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by Jace
Rated: ASR · Outline · Personal · #445566
An idea borne from my 2015 Dear Me letter. (Updated for 2021)
Overview:  Every year I come up with several writing resolutions to accomplish during the coming year.  And every year I fall short of completing all of them.  The reasons for failing do not matter.  Achieving my writing goals does. 

This year I'm setting up a list of writing interests--a Writing Bucket List, if you will.  These assignments will vary from minute exercises to more in-depth writing tasks that may require several lengthy sessions.  The items listed are randomly generated; one assignment is not considered more important than another.

There will be no deadlines assigned to these entries, although some may be time sensitive.  Such a list allows success without the stigma of self imposed time constraints.

Rules:
*Bulletr* Include all wants, needs and desires with respect to my intense interest in writing.
*Bulletr* Include only interests related to writing.  Other personal goals may be included insofar as they pertain to a writing assignment.
*Bulletr* Maintain this dynamic list by adding entries at any time. 
*Bulletr* Modify entries if needed, but take care to preserve the essence of the original entry.
*Bulletr* Never delete an entry.
*Bulletr* Complete these entries as life circumstances permit.  They do not have to be completed in 2015.
*Bulletr* Annotate completed entries with the date completed and a link to the written item.
*Bulletr* Finally, shamelessly copy writing ideas from others if your interest is piqued
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The Bucket List:

*Boxcheck*}  Prepare and submit a 2021 Dear Me letter to "Dear Me: Official WDC Contest.
                             [1/31/2021--"Dear Me - Last Modified: 01-31-21 @ 4:56pm ]
*Boxcheck*  Maintain a writing Bucket List. 
                             [1/30/2015--"My Writing Bucket List - Last Modified: 02-01-21 @ 2:34pm ]
*Box*  Create and maintain a journal of daily received blessings.
*Box*  Organize and publish a Chapbook of written poems.
*Box*  Write a love letter in long hand to my wife, Jeanette.
*Box*  I remarried into four cats.  Write a pet short story.
*Box*  Continue as full-time editor of the Noticing Newbies newsletter, creating one issue every four weeks.
         *Boxcheck*}  January 27, 2021 completed:  "A Little About Contests
         *Box*  February 24, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  March 24, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  April 21, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  April 29, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  May 19, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  June 16, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  July 14, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  August 11, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  September 8, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  October 6, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  November 3, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
         *Box*  December 1, 2021 completed:  {tnl:}
*Box*  Write at least four other official WDC newsletters as a guest editor.
         *Box*  ________________ newsletter {tnl:}.
         *Box*  ________________ newsletter {tnl:}.
         *Box*  ________________ newsletter  {tnl:}.
         *Box*  ________________ newsletter {tnl:}.
*Box*  Write an article for the "Unofficial Erotica Newsletter Group
         *Box*  Entry completed:
*Box*  Write an article for the "Reviewing News and Views
         *Box*  Entry completed:
*Boxcheck*  Write a father's letter in long hand to my eldest daughter, Jenna.
           Entry completed:  Aug. 16, 2020.
*Boxcheck*  Write a father's letter in long hand to my middle daughter, Kimmy.
           Entry completed:  May 3, 2020.
*Boxcheck*  Write a father's letter in long hand to my youngest daughter, Val.
           Entry completed:  Nov. 7, 2020.
*Boxcheck*  Write a father's letter in long hand to my son, Michael.
           Entry completed:  Feb. 1, 2020.
*Box*  Spend a weekend alone in nature (a cabin in the woods will do) contemplating about my writing.
*Box*  Write and submit an article to a travel publication about a vacation taken.
         *Box*  Entry completed:
*Box*  Write and submit an entry for the "Short Shots: Official WDC Contest.
         *Box*  Entry completed:
*Box*  Write and submit an entry for the "What a Character! : Official WDC Contest.
         *Box*  Entry completed:
*Box*  Write and submit an entry for the "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest.
         *Box*  Entry completed:
*Box*  Write at least 15 reviews each month.  Ensure they are submitted to "Good Deeds Go Noticed.
*Box*  Enter one of my poems in a local or regional (non-WDC) contest.
*Box*  Enter one of my poems in a national (non-WDC) contest.
*Box*  Enter one of my short stories in a local or regional (non-WDC) contest.
*Box*  Enter one of my short stories in a national (non-WDC) contest.
*Box*  Perform a reading of one of my works at a local Open Mic night.
*Box*  Attend a book signing for a local author.
*Boxcheck*  Set up a writing area at home to which I can retreat to write.
*Boxcheck*  Create and maintain a writing library to assist in my writing endeavors.
*Box*  Earn next year's Premium membership using WDC gift points through reviewing, contests and events.
*Box*  Maintain a weekly presence in the "Noticing Newbies.
*Box*  Maintain a weekly presence in the "Technical Support Forum.
*Box*  Maintain a weekly presence in the "Non-Technical Support Forum.
*Box*  Maintain an active leadership role in "The Talent Pond
*Box*  Maintain an active leadership role in "Unofficial Erotica Newsletter Group
*Box*  Regularly attend a local writer's group.
*Box*  Interview and record a Centenarian (100 year old).  Write an appropriate story.
*Box*  Interview and record a Nonagenarian (90 year old).  Write an appropriate story.
*Box*  Interview and record a Octogenarian (80 year old).  Write an appropriate story.
*Box*  Interview the oldest member of my family and record her stories of my family.
*Box*  Write a series of memoir stories about my life growing up, including (but not limited to):
         *Box*  Moving frequently as a young child.
         *Box*  Meeting my first wife.
         *Box*  Proposal to first wife.
         *Box*  Starting a business.
         *Box*  Having and raising four children.
         *Box*  Going through a divorce.
         *Box*  Meeting my present wife.
*Box*  Collate these memoir stories into a Chapbook for family members.
*Box*  Take personal time once a week to brainstorm story or poem ideas.
*Box*  Participate in NaNoWriMo in November 2021.
*Boxcheck*  Record any writing prompt or idea that occurs in a notebook carried with me at all times.  ON-GOING
*Box*  Attend a Writer's Conference, whether local or regional.
*Box*  Take one week off from work and spend time updating my older stories--minimum of ten stories.
*Box*  Submit four memoir stories to "Roots & Wings Contest before year's end.
         *Box*  Entry 1 completed:
         *Box*  Entry 2 completed:
         *Box*  Entry 3 completed:
         *Box*  Entry 4 completed:
*Box*  Write and submit an entry in "A Romance Contest before year's end.
         *Box*  Entry completed:
*Box*  Write and submit at least three entries in "The Weekly Quickie Contest before year's end.
         *Box*  Entry 1 completed:
         *Box*  Entry 2 completed:
         *Box*  Entry 3 completed:
*Box*  Write and submit an entry in "Merit Badge Projects before year's end.
         *Box*  Entry completed:
*Box*  Read 24 books in 2021.  (List forthcoming)
*Box*
*Box*  Add entries to this list as they occur to me.

To be continued...

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