On this committee someone is being very pleasant and cheerful, more than is required. It improves the atmosphere and I told hir so. Ze said, yes, I have decided I want a pleasant year and I refuse to let anyone or anything ruin it, so I am feeling optimistic.
Lemma for this year: the reason you should write is not to produce a product — that is a side effect — but so as to get things out of you and thus, transform yourself. Botar para fora. (I think Vargas Llosa said that, too.)