Bucket List Progress

My Bucket ListI’m basking in the glow of accomplishment, happy to report that I can tick a couple more items off my 9 Month Bucket List. Good thing, too. My deadline for completion on these goals is April 26th–Touch of a Thief’s release day.

I’ve finished writing A Duke for All Seasons, the online novella (#2 on the list) I began on my EmilyBryan website in January 2010. For 8 months last year, I posted a new chapter each month, but then when a flurry of contracts came in, I was snowed under by other writing requirements. However, I didn’t forget about Sebastian and Bella and their tumultuous love story and had to see how it ended. Now we’re working on the best way to give it to you in complete form instead of piecemeal. Stay tuned for future developments!

Then as I was looking at the list, I realized I’ve also completed #6 on the Professional list–Meet my contractual deadlines. Though I still have some manuscripts to complete for later in the year, everything due to my publishers by April 26th has already been turned in.

I can also report progress on #4 Organize a blog tour. I’m not planning a 50 day/50 blog marathon, but I’ve set up several visits to some terrific blogs for April and May. Check out the current schedule on my Events page. More will be added in the days to come. Hope you’ll plan to join me.

As usual, my Bucket List accomplishments are heavy on the professional side. I need to focus on the personal list over the next few weeks.

How are you doing on your bucket list? Do  you even have one? If not, why not? One of the main reasons we don’t hit our goals is that we refuse to take aim. Take a chance. Set a goal, write it down and see what happens.

10 thoughts on “Bucket List Progress

  1. Marcy W says:

    Very exciting that you’ve actually chosen a paint color!! That rings my bell more than the professional stuff, ’cause I always knew those would get done! :-) As to the surreptitiously healthy meal, may I meekly suggest you consider carefully just what ‘healthy’ means?! Low/no salt is not necessarily on that list for me. Several decades ago, there was a popular cookbook, the title of which I cannot recall, but it was something like ‘sneaky cook’. — Do you have a windowsill with good light, so you can grow a few fresh herbs? Using fresh basil, parsley, chives, etc. can often mask the lack of salt. — Enough for now … good luck, and keep up the good work!

  2. Barbara Britton says:

    You are an inspiration, Mia. I don’t have a bucket list myself–But I have seen the movie and cried. Last year, I did do a business plan for my writing that has kept me racking up word count.
    It would be fun to add some exciting things to a list!

  3. Sheila says:

    I’ve never thought to sit down and write up a bucket list. I think that right now I am happier than I’ve ever been and have done things I never thought I’d do. A friend retired about 16 months ago (I’m still working full time) and had bought a book on retirement. One of the chapters was about discovering and following your passion. She asked me what her passion was. That brought me up short because I figured everyone knows what their passion is. I thought about it and realized my passion is books–reading, learning about them, taking up challenges, talking about boos. When my local book store was open I would go to author discussions and signings. I met some fantastic authors. I miss that. I’ll have to give some thought to a bucket list.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My DH has the same problem with retirement as your friend. He’d like to retire someday, but he doesn’t know what he’ll do with himself when he does. All he knows is yard work does not a hobby make.

      Let me know if you write down a bucket list. I find it really helps me.

  4. Congrats, Mia. It’s amazing that you’re marking all of these things off your bucket list.

    I can’t believe all that time has already passed.

    I’m making headway on a few of my goals.I’m behind on my word count goal for the year, but what I have produced is good so I’m happy with that. I can still hit my goal for the year.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Good for you, Saranna. I’ve always been in favor of quality vs quantity.

      On the subject of word count, either daily or weekly–I tend to be kind to myself if I’m temporarily out of sync. If I’ve stalled, there’s a reason. Usually, my story has taken a wrong turn and it’s time to back up the truck and dig deeper into my characters. The answer is inside them, but they may try to hide it for a while.

  5. Congratulations, Mia! You’re getting really close–I think you’ll make it! Next time you’re at Home Depot, pick up a few paint cards. :) I’d be interested in recipes for healthy-food-the-DH-can’t-tell-is-healthy, if you’ve collected a few.

    I don’t have a bucket list, but I do have a planner that I use as a subsidiary brain. So I guess that’s a way to track smaller goals constantly. I do like the idea of making a more ambitious bucket list, though–you’re right, stating a goal makes it easier to aim for it and reach it.

    1. Mia says:

      I actually have a color sort of picked out, Theresa. It’s called Revere Pewter and is sort of a grayish green, which sounds horrible, but is very subtle and I think it will work. Now I only have to get up the courage to put it on a brush.

      Still no joy on the healthy recipe front. He can always tell. Think it’s the lack of salt.

      The value of writing down big goals is that it gets your subconscious working on it. Sort of like the back burner of the brain is slow-cooking while the front burner is taking care of the immediate details.

  6. Penelope says:

    Way to go with your bucket list, Mia! I cannot wait to read Touch Of A Thief. I did one thing on my bucket list on St. Valentine’s Day…I went to the Westminster Dog Show in NYC with my daugther, Natalie. It was a hoot!

    Good with blog tour and everything!


    1. Mia says:

      I’m so jealous! I love the Westminster, especially the toy group. Such little darlings.

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