I applaud your twist on the resolution list (poetically, of course), turning it upside down and inside out, keeping things carefree and simple. If I didn’t know you better, I’d say you were feeling a little overwhelmed, over-committed, and over-stretched. Not the best way to start a new year. Don’t worry, I’ve got just the thing for when you’re feeling that way.
No, not that.
Not that, either.
Now, if you don’t mind, I would like to offer an addition to the Un-Resolution List based on some advice that we’ve given each other over the past year, advice that is always handy when you’re feeling blue or a bit weary or even a tad confused:
When in doubt, dance it out.
Yes, another rhyme, but it’s a catchy one, don’t you think? Dancing clears the mind, stirs the soul, and gets the writing mojo flowing, especially when your resident genius is preoccupied in the depths of your disguise closet. Might I also suggest that you place a lock on the closet this year? It would certainly cut down on your dry cleaning bill, not to mention all of the work you would be able to accomplish with the genius more focused on the writing instead of finding weird disguise combinations. Case in point:
Meanwhile, in a writing cave far, far away…
As for the dream you had the other night, you’re right, I have no idea what it’s supposed to mean or if Martin Freeman really does possess the skills necessary to be a handyman/office assistant/teacher at your work. I’ll take your word for it when you say he looks adorable when laying down for nap time. I can, however, verify that he is a joy to work with as you discovered in your dream. I also think it’s safe to say that the chocolate consumption, cozy spot by the fireplace, and the YA novel you were reading before going to bed are all to blame for the bizarre inner workings of your subconscious. Obviously.
Oh, did you want me to keep your dream a secret from Martin? Sorry, my bad…
Dreams are important, though, especially the ones that we hold for our individual and collective futures. I, myself, still hold on to the dream that I’ll discover the writing cave right around the time you finish your novel. If I’m lucky, maybe I’ll discover it just as you’re starting the revision process so I can assist you with the rewrites. It has been far too long since I sent you some creative dialogue for use in your story.
(Did you notice how my dream – finding the writing cave to help with the revisions – beautifully complements your dream of finishing a manuscript? I know, weird coincidences like that keep happening.)
Since I’m on a bit of a poetry run today, I’ll leave you with a favorite to enjoy:
*Editor’s note: The views, ideas, and opinions expressed in the Letters from Benedict series are works of fiction and obviously did not come from the actor himself. This series is just my way of expressing adoration for Mr. Cumberbatch and his work and is not intended to be seen or read as a true collaborative writing endeavor with him.