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Monday, December 30, 2013

Miss Rosie's Resolutions: In Which Our Etiquette Diva Advises Herself

Be it resolved, on this Thirtieth Day of December, Two Thousand and Thirteen, between Miss Rosie and Herself:

I. Miss Rosie shall allow herself no more than two (2) minutes per day of Dark Ruminations upon The State of Her Career, The Suspicion That She Has No Talent,  and Those Who Occupy the New York Times Bestseller List.

II. Miss Rosie shall limit her Perusals of Amazon Rankings to no more than five (5) minutes per week day.

III. Miss Rosie shall adhere to the advice of her Esteemed Agent with a Minimum of Whining.

IV. Miss Rosie shall observe strict parameters for the commencement and conclusion of Cocktail Time, which shall begin no earlier than 5:00 4:30 p.m. EST on alternate days ending in “Y,”  unless in the case of Emergencies or Other Unforeseen Circumstances (as defined by Miss Rosie.)

V. When Miss Rosie receives Effusive Praise from Gentle Readers, she will respond promptly with a Polite Missive of Thanks. However, when she is faced with Disapprobation of Her Modest Efforts in the form of One Star Reviews or Internet Snark, she shall NOT. Even if it kills her.

VI. Miss Rosie shall limit her consumption of the offerings of the Bravo Network to only one (1) program per season, unless and until Top Chef resumes, thereby rendering this resolution  Null and Void.

VII. Miss Rosie shall immediately desist from Unproductive Fantasies involving Starred Reviews in Publishers Weekly, Lifetime Movie Adaptations, and Lunches with Tim Gunn.

VIII. Miss Rosie shall daily remind herself that she is in possession of A Multitude of Blessings—including you, Gentle Readers! Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

Miss Rosie will not have access to the internet until the evening of January 1, but please do comment if you wish. You'll hear from her eventually. . .

A Jersey girl born and bred, Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. Her new series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her deep appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries, from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. Her debut novel, Murder and Marinara, released October 1. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosie also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista. She lives fifty miles from the nearest ocean  in central New Jersey, with her husband and two of her three sons.


Christine said...

I love your vows. Number one hits home. I find myself mentally chanting, "My writing does not suck. My writing does not suck." Whenever I have occasion to think otherwise.

Connie Keller said...

Excellent vows! Thanks for the smile.

Mirka Breen said...

I wish Miss Rosie much success with her worthy resolve.

Rosie said...

Christine, Doubts beset us all. Though Miss Rosie might revise your chant thus: "My writing has Great Merit. My writing has Great Merit." Repeat as necessary.

Dear Connie, You are quite welcome!(And your smile is indeed a Thing to Behold.)

Mirka, Thus far Miss Rosie has kept to all her Worthy Resolutions. However, we are barely into Day One.