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Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Bucket List

I sat home last night while Leo took the twins to my in-laws and then went to Nico's away game. Gia is still not 100% and hasn't been napping that great so she went to bed early. The Bucket List was on and it got me thinking of my own.

1. Publish one of my children's books.
2. Publish one of my novels (maybe this one should be finish editing them so I can submit them).
3. Go to an all-inclusive resort.
4. Learn to speak Italian.
5. Go to Italy.
6. Find out all about my ancestry.
7. Buy my dream house.
8. Make a lot of money doing something I love.
9. Do a mural for someone besides myself and get paid. (See below. I don't know if there are any copyright issues but I didn't make any money off of either of them. One was for Isabella and one for Tommy.)
10. Truly forgive someone that has hurt me.
11. Seek out and find someone from my past and tell them how much they meant to me.
12. Memorize and make my Mom's gravy and homemade raviolis.
13. Learn to be organized.
14. Go back to school to be a family and children's counselor.
15. Go back to Hawaii but this time with my family.
16. Attend a writer's conference to see if I have what it takes.

I'd be interested to hear what is on others' lists.


4 Comments:

At May 15, 2011 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

Italy! Loved it! If I could go back, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

On #16 from your list: Going to a writer's workshop or conference shouldn't determine whether you have what it takes. Writer's workshops are tough on a person's ego and no one comes out unscathed. The publishing industry is brutal and you have to have VERY thick skin to survive it. So your success will hinge on your strength and ability to keep at it - keep learning, improving and honing your skills. If I know anyone that has the strength to survive and succeed against adversity, it's you. Soldier on. ;)

 
At May 15, 2011 at 7:12 PM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

I think we should do a girls trip to Italy although I have heard it is a very romantic place to go.

As for the writing conference, you are right that I shouldn't let it determine if I have what it takes but it sure would be nice to hear that what I have written is good from someone besides friends and family. A little encouragement to keep me going when I want to hang it all up. My goal for the summer is to get 10 rejection letters. I am not being pessimistic...just realistic. I can't get anything published if I have never been rejected, right? At least that will mean that I have submitted something.

Thanks for the comment about strength. I'll have to remember that when I get that first rejection (or the 11th).

 
At May 16, 2011 at 6:14 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

Indeed, a rejection letter (or letters) is like a rite of passage for a writer. ;)

But before sending out those query letters, you might want to look into the Romance Writers of America (RWA). They are constantly holding workshops, offer the opportunity to rub shoulders and learn from published authors, and you might just meet your critique partner. A good critique partner is invaluable.

Here's a link to the RWA site:
http://www.rwa.org/
And the link to a Chicago chapter:
http://chicagonorthrwa.org/

Happy writing! :)

 
At May 16, 2011 at 8:08 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

Thanks, my friend! I will head there now. :)

 

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