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Once again, I’ve been a bit neglectful to my Dd postings. We’re already mid way through January and I have yet to post 2012 content. So here I am, on a post-Nutcracker Sunday morning … enjoying a cup of tea and reading the New York Times. Sigh, it feels great to NOT have to wake up at 8am, rush off to Penn Station to catch the LIRR train to Huntington, and spend my Sundays Nutcracker-ing.

But a new year means new endeavors, new commitments, and new schedules – at least for the life of the freelancer. I contemplated New Year’s Resolutions, but decided that this year I would try a different approach and forego setting any definitive goals for myself. Considering my A-Type personality traits and perfectionism, this may come as a shock to many of you. But, like I said, new year new endeavors.

In the spirit of being open to all things in 2012, I decided to curate a New Year’s Resolution from someone else. A colleague of mine recommended a blog called Brain Pickings. The site is moderated and mostly written by Maria Popova, a “cultural curator and curious mind at large.” Additionally, she is a writer and contributes to publications such as Wired UK, The Atlantic, and others. Her site is quirky and informative – full of interesting tid bits about culture, art, writing, literature, and most of all creative inspiration. I feel as if her mission compliments that of Dd’s. I subscribe to the site and, this morning, received a newsletter with a link to one of her recent posts, “New Year’s Resolution Reading List: 9 Books on Reading and Writing.” Maria describes the list as “a collection of timeless texts bound to radically improve your relationship with the written word, from whichever side of the equation you approach it.”

Clearly, this posting is relevant to me because I aspire to transition from the stage to a career in journalism in the near future. I’ve already begun to compile a wishlist, including Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Stephen Kind’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (which I have wanted to read for quite some time), and Ray Bradbury’s (he also wrote Fahrenheit 451Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You … actually, I want to read all 9 of them, but there are only so many hours in the day.

At Dd, we are all about sharing resources and encouraging each others to find their individual artistic voices, which is why I wanted to share this amalgamation of books. Additionally, I have a big birthday coming up next month … and in case anyone was debating on what to get me (wink wink).

Happy reading in 2012!

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.