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November 4, 2016

I’m snagging today’s idea from my friend Clair. Clair is a professional writer. She has good ideas. I have… insomnia?
Seriously though, this summer and fall have been full of stress and health issues and surprises at work and it’s all led to me getting very unfocused. So, I thought this might be a good time to stop and reassess what I’m looking for in the world.
Years ago now, Emma Newman decided to crowd fund some wishes. Which was possibly the best idea anyone has ever had in the history of the internet. Or, at least it was for me.

I filled out the form and here is what she put up on the page for me:
Sara is wishing for a piece of jewellery made by her to be worn by someone at the Hugo’s or Academy Awards, to finish her novel and get it critiqued by a professional in the industry and to be on the SF Squeecast (I can definitely relate to that desire).2013_hugos_writing_excuses

Mary Robinette Kowal actually helped me out with two of those wishes. She wore a piece of mine to the Hugo’s at which she and her co-hosts won for their podcast Writing Excuses. Later, at the Writing Excuses Retreat I got to fill in for Mary during a Writing Excuses episode. It wasn’t the SFSqueecast, but it was super, duper awesome and definitely filled out one of my wishes.

I’ve also finished a novel since then and have had an agent look it over. She ultimately passed on it, but it’s much further than I really ever thought I’d get. So, check mark for that wish too.

But, all of those goals were set over three years ago. So, it’s time to look at the state of things…

What the FolkloreSFSqueecast is on an indefinite hiatus, but I still have hope that maybe they’ll have a reunion show and I can be on it. ^.^
In the meantime, I’ve found other podcasts I love just as much, most notably Kevin & Ursula Eat Cheap and What the Folklore. I’d love to guest on either of those, but I doubt that’s likely. But, it’s a bucket list, so I might as well put one or both on it.
I’m still hoping to get published someday. So, I’ll put that up as a bucket list item. There are several publications I’d love to get work in, but first I have to produce something I feel is worth submitting. I’m… working on that.
Last, I’d like to get my jewelry business to a point where it’s self sufficient. I don’t necessarily want to quit my jobs and go full time, but I’d like to turn a steady, if small profit on it. So, I need to get a business plan for that. It’s not quite as easy as casting my wishes out into the ether. But, that’s ok.

So, what is on your bucket list these days?

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