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New Year’s Resolution

January 01, 2011 By: Category: stories

A few days ago, Sarah and I were sitting around with our baby, as we are wont to do nowadays. We had had enough of television after trying to muddle through an awful but supposedly underrated movie called In Her Shoes. It was directed by Curtis Hanson who also directed L.A. Confidential, which is one of my favorite films. This was not one of my favorite films. There was a period of my life in which I refused to leave a movie unfinished; if I started a movie, I would watch it until the bitter end, regardless of how much I was enjoying the experience. Those days are long gone. In the age of Netflix and babies, if a movie hasn’t captured my attention within fifteen minutes, I’m done.

Having failed in our movie-watching attempt, Sarah requested that I read her and Hazel a story. I love to hear the sound of my own voice, so I obliged. My book of choice for this assignment was Richard Brautigan’s Revenge of the Lawn. Brautigan’s stories are short and strange and wonderful and they sounded really nice when being read aloud to my wife and child on a rainy night in Los Angeles.

Brautigan’s stories got me thinking that a nice experiment for the New Year would be to write some kind of story every day. It wouldn’t need to be the best story I’ve ever written. It most probably would not be, on account of the limitations that arise from trying to crank out a new one every day. But as long as there is some kind of thing that happens, it counts. For example, my story for today is about how I was inspired by Richard Brautigan to write a story every day for my New Year’s Resolution. And now the story has been told and we can officially mark this first day of the project a success.

I will be posting these stories on our tumblr account – If you would like to join me in this project, I’d love to have you. Please create a tumblr or posterous in which to tell your stories and send me the URL; I will gladly link to you. If enough people join the experiment, maybe we can do something in published form at the end of 2011. I know a guy.

Let the tales begin! And Happy New Year!

1 Comments to “New Year’s Resolution”

  1. I’d be happy to join in. I don’t think I could do a story a day, but I think I might be able to kick in from time to time. Sounds like a lot of fun!