Procrastination

I’m almost ready. I’m going to do it. Well, maybe I’ll review it one more time.20130408-094026.jpg

I’ve been stuck in this endless loop for months now and I’m having trouble finding the courage to leap off the treadmill.

A few months ago I received a request for a partial (first three chapters) plus my synopsis from my dream publisher/line.
But I can’t seem to pull the trigger. I guess a part of me feels, if I never send it in I can’t get rejected. I know I’m being ridiculous. Rejection is about 98% of the game. But there’s something about this particular submission that’s different.

Enough is enough though, I’ve changed my story so many times I’ve lost count. The funniest (or most frustrating) part is that although the story has improved from my original draft, through the endless changes I’ve made to setting, character development and plot, my story has come full circle and I’m pretty much back to my original story arc.

So I’m setting a date. Monday, April 15 2013. See that…bolded, underlined AND italicized. Now you know I mean business. I’m submitting my work no matter what. Fingers crossed.

 

Bucket-O-Dreams

I recently read an article where someone implied we should get rid of the term “Bucket List”. Apparently it’s overused and no longer trendy.

I don’t get that. How can a list of goals and dreams to achieve before you die go out of style? Who decides this stuff?

20130325-111706.jpg

Not only do I have a list but I had to break mine down into categories…and I’m proud of that!

I have places I want to visit. Beautiful, peaceful, exciting, breathtaking and exotic locations that I’ve only dreamt about.

I want to sleep in a bungalow on the water in Bora Bora, and roll the dice in Las Vegas – to be honest, I would have loved to elope in Vegas but I’m about eight years too late on that one! A pub crawl in Dublin, Ireland, visit castles in Scotland. Can’t forget to hike up avolcano in Hawaii (this is seriously the only reason I’d attempt hiking of any kind). What about seeing Alaska’s Northern Lights, or eating a croissant and a macaroon at Pierre Herme Patisserie (Bakery) in Paris, and theGreat Barrier Reef in Australia and although I’m not exciting enough to do these two justice, maybe one day Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

I want to experience silly and fun things with my kids. The first is a biggie for me. One day, when they’re old enough to remember it, I’m going to take them toWalt Disney World. Sure, I’ll tell them it’s all for them, but I’m pretty sure my husband and I will find a way to enjoy ourselves too because we’ve never been either. But I want to do other things that I think will hold just as much magic. I want to catch fireflies with them. I want to bring them horseback riding.

I’d love to take a dip in a natural hot spring with my husband, drive through a redwood (you can actually do this!) and ride a streetcar in San Francisco.

I want to try street food trucks all over the USA. Pulled pork and tacos and desserts, the list is endless. Some goals are not as fancy but still fun! I’ve never eaten at Carl’s Junior, Jack in the Box, White Castle or In-and-Out!

Finish compiling my notebook with all of my favorite family’s recipes (photos included) and then share them with the rest of our family so we don’t lose all the wonderful and special traditions they brought back from Italy.

Lastly, if I work hard enough, I hope to be a published author one day. This one is just as farfetched as the rest, but no less impossible. I think all dreams start off on equal footing. It’s our job to find a way to make them happen. It all depends how bad you want them to come true.

I’d love for you to add to my list. You can never have too many dreams.

Bucket-O-Dreams.