What’s On A Writer’s 2012 Bucket List?

I asked a group of talented, generous writers to share with me the top three things they wanted to achieve in 2012. It’s no surprise that like myself, my friends want to publish – and write! We also want to learn, to grow, to spread our wings, to feel joy. To find clarity, to be present. And fun! We want to have fun! Read on to discover the other delightful items on our 2012 wish lists. And if you haven’t written yours yet, grab a pen. Here’s to a fun, fabulous year!

My top three goals for 2012:
1. Change everything, from my hairstyle to my home. Yep. Time for a new life. The urge strikes me every five years or so. Great fodder for the blog, I’ll keep you posted.
2.  Last year I learned Twitter. This year I take on Facebook, self-publishing, and websites (this is my new site and it’s just the beginning). Pray for me.
3. Visit Washington and a) meet my PacNorWest twitter friends b) see the Orcas c) get to know the setting for my next novel.
www. molly-greene.com
twitter: @mollygreene

Author, Blogger Pam Beason, The Only Witness, Shaken, and Endangered
1. Make a decent living from my creative writing!
2. Have a lot more fun hiking, kayaking, diving and generally whooping it up with friends.
3. Find more quiet time to write, paint, think, and pet my cats.
twitter: @pambeason

Author Christine Nolfi, Treasure Me
1) Release The Tree of Everlasting Knowledge in January and the 2nd book in the Liberty, Ohio series, Second Chance Grill, in February.
2) Release my next stand-alone novel, which is set in Istanbul, in July.
3) Pay attention to everything that Emlyn Chand and her wonderful staff at Novel Publicity teach me in the coming year.
Treasure Me on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/chxhmby
twitter: @christinenolfi

Author, Blogger, Memoirist Laura Zera, Tro-Tros and Potholes
1. Complete and sell a really freaking fantastic manuscript.
2. Get up close and personal with some marine mammals.
3. Live every day more fully in the present (as opposed to current pesky habits of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future).
twitter: @laurazera

 Author, Blogger Tess Hardwick, Riversong
1. Be more present.
2. Finish my third novel.
3. Swim in the ocean.
twitter: @tesshardwick

Author, Blogger  Jennie Coughlin, The Exeter Series
1. Publish my first novel, working title All That Is Necessary.
2. Finish the certification process for two programs I teach at the gym.
3. Meet my favorite writer, Jesse Stern — that’s definitely the dream one of the bunch.
twitter: @jenniecoughlin

Author, Blogger Alison DeLuca
1. Finish the edit on the third book and write the fourth book in my steampunk quartet.
2. Finish my stand alone diesel punk book, The Gramophone Society, and edit that sucker.
3. Go back to Disney with my daughter and husband, and my sister’s family, and ride on SpaceMountain a gafrillion times, and see Buzz Lightyear. See what I did there? I snuck extra items in. We writers never know when to stop.
twitter: @alisondeluca

Writer, Blogger Galit Breen
1. To get dressed up to go dancing – in heels, and lip gloss.
2. To spend a night somewhere that laughter is required. It doesn’t really matter where, as long as there’s laughter and a lot of it.
twitter: @galitbreen

Author Rob Guthrie, Black Beast, Lost
1. Visit Scotland. Fallback goal: Publish my third novel, Dark Prairies, sometime in the spring.
2. Travel the Serengeti. Fallback goal: Crack the Top 100 on Amazon Kindle with at least one book.
3. Move to Belize. Fallback goal: Earn enough from my writing to move to some acreage here in Colorado…preferably in the seclusion of the mountains.
twitter: @rsguthrie

Author, Blogger Teri Giuliano Long, In Leah’s Wake
1. For me, and I suspect many female writers, balance is elusive and difficult to achieve. Next year, I plan to try harder to find it.
2. I’ve had tremendous fun with In Leah’s Wake, and I’m humbled and honored by the interest readers have shown in the book, but In Leah’s Wake is grown up now. In 2012, I plan to give my new baby the attention it deserves.
3. I’ve worked long hours this year, sometimes to the detriment of health and fitness; I hope to remedy this in 2012.
twitter: @tglong

Writer, Blogger Diane Hughes
1. Use my camera more. I recently purchased my first DSLR, and it has rekindled my love of photography. I believe photography gives one a greater appreciation for the beauty that is all around us. I want to capture and experience more of that – and share it with others.

2. Help my alma mater build its alumni association. I recently accepted a two-year appointment to the alumni association advisory council, and I would really like to help make a difference in the lives of current students through my service with that body.

3. Write more. In addition to building my blog, I would also like to publish some travel articles about the wonderful places I have the opportunity to visit on this planet. There’s too much good stuff out there not to share it!
twitter: @dianewordsmith

Writer, Author, Blogger Leslie Witwer
1. EAT MORE.  Yes, “more,” but not calorically.  I am the Queen-of-Rut-Digging.  I can take routine to an art form. Monday is Meatloaf Day, Tuesday, Spaghetti.  I wear the blue shirt on Wednesdays and the green one on alternating Fridays.  I can suck the spontaneity out of every waking moment . . . should life be that predictable?  I propose a little Moroccan stew one week and maybe some Krautkrapfen the next.  If I rise up and peek from the rut in small ways, what other ways can I manage change?  I’m craving variety.

2. CULTIVATE SLOTH.  Between full-time work, writing sprints, PTA activities and swim meets, time is a precious commodity, so much so that my efforts have been focused on wringing every minute, every second out of the day.  What gets lost in the squeezing and cramming is the little things . . . appreciating the last bit of light turning the heavens into a painter’s dream, seeing a child’s expression discovering the new, marveling at the feel of each inhalation, each solid beat of my heart.  I’m craving the stillness to cherish.

3. GAIN MORE WRINKLES.  Last year was the Year of the Rabbit and with my research I was expecting it to be a subdued year.  It was not.  I have new lines on my face and new streaks in my hair and I did not enjoy the process.  This year, I’m choosing how to add the wrinkles.  I want to laugh so hard that tears stream down my face and manage a snort or two.  I want to fall into the grass clutching my belly until I hiccup in recovery.  I want to cover my face with the evidence of laughter.  Not only for me but for the precious people who surround me, support me, and uplift me, I crave joy.

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38 Responses to What’s On A Writer’s 2012 Bucket List?

  1. brian January 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

    i am going to start using capitalization and punctuation

  2. Jodi Lobozzo Aman January 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Just made the move last month to .org. I can rant for hours about it. But basically I lost half my subscribers. I like the freedom, but ouch, that loss hurt! I feel you right now! Can’t wait to check out all of these blogs!

    • Molly Greene January 1, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

      Agreed, Jodi! Definitely a drawback, and a great reason to advise new bloggers to START with .org. Happy New Year to you and best of luck with YOUR new site!

  3. Bonnie House January 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I want to start another blog just for children. Doing quizzes, games, to help them learn the Bible easier.

    I want to enjoy live more. Have more fun and do more crafting.

    • Molly Greene January 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      I’m with you, Bonnie! More fun! Nothing but fabulous in 2012. Best to you!

  4. Phantomimic January 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Hey Molly, Happy New Year! I placed the new link in my website, hope this site works better for you and that you meet your goals. For the new year I will begin coming out of the “pseudonym closet” and changing my avatar, we will see how that works.

    Take care.


    • Molly Greene January 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Happy New Year, Phanto! I downloaded Sun Zebra and it’s on my TBR list. Wish you all the best in 2012, thanks so much for your friendship and support!

  5. Rhonda (Ritty) January 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. What a great post. I made sure to share a link to this post from my blog post today. 🙂

    My 3 goals:
    1. Keep up with my own writing challenges, plus the outside writing challenges.
    2. Lose Weight
    3. Maintain a balanced scheduled

    • Molly Greene January 2, 2012 at 7:01 am #

      Ritty, thanks so much for your support!

  6. Laura Zera (@laurazera) January 2, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    What a great surprise to click the link and see your new site! It looks great.

    My bucket list just grew a bit from reading some of these. I want to eat Krautkrapfen, too! Now I just have to find out what it is.

    • Molly Greene January 2, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

      So does that mean we’re on for kayaking w/Pam Beason this summer? Pam says Tess can swim in the ocean while we look for Orcas. Will that do for “up close and personal w/marine mammals?” Oh, and then we can all go to Leslie’s for Krautkrapfen. And make Galit laugh!

      • Laura Zera (@laurazera) January 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

        Check, check and check. And Krautkrapfen. Hurray!

        • Leslie January 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

          Oh, crap . . . now I have to find out what Krautkrapfen is and hope it’s not so nasty the marine mammals turn up their snouts! (bills/noses/proboscis??)

          Party at my PacNorWestern house . . . bring your umbrellas and feel free to laugh as needed. Me & my wrinkles will be most pleased.

      • Diane Hughes January 3, 2012 at 10:54 am #

        I definitely want in on this!!!

      • Rae Ellen Lee March 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

        A lively post, Molly. I want to wrap up my decades of research on the various geezer species and complete my Field Guide To North American Geezers. Oh, and kayak more as well. Two summers ago I watched people kayak among Orcas off Lime Kiln Point, San Juan Island. It was beautiful. I can picture a group of women writers doing this. I’d love to join you.

        • Molly Greene March 16, 2012 at 10:23 am #

          I SO hope we get to do this – would be a scream, literally!!

  7. Laura Zera (@laurazera) January 2, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Oh, and p.s., Molly, the #3 item on your bucket list brought a very giant smile to my face!

  8. Regina Duke January 2, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Lovely website and blog! Some of your goals for 2012 were mine for 2011, so you are in for a great ride! 🙂

    My list for 2012 includes actually posting to my blog. LOL!
    And keeping up with my fitness plan because writing is SEDENTARY. Grrrr.
    And writing like crazy!

    • Molly Greene January 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

      So Regina, I can count on you to give me advice about FB and self-publishing? Yay!

  9. Galit Breen January 2, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    LOVE the post, Molly and your new digs are fabulous! Happy New Year!!

  10. cindy January 3, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    Great looking new blog, Molly. And great content. Loved reading other people’s top three wish lists for 2012 and am inspired to really think about that for myself. What do I want this year?

  11. Diane Hughes January 3, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    Ha, ha. My favorite is Leslie’s goal to cultivate sloth. I think we could all use a little slothing now and then!

    • Molly Greene January 3, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      I am the Queen of Sloth, I will teach you both :-O

  12. Abi Burlingham February 19, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Loved these lists Molly – recognised some of the things on mine too. I took on Facebook about 3 months ago and love it. It’s more intimate than Twitter – I keep to a small number of friends – mostly writers, and it’s a great place for writerly chats. Good luck with your change around and ‘new life’.

  13. Louise Gibney February 25, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    My bucket list for 2012…..

    Use my camera more. Love taking photos and I want more tangible memories!

    Set up my own website. Facebook and Twitter isn’t enough!

    Get more wrinkles. Laughter lines are awesome.




    • Nicole Evelina December 26, 2012 at 10:31 am #

      I love “get more wrinkles!” I just got my first smile lines around my eyes a few months ago and have been battling them ever since. I love your attitude! I’m going to have to add adopting that perspective to my bucket list!

  14. Pam Torres March 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    What an awesome post. My bucket list is huge. I did just accomplish one and that was visit San Diego!
    Talk about beautiful! I have a pretty hefty list for this year. The most exciting is I will publish my first MG novel this summer. What a wonderful learning experience and challenge!

    • Molly Greene March 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      Hi Pam! Thanks so much for stopping by … Congrats on your achievement!

  15. Jane Myers Perrine April 14, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    To smile more, frown less, and share love.

  16. Jen July 23, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Great post! I am forever writing and revising my goals, and you’ve inspired me to take stock in this moment:
    1. Find a home for my YA fantasy trilogy
    2. Recommit to my yoga practice
    3. Come up with creative date ideas and spend extra time with my sweet hubby.

    It’s hard to just write three: once I start thinking, there are a million things I dream about! 🙂

    • Molly Greene July 23, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Hi Jen, THANKS so much for stopping by and sharing what you want to accomplish. Keep us all in the loop with how it goes!

  17. Nicole Evelina December 26, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Great post! Man, picking only three things is hard!

    1) Get an agent and a publisher (this could be two, but one hopefully follows the other, so I’m counting it as one.)

    2) Finish book 2 and write all of book 3.

    3) Learn Triber, Facebook and few other ways of connecting with people who love Arthurian legend and historical fiction as much as I do.

    And I know I’ll cross off one thing: I’m going to England next summer for research and pleasure! It’s an Arthurian enthustiasts’ dream tour!

    • Molly Greene December 26, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      Hi Nicole! These are fabulous goals, and I’m jealous about your trip :-O Wish you the best with your books and joy and success in all you do. Glad you found my blog!

  18. Molly Greene January 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Thank you Leslie for the link and the kind words!!

  19. Leslie January 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    You’re always a “first stop” for me, Molly.


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