Updated Bucket List for What's Up Wednesday
It’s past time to revisit my Bucket List and one thing is glaringly obvious. I’m better at hitting professional goals than personal ones. I still can’t do the splits and my walls remain an unobtrusive off-white. I didn’t go topless on St. Maarten or have a lobster dinner in Maine. But I did lose 30 pounds, take ballroom dancing lessons and say yes to something I normally wouldn’t, so the list wasn’t a total loss.
Here are my new targets. I’ll work to hit them all by the end of next May.
- 1. Lose 70 pounds. I lost 30 last year, but since then, 13 have crept back on. At the risk of sharing TMI, my weight has been a life-long struggle for me. I was the little fat girl in the kindergarten picture, taking up two spaces to my classmates’ one. But if I’m determined, I can don’t have to continue to occupy too much real estate.
- 2. Learn to do the hula. The DH and I are already booked on a Hawaiian cruise for next May. I think this will be easier than the splits. And certainly more fun!
- 3. Play the piano at least once a week. It’s so easy to get caught up in writing, my piano molders in the corner. My fingers need a chance to do something creative that involves a different sort of keyboard than the one on my computer.
- 4. Hit the treadmill 5 times a week. I’ve discovered I can balance either my Kindle or my little computer on the handles, so I can read or edit while I walk. This should be a no-brainer if I can only summon the gumption to do it!
- 5. Discover a new favorite author. That’s not to say I don’t love the ones who are auto-buys for me now. I simply need to read for pleasure more. So often, I read to analyze another author’s style instead of losing myself in a well-told story. I may be a writer, but I was a reader first.
- 6. Walk the Freedom Trail. It’s so close, it’s a shame I’ve lived in Boston for 4 years without doing it already!
- 7. Make a new friend or strengthen an existing friendship. A writer’s life is by definition a solitary one. It’s easy to kick back with the repertory company in my head for companionship. While this leaves me solidly in my comfort zone, life is meant to be lived in community.
- 1. Attend the NECRWA meetings each month. It’s easy to let other things get in the way of those Sunday afternoons. Unless I’m ill, I need to be there to support my fellow writers.
- 2. Reissue my backlist as ebooks. My agent negotiated for rights to the titles published under Diana Groe to be returned to me. I plan to update and revise these award winning stories and bring MAIDENSONG, ERINSONG and SILK DREAMS to readers as soon as possible.
- 3. Offer the novella I started on my website last year to my newsletter subscribers as a free ebook. Many of you have written to ask whatever happened to A DUKE FOR ALL SEASONS. I did finish it! Be sure you’re on my newsletter list because once the story is available, it will be a freebie for a short time only and I don’t want you to miss out.
- 4. Organize a blog tour for all my new releases. I’m off to a running start on this one. My blog tour for IMPROPER GENTLEMEN begins July 26th! Check my Events page for the latest.
- 5. Attend at least one regional writer’s conference. Don’t get me wrong. I love the Romantic Times Convention and the energy of RWA Nationals is undeniable, but there’s something intimately cozy about a regional conference.
- 6. Enter my books in published contests. Ah, yes. Just as contests help aspiring writers attract notice and garner offers of representation and publication, contests also help published authors find more readers.
- 7. Write the best book I can every single time. This will be a difficult goal to measure because theoretically, my writing skills should improve with each manuscript, so the bar will be set ever higher. Plus an author is not the best judge of her own work. I’m routinely convinced that what I’ve sent off to my agent or editor is crap. No one is more surprised than me when someone is moved to laughter or tears by what I’ve written. But I think it’s important to have this goal on the list. I need to stretch myself, to work harder, to leave it all on the page every single time.
Now it’s your turn. If you don’t want to share your entire bucket list, how about at least one personal and one professional goal?