Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bucket Lists and Resolutions

Happy New Year!
I hope that there is no crazy algorithm in the Universe that causes the “bucket” to get closer as I tick off my Bucket List items, because in 2014 I will tick off two biggies. In celebration of our 10th wedding anniversary and my husband’s “significant” birthday, we are taking a Mediterranean cruise in June! Another bucket list item, a big one for me, is that I will sing a few solo lines on stage at the Midland Center for the Arts. I have been cast as the Hair Hag in Les Miserables. So much to look forward to in the coming year!
As is custom, I have also made some New Year resolutions. I generally like to keep this list short and attainable perhaps due to my training as an educator to create SMART goals that are measurable—oh no, I sound like my old teacher self!  Back to my goals, here they are for your perusal:

1.      Self-publish my mystery, The Cavanaugh House. While I have begun revisions on my first draft, I find the road to self-publication pretty intimidating. It’s a great challenge for me and I hope my fight or flight response won’t kick in since I usually choose flight.

2.      Learn how to market my books. I like to write; I know little about marketing. In the brave new world of publishing, however, the onus of marketing falls on the shoulders of the author. There are many wonderful resources out there that I plan to investigate as I add marketing to my skill set.

3.      Publish my first non-fiction book. I have an idea that my Divine Attendant Muse (aka my DAM Muse) Boris keeps poking into my brain during my meditation time. I love the idea, and as I progress with it, I’ll keep you posted.

4.      Publish some of my poetry. I have the honor of being in a wonderful poet’s circle. These friends have been encouraging, honest in their critiques, and inspiring. Many of them are published and I hope to join their ranks this year.

5.      Eat more chocolate. I don’t know how to measure this goal. Perhaps instead of focusing on “measurable” with this one I will concentrate on “attainable”.

I also plan to add to my Bucket List thereby holding off any possibility of that crazy algorithm. Let’s see, what shall I add? I would like to visit Boston to research my third book in my Love’s Destiny series. I would like to cash the $1 million dollar check I wrote to myself on Oct. 22, 2011 when I began my writing career in earnest. I would like to spend one month in Ireland living among locals. I would like to go to Atlantis in the Bahamas. I would like to have all our children and grandchildren with us on vacation in Orlando. Dreaming is so fun. I hope all of your dreams come true in 2014.

What’s on your Bucket List?


  1. I never have done a bucket list, hoping that I will achieve immortality with all of the medical/genetic advances of the coming years (can you tell I write sci-fi?). lol I wish you much success with The Cavanaugh House. You will succeed as a "hybrid" author and get that wonderful baby self-pubbed! Happy New Year! :)

    1. You are eternally delightful, Deborah :-) thanks for the encouraging words. I continue to look to you for inspiration and will do so with my self-pub venture. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Great bucket list Elizabeth. I don't have a bucket list either, but I am looking forward to a cruise around New Zealand in three months time and the NZ Romance Writers Conference in August.

    Wishing you all the best with The Cavanaugh House. I understand your fears. I have the same bubbling about in my brain!

  3. A visit to New Zealand is also a bucket list item for my husband and me. Many friends have visited and rave about its beauty! Have a wonderful cruise and a great conference. If I cash that million dollar check in time I'll buy you dinner at the conference lol. Thanks for stopping by, Rowena

  4. Great to get a glimpse into your world. I'm so glad to have made our acquaintance and I look forward to having you on our Write your Story panel on February 1st. in downtown Ortonville. You can see more about it thru this link. Have a wonderful day and stay warm and safe! xoxo Pam

  5. Pam, I am looking forward to working with you. Your energy and enthusiasm are contagious!