by Fae Rowen
Who wouldn’t want a sneak peek at 2014? A chance for insider information about what’s in store?
Well, as the resident science and science fiction geek here at WITS, I’m going to share what my friends in the know, in particular Jeanine Just, have to say about the next 365 days.
We’re talking about potentialities here–the physics of energy. So don’t take anything as set in stone. (Though, I looked back at the suggestions for 2013, and I wish I’d taped the page to my wall to remind myself of them.)
1. First, on January 31, we’ll celebrate the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Horse, Wood Horse to be specific. This is a year of youthful vitality and freedom, a year of balanced emotions. This is a year to settle down and commit to long-term plans. It’s time to start the writing project that’s been languishing in the wishful thinking area of your brain.
2. This is a seven year. A year of intellect, with chances to wax philosophical and feel the rhythms of life. Use your time for solitary reflection, dreams, analysis, and intuition. Plan on spending more alone time this year. This will boost your creativity. When you’re with others, take advantage of the opportunity to cooperate and teach others what you know.
3. Forward is the only direction to go. There is no room for you to wiggle your way out of your destiny. Be businesslike, efficient, and prepared to take advantage of the opportunities awaiting you.
4.Let go of old ideas about things and people you know. You are likely to feel like you’re –cliche alert!– between a rock and a hard place, but everyone will be, because there will be a lot of change this year.
Be prepared for lots of misunderstandings. (You can explain yourself, but allow others to work out their own “stuff”, just as you will need to.) Don’t be surprised if you feel differently about doing things you’ve previously enjoyed that just don’t give you the same juice. You may cancel activities, but not for the reason you think, because you just don’t feel like yourself.
5. Depend on your hunches to lead you down the path of success this year. Expect synchronicity, destined connections, and many interesting, unusual experiences. Seek deeper meaning, perhaps by spending time in nature. Ask yourself what makes you come alive–then go get it! Your inspiration is at an all-time high this year. Take advantage of it.
6. It is a year for writers to write, particularly if you are sharing your wisdom about life. Do the necessary research, analysis, observation and investigation. Your creativity and inner desire to live your destiny will override your fear. Speak to people and groups about your writing, even if you aren’t published yet. People want to know about your projects. Connect with like-minded people.
7. Take care of your health. Sleep when you’re tired. Don’t work too hard. Find time for rest and relaxation. Take mini-vacations that nourish your soul. Consider meditation to open a path to the wisdom, simplicity and unlimited possibilities awaiting you in 2014.
I am energized and excited about 2014. It feels like it’s time to reap the benefits of all the hard knocks and work from last year–and the ones before! I just know good things are going to happen for me. And for my friends. Here’s to all of us having an amazing year with many wonderful dreams coming true and an order of magnitude of sharing good news unprecedented before on Writers in the Storm.
Happy New Year!
How are you feeling about the coming year? Do you have additional insights into this year? Something great to share?
A 7 year? 2014 isn’t divisible by 7. The prime factors of 2014 are 2, 19, and 53.
The Chinese don’t recognize the birth of Christ as the starting point for the year. 2014 is the Chinese year 4711.
Ah. Yes, that would make sense.
🙂 Happy New Year Misha!
True, they follow a lunar calendar. That’s why the Chinese New Year date “migrates.” But if you wish your friends a happy 4711 on January 31, you might find yourself receiving some very strange looks.
That’s for sure! 🙂
Ah, thanks for letting me explain the mathematics, Misha. You add the digits (like the divisibility rules for 3 and 9), so 2+0+1+4=7, hence a seven year.
Ah. That makes sense, too.
I have no additional insights, Fae. You gave me more than enough to digest and apply.
That said, I got a sense of Jeepers (!) [sans creepers] when I read the Year of the Wooden Horse list.
I felt as if it was tailor made for my planned adventures and accomplishments in 2014. We sold our behemoth home and move at the end of January. I’ll be free to take more of my free-to-be-me road trips — a combination of time to reflect and time to meet new people.
I passed a huge milestone in my writing, and have been toying with the idea of rewriting my MG into a series in tandem with revising the next novel in my Confidence Game series. The Year of the Wooden Horse says I should go for it.
There are others with which I connect, but I fear spreading TMI on the “…let others work out their own ‘stuff’…” front.
What a great way to begin 2014. Thank you! All the best to you. I’ll see you in So Cal soon. Seriously. [See aforementioned comment on free-to-be-me road trips. :)]
Yeah, Gloria! It’s amazing how all the things we needed to accumulate through the years can end up weighing us down. And congrats on the writing. It sounds like you’re in for a great year, right along with the rest of us. Let’s link arms and dance down that yellow brick road together!
I LOVE this post, Fae!
Excited to meet the Year of the Horse head on – especially since I have two manuscripts with horses in them. 🙂
And isn’t one of those horses a wooden horse?
Ohhhhh … right you are! 🙂
Oh yeah, this is going to be YOUR year, Orly – so get after that new book!! Don’t make me put my spurs on!
Oooooh, Orly….that gave me shivers. 🙂
Thanks for the inspiring New Year post, Fae!
Thanks for reading and commenting, Lori. This is going to be a great year for us all.
I’m a Wooden horse, so this should go doubly for me!
Happy New Year to all our followers. We wish you much writing success in 2014!
I think we need to go shopping for a wooden horse for your desk, Laura. Not like you need to be reminded of who you are.
And, yes, I can’t wait for the good news trolley to pull up here at Writers in the Storm with everyone’s success stories!
Great post. This works every year. I’ve found that we write because we can’t stop. What a great asset writing is and that we have it in our lives. Write because you love it, not with intent to gain money or fame. Happy New Year to all writers.
“Write because you love it, not with intent to gain money or fame” is indeed the through-line for this year, Michael. Thanks for putting it so succinctly. And it’s true–I’ve found that as I made the commitment to write every day, my joy in writing is so much greater.
It’s interesting to see the similarities between the Chinese and astrological predictions. For Aries, it is also about introspection after a wild first quarter. All I know is, I am ready to be published this year and start on another project.
Happy New Year!
You and me, both, Susie. I’ve got my ticket and I’m strapped in the the ride. I think the “operator’s” hand is hovering over the launch button.
Go Susie…go Susie…GO!!
Every year I say I will start meditating . . . and then don’t. Will try to incorporate in my lifestyle this year. Thanks, Fae and a happy and successful New Year to all.
Thanks for the good wishes, Deb. Eight years ago, kicking and screaming, I started a meditation practice. I am so grateful for the changes in my life as a result. I still don’t think of myself as a “meditator.”
It’s going to be a GREAT year. Happy 2014 to you and everyone who reads WITS!
You are absolutely right, Patricia! Thanks for reading–and sharing your successes during the year.
A New Year…new hope…new ideas and new novels…2014 will be great
Don’t you just love the potential of beginnings? Thanks, Jerry.
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Thanks for the blog love!
‘I just know good things are going to happen for me.’ –and with that positive mindset, things will.
Thank you for this empowering article.
Thanks for reading and commenting, Leanne. We’re all on this rocket ship together. Keep us posted on your year.
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For me, 2014 is going to be an exciting year of change. My debut book, Going Down In Flames, is coming out in April from Entangled Publishing. I started writing about 8 years ago, and there were times when I thought publication was just a pipe dream. I’m working to figure out promotion and editing and swag and all the new things that go along with being published. It’s going to be a busy/exciting year.
Congratulations, Chris. Keep us posted on all your fun!
I sure like #6! 🙂 #5 and #4 right behind it. 🙂
Oh, the statistician in me loves this response, Robyn. Makes me want to ask for everyone’s Trifecta! Thanks. (Yep, #6 is the best!)
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I’m back in the writing and editing cave. Yes, both of them. Enjoy this post from the fantastic ladies at WITS.
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