Welcome to this week’s Marketing for Romance Writers (#MFRW) 52-week blog challenge. Initially, I thought this week’s topic, 5 Things on my BUCKET LIST, would be easy. I jotted down a few ideas week’s ago. I thought I had this blog post in the bag, or should I say, the bucket. But after reviewing my tentative list, I realized these didn’t really fit on a “bucket list”.
I Have an Easy Button
As I’ve told my family time and time again, it’s easy to make me happy. When I looked at what I listed, I realized most of these weren’t what people would put on a “bucket list”. These they were dreams, goals, or something that is probably easily obtained by most—but apparently, not me.
Oh The Places I Might Go
What I didn’t add to my list are the beautiful places that I hope to visit one day. A list of places I dream of visiting one day such as Ireland, Italy, a cross-country road trip to see all of the beautiful USA. I have the desire to see more of this beautiful world, but what tempers that a little is the whole traveling part. If you read my prior post about how I’m on the fast track for hermit-dom you might understand. So sure, the big, beautiful world is on my bucket list. Once a teleport machine is invented.
Publish All The Stories
As an author, the one thing that is forefront in my mind is getting all of my drafts published. Or as I like to call it, sending my babies out in the world. Since I tend to write a sloppy first draft, there is much editing involved. And since I tend to be easily distracted, I tend to jump from story to story. Therefore, I have a full first draft (in need of much editing) of four full-length novels, plus the hot mess that I just finished with #NaNoWri. This doesn’t include multiple other stories that are started, or jotted down as ideas clamoring for me to begin.I fear as I'm gasping for my last breath I’ll clutch the hubs sleeve to whisper, “The #stories. Must finish the stories.” #MFRW Click To Tweet
All Writing All The Time
If I were to achieve this then perhaps I could complete the prior item on my bucket list, which is to “publish all the stories.” I often dream of the day when the only thing filling my very cluttered mind is my stories and that I could truly devote most of my energy to my creative writing. I’m sure my vision of this endeavor may not quite match the glamor of it in my mind, but it would certainly be better than haunting my friends and family muttering about unfinished stories.
My fellow writers might understand the delicious torment of the characters. Their relentless need to find release from my mind on the page is the only thing that gives me peace. Otherwise, it’s getting mighty crowded in there.
A Jammie Day
Here is the one that might be easier to accomplish than finishing all my drafts, and writing full time. I’ve never had what I consider a “jammie day”. I hear others speak of magical days in which they intentionally spend the entire day in their
pajamas relaxing and I’m filled with envy. What has become of their “to-do” list?! The only times I’ve spent all day in pajamas were days I prefer not to repeat because I’m usually pretty ill.
I know you might wonder what the big deal is and why don’t I just take my jammie day. Sounds easy, right? It’s not, at least not for me, because I’ve tried.
The concept is wearing jammies means that I would do nothing all day. Except maybe up the ante and watch mindless, awesome television or movies for the entire day. Gasp! I’ve tried rebelling and leaving on my jammies and then…
- I realize I have somewhere to go. I just can’t be one of those people out and about in their pajamas.
- Or I fear someone might stop over
- Or the guilt overtakes me that I’ve not crossed anything off my endless to do list.
So the closest I’ve gotten is the days I work at home and throw on comfortable clothes and look like a homeless person.
Only Four—For the Bucket List
I said I was easy, right? Hence why I only have four things I can think of for my list, although a few could count as more than one thing. Don’t forget to follow the blog hop and read the other author’s real bucket lists and not just my hodgepodge musings.
What’s On Your Bucket List?
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