Happy New Year sign


by Kassandra Lamb on behalf of the whole gang!

Happy New Year sign

(image by Nevit Dilmen, CC-BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

When my son was in his early teens (circa 1993), he and his friends would greet each other with this 4-letter utterance: “Word!” It stood for “What’s the word?” or What’s happening?”

There seems to be a growing trend this year to substitute a single word for New Year’s resolutions. This struck our fancy here at misterio press. So here are our Words (sometimes we’ve cheated a tiny bit with two words) for 2015!

K.B. OwenFirst up, K.B. Owen:

My word for 2015: EMBRACE.

EMBRACE the satisfaction of the little accomplishments, such as resolving that plot twist that’s been plaguing my story.
EMBRACE hard work, because that either serves others or gets me to my own goals.
EMBRACE experimentation and risk, for that is how I grow.
EMBRACE setbacks and failures, so that I can learn from them.
EMBRACE quietness, always a challenge for me and my busy mind.
EMBRACE joy, for there are problems enough in this troubled world.
EMBRACE gratitude, for I am very blessed, even when I’m not mindful of it.
EMBRACE friendship, for we are all in this crazy life together!

Following up on the Embrace theme is Vinnie Hansen:

Vinnie HansenFor my word, I’m going with “Ridiculous” or “Embrace ridiculousness.”

The thought that I will appear ridiculous impedes my risk taking. I should ask, “So what?”

Most people delight in the ridiculous, especially if the person being ridiculous embraces it unabashedly.


On first blush, Shannon Esposito’s word(s) may seem the exact opposite of Embrace, but not really:

shannonportraitMy phrase is LET GO… of goals and plans, and instead enjoy every day as it unfolds.

This may seem counterproductive but I’ve spent my whole life believing I’ll be happy as soon as I reach (insert any personal or professional goal). But I move on to the next goal, without stopping to appreciate where I am or the journey it took to get there.

LET GO of wishing things were different and just deal with things as they are.
LET GO of physical things and unclutter my life.
LET GO of being a perfectionist and allow myself to be messy, wrong and a risk-taker.
And finally LET GO of worry. It has not served me and is getting a 2015 eviction notice!

And now my word: CHOICE.

Before I retired and got into this writing stuff, I was really good at asking myself what I WANTED to do on my days off. I savored the ability to choose amongst the many tasks/activities I could be doing. “What do I want to do now?” was something I asked myself off and on throughout my non-working days.

When I first retired, I reveled in the ability to make those choices every day. But once I got serious about my writing somehow I lost that habit of stopping to choose what I want to do next. And along with that lost habit, I have lost some of my joy in living. So I’m going to focus in 2015 on remembering to make choices again.

Each day I will ask myself “What do I want to do today?” I’m pretty sure most days the answer will be “Write!” But I’m going to get back in the habit of making the Choice.

Kirsten Weiss


And now on behalf of our 5th author, Kirsten Weiss, who is traveling in developing nations at the moment, doing her “day job” (with sketchy internet service), we will pick a temporary word: SAFE.

Safe travels, Kirsten! We miss you!

How about you? What’s your Word(s) for 2015?

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  • Reply
    K.B. Owen
    January 6, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I love everyone else’s words, too! And Kirsten, stay safe and healthy, hon.

  • Reply
    shannon esposito
    January 6, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Great words, everyone! I also love the word “tribe” and am glad we are all in this crazy writing thang together. Kirsten… hope your enjoying your new year and yes, staying safe.

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    January 6, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I love everybody’s words! So many good thoughts to start the year off right. And, Shannon, that line: “worry is getting a 2015 eviction notice.” Love it!!

  • Reply
    Jennifer Jensen (@jenjensen2)
    January 6, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Awesome words, Mysterio writers! May you have many wonderful days *embracing* them, and taking some time each month to re-read and re-commit! I’m doing the same with my “take joy,” but I have to make sure it stays in the front of my mind. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jami Gold
    January 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Love those words! Great choices, everyone! 🙂

  • Reply
    Vinnie Hansen
    January 6, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    And we’re off . . . I’m sticking out my tongue at all of you right now. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    January 6, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    LOL, Vinnie!

    Glad you like our words, Jami and Jen. Good point about having to remember them as the year progresses. I may print mine out in 40-something font and tape it to my monitor.

  • Reply
    January 7, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Great idea! My word for 2015. Fearless.

    May 2015 be a great year for all of you all!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      January 7, 2015 at 12:58 am

      That is an excellent word, Jennette. May you have a fearless 2015!

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    Shan Jeniah Burton
    January 7, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Love the words, AND the explanations!

    My word is ‘explore’. I’ll b expanding upon it a bit later this month, after some pondering.

    Here’s to all of you, and 2015 too!

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      January 8, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Oh, that word is so you, Shan! Can’t wait for the expansion. Happy New Year!!

  • Reply
    Karen McFarland
    January 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Hi y’all! Great words that seem to fit each of you perfectly. My word for the year? Hmm. Persistence. Yep, I think that’s the one. I can see that everyone is getting a wonderful start to the new year. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      January 8, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      I can definitely see why you might pick that word, Karen. here’s to persistently pursuing our dreams in 2015! *raises glass of virtual bubbly*

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