New Year. New me.
Resolutions. Not new ones.
The same ones as last year, but this time I’m going to stick to them.

Get up, get moving, shift the pounds, feel the burn.
No more lounging around the house in pyjamas.
Dress for success.

Productivity is the key.
New stationery organised.
Ready for work.
Not sure what the project is yet, but keep the energy up and it will come to me.

New lockdown.
Gym closed.
Pavements icy.
Not to worry. I can start exercise next week.

Work called.
Furloughed again, no need to get up in the morning.

New stationery sits untouched.
Another stationary year ahead.

Copyright Jan Wayne Fields

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Happy New Year everyone. Let’s hope 2021 turns out to be the year we get back to some sort of normal life. I hope everyone is safe and well.



  1. Dear Iain,

    So much for resolutions. At any rate, there’s time to write…right? Wonderfully constructed poem in any event. I hope this blight is cleared soon. Best wishes for your safety this new year.



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  2. Know the feeling. I checked back with the church where I was working about plans for the new year. they’re still closed and don’t foresee opening the childrens wing anytime soon. Meanwhile, I’m tired of sitting and waiting. Already filled out some apps. In the meantime, my desk sits unused, notebooks gathering dust… just can’t seem to find inspirations lately.

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  3. Oh I loved this! We get so caught up in the inspiration the month of January and new stationery brings, and we don’t even know what project we’re feeling so inspired to do. Clever play on the words stationery and stationary, too. SO much movement and then – nada!

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  4. Oh Iain! You see straight through me, I’m afraid, although thanks to covid, I didn’t get new pens etc but I did buy some new notebooks to do extensive journal writing which is mostly going well, and the extra writing is also stewing the juices which is great.
    However, there’s one area where I’ve already had a major fail. I lost my new week to a page appointment book. I am rather dependent on this not only for organizing myself but the entire family. Searching for this, has both lead to additional sorting and throwing out as well as increased paper work sprawl. It looks like having too many places for it has created confusion and delay.
    Hope things pick up for you over there re covid. It’s a dreadful business.
    Best wishes,

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    • Thanks Rowena! I’m sure you are not the only one who can relate. At least your search has meant everything else has had a good sort – even if it led to extra work! Hope you are safe and well and this year will be a good one for you.

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      • I wish you and yours a Happy, safe and covid free New Year. History tells us this will pass, but it doesn’t tell us when.
        Best wishes,

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  5. Get up … Get dressed … all should be well. NOT …. isolation feels like a good excuse for p j’s all day.
    Actually, as of 2021, I decided to rise with a positive attitude and getting dressed does seem to help.
    Happy New Year 2021 to you, Iain. Be Safe 😷
    Isadora 😎

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  6. I really enjoyed this one and it was a very clever use of the prompt!! I know there’s hope on the horizon, but it doesn’t mean it’ll all be over soon. But, I have to say, it’s going to take some getting used to to dress up again or at least to get out of my comfy pyjamas. Take care!

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  7. The weather is certainly not conducive to the daily exercise I took in Lockdowns 1 & 2. And I still think to myself, StationEry as in papEr, stationAry as in cAr.!

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