Me…An Abbreviated Version

Okay, so, here is a dilemma. I love writing. I want a career writing. Fiction, non-fiction,  I have plans for both, but to accomplish this in the digital age requires a degree of self-revelation that sets my teeth on edge.

Now, don’t get me wrong, writers have always reveled themselves. I was watching a documentary of Joan Didion. She the sort of literary that makes many (me included) drool. A bohemian life in an intellectually rich milieu. Marrying into a literary family and projecting a kind of hip vibe standing in front of her high-end car smoking a cigarette.

While interviewing her, her nephew, Griffin Dunne, director of this puppy, brought up an article. In the introduction, she announces that she and her family had gone to Hawaii in leu of she and her husband divorcing. Intimate information, sure. Personal, you bet, but the article was printed in a magazine. They lived a lot of their marriage making ends meet this way. But, how many weeks, or months, passed between her turning in an article and the magazine’s release? How many revisions? That time lag means that your life could have changed between writing and publication. Instant world always demands the now. You can feel pressured into creating constant content. Take the Hawaii sentence. By the time that article got read, they would either have separated or remained married, but the limbo moment would have passed. And it could exist in the first place because she and her husband never put restrictions on the parts of their life together that they could include in their work. As Nor Ephron used to say, ‘everything is copy.’ 

However, for me, and for Ephron, in the end, that wasn’t true. Not me and never will be me. Instead, what I have is an idea:

101 Challenges In 1001 Days

I am on a mission, not directly from God, but certainly inspired by…something because I’m determined to complete this strange but suddenly self-esteem necessary mission. And since public accountability makes the possibility go up, here we go. I’ll share the journey with you

 

 

101 Challenges In 1001 Days

I am on a mission, not directly from God, but certainly inspired by…something because I’m determined to complete this strange but suddenly self-esteem necessary mission. And since public accountability makes the possibility go up, here we go. I’ll share the journey with you

  1. Get rich
  2. Take a cruise: Completed November 11, 2019
  3. Start a new tradition
  4. Reach my goal weight
  5. Start a new business
  6. Attend a protest
  7. Attend a drive-in movie
  8. Start a blog and keep it going for a least a year
  9. Attend a murder mystery dinner
  10. Have a water balloon fight
  11. Complete all New Year’s resolutions I sat in a year
  12. Throw myself a birthday party
  13. Attend a movie premier
  14. Kiss under the mistletoe
  15. Throw a dart at a map and go where it lands
  16. Go on a spiritual retreat
  17. Write a play
  18. Learn to write calligraphy
  19. Read over 100 books in a year
  20. Adopt a pet
  21. Walk the red carpet at an event
  22. Go to a nude beach
  23. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  24. Learn self-defense
  25. Inner tube down a lazy river
  26. Have a summer romance
  27. Kiss a stranger
  28. Buy myself a new wardrobe
  29. Have a candlelight dinner
  30. Attend a masquerade ball
  31. Go to an awards show
  32. Renovate an old piece of furniture
  33. Create a playlist for someone
  34. Master my physical fitness level
  35. Go on a zip-line
  36. Learn survival skills
  37. Learn to ballroom dance
  38. Go on a blind date
  39. Make a bucket list
  40. Write a letter to myself and open it in 10 years: Written on December 13, 2019
  41. Start a collection of something
  42. Enjoy and document a year’s worth of self-discovery on a particular theme
  43. Kiss someone at midnight on New Year’s Eve
  44. Watch the ball drop in time Times Square in New York on NYE.
  45. Go to a jazz show
  46. Read the Bible
  47. Get a book autographed by its author
  48. Go to a formal party
  49. Have a spa day
  50. Do a road trip across the USA
  51. Ride a train
  52. Visit my kiddos on their birthdays
  53. Try pot
  54. Throw a 1920s themed party
  55. Publish my trilogy
  56. Get a short story published
  57. Start producing podcast
  58. Support myself exclusively with my writing
  59. Crazy decorate for the holidays
  60. Learn to walk in high heels
  61. Donate time to a cause
  62. Attend the 1940s Winter Ball
  63. Get invited to San Diego Comic Con
  64. Use every 45 record in a craft
  65. Learn and crate mixed media pieces
  66. Figure out and master 20 new hairstyles
  67. Stop drinking soda for six months
  68. Master my physical fitness
  69. Get 3 passport stamps
  70. Steal something and return it
  71. Fill every notebook
  72. Create a community
  73. Master make-up
  74. Go see 15-20 shows
  75. See a drag show: Completed December 13, 2019
  76. Frame all art
  77. Complete research for the podcast
  78. Become an active member of a weekly writer’s group
  79. Send everyone I care about a birthday card
  80. Get my own place
  81. Take care of house
  82. See The Late Show with Steven Colbert
  83. Repay all debt
  84. Pay off all credit cards
  85. Throw mom and 85th birthday party
  86. Purchase prescription sunglasses
  87. Document podcast
  88. Have a badass moment
  89. Get a second tattoo
  90. See a band at a local venue
  91. Decide on and complete a recipe a week for a year
  92. Develop and maintain a well-being practice (meditation, gratitude, self-care) that is non-negotiable
  93. Got to a gay dance club
  94. Read all the books in my bookcase
  95. Buy myself sexy underwear and wear it
  96. Finish dad diary
  97. Buy a picnic table and eat al fresco once a week while the weather holds
  98. Get a tarot card reading
  99. Make Christmas presents
  100. Teach myself to draw
  101. Develop and frequent a list of local merchants for clothing, furniture, and other household goods, both new and vintage