The Thing That Went Horribly, Terribly Wrong This Year

Hey, it's not New Year's yet. You don't have to make all those resolutions and think about all the many ways you could be better—not yet, anyway. For now, consider taking a moment to be grateful. Grateful for all the things that went awry. I know how that sounds, and like so many nourishing things (lifting weights, eating kale, everything you plan to resolve to do) it's easier said than done. But just think—whatever that failure was, it's behind you now. You've learned something. Or you haven't yet, but will.

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The Multi-Media Holiday Spectacular Next Door

There is always that house. The house with the ambitious people who have already put up their holiday lights, but not in a, "So, there!" way; more in a, "Here is something fun for you all to enjoy" way. (In my neighborhood, it's this one.) What fun, to have a new amusement park in town every holiday season! And I don't even have to do a thing.

The End of Daylight Saving Time

The first Sunday in November makes the end of Daylight Saving Time. Fall back! I know, you're not exactly thrilled that it will soon be pitch-black outside by the time you leave work. But think of the morning. Channel your inner Benjamin Franklin and be early to bed, early to rise and enjoy that brighter morning. Or at the very least acknowledge that a bit more light makes chilly, busy, hustling-to-get-everyone-ready-and-out-the-door mornings that much cheerier.

The Chance to Be Unabashedly Creative

You know you've thought about writing a novel. You know that you believe everyone has a story to tell. So, what are you waiting for? November happens to be National Novel Writing Month. You join through the site (it's free), and receive prompts and encouragement all month. You don't have time to be blocked or even picky, because it all happens in 30 days. I've known so many people who have taken the challenge and through their mumbled insistence that they aren't writers manage to write a novel. Hello, holiday-table conversation topic!

Amy Shearn is the author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn: A Novel.

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