About five years ago, I did a “meme” over on my LiveJournal account. This was before Twitter and Facebook. Back then LJ was the cool place to blog and hang out. Anyway, the meme was to come up with the top 100 things you wanted to do before departing this plane of existence.
I attended a funeral yesterday, hence my absence. A close friend lost his mother. Charlie Lu was just shy of being 90. She lived a full and varied life, sharing 68 years of it with the love of her life, Roscoe. As it was out of town, I had time to reflect on the drive home and I remembered the Bucket List I’d once done. I went back (yes, I STILL have my LJ account) and I found it. Over the next ten Fridays, I’ll be sharing my list with you, for what it’s worth, ten items at a time. From my LJ post:
Caution. Meme-age ahead. From the ridiculous to the sublime, I present The List(tm). This was a tough one. I’ve led…if not exactly a charmed life, at least an interesting one. I’ve done amazing things, seen incredible sights, and lived to tell the tale. I’ve met famous people…and plain people with stories worth hearing. And actually? If I died without accomplishing any of the things on this list, while I might be wistful, I would be content with my life. I suppose when push comes to shove, that says a lot, doesn’t it?
1. Visit Ireland.
2. And Wales.
3. And Scotland.
4. And look for the Loch Ness Monster while I’m there. (My concrete Nessie in the front garden doesn’t count. 😦 )
5. Attend the Edinburgh Tattoo. No. It has nothing to do with needles and ink and everything to do with massed pipes and drums.
6. See the Snowy River and mountains in Australia (and Ayers Rock, too, I suppose).
7. See New Zealand – all of it.
Have one (or more) of my novels published.
Sell a book to be published.
Attend The Only’s wedding and be a grandmother. (Should that be two items?)
10. Cruise up the west coast to Alaska and take the train back across Canada.
Cruise period. (We took a Caribbean cruise a couple of years ago.)
See? I got to mark some off since I originally wrote this. What about y’all? What’s the number one thing on your bucket list? I’m off this weekend for a writing mini-conference with the very talented and interesting William Bernhardt. He’s teaching his short course on writing and then will meet with each participant individually to go over pages. He has the first five pages of SEASON OF THE WITCH. I’ll be interested to see what he has to say about it! 😉
Have a great weekend. See y’all Monday!