I urge you to consider adopting a few writing-related resolutions this year. Why not make a promise to read more short stories, which is the key to improving your own stories? Or how about making a resolution to spend a little time every week or two weeks sending stories out to magazines?
Writers are often given a label, along with other artists, of being loosey-goosey. That is to say, we are seen as out in a dreamworld somewhere, not held to the ordinary constraints of address books, spreadsheets, or calendars. It seems like the muse calls us at random times and we are its helpless victims. Personally, I don't think that label is completely true. I believe in the old adage that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. In order to write well, we must work hard, and plan ahead to get that time to work. Writing takes craft and labor much more than it takes flashes from the blue.
So this year, plan ahead! Take care of your writing life by resolving to set aside a little time for it. Read, write, and read again. Edit and rework your stories. Have a terrific 2009. May you find joy in the books you read, and joy in the stories you write.