MIRA Editors Talk New Year’s Resolutions
by Michelle Vendetti, Editorial Assistant
Well, we’re officially one month into 2013…right around the time when most of us are either feeling pretty positive about our New Year’s resolutions or ready to toss them out the window entirely. We asked a few of the MIRA editors to weigh in on how they were managing with their resolutions so far…
Kate Studer, Editorial Assistant: I’ve been trying to focus on the big picture more and not let little details get in the way. Returning to work after maternity leave has put me in a position where I suddenly have a busier-than-ever schedule and I can’t afford to sweat the small stuff.
One month in, I don’t think I’ve even had time to sweat the small stuff! But it’s been going well. I’m staying focused on what matters most each and every day (which sometimes changes day to day!)and the little things that used to bother me (“Why are there dirty socks on stairs?”) aren’t allowed more than a fleeting thought. I think my days would be a lot more stressful if I wasn’t making more of an effort to let the little things go.
Paula Eykelhof, Executive Editor: My first resolution is to make some resolutions–haven’t actually done that yet. Although I have vague ideas and even vaguer plans and some really nice little notebooks to write them in…once they’re formulated. One for sure will be my usual: De-cluttering. At home, at work. Just need to get some specifics down. Can’t do it today, though. Have to get back to the terrific new Brenda Novak book I’m editing…
Erika Imranyi, Senior Editor: Everyone knows that editors are married to their jobs, so my resolution this year is to find better work-life balance, so I can spend more time with my real husband, and maybe work on those other resolutions like using my gym membership and cooking at home more. Have I stuck to it? If only there were as many hours in the day as there are pages in a manuscript…
Michelle Venditti, Editorial Assistant: I only made one resolution this year (it just seemed more achievable to dream small this time around). So for 2013, I’ve resolved, if you can believe it, to read more. The caveat? I need to read more for pleasure. When you work in editorial, you spend a solid amount of every workday reading and editing manuscripts. By the time you get home, the idea of “relaxing” with a good book can feel dangerously close to working. But I’ve found that once I push past my initial desire to veg in front of the TV all night, the pure joy of getting lost in a tension-filled, page-turner of a novel is one of the best ways to spend an evening.
How am I doing so far? Well, I’m about to start my third “pleasure read” of the year, and it’s still January! So I’d say so far, so good.
What are your resolutions for 2013, and have you stuck with them so far?