I found an old journal today. I was about to go to church with my friends, Ashley and Charles, and was looking for a Bible to take with me and when I pulled one off the lower shelf of an end table I have in my bedroom, my journal fell onto the floor. I started writing in this particular journal on July 5, 2006 (My sister’s birthday!) and only wrote through about half of it. My last entry was sometime in 2008, but I’m not sure when because I didn’t date it (weird). I only know it was 2008 because the entry before that was entitled “2008 Reading List.”
So, I’m browsing through the entries and I find a list: “Things I want to Do Before I Die.”
I don’t remember writing it! And I certainly didn’t remember it when I sat down and wrote Twenty-Five. It isn’t surprising, but it is rather humorous, that several items on this list also show up on dear old Abby’s list in the book. Because after all, Abby is basically me- just a better me.
I’m going to put the list here, as a bit of a teaser, because I’ve decided I’m going to post Twenty-Five on this blog. Yes, the whole book. I’ll post one chapter every other day starting October 17th. I’ve read a lot of warnings about posting stories, books, poetry etc. on blogs because you risk someone stealing it and passing it off as their own, but I’m still going to do it. I know there’s a risk, but I’m honestly not worried about it. I want the world to read my book. I don’t know that it will ever be published. So I’m going to send it out there for free. Plus, I have all of the early drafts and the first draft is hand written, so I’m pretty sure I can prove it is my work if someone does try to steal it. I hope everyone likes it and passes it on to their friends to read!
Okay, so here’s the list I wrote back in 2006:
Things I Want to Do Before I Die:
1. Get married/ fall in love
2. Have a child
3. Visit London
4. See another Broadway Show
5. Live in New York City
6. Go on a mission trip
7. Do something completely out of character
8. Watch every Academy Award winner of Best Picture
9. Own a brand new car
10. Learn how to cook
11. Read the whole Bible
12. Get accepted to NYU
13. Take a photography class/ learn how to develop my own pictures
14. Go to the dentist*
15. Work for a non-profit organization
16. Serve on a jury
17. Befriend a stranger
18. Meet someone famous
19. Take a tour of the White House
20. Visit the Supreme Court
21. Have 15 minutes of fame
22. Go to Disneyworld
* My parents didn’t have dental insurance when we were growing up and couldn’t afford to take 4 children to the dentist, so I never went as a child. I have been now- it pays to work for an orthodontist!
For the record I have completed only 2 of these list items, #14 (as stated above) and #22 (as seen in my 5 part blog post about it). I’ve come close to #16- I had jury duty a few months back, but I didn’t get picked for the actual jury. I’ll have to work on the rest of them!
Milestone Updates: This is my 97th Post and there are 19 days left until my Blogiversary! I’ve had 5,119 views! and I just received my 500th comment a few days ago- that wasn’t on the original milestone list, but I thought it was pretty cool.
And a little thing that makes me happy: A new pair of boots, or jeans, or a new cute sweater- anything new that I can wear, really!
I don’t want to be one of those people who gives up on their hobby because they don’t have enough time for it. I really really don’t want to be that person. And I don’t want writing to be just a hobby for me. I want it to be a career and a lifestyle. But I’m torn in a thousand different directions every day and usually writing time is what I have to sacrifice because no one is depending on me to do something in the writing world. Everyone seems to need something from me in the real world. I know I should do it for me, but it’s hard when I know that if I take a half hour to write, I’ll have to ignore the 10 emails in my inbox that have already been waiting all day while I’ve been at work. And if I start to answer those emails, I have to finish, and usually one answer lends itself to more work.
I want to write!
But I feel guilty when I use my very little free time to work on my writing. And it has really put a damper on my writing life. I can’t remember the last time I actually worked on one of my stories. How does everyone out there do it? I want more than anything to just stop. Breathe. Take out a pen and my notebook. And spend hours writing. But when I have the time, I’m too exhausted. And when I have the ideas I don’t have the time. I need rejuvenation. Where does that come from? How do I get it?
I need help!
A little thing that makes me happy: Bright orange toenail polish.
Milestone Updates: This is my 95th post and there are 29 days until my blogiversary!
But I reached one of my milestones!!!
I didn’t have a chance to log on at all yesterday, which is totally weird for me, I didn’t even open up my laptop yesterday, but here it is, 10:09 PM on Monday September 13th, a whole month and 2 days before my Blogiversary and I reached 5001 views!
That’s pretty much all I have to say today. But I’m super stoked about it.
Now, if you do want to hear more from me, I’ll be posting Wednesday (9/15) on my company’s blog about the last wedding I coordinated. Check it out: www.daringdevoted.com
A little thing that makes me happy: A blank page. It’s a clean start every time, even if you are just carrying over the sentence or paragraph from the previous page.
Milestone Updates: This is my 94th post and I have 32 days until my Blogiversary!