits of people I found whilst wandering the streets of major cities. I gained some success, had half a dozen galleries showing my work at any given time, had shows in New York, LA (where I'm from), London, San Francisco, Chicago, etc. I was even flown down to Sao Paolo, Brazil, to speak at a major art and design conference. I seemed to be on the road to a major art career, and then 2008 happened. Nothing sold for months and months, culminating in my needing to find more consistent work to support my wife and (at the time) 2 girls. A couple of years of struggling left me a reasonably successful graphic designer - I founded a design firm that I sold off, became art director at another, and am currently leaving that position to start a new firm yet again. The upshot of the new firm is that I will be in control of my schedule enough to return to painting for the first time in 4 or 5 years. I've been in contact with my old galleries, and they'd be game to put on a new show for me if I produce new work. So, my goal for 2014 is to produce 12 new paintings (essentially 1 a month) in order to put on a new gallery show, and hopefully kick off my art career anew. You can see my old work at www.ianstrawn.com.

Dec. 29 2013 07:10 PM
Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

I'm using math in a new way... to "take pictures" [Time for Sustainable Cities to Look Upstream… http://synapse9.com/signals/2013/12/28/time-for-sustainable-cities-to-look-upstream/] and "make movies" [Crimewave's birth and collapse http://www.synapse9.com/cw/crimewave_nys2.htm] of a **quite** remarkable hidden organic world ...

Dec. 29 2013 03:26 PM

Inspired by a series of portraits of WWII veterans in their uniforms I am working on a photo project of cancer survivors with the thing that got them through. As a chaplain I listen to the stories of dark side of treatment that reveal fear and doubt. I'm calling the project Comfort and Hope, Images of Survivorship. It is story telling with the image and a story I want to tell with honesty and integrity of the person. Working on this project I want to be more intentional in my shooting, increase my skills, and create a portfolio. The first image of the project is posted on my blog, http://paparazzi-roxi.blogspot.com/2013/12/comfort-and-hope-denise-joe.html

Dec. 29 2013 02:39 PM
Rachel Mason from woodside, NY

I resolve to stop coming back to this page again and again to read listeners' resolutions !! Its addictive.

Dec. 29 2013 11:37 AM
Art Sturtevant from Asheville, NC

I'm a stand-up comedian, and my goal is to write 10 minutes of stage-ready material every month in 2014, giving me an additional hour and a half at the end of the year.

I did comedy in the early 80's and I quit for 25 year for the normal life reasons -- family, career, etc. I started again just a few years ago, and now I'm pursuing a comedy career in my 50's with great response so far.

Dec. 29 2013 10:26 AM
Judy from rural Virginia outside Fredericksburg

It took more than 8 years to complete a resolution I made in 2002 - to write a novel. I wanted it to include a girl who loved books, a man who wrote them, and a secret or mystery that the girl and the man can solve. Eureka! I finished and published it in September 2013: The Secret Diary of Ewan Macrae. I am now free to make a new resolution.

Found buried in an ammunition box and re-interred in a Presbyterian churchyard in Alexandria, VA, there is an unknown soldier of the Revolutionary War. I think it is about time his story is told. So I plan to do that in 2014.

Dec. 29 2013 05:57 AM
Jane N. from Boston, MA

I sow my intentions thus:
fifty poems to carve free
in the old-new year to come

one per week, or thereabouts
(with two unspoke for grace)
makes habit of desire

to muck about in the sandbox of my soul
and more often push the binds of language
further open as the better poets do

('change the world', like 'practice poetry more',
benefits from subdivision:
an apt turn of phrase that catches on
changes how we speak — and think — of it)

Dec. 28 2013 11:14 PM
Ed Vogel from Minneapolis

Play Chopin's Prelude in D Flat Major (Raindrops) convincingly well from memory to an audience of non musicians. Not practicing more than 3 hours a week. More or less. . .

Dec. 28 2013 09:07 PM
Kurt Gahan from Boonton NJ and Fire Island NY

I will be working on making more liturgical vestments. ...a seminarian in my congregation will be obtained this year. .... the beach community where I am the fire department chaplain need s a set of red vestmentsfor Pentecost. ...

Dec. 28 2013 05:38 PM
Adam T from Brooklyn, New York

As part of a weekly live music night I present short, spoken profiles of the composers and lyricists who created Argentine tango music in the 20th century. My goal is to turn this into a 3-5 minute radio segment. I've produced two pilots already and I have a radio station who is interested in airing my work. I'm afraid that given my busy schedule as a musician I will never have time to produce the pieces, so my goal is to create 12 segments, one per month, in 2014.

Dec. 28 2013 05:18 PM
Maria from Middletown, CT

I hereby resolve that 2014 is the year I will NOT shoehorn into my life whatever random, time-consuming extra thing it occurs to me to do, no matter how worthy an endeavor it seems to be: no enrichment courses; no additional volunteering beyond the commitments I've already made; no obligations that require plotting into the calendar at regular intervals. I am taking the year off from everything but work and homelife. Thank you, Sister Wendy (the art critic), for retreating back into your trailer. You are my role model.

Dec. 28 2013 03:40 PM
Harriet from Silver Spring, MD

I am a cellist and pianist. I went to music school as a cello major and earned a doctorate more than 20 years ago. I'd played the piano in a less intense way since I was about 5. After finishing the degree, I went on to do other more mundane things to earn a living; I never completely stopped playing the cello, but some years went by when I did little with music.

I am now 56 years old. Over the past decade, I've picked up both instruments again; I have performed several concertos with an orchestra on the cello and began taking piano lessons. This year, I was finally in a position to quit my job and have begun teaching cello.

I have always been fascinated with the music of J. S. Bach and have performed all of the solo cello suites at various times. My dissertation was on the fifth and sixth suites, and I performed both of them on a lecture recital. I've been wanting to work on them again with all of my current knowledge and experience brought to bear and to record them, at least for myself.

My husband came up with the idea of finding a performance space (perhaps renting one) and doing a series of two or three recitals where I perform all of the suites. To kick this up a few notches, I think it would be cool to also play some Bach on the piano at each of these recitals. I envision this as taking place over several years, though I'm pretty sure I could do the first one within a year from now.

So that is my idea: find a venue, work the pieces up to performance level, put together these programs, and just do it. Why not?

Dec. 28 2013 10:00 AM

OK, here is my plan....instead of make one huge resolution, I am trying to break this whole concept into bite size pieces so I want to make 1 small change a week. Hopefully, that change will become a habit and I will exit 2014 a little healthier and a little wiser. I made a facebook page to chart my progress https://www.facebook.com/OneWeekOneChange . Some things are going to be easier than others--an example is that I need to drink more water and ditch the diet soda (current amount of water I drink: zero). Other items: Learn to meditate, cook one new recipe a week, write in my journal 3x a week, take some type of lesson a week (tennis? horseback riding? potter?), volunteer on at least one of my days off, clear one area of clutter per day in the house...
I think that once we falter on our resoultions--after we eat that first Krispy Kreme on January 3rd--we toss the whole idea and feel like we have failed. By starting fresh every week, I think I have a fighting chance to make some really positive changes in my life.

Dec. 28 2013 09:52 AM
Kerr Lockhart from Teaneck, NJ

June of 2014 is the deadline to finish the play I started a while back, especially since one of the roles would be perfect for an old friend who has just become a bit of a cult favorite because of an indie film.

What's the play? I like the Mel Brooks rule -- don't spend the energy you need to write the play in talking to other people about it. So that's it until I'm done.

Dec. 27 2013 11:26 PM
Mitch Horn from Bedford, New York

My resolution is to get back on a stage as an actor in 2014. I spent my entire youth, in Nacogdoches Texas, doing Theater. I, moved to New York in 1983 with $200 in my pocket and a dream, yadayadayada, and after doing a million auditions, getting my Equity card doing Children's Theater, HIV appeared in the city and everyone started dropping like flies. I, like many other's, made the decision to flee to the country; in my case, Westchester,NY, and a different life, in order to survive. It was just too heartbreaking in the city at that time, in that community. Once they had a test for HIV and it was discovered I was Negative and might actually live, I went back to school, got a degree in Documentary Film making, went to work producing Documentaries for Network Television and all of a sudden it's 30 years later.10 years ago I got Sober, realizing the tools that were keeping me alive yet not on stage no longer worked. I left TV in 2006 to do Graduate work in Communications at CUNY, which I completed just as the Financial crisis hit, and I was a 48 year old over-paid producer by that time aging out of a young persons profession. Ended up in Bankruptcy at that point, started yet another career as a Financial Facilitator - glorified book Keeper-and have made yet another new life for myself - Now 10 years sober, I am ready to scratch that itch that has never left me, and finally, I don't Need to be a star. at 51 I have finally learned I need to be on stage to do the work, not for the glory and am ready to do it. I've gone so far as to order the script for "Tru" the Truman Capote one man show.Now that I've finally come to realize I am not him, I am ready to play him, if that makes any sense. the script should arrive tomorrow.

Dec. 27 2013 10:01 PM
HIlary Mankofsky

I'm determined to open an Etsy store, make 1 item a week to put in the store and sell at least 50 items over the course of a year. Might not sound like much, but I am a stay at home Mom with a 19 month old. I also nanny two other children three days a week and take care of everything around the house. I rarely have time to shower, let alone make art!

Dec. 27 2013 08:22 PM
Sonia from New York

For the last year, I've been wanting to try telling a story at The Moth. Every time I get an email announcing one of their StorySlams, I think about preparing a story, but I never do. I'm not sure if I'm afraid of being vulnerable in that type of situation, or of not being good, or if I'm simply just too lazy to get myself to do it. But I'm hoping this will be the year of Sonia at The Moth.

Dec. 27 2013 07:34 PM
Karolina from Brooklyn, NY

I wanted to become a writer from a very young age. Despite beginning many projects and having many ideas I never really pursued that dream seriously. Low self-esteem and fear of rejection was a powerful factor, but also not being disciplined enough in time management. I tried many times, but never fully engaged in writing. I moved to the United States few years ago, graduated college and currently work in a job I love. However, I am still drawn to the idea of writing and miss being creative in that way. As the year 2013 has been rather eventful and life changing in many ways, I decided to start working on my self-esteem and take my dreams and ideas seriously in 2014. My resolution is to set aside time to write each week and see where the adventure with writing will take me, instead of writing sporadically and only dreaming of results. I am also thinking about taking a writing class to help develop my ideas. Thank you Studio 360 for motivating me to take on this personal challenge!

Dec. 27 2013 07:11 PM
Mill Jonakait from Brooklyn, NY

I'm 67. When I was six I sang harmony with my dad and sister (I was lead). In high school I was certain to become the next Joan Baez (having made $50/week singing in a local coffee house). In college I decided I would be an opera singer and attended opera camp in Brevard, NC. Well, so I wasn't going to be an opera singer, but I continued to sing in college choirs, semi-professional choirs in New York (I sang with a quartet in St. Patrick's Cathedral once!), big choirs, small choirs, church choirs. In short, I sang and sang and sang, until somewhere around 20 years ago, I didn't. Too much other stuff going on I guess. I'm retired now. My voice, like other parts of me, has turned to mush. My resolution is to get my voice back with the help of some professional training and join a local choir again. Seems simple enough. Right?

Dec. 27 2013 05:28 PM
Veronica from Nashville



Thank you for this inspiring idea! I have always gone for the usual New Years resolution, often dreading it and never following it all the way through. I currently work retail and I am also a Photographer. I often get stuck in the mundane with both jobs and have been yearning for a creative outlet. My first love has always been music. I adore singing and have performed in the past. I never followed through with this passion of mine and for the new year I would like to make a creative New Years resolution which is to perform live with a band. I want to goal myself to perform at least 3 songs and at most have this as a continuing endeavor. Thank you for the idea again.

Dec. 27 2013 12:13 PM
Nick Riddle from Bristol, UK

2014 project: An album of twelve songs, in collaboration with an extraordinarily gifted poet friend of mine. We'll probably aim for 20 to pick from, and since he lives in the North of England and I live in the South, a lot of it will be over the wires. We've co-written a couple of demos that turned out pretty well (like this one: https://soundcloud.com/nick-riddle/fun), so I want to take it to the next level...

Dec. 27 2013 05:42 AM
Corey Fischer from SF Bay Area, CA

Thanks for performing this great service by providing some structure to creative folks everywhere!

I'm a 68 year-old actor, writer and director from the SF Bay Area. For 34 years, from 1978 to 2012, almost all my work happened as part of a small theatre I co-founded, called, A Traveling Jewish Theatre. We created and produced original works of ensemble theatre inspired by varous aspects of Jewish history, culture and imagination. We were independent, somewhat outside the "mainstream" and made a significant body of work in the years we existed.

Losing the artistic home that sustained me through most of my adult life has been a serious challenge to my identity and sense of meaning and connection to others.

Music-making has become one of the most effective ways I've found to stay creatively engaged -- with my own soul and with other artists.

To my surprise, a big support in this regard has been the online community, SoundCloud.com, about which I wrote on my blog, http://storypassage.com.

I’ve been playing guitar since high school and writing songs since I was in my twenties. but from age 33, until ATJT closed last year, music took a back seat to my theatre work.

These days, though with no theatre, a new guitar, a community of listeners and players on SoundCloud and the proliferation of some very sophisticated music-making apps for the iPad, I’ve been spending a lot more time composing music, songs and spoken word pieces

So, inspired by Studio 360's New Year's Resolution stories, I hereby commit to developing a new performance piece built on a selection of my own songs and spoken word poems, starting with the ones in this SoundCloud playlist:

https://soundcloud.com/corey-fischer/sets/performance-set-draft

My plan is to begin by rehearsing these -- and a few more that are in the oven -- for a house concert some time in 2014. At the same time, I want to see if I can grow some theatrical connective tissue around the separate pieces and present it as a solo show (perhaps with a "band") on my 70th birthday, February 28, 2015. I now take a deep breath and go public with this crazy idea. Crazy, but filling me with excitement. I have not let the performer part of myself out for too long. He's restless and becoming very annoying. Ah, those show-biz types!

Dec. 26 2013 09:00 PM
Ed Porzio from Boston MA

So my resolution is to work on promoting my artwork and to show at some
fine galleries and other art venues. My work is both representational and abstract where the composition and
use of color make the subject jump off the canvas. The majority of my pieces have a light
almost humorous feel to them which is intended to make the viewer pause from the usual
daily train of thought. However, like most artist I concentrate on perfecting my craft but fall
short when it comes to selling myself or my work. This year I am resolved to make the effort to help
myself and be open to take help from people who may be better at this game than
me. It is in this spirit that I was attracted to Studio360's competition. I should say at this point that over
recent years I have shown at some shows and local galleries which I am very grateful for but now it is time to
move to the next level and get more exposure to potential buyers and people who are interested
in investing in fine art. It is more important however that more people get to see and I hope enjoy
the work whether they purchase a piece or not. To view my artwork please go to www.esporzioartist.com

Dec. 26 2013 06:40 PM

In 2011 I was hospitalized for severe depression. Two weeks after being released from the hospital I was laid off. In order to try and keep focus and structure in my newly patched up life I started a photography project. I started a 365 project to photograph toys. I intended to use the project to keep busy, improve my photography skills, and to get back in touch with and explore the elements of playing and fun. Although several people have told me that they would purchase the finished series as a coffee table book the project stalled out as I devoted energy to things like finding a new job, moving, and 'getting back to my old self again'.

It's now about to be 2014 and I am 143 photos short of the 365 I originally intended to shoot in a year. My creative resolution for 2014 is to finish the series of toy photos, write and layout the book, and start working on finding a publishing option. Starting the project really helped me heal from my depression, and the project grew beyond my original intentions for it. Now I would like to finish the project it has become and honor the people that have supported the project and my health and happiness over the past few years.

Dec. 26 2013 05:44 PM
Emily from Silver Spring, MD

I'm a creative person, but for many years it's been easier to dream up creative ideas than to execute them. I've got a full time job and no dedicated art studio and somehow artmaking time kept getting sacrificed for more practical pursuits. My resolution for 2013 was to make one sketch a day, of any subject and of any artistic merit. I'm happy to say that I'm just days away from fulfilling last year's resolution. In January I plan to post them on my website emilysloatshaw.com

My goal for 2014 is to create longer term art projects, one for each month. I'd love the help of other like-minded studio 360 listeners to keep motivated.

Dec. 26 2013 03:35 PM
Ellen from Brooklyn (of course...)

I am resolving,(Thanks entirely to you)to write one complete short story this year. I think often, of writing, and promise myself, year after year that I will begin. I never discuss my desire with anyone, except one writer friend who gently encourages me. Yet, I never so much as pick up a pen, or virtual pen.
Now that my children have left the house I have one less excuse for denying myself this luxury. While I plan and hope only to allow myself to write freely, and without structure, a bit each day or week, hearing your "challenge" encouraged me to visualize a goal that would be (relatively) achievable, or at least, measurable.
Thus, I am resolving to have completed one short story, or even an essay, at this time next year.
Thank you so much for assisting me to articulate my wish and to give me a touch stone for completion! Best wishes!

Dec. 26 2013 03:03 PM
Pat Poffenberger

My husband and I, now in our 70s, had a late introduction to the joy and craft of nature and wildlife photography. We have begun building a comprehensive portfolio and, ultimately, plan to market our work. However, we need to increase our collection with additional works suitable for sale and publication.

My goal for 2014: To add to the portfolio, I pledge one photograph from nature each week.

Dec. 26 2013 02:40 PM
Brett Lovgren from Northern Virginia

I wanted to express my appreciation for your New Year's Resolution project. I completed my project in 2013 by self-publishing an essay, The Bicycle Path, about my experience living in the Netherlands. The specifics of the piece are important to me personally, but I think the process of self-publishing is more interesting to the larger world. The impediments to publishing have largely vanished for someone willing to commit the time to create the content and a few thousand dollars to pay the subcontractors you'll work with to create the cover, and edit and format the text. Liberating for me personally and a powerful source of new material for the world. As always the world will find those pieces that resonate and the rest will disappear. The stream of material is now a torrent. I hope that more people will take control of their material and see its self-publication come to fruition.
Thanks,
Brett Lovgren

Dec. 26 2013 11:32 AM
Susan G from Arlington, MA

At the end of 2012 I left my career of 28 years as a graphic designer. Print work was drying up, and though I made the transition to web design, I couldn't get as excited about it as I had always been about print. My avocation for all these years has been weaving (on a loom), and now I am finally freed up to pursue it full time. My creative goal for 2014 is to weave a series of pieces that honor the dying art of 4-color printing somehow, and have them accepted to hang in the local art gallery. (And yes, I appreciate the irony of representing a dying art with one that is even more doomed.)

Dec. 26 2013 07:08 AM
Michelle K from Leominster, MA

I have been working on the op. 32 Rachmaninoff Preludes and it is one of my resolutions that I will perform all 13 in a concert before the end of 2014.

Dec. 25 2013 08:16 PM
m leona godin from astoria, ny

Four years ago I decided that I had enough clothes, and so I made a resolution to never buy new clothes again. I would de/reconstruct my items that I liked but never wore. Except for overcoats and underthings, shoes and other sundry items as are not fun and/or not practical to sew by hand (often while listening to Studio 360!), I have kept that resolution...
Being a blind person, I create all my clothes by feel in consultation with my visual memory. I get a lot of compliments for the stuff I make, and have developed the practical princess aesthetic - feminine and flattering with big pockets! People always ask if I sell my clothes or tell me that I should, but honestly, I'm not the entrepreneurial type and besides, these things take a long time to make...
Last Christmas I had a conversation with a photographer friend about what I should do with the clothes I make and outwear. I said I might want to auction some of them for charity, but that I'd really like to document them before I parted with them. We got very excited about doing a fashion photo shoot and continued to talk about it through the year... But, one year later, this has not yet happened. Other more pressing projects got in the way for both of us. Also I felt overwhelmed by practical issues of finding the right place to shoot and getting all the models, photographer, stylist, makeup artist, me and my clothes in one place at one time. My 2014 New Year's resolution is to do one manageable photo shoot each month with one model, which will result in twelve distinct and lasting images of my handmade haute couture! And, that done, we'll finish up 2014 with a benefit fashion show/auction..!

Dec. 25 2013 12:52 PM
Anna from Princeton, NJ

In 2008, as an undergraduate studying music performance, I had my flute in hand 3-6 hours a day. This was an incredibly challenging and rewarding period, during which I derived great joy from performing classical music and new music for audiences of all kinds. Since that time, I have worked in a variety of music related fields, but have not maintained my chops as a performer. Noodling around with my flute a few hours a week will not get me where I want to go- to a performance career in any setting, be it a theater pit or a traditional orchestra. I need a mentor, I need a kick in the pants, I want someone to care that I love to play.

Dec. 24 2013 07:19 PM
Kasha from Alexandria, VA

My goal is to play a tennis match before year's end. It's been at least 12 years since I last played a match because of various injuries and ailments, including shoulder, knee, and two spinal surgeries. This past fall, I inched closer to playing again by trying to serve and hit overheads, working on consistency, and moving more efficiently. I began to feel the old fire again. It was great! And then, I tripped over my foot and tore a hamstring off the sitting bone. Surgery is scheduled for January 9th. The surgeon says it will be at least 6 months before I can try to play sports again. Within that 6 months, I'll turn 62. By putting this goal in writing, I have to achieve it.

Dec. 24 2013 02:43 PM
Brian T. Carney from Washington, DC

This is the year I will finally finish my play about the Trojan War. It centers on the characters of Achilles and Helen, as well as their mothers Thetis and Leda. Drawing on a variety of ancient Greek stories raning from Homer's "The Iliad" to Euripedes' "Helen," the play traces their stories from their births to the afterlife where they come to terms with the choices they have made. The other characters take turns acting as narrator, creating a tapestry of voices and exploring how we are obsessed with telling stories for a variety of purposes. The play offers a variety of challenges - streamlining the material, combining meditative monologues and battle scenes, finding the right tone.
I need to find the way to make writing a daily practice, to sit down and put pen to paper every day, no matter how afraid or tired or overwhelmed. I need to get past all the very real roadblocks - work, relationships, illness - and just write.
And then I need to get the play performed.

Dec. 24 2013 01:53 PM
Nancy Kearin from Brooklyn, NY

This year my plan is to realize a lifelong dream of being a jazz singer. I was a performer in my young adult life and pretty much gave it up to raise 2 kids and have a career as a teacher. At 56, still missing something, I have begun attending a jazz singing workshop and found out that I still have it. Maybe I even bring more than I had before. My plan is to to continue with the workshop and soon begin singing at open mikes around the city. I have already begun to meet some people and hope to meet the right musicians for hire that will support me at gigs.
I live in the burgeoning Williamsburg/Greenpoint area of Brooklyn. There are many new clubs for hipsters, which is great, but there are also some spots that attract middle-aged Italian-Americans. I would love to sing for that crowd too (Crowd?! Now that's optimistic). Of course, Manhattan would be fine too. I am hoping to find a spot to do an occasional set by end of this year.
I will need to continue working at my demanding job while I am doing this and keep managing all the responsibilities of my family life. All the stress around my normal life is what caused me to wake up one morning and say "today, I am putting everything else aside and going to sing with an amazing jazz combo." And that is what I did. It is the thing that makes me happier than anything else so I think I should be doing it.
Maybe you'll like me. I hope you would enjoy hearing the gorgeous tunes I want to sing as much as I do. Studio 360 is the most intelligent and sensitive hour on radio. Would love to be part of what you do on the show.

Dec. 24 2013 09:30 AM
Danielle from Brooklyn, NY

In 2014, I will bring philosophy to the people. I resolve to finally finish the creative non-fiction book that I've been working on for years. It is part travel memoir about my time living abroad in Spain, part existentialist reflection, and all an essay about how travel can help us live aesthetically richer, more thoughtful, and more ethically responsible lives.

I have a Ph.D. in philosophy and have therefore been trained to write narrow, jargon-filled articles, but I have always believed that philosophical texts ought to speak to real people about their everyday lives. Thus, I've always wanted to write a book for a non-academic audience, but I found myself challenged in finding my creative voice. So, I took a creative writing class, which will be finishing this January, and, with new confidence, I'm ready to return to my book again. I plan to write 5,000 keepable words a month, in hopes that by the year's end, I will finally have a complete manuscript.

Dec. 24 2013 12:38 AM
Margaret from Williamsport, PA

A couple of years ago I was surprised and amused to write this line on the Monday of a week long writing workshop in Provincetown: "My grandmother was a kleptomaniac." Staying with that vein for a couple of days was giddyingly productive; by Tuesday I had to admit that there were other thieves in my family -- no problem, rich stories there. By Wednesday I was not so sanguine -- I had to admit that I myself was more than a mere observer of the thieving clan. Writing is always, among other things, a reckoning with the self. Since that July, I've been writing pieces of a book that is part memoir, part meditation on thieving. I grew up at the Jersey shore; in some quarters, that is tantamount to saying "I grew up in a bar," which, in fact, I did (my family has owned taverns/restaurants for a couple of generations). In renderings of larger than life lace-curtain and shanty-Irish characters as seen through the eyes of a tomboy queer girl who became a writer, this book sneaks up on family secrets, myths, gaps, omissions, the loss of childhood, death and addiction, gender and sexuality issues. Geographically, the text moves from Jersey City to Neptune City, Avon-by-the-Sea, and Asbury Park.

Beginning in August of this year (2013), one of my oldest friends and a long-time writing partner, Diana from Boston (also posting here on this website), have committed to writing together at an appointed time at least once a week (we meet by phone, set our time, write, then call each other and read what we've written in that time). I also go out periodically to Star Wind Farm, a small CSA in Pennsdale, PA, where my friend Ruth has fashioned a writing space out of an old chicken coop. It's leaky in the wind, but it's got a wood stove and a salvage window and a tin roof and a fat old dictionary perched on a podium; a little gooseneck light makes a halo over the open book, and is just enough light for the whole thing to be reflected in the salvage window at night. Ruth began calling the chicken coop "the hovel"; of late, we have taken to calling it the Hovel Telescope. We go out there and fall up into the stars or get lost in the dictionary or stare at the fire and we each, sentence by sentence, write the book we say we've been going to write for a long time. As Diana has, as Ruth has, I am committing to finishing a manuscript of my book in 2014.

I don't usually go in for resolutions. This Studio 360 idea, however, is a nice take on the resolution thing, and it is cool to post among you all. Best to everyone who has bothered to take their creative selves seriously, even if only for the moments it took to write your post. Breathe steadily upon that ember; the world needs everyone's creativity -- imagination is an evolutionary imperative. Happy New Year.

Dec. 23 2013 11:48 PM
Ben South from Alabama

This year, I hope to collaborate with a choreographer and a music composer to produce my children's ballet, "The Reluctant Topiary." I am a fine arts painter in galleries for many years; and, a published writer and songwriter. However, I've never done anything with dance beyond The Twist or maybe disco. My inspiration for "The Reluctant Topiary" came twenty-plus years ago on a trip to Mexico, though I set my story in the late-19th Century American South. It is a magical tale celebrating every individual's unique spirit and the value in not being clipped into conformity. I have written and honed the children's story and have some initial illustrations. Imagine "Edward Scissorhands" meets Matissean cutouts. I need to focus, collaborate and share. Chop. Chop.

Dec. 23 2013 11:08 PM
Jolene Oldham from Ringwood, NJ

I'm going to have to complete my resolution by August, mainly because I'm a real chicken when it comes to cold water.

I am going to build a realistic mermaid tail out of silicone rubber and swim all the way around the island of Manhattan, all while reciting the works of Jane Austen.

I've already started building my tail, I've been testing designs and materials, and I just picked up a sheet of polycarbonate for the tail fluke yesterday!

If I am successful in swimming around Manhattan, I plan on taking on other classic, major swims like the English Channel, Cuba to Miami (following in the wake of Diane Nyad), and/or the length of Baja California. But let's start with NYC and see how it goes.

Except about that bit about reciting Jane Austen. Forget that.

Give me a shout for more details. Thanks for your consideration. I hope to hear from you!

Not that it should matter, but I'm 53 years old, and completely serious.

Except about that bit about reciting Jane Austen. Forget that.

Dec. 23 2013 10:35 PM
Diana from Boston, MA

After the untimely death of my 29 year old niece, Deihlia, last February, who was a superhero to everyone she knew - a risk taker, a funny, wise, kick-ass soul, she changed the lives of everyone who knew her. Born with spina-bifida and other medical issues, she spent most of her first five years in the hospital, undergoing surgeries. She was dealt a hard hand in so many ways, but she was a powerful positive force in the world. As her aunt, I helped to raise her and her sister. None of us had easy childhoods, with family legacies of addiction, mental illness, and domestic violence. But ours is a story of resilience, love, and spirit. After I delivered her eulogy last March, I decided that I needed to write a memoir about our lives, about Deihlia's life and spirit, about how love was the basis of our resilience, and how we've thrived despite our family legacies, battling them each on our own, and together. I've been writing 3-5 pages a week amidst the waves of grief, sorrow, and loss. Deihlia was not afraid of death, as she faced it many times as a child. Through my own spiritual adventure, I have come to be unafraid of death, knowing it as an ally. My creative new years resolution is to complete this memoir in 2013, writing one to two nights a week or more if I can, when I can. Deihlia's story is a story that the world is hungry for, and my story with hers, as a writer/artist and spiritual pilgrim, is a unique one that wants to be told.

Dec. 23 2013 10:21 PM

This year I resolve to complete the resolution from 1996. In and of itself, it is not creative, but it is the result of the resolution that will allow me to be creative! The resolution is to completely empty my 16' X 28' workshop and then re-establish it with only the tools and the essentials that I need to perform the woodworking that I so enjoy. I have rough sawn Dogwood from a 50 year old tree that we were forced to take down 8 years ago - it has some spectacular spalting and will make some very nice pieces. With 16 years of parochial school, I respond very well to the "nudge" from someone else.

Rob Orr

Dec. 23 2013 09:02 PM
Fiona Bradley from Mendham, NJ

This year I will record a demo vocal album. "I might" is not an option for me now. I am 18 years old and took a year off before college to travel and work on my music. I've been meaning to professionally record any type of music for years now and have let my typical teenage procrastination get in the way as well as my occasional lack of motivation. I'd finally like to have a solid, tangible result of my musical efforts that expresses a part of me not many people have heard. I want to pour my soul out into songs that I can weave from chaos into melodious sound. I can only imagine how happy it would make me to finally climb this bottom rung on my ladder of dreams. Recording music is all I think about and I figure it's about time to finally push myself harder than I ever have before and make my dreams real.

Dec. 23 2013 08:34 PM
Em Gong from New Jersey

I just want to take pictures of everything and write a poem to go with it at least once a week. Anything from a rock on the sidewalk to an exotic flower.

Dec. 23 2013 05:53 PM
Steven Shurtleff from Ogden, Utah

I call my resolution THE ABSURD SMILE: A YEAR OF LIVING INTENTIONALLY/NONSENSICALLY HAPPY.
Starting January 1st, 2014, I will actively pretend to be happy to see what effect this has on my life, my relationships, my work, etc. I will keep a journal and begin making notes for a book (that 's the 2015 resolution!). What I mean by "pretend to be happy" is: whenever I find myself slipping into a non-happy state, I will put on the Etruscan Smile (e.g. http://edgarlowen.com/b3040.jpg). I don't need to "be" happy, but I do need to put on a happy attitude (like a hat). I am curious to know, over 365 days, whether being happy in a physical, "false" sense will make me "really" happy and whether presenting this to others will draw out happiness in them. I plan to read all I can find about the neuroscience of this phenomenon as well.

Dec. 23 2013 04:45 PM
Judith Prebluda from Medford, Machusetts

My creative New Years resolution is to finish the first draft of a book that started out in a new genre called "The Literary Self Help Book", but may be adopting the style of a memoir. My goal is to integrate the two.

The working title is: "How To Love: A Very Atypical "How To" Book.
Just a few excerpts from the Introduction:
(first paragraph) "Full disclosure: this is not a "How to meet your Soul Mate" book, although, it doesn't completely rule that out. If you haven't already placed it back on the relationship shelf of the book store; if you're still reading, you'll find instead that this is a story of a life. My life; my story. The story of a woman set early on a trajectory to crave love, hunt love, lose love, find love and then be disappointed by it. I never had much luck with conventional love. I questioned it, doubted it and then, more than half way through my life decided to stop the chase and pursue, instead, an understanding of this powerful force. What is this thing we are all so driven by?" ...
(last paragraph)
...One of the most important skills I have gathered in my profession is the ability to ask the right question. Nearing my 60th birthday, I found it, like a basket full of unexpected presents left on my doorstep. What value does my life have if I don't have a partner? Could it be deemed a partial failure? Had my life, then, not officially begun? Was I running out of time?
On a meditation retreat, on a cushion, surrounded by people, but still alone, I whispered so softly to myself I could barely hear it: "Why wait any longer for your real life to begin?" And just like Dorothy, these words tapped me on the head like Glinda's wand at the end of the yellow brick road. "Bonk!" My movie was 2/3rds over, but I hadn't completely raise the curtain on it yet. It was fine, with one big exception: not that "he" wasn't there yet, but I wasn't. Not completely.
Suddenly, like the bride late for her own wedding, I rushed off, symbolic bouquet in hand, to fully meet my life. What a reunion awaited me..........." to be continued! And done Dec. 31, 2014!

Dec. 23 2013 02:42 PM
Marie Sullins from Hanceville, AL

I have a insatiable love for learning, and so I enjoy doing research as a hobby. The downside is that I get bored with one topic fairly quickly, as I know there are an infinite number of topics out there waiting for me to study. In the coming year I hope to embrace this flaw of mine, and do something which I am calling the "182 Topic Challenge". In short, I'll study a new topic every two days, and fill 364 days with a wide variety of research. I can't expect myself to learn a lot about any given topic within two days, I know, but it will at least open my mind to many topics that I never would have thought to study, and I can go back and research them more in-depth later.

Dec. 23 2013 02:21 PM
Randy Mohr from Bellingham, Wa

I'm a decades long hurdy gurdy player with a keen interest in ethnic stringed instruments. About 8 years ago I became aware of the Kamancheh, a type of bowed instrument from the family of spiked fiddles. Thoroughly entranced by performances by masters such as Habil Eliov, Kayhan Kalhor and Imamyar Hasinov (to name just a few) and bolstered by my achievments at having built many Appalachian Dulcimers and a Chinese Erhu (another type of spike fiddle)I was/am determined to build my own Kamancheh. Tunneling through the rabbit's warren maze of internet research I was able over the years to acquire a manual of Kamancheh construction (in Persian, but thankfully with an English translation and lots of pictures)! The biggest challenge remaining is to learn wood turning on a wood lathe which is how the neck/fingerboard and tuning pegs are made. I ordered an instructional DVD on learning to play from Iran a number of years ago (in Farsi, no English!) and have watched it may times, miming the lessons with a dowel and violin bow!) so I'm ready! All I need is to build it!! This is the Year!!

Dec. 23 2013 01:24 PM
Margaret Juliet from Arlington, Virginia

Every year my new year's resolution is the same: maintain the balance between my work life as federal government employee and my creative life on weekends and sometimes in the early morning and late evening hours. Over the years I have been a playwright, actor, quilter, audio podcast producer, doll dress maker, and multimedia story-teller.

This year I want to focus on my doll-making. A few years ago I discovered that I could make good likenesses of real people using paperclay over stuffed muslin bodies. I have experimented with wiring my dolls so they are poseable, but I want to improve my doll-making technique. I also want to explore and better understand the meaning behind my inclination to create dolls of real people (not famous people, but regular people). I want to better understand if there is a difference between modeling a doll after someone who is dead versus someone who is alive and who I know personally. And I want to further explore how to create stories around the dolls and present them on the web.

My sister Kathryn posted about my first doll and its meaning (to her) on her blog:

http://invisibleaid.weebly.com/1/archives/08-2013/1.html

Also check out my doll dressmaking and story telling at www.popevicky.com.

Dec. 23 2013 11:33 AM
Tara Lindis from Brooklyn, NY

In 2013, I took on writing discipline and writing everyday. Some days I got stuck and practiced creative diversion/procrastination by working on another story, the novel that's been progressing all along in the background. Now here I am at the end of 2013 with 10 stories 3/4 of the way finished and half way through a novel. For 2014, I am therefore taking on Henry Miller's writing advice: Work on one thing at a time until finished. By the end of 2014, I will have resolved this issue - one collection of 12 stories and one finished novel. Finished, revised, finished again and sent out.

Dec. 23 2013 11:25 AM
Faith from Wolcott, CT

I intend to complete a business start up project. I am easily distracted by multiple creative endeavors and have been delayed launching a small automation software company with my two sons. We have worked on the product, web site, business plan, and such for two years, while all three of us have been busy with full time and demanding IT jobs, raising children (a grandchild in my case), divorces, marriages, and life. My sons are the technical geniuses, and I am the cattle herder, working to direct energies and define and prod each of us in product development and business development tasks. Like many creative people, I can get a lot done when I am avoiding doing something else. Over the past year, I learned to do mosaic tiles and did a wonderful permanent installation in my home, two and a half months of free time, painted four canvases, renovated one and half rooms in my house, I think you get the point. To get the small start up company officially off the ground requires completing the web site, press releases, industry articles written and submitted to various industry news venues, updating the business plan and going out and presenting the company to prospective investors or a single buyer, and supporting the product after it is launched. In the last two years, the boys and I have worked on this project (both sons are in their thirties and hold high level IT jobs), no one has brought anything like it to market, it will be ground breaking and every day we wait we risk its newness and uniqueness, and yet we are so easily drawn away by life's demands. Our small venture currently boasts five automation products, one is beta and ready for launch, two are proofs of concept, one is in development, and one is in design. They are all related and will constitute a suite of IT automation tools when completed. Creating something new out of nothing - this is definitive creativity. My resolution is to bring this project to fruition - complete the website and officially launch by end of January, plan for the next product completion and launch, find an investor or interested buyer by end of April, consummate a partnership or sale of the company and its assets by the end of the year. I recently turned 60, I have been doing IT work for over 40 years and would love to retire. My husband passed away 6 years ago from pancreatic cancer and we burned through our financial assets in the years prior to his passing. This project is the opportunity to have a normal retirement versus working for the next undetermined number of years. Then I can finish three books I am working on, paint more canvases, spend more time with grandchildren, and consider the next big adventure. Here's to 2014, to my dreams, the dreams of my family (5 kids, 12 grandchildren), and to all dreams that bring light and joy and peace and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Dec. 23 2013 09:36 AM
Jim Asher from Charlottesville, VA

The next step in my research into the life and work of Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson's third cousin, twice removed -- at her request) is to develop a one-man show on Dickinson. I'm thinking of calling it, "The Man. The Myth. The Master?" (you do know about the enigmatic "master" letters of Emily Dickinson? Well, based on my research, I think I know who he was).

I am hoping to develop about an hour-long show or so, and then perform it at an off-off-off-off-Broadway run this summer at a local theater -- and then move on from there. It is high time that the world begin to recognize Emmett Lee Dickinson as more than the "Salieri" to Emily Dickinson's "Mozart."

Much of my research is posted at http://thedickinson.net -- but there is oh so much more!

Dec. 23 2013 09:33 AM
Cindy from Massachusetts

I want to cover the windows in our big, old house. The house was built in 1890, and it still has rope and pulley windows. We've lived in this house for almost 12 years, and I haven't gotten to this project yet! The windows are beautiful but very drafty. I want to make window coverings for each window (29) and two porch doors (31 altogether!)--something in wool or fleece, homemade--so when we sit by the window we aren't cold!

Dec. 23 2013 09:31 AM
Lee Vinsel from Maplewood, NJ

I am an academic historian of technology and a professor at school in the NYC-metropolitan region. I like my work. I am writing a history of automotive regulation in the United States that covers the period from 1893 to the present, and I write a blog on the same topic at my personal webpage.

My job is not hard in the way that many jobs in this country are hard, but being a young faculty member has its own forms of sphincter-clinching anxiety. Will that peer-reviewed journal accept my article? Will my colleagues accept the work I'm doing as a valid contribution? There are other well-known and famous worries in this line of business. A lot of people feel like frauds. I recently posted an Onion article on my Facebook page, titled "Man on Cusp of Having Fun Suddenly Remembers Every Single One of His Responsibilities." Several of my academic friends "liked" the article and wrote things like "So Sad . . . So True."

I think that a little bit of anxiety can be really helpful for the creative process. You want that edge. That's where the ideas come from. But too much anxiety, when life piles it higher and deeper, that will straight up kill your creative instincts--like nothin', boom, flat.

I decided that I want to get back my creativity, in a deeper way, in a way that pulls my work as an academic and my creative life together. So, I've resolved to write a graphic novel. It's called "The Graphic History of Automotive Emissions Control, Big Bang to 2020." You can guess where it begins. With the origins of the universe, the formation of Earth, the creation of atmosphere out of chemical reactions, the emergence of life. Then it skips a bit and examines the origins of modern humans, their toolmaking and use of fire, and how they eventually harnessed combustion to use energy to accomplish work. This took a lot of knowledge and toolmaking skills, as you can imagine. After talking about the invention of the automobile, I touch on a variety issues, like how early auto mechanics knew not to work in enclosed garages because of carbon monoxide and how the car's exhaust system evolved during its first fifty years. The book really takes off in the late-1940s, when a chemist in California identified cars as the cause of the terrible smog that was affecting Los Angeles. (It's important to note, however, that LA had been known to capture smoke when Native Americans lived there.) He broke down smog into its constituents parts using equipment that he usually used to do things like discover the flavor of pineapple so that it could be recreated chemically. From there the book examines how regulation has shaped a machine. In the end, I want people to have a more complex understanding of the relationship between public policy, engineering, technological change, public health, and the environment.

I haven't found an illustrator yet. I don't expect to have too much trouble. But you never know.

Dec. 23 2013 08:54 AM
Mitchell Berstell from Queens

I have a several hours of comedy sketches written (wrote scripts for “industrials” after college including comedy performed by Bob & Ray, but went to law school) and want to put together a sketch group to videotape an hour of material to pitch a show to networks and cable with Youtube as a fallback (unless the Brain, Pinkie, or someone else provides a better course of action). We’ll rehearse in the evening, shoot on weekends and everyone needs to pitch in with off-camera tasks.

Sample script:
INT: SUBWAY TURNSTILE
THREE POLICE OFFICERS HAVE A TABLE SET UP AND ARE INSPECTING BAGS. A CONFIDENT, PERSONABLE, AND WELL-DRESSED, ROB LOWE TYPE, COMMUTER ONE, IS PULLED OVER.

OFFICER PETERSON: Please open your bag.

WHILE OPENING HIS BAG COMMUTER ONE READS THE OFFICER’S NAME TAG, MAKES
EYE CONTACT, AND SHAKES THE OFFICER’S HAND

COMMUTER ONE: Officer Peterson, I really appreciate the great work you and your men are doing keeping us safe.

THE BAG IS OPEN REVEALING A BOMB WITH A COUNTDOWN TIMER, WIRES,AND PLASTIC EXPLOSIVE. OFFICER PETERSON APOLOGETICALLY CLOSES THE BAG AND HANDS IT TO COMMUTER ONE

OFFICER PETERSON: Thanks. Sorry to have bothered you. Have a good one.

COMMUTER ONE SWIPES HIS WAY INTO THE STATION. A SLIGHTLY NERVOUS AZIZ ANSARI TYPE IS PULLED OVER

OFFICER PETERSON: Open your bag.

COMMUTER TWO: Yes, yes, certainly your honor.

COMMUTER TWO FUMBLES WITH THE ZIPPER. OFFICER PETERSON TAKES OVER, OPENS THE BAG, LOOKS THROUGH IT, AND PULLS OUT A CONTAINER OF SABRA HUMMUS

OFFICER PETERSON: Grab him!

THE OTHER TWO OFFICERS GRAB COMMUTER TWO AND PUSH HIM AGAINST THE WALL AND CUFF HIM

COMMUTER TWO: I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.

CUT TO COMMUTER TWO BEING LED AWAY BY OFFICER PETERSON

CUT TO THE OTHER TWO OFFICERS STANDING BY THE TABLE. OFFICER TWO EATS THE HUMMUS

OFFICER THREE: You shouldn’t eat that. It’s evidence.

OFFICER THREE IS ANNOYED BUT PUTS THE COVER BACK ON AND THE CONTAINER INTO COMMUTER TWO’S BAG

Dec. 22 2013 11:16 PM
Smith from Kensington, Maryland

All of my roots are in the South, though I was not raised there myself. Both sides of my family have stories to tell, one set in Virginia and North Carolina during the Civil War (based on family letters home and oral history), and another set just after the war in the hills around the intersection of Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina (based on the changing story of my grandmother's parentage and early life - the story changed over time, and then we discovered it was something entirely different to what my mother had been told her whole life). I have come to think that it is this second story I should tell first, even though (or perhaps because) there is a whole lot less information available about what actually happened. By the end of 2014, I would like to have at least a reasonable first draft, and have submitted it to someone who doesn't know me for professional critique.

Also, there are at least 5 quilts I would like to make progress on -- okay, finish:
1) an SU theater quilt for a daughter
2) a geometric wall hanging
3) a geometric quilt (double bed)
4) an unfinished wedding quilt
5) a picnic quilt for a friend

Dec. 22 2013 07:48 PM
Marie Louise Lessard from Boston MA

I would like to have a solo exhibition of my artwork at a significant venue within the year

Dec. 22 2013 05:34 PM
Marie Lessard from Boston

New Years resolution
Attain a solo exhibition of my artwork in a significant venue
In one year

Dec. 22 2013 05:26 PM
Martha Crotty from Asheboro, NC

My husband, who turned 80 in October, is a writer. He came to this vocation late in life, and has filled many, many spiral notebooks with his poetry and prose. My resolution for 2014 is to type as much of his "stuff" as I can and make a book to leave for our grandchild (due in March). He's such a good writer, and he has so much to offer the world.

Dec. 22 2013 05:03 PM
Laura Dahl from Salt Lake City, UT USA

In 2014, I will be writing my qualitative dissertation to earn my Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Utah. Although this is an academic work, it is naturally creative because I am describing the stories of small group communication among students across a semester. I will be contrasting and comparing six groups that each worked together for 16 weeks. They were sometimes successful and they sometimes ran into difficulties. My hope is to illuminate some characteristics of higher education students as they learn a complex topic together.

Dec. 22 2013 02:37 PM
Angela Welch from Brooklyn

In March 2000, at the age of 38, I was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease. In 2008 I had to admit that my illness had progressed to the point that I could no longer do the work I had been doing for most of my career - a CFO for non-profit organizations. It was a hard realization, but the blessing hidden inside that realization was the opportunity to do the thing that I had always wanted but been afraid to attempt - be a professional writer. Two years later I met a man at my local coffee shop, Ric Menello. Of course I didn't know immediately that he would become one of my best and dearest friends. Ric was a screenwriter, he co-wrote two screenplays with director James Gray - Two Lovers and The Immigrant. Much earlier, Ric was instrumental in the founding of Def Jam records and he co-directed the Beastie Boys videos Fight for your Right to Party and No Sleep Til Brooklyn, among others. I didn't have a formal film education but watched a lot of movies and Ric and I watched many movies together, we especially shared a love of Westerns. I knew that we could write a great screenplay together, but Ric was reluctant, he didn't like writing on spec, and he didn't like writing with an untested writer. But I persisted, cooked him a lot of meals, and shared my writing projects with him. He finally relented and a few months later we finished our first screenplay together, a romantic comedy. I wanted to follow it up with a Western, but Ric argued against it saying they weren't commercial. As you now know, I am persistent, and in 2012 we began work on Wild Horses. We completed the outline, and I knew it was going to be great. But Ric got pulled away when James hired him to work with him on the screenplay for The Immigrant, and then he was hired to write another screenplay. After he finished those we started talking about getting back to work on Wild Horses. Unfortunately, on March 1 of this year, Ric passed away from a massive coronary. I had lost my friend and my writing partner. I kept writing, but couldn't bring myself to get back to work on our story. Now it's time. I know that Ric wanted me to be successful, and I know that he would want me to finish Wild Horses. So this coming year I will finish this story. I'm doing it because it's a great story, I'm doing it because it's a way for me to honor my friend, I'm doing it because I want him to be proud of me, I'm doing it because Ric was a kind and generous friend, and he taught me to write screenplays. i'm doing it because I know that someday I will go to a movie theater to watch Wild Horses, and I know that Ric will be sitting next to me in that theater.

Dec. 22 2013 02:34 PM
Sharon Ellis from Needham, MA

In 2014 I am going to finish my novel and start sending it out to agents/publishers.

Really, I will!

Dec. 22 2013 02:24 PM
Phil R. from Hamden, CT

Although not exactly creative - in the traditional sense at least - it is my resolution to read Will Durant's encyclopedic "Story of Civilization", which " … totals four million words across nearly 10,000 pages, but is incomplete" (according to the respective and ever-so-practical wikipedia entry at least).

I fondly remember reading Durant's "Story of Philosophy" during my undergraduate days, and was able to acquire the entire 11 volume set of his "Story of Civilization" at quite a bargain by happenstance a few weeks ago. Never having paid as much attention to history as I should have, I felt that I could't let the opportunity slip to make up for this deficit with the help of such a formidable mind and wonderful writer as Mr. Durant.

As already acknowledged straight of the bat, this is hardly a clear-cut example of a creative pursuit. And I have to admit that I am creating this post primarily as a way for me to commit to this venture, for I foresee that a few slumps might be hit along the way. Nonetheless, if you creatively warp the commonplace understanding of the word, I would see that my resolution is definitely one that is productive, somewhat original in these times (as I suspect that this magnum opus isn't read very often from cover to cover nowadays), and most definitely intended to creatively stimulate my thinking and understanding of the world. (Can you tell that I looked up the definition at Merriam-Webster Online? Hah! How is that for creativity?!?)

In the middle of packing for my trip to visit family over the holidays, I have already stowed away volume one. By the time I land back in town on the 3rd of January, I should at long last be more versed in our oriental heritage than I am at this moment.

Phil

- and best of luck to everyone else in the pursuit of their resolutions, creative or otherwise.

Dec. 22 2013 01:47 PM
Reno Dakota from Brooklyn, NY

My resolution for 2014 is the most important one I've ever made. I will direct the feature film "Damnation" this year!
I wrote the screenplay over 10 years ago, and it was a semi-finalist at Slamdance Screenplay Competition in 2003. But in the intervening years I've been distracted with a top to bottom restoration of the brownstone townhouse my partner, Kei Yip, and I bought in Brooklyn in 2004. It was a good project, and our house was featured in a big article in the NYTimes and on the TV show 'Four Houses'. As well, I was also spearheading a movement in the neighborhood to gain Historic District designation.
In the last couple of years I tried to re-focus on 'Damnation' and I got a production team of three film professionals together. And to top it off, I submitted the script to one of my very favorite actors, Grace Zabriskie, who, lo and behold, loved the lead role and the whole script! The ball was rolling! And then... Kei and I bought another house, a semi-decripit weekend place in the Hudson Valley. I spent the spring, summer and fall of 2013 overseeing a new roof installation and boiler installation and the refurbishment of all 56 windows.

But now, I'm turning over a new leaf. No longer will I be distracted by anything! My focus is the film, a wild romp with warring Appalachian matriarchs turning the tiny town of Damnation, West Virginia upside down in their collision. A Kickstarter campaign is being devised and funding has been procured to shoot some scenes for it.

Damnation, here I come!

Dec. 22 2013 12:43 PM
Jessica from Astoria, NYC

My New Year's Resolution this year is to write a short story every month. I've let the practice lag in the last few years as I've focused on other art forms and while I've finished three novels for NaNoWriMo in the last three years (I work well with a deadline), I've stopped writing short stories almost entirely. Much as I love binge writing, I would like a more sustained and enveloping writing experience in 2014.

Dec. 22 2013 12:01 PM
Tina from Elmhurst, NY

I've been an avid knitter for about a decade, amassing an impressive collection of yarn and knitting books, yet somehow every time I pick a new project I immediately turn to the internet for patterns and buy new yarn! I'd like to challenge myself to knit one thing from every knitting book I own using yarn I already have in my possession.

Dec. 22 2013 11:54 AM
Laura Arena from Brooklyn, NY

Hello my creative new years resolution has been a project in the making well at least in my mind for years. my mother is native american she is Lumbee Indian a tribe from North Carolina that is not recognised by the US government. My mom left when she was young which was a bit scandalous for her time because she wanted a better life for her kids. I was raised in the north east and a product of a mixed marriage my dad is Italian. I was disconnected to this part of my heritage because my mother worked really hard to provide the best for us.

As a child and young adult my mother made a point to bring me to the South every summer and I always found myself out of place amongst my people even though I had a tribal ID.

As an adult and now that my mom has died 13 years ago I find myself longing to connect to these people. I am an artist/curator and designer and want to make an art project that would take me to the South to the Lumbee Indians to connect with my ancestors and explore my roots. I want to meet with the elders of the tribe and simply hear their stories, their stories of struggle, their stories of folklore, the stories of my ancestors.

This project will include collecting this information, through audio, video and photography and I hope will inspire me to create public art projects within the community as well as inspire me to create projects here in NYC and beyond. But most of all fill up this missing piece of who I am, where I come from. The working title is called "Talking with History."

Elders have valuable insight that needs to be shared and also need to be recognised by the community. We need to revisit the ideas of the medicine man/woman, the indian chief, the old wise ones and through this project I hope to connect these ideas to modern everyday life.

Dec. 22 2013 10:22 AM
Rachel Mason from woodside, NY

This is just a Comment / suggestion to the producers-- WOW- reading the projects--There are SO many Awesome creative projects going on here! I wonder if there might just be some sort of a webpage/ catalog link at the end of the year where we can see what becomes of the "also rans" who don't make it on the radio... they are too fascinating! I'm personally super curious to see how everyone's work develops-- and who knows- maybe we can support eachother in our endeavors :)

Dec. 22 2013 01:21 AM
Rachel Mason from Woodside, NY

For the past seven years I have been working on a rock opera and feature film, The Lives of Hamilton Fish. It is a story about a true coincidence which occurred in 1936- two men who share the name Hamilton Fish died on the same day. My resolution for this year is to get this work of music and film out into the world. I operate entirely within the art world, having shown my work in museums and galleries but I really don't have any grasp of how to reach the right audience with this piece- and yet I believe in it with all my heart. So my goal for this year is to figure out the approach that will work no matter how unconventional. I am simply determined to make this a reality! Thanks Studio 360 for the chance to have a little assistance in the process. Your fan, Rachel Mason
www.livesofhamiltonfish.com /// www.rachelannmason.com

Dec. 21 2013 10:58 PM
Melissa from Georgia

I'm a clinical psychology graduate student. I have learned about so many different methods of change (some behavioral, some cognitive), but I've never used them for MY self improvement. Over 2014 I will use research backed methods to change or improve something about myself each month. For example, in January I am planning on using "power poses" (I heard about these through a TED talk on NPR) to hopefully become more assertive and less passive. I will keep a journal on how I choose the method of change and how using the tool is working for me. As someone whose future involves helping clients help themselves by using the same and/or similar methods I should have some practice doing it myself. I'm so looking forward to making my field work for me!

Dec. 21 2013 10:55 PM
Eric Robertson from Philadelphia, PA.

I have started the blog but forgot to include the webpage. This will give you a better idea of what my point of view is. Though to condense, it is about how stories are creative means of creating the self. Of course, there is nothing easy about creating one's self, no matter what path one takes. Also, there will be at least 2 posts per week.

Here is the link.

http://mystagogia.tumblr.com

Dec. 21 2013 09:52 PM
Eric Robertson from Philadelphia, PA.

I will write a blog. A blog about story's significance. How stories reflect back to us who we are as individuals and as a society. The blog will look at my journey through a liberal perspective, with an eye on the social contract.

Dec. 21 2013 09:39 PM
Joanna Ruley-Garza from San Marcos, TX

My New Year's Resolution for 2014 is to finally finish and publish my inspirational self-help book based on my own life-changing experiences. From New York City where I was a Fashion Designer and lost my livelihood due to the events of 9/11(my boutique was 3 blocks away) to New Orleans, where I had relocated in 2002 and lost my home and business due to Hurricane Katrina. These events embarked me on a spiritual quest to heal my PTSD and to find my true calling as a Holistic Teacher and Healing Facilitator. This book is about my quest to my authentic self and the many teachers and ancient spiritual techniques that helped me get to where I am today. I hope to inspire and consciously awaken as many people as possible to overcome obstacles, embrace life's lessons and to live a life that is in the moment, authentic, happy and in service to humanity.

Dec. 21 2013 07:38 PM
Mikhail Zorich from South Jersey

I was an archeologist, student of the Russian history and an avid guitar player in my twenties. For the last ten years I have produced, promoted and presented numerous events in the Greater Philadelphia area related to various aspects of Russian culture while working by day in the Data Center of the big company. I have performed from the stage in 2012 for the first time and got a warm reception.

My creative resolution for the new year is to record a series of songs dedicated to Russian and world history (with corresponding English translation) and perform them on YouTube and at the concert before my friends, family and community by the end of the year.

Dec. 21 2013 06:36 PM
Rebecca Marks from Piermont, NY

After a long career in technical writing, I decided to retire and do what I always loved - writing fiction. I have now completed four novels, workshopped them at a class at Sarah Lawrence College, and am in the position of wanting to publish them. My goal is to publish the "traditional" way, but if that doesn't happen, I will do e-publishing or self publishing. This is a lifelong dream, and at age almost 68, it's time to get on the stick! My resolution is to get one novel published in 2014.

Dec. 21 2013 05:39 PM
martha colburn from Amsterdam

In 2014 I am going to do least 2880 paintings as an animation. I moved out of Long Island City (where I lived in an old mafia bar) to Amsterdam last summer.I just found out I have been accepted to an art residency through the Bethanien studios in Berlin. I move there in April. I plan to challenge myself as an animator and make paintings to result in a 2 minute animation. I've asked my pendulum if I will achieve this and it has answered YES. I have left my whole world behind in New York and am reaching out to Europe for inspiration and motivation. Every summer I work to be a painter, then put down the brush and get back to my animating work. This year I am excited to combine the two in a new city, a new country and with a new outlook.

Dec. 21 2013 05:11 PM
Katie from Brooklyn

I work a full time job in arts administration at a community art school in New York City. I want to commit myself to the same creative productivity I support day to day by making 52 works on paper in 2014. Ideally I'd make one piece a week and this could include drawings, prints, collages and paintings. I wonder if this commitment will add a new element to my professional life and if it could propel me forward to making a commitment to returning to school for an MFA.

Dec. 21 2013 04:08 PM

My Creative Resolution is to finish photographing the Schuylkill River from all twenty of the Pennsylvania river towns that line its 130-mile length. I work at the Fairmount Water Works, a beautiful Philadelphia landmark on the Schuylkill, and live upstream in Manayunk, within walking distance of the river. As an environmental educator, urban planner, and photographer, my interests have found their confluence in a project I began last January 2013: Along the Banks. In my creative life, I've completed some very lengthy projects. For example, the book Fifty Houses took me 14 years. But in 2014 I will turn 60, and my knees feel it when I clamber around steep riverbanks and under bridges, looking for whatever is there that should be photographed. So I'd like this one to be finished a bit quicker. My specific goal for 2014 is to make sure I have scouted and photographed in and near all the towns with significant river history and connection, to supplement the ten towns I did last year: Schuylkill Haven, Port Clinton, Auburn, Leesburg, Royersford, Spring City, Phoenixville, Norristown, Conshohocken, and Philadelphia. Some of those pictures are here: http://sandysorlienphotographs.zenfolio.com Along the Banks will be a book some day.
Sandy Sorlien sandysorlien@comcast.net

Dec. 21 2013 03:28 PM
Teresa Jarzynski from Bethesda, MD.

Ok, maybe 365 portrait paintings in one year is pushing it, however my New Years resolution is to finish up my project of painting 100 figurative/portrait paintings, just to see what happens between #1 and #100. How much improvement can really occur with daily practice? I am a 46 yr. old recent graduate (May 2012) with a BS in Studio Art, emphasis on painting, and throughout my schooling it became apparent that figurative painting was my weakest area…by far. Since graduating I have been compelled to work on this weakness and see how much better I can get on my own, simply with (almost) daily practice. I started this project in September 2013, without a specific deadline, and have gotten to #12, however if challenged to go to 100 I would have to work much, much harder. The rules of the game is that each piece must be at least 75% worked off of a live model, and then the rest can refinished up with the use of a photograph, memory, or imagination. I BEG you to take me on as this is a HUGELY difficult thing to do, especially when one has a day job, but the end result I'm certain would be fascinating, and would be a great way to answer the question; Is genius really 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration? PLEASE SELECT ME!!!! Thank you, Teresa.

Dec. 21 2013 03:05 PM
Tara Campbell from Washington, DC

In 2013, after twenty years of thinking I should be doing something practical, I quit my job in international education to pursue creative writing. As long as I was abandoning real world concerns, I thought, why should I write something commercially viable like mysteries or romance or actual serious articles? No no, I'll go for it and write what I call Crossover Sci-Fi.

I've had almost a dozen short stories published over the past year, but I'm still working on my first novel. At 50,000 words and counting, my goal for 2014 is to finish my book and find an agent who's looking for speculative fiction that walks the line between relatable mainstream and curious "what if?".

www.taracampbell.com

Dec. 21 2013 02:53 PM
Russ Gregory from Austin Texas

My resolution is to finish the second HONEY AGENCY novel. It's tough writing comedy, everyone's sense of humor is different and all of the jokes fall flat after the sixth reading. Still writing this series is a lot of fun and my publisher, Bold Strokes Books, is very supportive. The manuscript needs to be turned in by June so the pressure is on. The good news is that the characters are already in my head and writing is cheaper than therapy.

Dec. 21 2013 01:27 PM
Adrienne from Silver Spring, MD

Mine is not that original. When I was an undergraduate I painted. And drew, actually I had a passionate love affair with soft vine charcoal. I double minored in studio art and art history and then life got in the way. About two years after graduation there was an accident and my hand was hurt and it heeled but… I tried to paint something for my mother and the detail skill was gone.

And then I went to law school. Law school drives out any creative impulse. I want to get back into it. I am so afraid that I have lost something that I have not. My husband is super supportive. It’s just me. So that is my resolution. I would like to get at least 4-6 paintings and 10 - 15 large drawings done this year. And maybe ever find some way to show them, online or off.

Dec. 21 2013 12:21 PM
Erin from South of Boston

This year I am going to run a 5k. Why is this a creative New Years resolution, you ask? Well, I am a below the knee amputee. Insurance won't pay for a running leg, so I am going to create a kickstarter to raise the funds for a new leg. I need to think about prizes for donations, what I might do with any extra dough (if I am so lucky I will probably grant it all to the Challenged Athletes Foundation), and use any and all exposure to talk about prosthetic parity. Raising awareness about the challenges amputees face in acquiring correct and various prosthetics is a main goal of my project.

Dec. 21 2013 10:44 AM
Ryan Coulter from Saskatoon, SK

My New Year's Resolution is about - yes, you guessed it - my novel. Except I'm not trying to write a novel, I've already written it. I started it in 2004, 30,000 feet somewhere over the Great Lakes on my way to Pennsylvania. I finished it, my sixth draft, in September at a table in the Frances Morrison Library in downtown Saskatoon. And then... I shoved it in a drawer where it's sat ever since.
My New Year's Resolution is two-fold. One, obviously, I would like to publish it in some form and have people read my coming-of-age novel, titled 'The Cherry Pit' (not as symbolic as it sounds). It's a coming-of-age novel set on the Canadian Prairie (much like Nebraska, Kurt haha) in the 1980s and it's about the dashing of pipe dreams, the struggle to get out of the middle of nowhere (or the acceptance of being there), and the realization that, as you transfer from childhood to adulthood, your actions have real consequences.
But first, my New Year's resolution for 2014 is to find someone, another writer or writers, or an editor, who will rip my 680 page manuscript (it could stand to lose 180 pages) apart and help me rebuild, making it even better. I've been writing since high school in the late '80s but never had the courage to publish anything. I never went to university, nor had any formal training outside of 20 years of Writer's Digest and their book club, and many more years of writing and reading. But in the midst of writing my novel, I worked up the courage and showed the first chapter and a synopsis to a local writer-in-residence. To my nervous surprise and delight, she liked it. She was even more impressed, and so was I, when she asked me which university I had gone to and I admitted I hadn't gone to any university. But after that I never went back and the writer-in-residence moved on.
My New Year's resolution is to pull my novel out of that drawer and let someone read it, let someone tell me what works and what doesn't, and if it works, show it to the world.
And if Studio 360 is at all interested, they can reach me at the provided e-mail address and I'll provide a phone number.

Dec. 21 2013 09:51 AM
Glenn Ashmore from Macon, Ga

For more than 10 years I have been building a 45 foot sailboat in the back yard. The project was projected to take eight years but has stalled over the couple of last year, mostly due distractions and lack of motivation. The actual creation of the boat was fun. Things went quickly. I learned many new skills and it was satisfying to see the progress. I am now close enough that the neighbors are asking when the animals will arrive but I am faced with a multitude of details. I can work all day and barely see what has been accomplished. The other problem is distractions. It is hard to refuse an invitation to go sailing and my curiosity for other subjects draws me away. I have however resolved to complete the project and have it ready to launch by the end of 2014.

Dec. 20 2013 08:55 PM
Glenn Ashmore from Macon, Ga

For more than 10 years I have been building a 45 foot sailboat in the back yard. The project was projected to take eight years but has stalled over the couple of last year, mostly due distractions and lack of motivation. The actual creation of the boat was fun. Things went quickly. I learned many new skills and it was satisfying to see the progress. I am now close enough that the neighbors are asking when the animals will arrive but I am faced with a multitude of details. I can work all day and barely see what has been accomplished. The other problem is distractions. It is hard to refuse an invitation to go sailing and my curiosity for other subjects draws me away. I have however resolved to complete the project and have it ready to launch by the end of 2014.

Dec. 20 2013 08:53 PM
Shannon Fickling from Macon, Georgia

After almost 30 years of practicing architecture in the architecturally rich town of Macon, Georgia, I finally realized my long held dream of buying and renovating an historic home. It was a big success both for me and for my neighborhood. My hope for the coming year is to purchase a second derelict property in the same area and give it new life. It's a very diverse neighborhood economically and ethnically so I've been working with the local affiliation of Habitat for Humanity, the Historic Macon Foundation, and others in the community to give the old neighborhood a fresh new face for a rich vibrant future.

Dec. 20 2013 07:41 PM

My creative resolution for 2014 is to force myself to fall in love with this city known to many (all) as an architectural masterpiece and that just bothers me, maybe, for its unanimity.
I plan on doing that by capturing one image per week and spending a very long time printing it using primitive means like cyanotype, silver printing and so on.
The objective is to end the year with 52 images ready for a show and a newfound love.
Happy new year to all!

Dec. 20 2013 02:07 PM
Holly Wilson from Albuquerque, New Mexico

By the end of the next year, I would like to have a book of poetry published and give at least one featured reading to promote the book in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have been writing poetry for a long time, and was involved in readings. Then I got sidetracked in academia and writing academic papers when I got a full-time position in San Diego, CA. Now I'm back in Albuquerque and have gotten back into poetry, going to readings and writing some new poems. I would like to self-publish a book of my pre-renaissance poetry organized by the themes that I tend to write about, including nature, politics, love and unlove. I would love to have someone kicking my butt to get this done. It is very important to me to get more established as a poet.

Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson

Dec. 20 2013 12:33 PM
Charlie Martin from New York, NY

My resolution for the new year is to assemble my portfolio, apply to, and get admitted to graduate school for music composition.

It's gonna be great, guys, can't wait!

Dec. 19 2013 04:50 PM

We resolve to write a novel together, each penning a chapter a month, back and forth between the 12-year-old protagonist and her 40-something counterpart. Trinette, age 12, will write the youthful part, while Dana will tackle the 40-something viewpoint.

We are a writing team who met via Trinette's mother when Dana's illness brought her to seek her care. We have worked in a mentoring capacity since spring of 2012, and together have penned a full-length stage play that we are attempting to get produced (or at least stage read) on the 200th anniversary of the death of Ocean Born Mary, a local legend who died Feb. 13, 1814.

This will be Trinette's second novel, and Dana's first.

Dec. 19 2013 04:31 PM
Heather from Calgary, Alberta

I finished my MA in late 2012 and then had two surgeries - one diagnostic, and then a hysterectomy - in 2013. Between the frantic writing of a thesis project and then a year that felt like it was spent waiting for surgery, having it, or recovering from it, my writing fell to one side. Then I turned 36, and I started thinking about how I still want to be a writer.

I'm feeling much better now: surgery was a big success and I am pain-free.
So. My goal for 2013: a short story a month, or substantial progress made on a long piece of fiction. I've already lined up a residency at the Leighton Artists' Colony at the Banff Centre for the Arts next fall. It makes the 'write more stuff' goal more concrete, and I have something to work towards.

Write more stuff. That's what I'm going to do!

Dec. 19 2013 03:34 PM
Eric from Tyson's Corner, VA

I've taken this past year, with the help of my wife and a few friends, to try and make something of the music that's been all but tearing at my heart-strings. I've been too timid to share any of my musical creations over recent years because of the fear of not being good enough. I think of how fast life can move, and the fact that we don't have much longer to do much of anything we find of significance. Passion is quickly outweighing fear in the face of time. I've been a guitar "owner" for almost 20 years, meaning I've taught myself everything I know, but I never learned the technical side of music, i.e. scales, theory, etc. I've been writing my own songs for quite a few years as well, but it'snot quite satisfying since I feel stuck a lot of the time due to the lack of technical knowledge. My goal is to learn a new scale each month, beginning with the Major scales, then minor scales, and perhaps even write a new song a week in the process. I feel that repetition, and dedication, and a loss of ego can really take anyone a long way down the road they choose to follow.

Dec. 19 2013 02:13 PM
Matt Hartzler from Springfield, IL

When we aren't shooting, my film production partner and I are always on our computers. Emailing, editing, designing, coding, whatever. It feels like we live life in the distance between our eyes and our Macs.

We're currently working on a short doc. film series about people around us in the midwest who live interesting and fulfilling lives by working with their hands - bakers, cobblers, printers, chefs, etc. It's been really fascinating thus far, but I can't help but feel a bit hypocritical. We are making these pieces that show the depth and dynamism of those who live outside the cubicle, yet we are constantly glued to our screens. From creating these pieces, I have learned that our lives would be improved by getting outside, taking a risk, and working with our hands.

My partner Jake has always had an obsession with cars. I've always thought I would make a great mechanic. It's clear what has to be done.

We want to restore an old car.

Our goal is to find a junker for a few hundred bucks and make it come back to life for us. We want make a decaying pickup into a workhorse again. We want to give a 300,000 mile Volvo another life. We want to put the sexy back into an vintage Mustang.

I suspect that the creativity aspect of this project will be more than selecting a new paint color. We'll have to plan, learn, fail, problem solve, and hopefully come out of the process with an automobile that is a work of art on its own.

Maybe we'll sell it at the end of the year and move on to another project; maybe we'll keep it around. I just know that the experience of stepping outside our computers and putting our creative energy into our hands will be a worthwhile effort. Hopefully, it will give us some insight into what we are creating in our profession work as well.

Dec. 18 2013 11:30 PM
Nicole from Minneapolis, MN

I've had a very bad idea for a novel bouncing around in my head for a while and I would like to get it out. The idea started to form when some friends sat me down to watch True Blood. An important part seemed to be that vampires are immortal. Vampires living centuries were not unusual and powerful ones had lives for several millennia.

What if a vampire were to live for millions of years? How would society change? How would life evolve? What effect would it have on the mind of the vampire to see all the changes taking place?

That's the idea for what I call the world's worst novel, "The Six Million Year Old Vampire." I've sketched out some ideas and would like to write the book just to get it out of my head.

The hard part is I'm not a writer by profession. Trying to write the story would be quite the challenge.

Dec. 18 2013 04:55 PM
Rebecca Hailey from Ocean twp, NJ

I have the fatal flaw of being too kind and putting other people in front of my own needs. This, unfortunately has lead me down a life path that makes me cringe to be awake. It all started when I lost my father 13 years ago and I was anointed my Nana's primary care giver. Not because I lived the closest (I actually lived the furthest away) or because I had the least busy schedule (I was in college at the time), but because I was the only one willing. I was not about to allow my 93 year old grandmother who just lost her youngest son, die thinking that she was already forgotten... that's just wrong. Eventually I had to drop out of school because I couldn't pay for it any longer.

I ended up moving to NYC where I moved into an apartment in Brooklyn with 4 other people. In the beginning I knew that something was terribly wrong, but I know I have trust issues and just chalked up my queasy feeling to that. After 6 month, these people decided to stop paying rent and bills. Since my name was on the lease, I ended up paying for it. Long story short, I blew through all of my savings, which was OK (I thought) because after we leave the apartment I'll get my security deposit back. Well, those roommates called the landlord (without my knowledge) and told him that we were going to move out a month early and that he could keep the deposit. I found this out a week before we were supposed to leave.

I ended up moving in with my sister and her family to get back on my feet. Instead of letting me save up and move on with my life, I was told that I have to pay them for rent and groceries (makes sense) but I also have to go see a shrink, work for my brother-in-law in a field I despise, and do whatever they say. I would do work for them (like refinishing their deck) with the agreement that they would pay me. They ended up keeping that money and not even reimbursing me for the tools/supplies.

Now, I'm in a life I loathe and the only escape I have is writing. I have been working on 2 screenplays over the past year and I NEED TO FINISH THEM! One is a political thriller (my baby) and the other is a b-rated SyFy channel movie about Zombie Dinosaurs.

With all that in mind, if I can complete the first 2 drafts of one of the movies I have been working on... I believe my life will change. I will complete something that I love doing and finally stop feeling like a complete and total loser.

Dec. 18 2013 04:35 PM
Suresh from New Jersey

My new year resolution may not be creative on a personal level, but the outcome of this could be rather creative.

Dec 2 2014 will mark 30 years of the Bhopal Gas Disaster. Activists fighting for the cause of the victims have organized a Global fast 365 day relay in an effort to raise awareness about this disaster.

As a response to this call for the 365 day relay, I intend to fast every Tuesday for the whole of 2014. I have already started the fast, with yesterday, Dec 17th 2013, being the first day of fasting.

Dec. 18 2013 10:40 AM
deirdre martin from Brooklyn, NY

I'm an out-of-work Interior and Industrial Designer and now wait tables at a beer bar to pay the bills. For 12 years I've used my career and the inherent long hours, creative anguish and lack of skill in animation as an excuse for not pursuing this idea and I'm tired of it! I will create several Stop-Mo animation pieces to the recorded somniloquies of Dion McGregor. An aspiring lyricist and infamous couch-surfer living in 50's and 60's NYC, McGregor was prone to volubly narrating his insane/fantastical dreams while he slept. He had the good fortune of having a friend in possession of a sense of humor, a reel-to-reel and the foresight to press the record button. Decca got a hold of these recordings and released an album. Soon after, in '64, came a transcribed book with illustrations by Edward Gorey. There was even talk of an off Broadway musical but nothing came of it as both the album and book flopped. A couple of companion LP's were later released and occasionally you'll hear of someone doing new transcriptions or blogging on new info about the history of the recordings but it's minor. Listening to and thinking about Dion's dreams has caused more spontaneous episodic laughter in public while alone than anything I've seen or heard! I am positively determined to bring some of these gems to visual life by the end of 2014. ALSO: Hey Mike Doughty, half of me is from Brooklyn too - can I be in your Book of Revelation Pageant?

Dec. 18 2013 01:51 AM
Andrew Balazs Molholt from Philadelphia

Hey, my name is Andy & I'm a musician living in Philadelphia. I recently wrote my first short story. Subsequently, my friend Chris shared with me that he was selected to be published for a short science fiction story that he's been working on. This really piqued my interest - I LOVE science fiction. I have been culling a bunch of ideas in my head for years that I've been vaguely planning to compile into a full novel at some point. Magnetic highways, sensory teleports. That kinda stuff. I am especially fascinated by older works that have archaic references to futuristic technology that was never quite developed. So my super ambitious goal for 2014 is to try to complete my first science fiction novel & get it published before the year's end. I have always loved writing, but mostly lyrics to songs, and if I could really accomplish a full novel in 2014 that I was really happy about, I would feel like I really stretched myself as a human & did something truly special with my year.

Dec. 17 2013 10:28 PM
Hayley Heaton from Salt Lake City and San Diego

My best friend Adam Davis and I are both poets who recently started a collaborative project based on the Periodic Table of Elements. Each element is being turned into a three line poem by one of us. We're swapping back and forth through the table, each taking a turn at an element. The intent of the project is to try to see how both of our poetics interact and play off of each other's. In a sense, we're trying to create some kind of chiral with each other's work, while exploring a world poets don't frequently explore, the scientific.

We'd like to finish the entire Table of Elements by the end of 2014.

Dec. 17 2013 12:20 PM
Susie from Oxford, MS

My goal is to get out on the water in a self-propelled boat, preferably my kayak, at least monthly in 2014. I gave up on resolutions about 25 years ago, but during the federal furlough, I got back in my kayak for the first time in a long time, and it was magical. In addition to experiencing beauty, wonder, peace, surprise, and adrenaline rushes in my kayak, I have been uncomfortable, scared, and exhausted in my boat, but I can't recall ever feeling unhappy while kayaking. So, I want to encourage myself to make time and brave the elements to do this regularly and to explore new locations. Not sure which will be harder here in north Mississippi, getting out there in January or in August! I also want to encourage others to experience the rich biota and natural landscapes of the South by taking folks out with me sometimes and by blogging about my little adventures.

Dec. 17 2013 10:32 AM
Mike Doughty from Brooklyn, like half of everybody

You guys may know me from my 90s band Soul Coughing (done a bunch of solo albums since 2000, as well); this seems like an excellent opportunity (should you be interested) to pressure myself into finishing a thing I've been messing around with for years: an adaptation of the Book of Revelation as a staged sermon/oratorio/pageant.

Dec. 17 2013 08:22 AM
Crystal from Charlotte NC

Bucking up for my first creative resolution. Fascinating already right...
I am an old school photographer with a plethora of beauty filled digital media I have taken over the past several years.
I have never done a thing with these captivating images.
I lost the follow through passion when things became digital and images instant. photography was my escape into the wild away from computers and technological hoopla.
My resolution is to not dread, and to concour, the digital world my favorite hobby is completely emursed in and to share the light and beauty I have been blessed to see in this world with others.
At 16 my first camera was a Nikon 2000. A real bad arse for its time. I shot hundreds of rolls and a few yearbooks. I have shot many thousands of frames on nice new digital camreas in the many years since then but have never followed through with any production (even just personal) or organization. It's a shame because I have been blessed to see and photograph such cool corners of the world. Though I now think you dont have to leave your back yard to find a perfect shot.
So 2014.... Buck up princess and make friends with the dreaded computer. Follow through. You guys will hold me accountable right?!?

Dec. 17 2013 01:25 AM
Doug in NJ from Glen Ridge, NJ

Call me Daddy Tutu. Nigel, my 5-year old son, does. Why? Because when Nigel’s 11-year old brother, Kent, was he a toddler he used to call me Daddy Choo Choo and Nigel finds this hilarious. And now that Kent has recently entered the ballet world of NYC and is meeting with some success, Daddy Choo Choo has slowly morphed into Daddy Tutu. I’m trying to embrace the name change.

My creative resolution is to write a memoir and/or blog on how Daddy Tutu has to undergo his own journey as he tries to be supportive of his son’s passion for dance. Daddy Tutu has to learn to shed some of his own vestigial notions of masculinity, notions mostly formed by his upbringing in central Wisconsin, land of the Packers, deer-hunting, and fried cheese curds at the county fair. Daddy Tutu, while no Billy Elliott dad, never imagined one of his sons would be a ballet dancer and he has to admit that sometimes he’s not entirely down with the idea. But he wants to be supportive of Kent, and in the process Daddy Tutu may have to examine a number of hard issues, including his own wobbly sense of manhood and the passions he squandered in his youth.

On the fun side, Daddy Tutu plans to throw himself into the world of ballet and learn as much as he can, such as what the heck tendu, changement, and relevé actually mean (terms used more and more frequently by Kent when talking shop with Mommy Tutu). Middle-aged Daddy Tutu may even try taking some beginning ballet lessons at the same dance studio where Mommy Tutu takes. Let’s see where this all goes. But in the meantime, we shouldn’t forget: Let’s Go Pack!

Dec. 17 2013 12:13 AM
Linda Natanagara from Ocean, NJ

Every Christmas season, I rue that fact that I did not knit all of those scarves - from that organic bamboo yarn - that would be wonderful to give to friends and and as Christmas thank-yous for kindness shown during the year. I am a pretty remedial knitter, but I could probably make two/month. If I really stayed focused. In the meantime, there is my job and my family and all of that, but if I take the time I waste on Facebook and knit instead, imagine the possibilities! I'd like to get back to creating rather than peeking at other's lives. Thanks!

Dec. 16 2013 11:47 PM
Laurie from Inwood, New York City

For many years, around the edges of a full-time other profession, I have been writing poetry. I now have a 3-year-old daughter, which makes time even more scarce and precious. Whenever I've had a moment, my focus has been on generating new work. Now, for 2014, my resolution is to excavate the poems from their many locations, type them up and put them all together - to see what the whole pile looks like. Perhaps it will look like a book. I hope so.

Dec. 16 2013 09:36 PM
Ty Mayfield from Washington DC

I just returned from a year in Afghanistan this fall and heard your segment on New Year’s resolutions while driving across town this weekend. I worked as an advisor in the Afghan government and was able to visit many places and meet people in Kabul that most westerners aren’t generally aware of. Over the course of the year I learned a great deal about both Afghanistan and myself and I took the time to capture many of my thoughts by journaling daily and writing a column for a small paper every other week. Though I had studied the country and its problems for several years I was surprised at how much I didn’t know and how much of what I thought I knew was incorrect or misinformed. My resolution is to take a year’s worth of notes and columns and put them together in a book on Kabul. I’d like to share what I learned about the city, its people and the challenges that it faces with a larger audience who may have a vision of what life in Kabul is like, but no way to see or experience it for themselves. The goal is to have a draft ready to shop for publication at the end of the year.

Dec. 16 2013 04:07 PM
Tina Egnoski from Providence, RI

Can you write a novel in a month? NaNoWriMo thinks so. Can you write a novel in a year? Studio 360 thinks so. Now, if only I had that same confidence! Seriously, my plan for this year is to finish and revise the novel I began during NaNoWriMo. I hope to have a polished manuscript ready to send to literary agents in January 2015. To date, I have two hundred pages. Not a bad start. Set primarily in the earlier 1970’s, it’s about the student protest movement on college campuses during the Vietnam War. This public declaration gives me a bit of boost. A nudge on the shoulder! A kick in the rear!

Dec. 16 2013 08:38 AM
Joel Dames from Seattle


As I listened to your Creative New Years Resolutions show this evening, my heart raced and I felt the course of my life may have been altered. I have been working on a book manuscript for the past three years. I feel sure it will turn some people's around. But I am I am 75 and all the men in the family have died before this age, so I need to push ahead and complete it within this next year.

The first half of my life was a nightmare, not only the OCD, but the Dr. Jekyll, rational gentle looking husband versus the overpowering schizoid monster Hyde. Nothing prevented the transformation surfacing, not years of therapy, electroconvulsive shock treatments, spouse abuse counseling, not the police at the door called by neighbors.

But I have completely changed my life. From very early on, my life has been devoted to testing out therapies, formal and self-help. In 1992, I coauthored a psychology book (in Japanese, while I lived in Japan). Dr. Albert Ellis, edited two versions and wrote the forward. It was in virtually every bookstore in Japan and sold out two printings of 12,000 each.

I want to finish my current book manuscript and have it ready for publication by the end of 2014. During the year, I want to find an agent who will take on the book. That is an enormous commitment. I need a deadline to push me through.

My heart beat picked up as I listened to your resolutions segment. Could this possibly be me? But like finding the perfect mate, that perfect mate then has to choose you. I hope you will consider giving me this chance.

I love your show.

Joel

Joel Dames
Seattle, WA
206.367.1276

Dec. 16 2013 02:06 AM
Peggy Sue McRae from Friday Harbor, WA

My 2014 creative resolution is to finish one gallery or show worthy oil painting each month while keeping a blog about the work. I am blessed right now with the time and the perfect artist’s cabin to work in. I’ll regret it if I don’t rise to this opportunity. By the end of 2014 I resolve to have a minimum of 12 paintings, enough work for a cohesive show, and a companion blog.

Dec. 16 2013 01:57 AM
todd from New Hampshire

For my creative resolution I would like to create a hand drawn painted animation based on my observable, mundane, amazing life as a dad, teacher and struggling artist. I would like to make all of the frames for the animation medium sized paintings and exhibit the paintings as well as the animation in a gallery. I am a happily mariied happily working dad, teacher but I feel as though my artist self is dying, do to lack of time and energy. I would love the public pressure and responsibility to work harder and think more about my craft.

Dec. 16 2013 12:01 AM

I am 72 years old and studying jazz guitar. I took up guitar at age 70, inspired by Gary Marcus book, Guitar Zero. In the last two years I have accumulated 4000 hours on the study of music and guitar. For 2014, I plan to reach 6000 hours. That is roughly 6 hours a day, everyday in 2014. My longer goal is to reach 10,000 hours which I understand is a magic number for being expert in any field. It's not all how many hours. The quality of study is important, so I pay close attention to that. I already perform at open mikes, but not jazz. My goal is to perform jazz in front of an audience, and accumulate 2000 hours in 2014. My guitar teachers are, Terre Roche, Karlus Trapp. My singing teacher is Leila Hegazy.

Dec. 15 2013 11:57 PM
jackie from philadelphia

Wishing to realize my authentic self, and thankful for this opportunity to relate this publically, I shall describe my desire for 2014. I work on bas reliefs in plastiline and cast them in plaster resin. I work with live models and recently I have begun to place the figures in a context of a city or country setting, sculpting the buildings or the trees with the figures. My resolution is to complete 6 of these reliefs as a body of work in 2014.

Dec. 15 2013 11:27 PM
Vida Vakilotojar from Mountain View, CA

I was an artistic child, but then I turned out to be good in math and science too, so I took on the path of becoming a computer engineer, yet I was always yearning to do something creative and artistic. In December 2013 I came up with an idea for a Calligraphy app for multitouch tablets (for example iPad), where the user uses two fingers rather than one to do calligraphy. Calligraphy was my favorite form of art in my last years of elementary schools, and I had very fond memories of my father teaching me how to do calligraphy. That was why building the app became an obsessive passion for me, and as I further developed the app many other potentials of creating digital art on a device like iPad using two touches instead of one was revealed to me. After many months of hard work and sleepless nights, in early December 2013 I finally released the app to the App Store. But while I think I have done a great job of designing and developing the app, and have created many examples of the kinds of artwork that can be created with it, I yet have to develop my creative marketing strategies, to get the word out to people who would be interested in this type of creativity app; who would find the untapped possibilities of 2D digital art made available by this app engaging and joyful as I, my friends, and their kids have. My goal for 2014 is to develop and sharpen my outreach and marketing skills in creative ways.

Dec. 15 2013 11:07 PM
MIke Cressy from Renton, WA

My resolution is something that I've wanted to start in September but got side tracked. I want to be resolute this coming year.
I have many children's picture book story ideas based on many of my drawings over the last few year but I haven't taken any of them through to the dummy stage, which is a full on representation of what the book will be like without the color. Even though there can be a color image in the dummy.
I want to do "one picture book dummy per month in 2014" It is a lot of work but I believe I can do it.
I had been working on one of them over the last two months and I'm almost at the point where I can show it to someone. I haven't been able to capture the interest of a Literary Agent yet but I'm working on it.

I also need to finish my graphic novel, which at this point has 630 pages of finished art that will be edited down by several pages. Once this is finished I have several other graphic novel ideas. Each one of these can be part of the same series since the are all autobiographical.

Dec. 15 2013 10:45 PM
John Welsh from Austin, TX

My New Years resolution might require a little bit of explaining:

For over a year I have been thinking about creating a web TV show called Engineering Deathmatch. The general premise is to get two network engineers into the same room with network gear and have them race to configure scenarios that are given to them. My goal is to have it be humorous and informative at the same time.

My resolution is to get a promo film recorded and four episodes recorded this year. There are a lot of moving parts to make this work so I'm really hoping that this happens!

Dec. 15 2013 10:15 PM
Sara S

Sara S
My new year's resolution is rather simple. I have 30 or so games between my Steam account and my Humble Bundle purchases. Some I purchased to develop a skill (i.e. twitch reflexes from Super Meat Boy) and some were just given to me. My resolution is to finish all of them.

Dec. 15 2013 07:27 PM
Brady Dale from Crown Heights, Brooklyn

I made the transition in the last year from Philadelphia based professional activist to Brooklyn based freelance journalist. Now that I am a journalist, I am better positioned to pursue two ideas that I have had for a very long time.

My resolution for the next year is to complete two book proposals that I've long been nursing. Both proposals involve me embedding myself in about a dozen different organizations for a while and then writing it all up in an A.J. Jacobs or Jon Ronson style.

Here are the two book concepts:
1) A series of jobs doing evil work. So, for example, I'd get a job selling problem gamblers on coming back to the casino or working at a payday lender or working at an astroturf firm protecting polluters. This book would explore the way that disadvantaged communities get sucked into doing work that undermines their fellow man, how that gets rationalized for them and how bad the work is from behind the scenes.

2) Serial cult member. Join a series of cults and cultlike institutions. This book would be more about how people look for meaning and draw on guidance from leaders to show them the way to meaning when they don't know how to find it themselves. Everything from the Raelians to Crossfit.

The idea for the year would be to do background research on one organization for each book proposal each month, and then package them all into a full proposal by the end of the year, which I would begin working to shop around.

Dec. 15 2013 04:37 PM
Dorothy Wasserman from Northwest NJ

My New Year's resolution is to complete 2 photo collages. It doesn't seem like much, but the way I work is very labor intensive. I take 100% of the photographs used which I then physically cut and put together by hand. I create Surrealistic scenes. The size is 30" by 40", and what I wish to complete is the "Neatherlandish Series". The first one is done and is titled "Self-Portrait as Maria Portinari". I have two more to actualize. After the collages are finished (usually 8 months) they are professionally printed on rag paper using archival inks. For over a decade I have worked with Black and White photographs, this present series is my first in color. Very exciting! Perhaps they wouldn't take me so long but I teach art full time in a public elementary school (23 years). I love my job!!! Love sharing my passion with eager young children. But I also need to be actively involved in the artistic process myself to stay personally engaged, thus engaging. I teach rhythm tap (was in the movie TAP back in the 80's) and that kind of physicality has always informed my work. And keeps me happy. I have nothing I can give up, just lots of energy to focus anew.
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 is to make the time to complete this series....no matter how busy I am!

Dec. 15 2013 03:15 PM
Mary from Fergus Falls, MN

My mother is in her 90s and has been and continues to cope with dementia/Alzheimers. She shared a rare moment of clarity with me in a phone conversation only two days ago, with a follow-up converstion (in person) about having the freedom to ask me if something was "real" or not. She has been prescribed medication for the last five years and we have only referred to her "memory" problems or "episodes". This is because she has, in the past become very guarded and unwilling to acknowledge any difficulties. Only two days ago she had an "AHA" moment and with this new inisight. I think that it would be good to chronicle her journey. She knows at this time that she is not the same person that she was one year ago and that her feelings become hurt and she becomes sad when she cannot live up to her previous level of functioning. Now, we talk about it. I would need a push or nudge to do this creative task...it is painful in some ways and joyful in others. Yet, I think that it might be useful, not only to myself...maybe others?
My goal/resolution would be to write a minimum of one paragraph each time that I see her. I think that I would need to develop a framework for my paragraph...or maybe not. I definitely need the support.

Dec. 15 2013 02:32 PM
BETSY KRISTL from Boston, MA

I have a thousand resolutions and a thousand reasons I haven't achieved them any year for the past 10 I've tried. The biggest one is Multiple Sclerosis - because I have that, too. It's a bummer - fatigue, "cognitive dysfunction (stupididity)," memory loss, fatigue, fatigue, fatigue. And distractions. I have a million distractions, like that bird outside right now. And squirrels.

So, my resolution is to make an art quilt, one block at a time, one per month, for a year. I have all the stuff I need. All the materials. I have the motivation. Will I have the focus? (probably not) Will I have the discipline? (unlikely) Do I want a nag????? You betcha.

Dec. 15 2013 02:25 PM
Sara S

My new year's resolution is rather simple. I have 30 or so games between my Steam account and my Humble Bundle purchases. Some I purchased to develop a skill (i.e. twitch reflexes from Super Meat Boy) and some were just given to me.

Dec. 15 2013 01:41 PM
William Norton from Brooklyn, NY

This year's New Year's resolution is the same as last years, create a major new unique artwork. Though the last 2 1/2 decades have not been kind to my artwork, due to everything from my son being parentally kidnapped in 1990 to finding him again 10 years later (as documented by Readers Digest September 2002 )to losing him again, home burning, loft lost to slippery landlord, business partner stealing all else, etc. etc. etc., I have decided not to let this stop me again.
February 5, my father's birthday, of this year I shot the initial photographs. I then started production on the piece which took me until December 7 of this year.
I use 5 foot wide by 7 foot tall by half-inch thick plexiglass sheets. I then use a Dremel to carve lines into the Plexiglas. The resultant invisible lines then cast a shadow onto the wall. So what you see is a visible memory of where that Plexiglas had been. The final piece ended up being 7 feet tall by 20 feet long. It is called Ghosts in the Machine and it is based upon a vision I see every day in the subway. As I have just finished this piece I am going to start shooting pictures the beginning of next year. It is a very labor-intensive process, plus I need to work at the Whitney Museum of American Art has an art handler to support starting my life over yet once again.
I can supply images of the entire process. And can do so again for this next piece coming up.

Dec. 15 2013 01:27 PM
Lindley Kinerk from Sanbornton, NH

I fear that as I am getting older I am also getting more and more willing to stay indoors and let others do the outside work or even let the jobs slide altogether. I resolve, therefore, to get outside at least every day and accomplish some sort of work--stacking wood, shoveling snow, weeding, painting, etc. My home and my body and my soul should all benefit.

Dec. 15 2013 01:19 PM
Leni from New Rochelle, NY

I am an emerging artist, my work focuses on the body language of strangers and my medium is fabric. Every year I set a professional goal for myself, in 2013 my goal was to write my fourth book which will be released this spring. This year, I have already embarked on my goal for 2014--to produce a solo art show that when finished, I will market to regional museums around the country in the hope that one (or more) will exhibit it. I have set myself both creative and technical goals within this project, an attempt not only to be exhibited but to grow artistically.

Dec. 15 2013 12:06 PM
Andrew Curtis from Boonton, NJ

I am in my 11th year as a high school English teacher in Northern New Jersey. My focus almost my entire career is to stop the cycle of students creating things that go from them to me back to them and into the recycling bin. Because of this I've slowly getting the equipment to begin doing my own podcasts. But I have now had this equipment been gathering you know how for six months without producing single episode.

So in 2014 I am going to begin gathering stories, poems, speeches, artist interviews, and everything else that will allow every student in my school to know that there is an audience out there if you reach for it. That you can be so much more of the writer, artist, performer you want to be IF you think about who your art is aimed at and believe it actually will be seen, heard, and listened to. If I actually do this, I will have a podcast on iTunes called "Echoes from the Knoll" (my school is called Morris Knolls).

Dec. 15 2013 11:59 AM
Cynthia Marx from Merrick, New York

For three years I taught English in Gambell, Alaska. The Siberian Yupik people and culture fascinated me, and I have since wanted to use my artistic talents to paint large canvases depicting scenes from their life and environment. These scenes include whale and walrus hunts, the upturned "skin" boats that dot the gravel beachhead of St. Lawrence Island, the arctic ice, and portraits of the people. I have completed one painting, and my goal for 2014 is to paint one picture a month. At the end of the year I will have 12 paintings. My plan is to eventually have twice that many pictures in the series, and to show, and sell them in Alaska. I'd like a percentage of sales to go to a college scholarship fund for deserving students. I currently live and work in New York.

Dec. 15 2013 11:50 AM
loro4452

My mother is in her 90s and has been and continues to cope with dementia/Alzheimers. She shared a rare moment of clarity with me in a phone conversation only two days ago, with a follow-up converstion (in person) about having the freedom to ask me if something was "real" or not. She has been prescribed medication for the last five years and we have only referred to her "memory" problems or "episodes". This is because she has, in the past become very guarded and unwilling to acknowledge any difficulties. Only two days ago she had an "AHA" moment and with this new inisght and I think that it would be good to chronicle her journey. She knows at this time that she is not the same person that she was one year ago and that her feelings become hurt and she becomes sad when she cannot live up to her previous level of functioning. Now, we talk about it. I would need a push or nudge to do this creative task...it is painful in some ways and joyful in others. Yet, I think that it might be useful, not only to myself...maybe others?

Dec. 15 2013 10:15 AM
Jared Paul Wilson from Lake Jackson, TX

My life long career pursuit has been to be a full-time artist and author/illustrator. During my college years I was thrown a curveball and battled a rather aggressive eye cancer. My plans were forced to adjust and a decade, two cancer battles, a lovely wife and a 1 year old baby later, I am finally able to transition into full-time art. 2014 will be my first entire year as a full-time wildlife and western artist and children's book author/illustrator. I have been fortunate to kick off this pursuit with the publication of my first children's book, "Shoe Fly, Don't Bother Me," and a lovely 2 page feature interview in the December issue of Fort Worth, TX City Magazine. That article can be read at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/publication/?i=184757&p=39 My 2014 resolution in many ways will be much like the same resolution I've shared for the past 31 years. When life's challenges have told me not to create, by all means I create. The only difference is now I am blessed to do the one thing I love so dearly full-time. I invite you to visit my website at: www.jaredpaulwilson.com

Dec. 14 2013 09:38 PM
Alison from Virginia

In my small city in Virginia, the renovation of our Academy of Fine Arts has been a community project for decades. The original theater (built in the Beaux Arts tradition in 1905) provided an elegant venue that attracted popular acts from the early 20th century (Mary Pickford, Maude Adams, George M. Cohan, to name a few). It burnt to the ground in 1911, was resurrected in 1913, and enjoyed its original success until movies took the place of live entertainment. Currently, the board is well on its way to raising the funds needed to fully renovate the theater itself.

What does this have to do with my resolution? This era has always fascinated me; the years before WWI are of a bygone time, and yet the technology existed for us to get a fairly accurate glimpse into life in the easy 20th century (photos, telegrams, movie cameras). My goal is to write a musical, based loosely on the life behind the scenes of this old opera house. I have scraps of songs, characters, and a tenuous plot, but NEED A FIRE LIT UNDER THE OLD PROVERBIAL DERRIERE!!! I'd like to finish writing it by December 31, 2014 and cast, direct, and perform the play in the following months. Many thanks.

Dec. 14 2013 09:03 PM
Jim Stuller from Oregon

I want to spend more time with Grandkids, more time fishing, hiking and camping. My big project for this coming year is a underground fort-bungalow. The small garage I helped build with my son in law went so well this fall I am inspired to frame up a roof covered with solar panels. The structure would be dug into the slope beside my home. It would create a small living space that would be easy to heat. I would be able to make it wheelchair accessible for my mom and ourselves someday. I have bullt 2 home so it is possible... Where would the money come from? When can I retire?

Dec. 14 2013 05:53 PM
Fran from Harrisburg, PA

Desire to forever get rid of my student loan payments! About 3/4 of it paid off so far. This is my year to become debt-free in 2014!

Dec. 14 2013 04:40 PM
Amanda from New York, NY

In 2014, I am planning on finishing and recording an album's worth of songs. I have always written songs, since I was a child. I have songs and fragments of dozens of songs written in notebooks and scraps of paper all over my apartment, but I never finished/polished or recorded them because I was too shy.

Then during a singalong on New Year's Eve in 2012, someone turned to me and said I had a great voice, which no one had ever said before. I started taking voice lessons shortly afterward, and have made tremendous progress. I think I'm confident enough in my voice now to record the songs properly, so my goal is to polish about ten songs and record them in a studio. Even if no one else wants to listen to them, I think it would feel good to finish the songs and see them through rather than just having everything in notebooks. As a complement to this goal, I'm planning on performing at least once a month at an open mic to get more comfortable with performing in front of people.

Dec. 14 2013 04:39 PM
Chris Shough from New Jersey

My new years resolution is to start a business. I plan on getting a LLC So I can turn my passion into (hopefully) a full time gig. I've been making knives (kitchen, pocket, etc..) as a hobby for over a year now and have started to get more request for them...unfortunately I work full time and life keeps me from advancing further. If you would like to see some of my work you can find them on instagram @365knives.

Thanks, love your show!

Dec. 14 2013 04:33 PM
Charlotte Bennett from Tucson, AZ

My creative resolution is to start, and perhaps finish, my book on my journey through the community metal health system following the Tucson shooting. I was incorrectly diagnosed and medicated for over two years before finally receiving the proper diagnoses of depression. The improper medications caused a laundry list of awful consequences including arrests, eviction, various inpatient stays, and loss of close friends. I currently do peer support in the very same community mental health clinic and I have the opportunity to share my story with my clients five days a week, but it's not enough. There are so very few stories of what can happen when things go right and people with severe mental illness are able to resume fulfilling and gratifying lives. I can talk myself blue in the face about it but walking the walk is what makes the impact. The book is/will be titled "Get Help Before Help Gets You." Thank you.

Dec. 14 2013 04:33 PM
Will Willis from Berkeley, CA

I have been intermittently working on a children's activity book series for the last couple of years based on Friedrich Nietzsche's 'Thus Spake Zarathustra. I am doing it in the style of ones frequently used within Christian vacation Bible schools and youth programs - a series that starts with the 3 to 5 year old set: simple coloring books with simple statements, then progresses through more complex activities like crossword puzzles, logic puzzles, word scrambles, etc. for older sets.

The basic idea behind this is teaching the ethics, personal responsibility and fundamentals of being a good human being without infusing it with pretext or fear of judgment by some external entity as the primary motivation for decent behavior, while at the same time leaving room for any belief system about the pre- or after- life that may additionally be introduced during the developmental period from ~3 years old until ~14 years old.

My resolution is to have the first in the series done and published by the end of 2014 with the stretch goal of getting the second one to market by then.

Dec. 14 2013 04:25 PM
Katherine Devonshire from Carlisle, Pa

My biggest creative resolution for 2014 is to actually knit a sweater. Mom's been after me since I first learned how to knit to make her one, and it's really only been in the last few years that I really feel somewhat comfortable taking up the challenge to at least try, even if it turns into a rat's nest of yarn.

Dec. 14 2013 03:31 PM
Angela Roe from Austin, TX

After hearing me moan about not having a creative outlet, my husband bought me a guitar. Almost a year has gone by and I've done little more than learn some chords. This year I plan to learn a new song to play each month. If all goes well, I might even be writing my own songs in 2015.

Dec. 14 2013 02:07 PM
Jeni Williams from Austin, TX

In 2014, one of my resolutions is to make a pie a week. I've been interested in pies for a while now and have been dreaming of becoming a better than decent pie-baker and eventually coming up with some of my own recipes. I realized the only way to do this is practice, practice, practice. I'm also looking forward to witnessing how sharing the pies with others enhances my community.

Dec. 14 2013 01:26 PM
William Muzzy from Coventry,RI

I will be attempting to do 2014 portraits by December 31st 2014. I have attempted this two years in a row and failed. This year I will do it. www.williammuzzy.com

Dec. 14 2013 07:26 AM

I wrote a memoir, then another based on the first. I took a part of the second book and began structuring a fictionalized story for the screen from a short story. After pounding my head against my office wall, and receiving good advice from other writers and my agent, I've decided the story is more suited to a novel. Specifically, what's referred to as upmarket fiction. I'm resolving to write 5000 words per week and finish the novel in 2014. The working title of the story is A Match Made in Hell. It's a psychological thriller that's based loosely on a sort of subplot in my book The Girl Who Had No Enemies. visionofdenny@gmail.com

Dec. 14 2013 12:45 AM
Rob Hill from Kansas City, MO

Over the past few years, I completed my first novel, which I made available online. Titled The Church of Whosoever: Extra Grace Required, it concerns a midwestern LGBT church -- affectionately called COW -- and its parishioners. It follows the intersecting lives of COW’s senior pastor and his partner considering the after-effects of his heart attack; a single grandmother, evicted from her home and marginalized by her family, wondering what comes next; a lesbian couple struggling to be good foster parents to a young man who’s discovering his way; a black female impersonator returning to COW after a long absence and finding the love of his life; a dual-gendered man, whose son runs away after finding him dressed in women’s clothes, giving these clothes to Goodwill and vowing to play it straight; a nameless chain-smoker lurking in the church’s shadows and imagining the worst; and diverse others – whose stories touch upon the challenges faced by LGBT Christians as they strive to embrace and share God’s love and reconcile themselves to a world that often doesn’t support them – collectively considering how to respond to their long-serving pastor’s imminent retirement. My 2014 resolution is to write a chapter a week towards Book II of what I hope will be a multiple-volume series.

Dec. 13 2013 10:04 AM

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