New Year’s Writing Goals


As the old year winds down and the new year approaches, I thought I’d write down a few of my goals for 2014.  As I’ve mentioned elswhere, I’m beginning a new job on the first of February.  The job itself is only .6, but I know it will occupy more of my time than that.  As a result, I need to lay out some plans for what I want to write about.

1.) Common Eating

This was one of the main reasons I got into writing about food in the first place.  I want to create a course around food that will be useful to those in ministry.  In particular I want the course to focus on the act of eating together.  I laid out a basic framework for the course, and in the new year, I hope to flesh it out more, starting with a bibliiography.  The complete posts are under the Common Eating heading on the blog home page.

2.) Eating Together

As I want to focus on eating together, it seems I should do more of it.  Whether this be dinner parties, supper clubs, potlucks, I plan to do more eating with other people during the year.  These won’t all turn into blog posts.  I prefer not to focus too much on individuals around the table.  Yet, I hope to be able to learn more about the dynamics of gathering around food.

Vegetables all chopped up for the pork stew.

Despite the picture, I’m not particularly resolved to eat more vegetables in the new year.

3.) Restaurant Reviews:

I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do more of these than I have been, but I would like to set a goal of a review a week on average.  So, I may do three in a week, but none for the next three weeks.

4.) Book Reviews:

I’ve been doing a lot more reading in the last few months.  As I’m working on a bibliography for the course mentioned above, I want to continue to be able to add to it over time.  I’m always open to suggestions about food books to read.  I especially like recommendations of books that look at the deeper meanings of food and eating together.

New Year’s Goals not Resolutions

You’ll notice that these aren’t made as New Year’s resolutions.  These are just broad goals that I hope to meet during the coming year.

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