Crossing things off from my Bucket List

With the launch of Dana Sitar’s new book, “A Writer’s Bucket List”, I kept thinking of my own bucket list. Dana’s book is a launching point for all of the possibilities of being a writer. Instead of another how-to on any kind of writing, this book is a “Why not?” for the writer’s life. The list is a combination of the unique steps that have formed her career and bolstered her creativity, and the things she hasn’t yet had a chance to try. The book offers some conventional and some unconventional steps on the path through a writer’s life, why they matter, and advice for getting started.

How appropriate that Dana is hosting a blog hop launch party which encourages people to talk about what is on their bucket lists. Allow me to share some of mine:

One of the things I want to cross off my Bucket List in 2013, is writing more essays and travel articles.

At the moment, because of my hectic work schedule there isn’t too much time to actually sit down and write. Without having at least ten other things to think about and even more to attend to. Which makes me feel drained. So I have been putting it off, for far more than I would’ve liked. For the same reason, I haven’t written any travel articles since last October.

I’d like for that to change. Because honestly, I noticed that I’m a nervous wreck when I don’t write something, at least a few sentences every day. Let alone when I have to go without writing for several days at a time. I find myself shuffling from place to place, being generally impossible to deal with and feeling discombobulated.

Right now, things have cooled off a bit and I have more time to get accustomed to my work schedule and see about where I can insert time to write. As a first step, in January, I took part in the Mindful Writing Challenge. It was such a wonderful experience and a great way to keep to observing one thing and then writing about it every single day. So from now on as well, I’m planning to carve out a little bit of time each day to write, even if it’ll only end up as a blog post. It’ll get me into the habit again, cool my temper, make me feel happy again and that’s a great start.

After this, comes the sticking-to-it part ;) Because… yes, I want to be a full-time writer “when I grow up”!


Your turn. Tell me, what will you cross off your Bucket List in 2013?


Make sure you click on the image to the right and drop by these other lovely blogs to read how everyone else deals with this question :)

17 Comments to “Crossing things off from my Bucket List”

  1. Thanks for joining the blog hop, Estrella! A great goal; I admire your conviction. Sharing your writing as a blog post is a great incentive to keep writing :) Best of luck — I look forward to following along.

    • Thank you for having me on the blog hop, Dana, it was such a great exercise and kick in the a** to start and be more mindful of my bucket list. Thank you, I look forward to sharing more!

  2. You know you are a writer when not writing makes you grumpy. Hope you manage to carve out those few minutes a day, and look forward to reading more of your writing in 2013.

    • Hmm, I might just be more of a writer than I thought if I only take that “You know you are a writer when not writing makes you grumpy” sentence as measure ;)
      Thank you, I look forward to sharing more of my writing in 2013.

  3. Estrella, I did the Mindful Writing Challenge too – glad to see you again.

  4. Dropping by from the blog hop… I know exactly what you mean when you say not writing can make you feel out-of-sorts. Even on days when I don’t or can’t write, if I don’t spend time with my Muse and my characters I feel horribly awkward and the world drains me in an instant. Best of luck in chasing your bucket list this year and doing what makes you happy. Keep writing! Even, as you said, if it’s only a sentence or two a day. =)

    • That is one of the best ways of putting it, the world drains me in an instant as well, when I can’t spend time writing. Thank you, hope you get to check many things off of your bucket list!

  5. Estrella, I know what you mean about finding time to write. Dana’s challenge has certainly inspired me to make take to be more creative. I look forward to reading your travel essays.

    • Glad to be in company of other writers who understand the finding time to write issue of life. Dana’s challenge inspired me a lot, too, lovely to see it touched you as well!
      Thank you, there will be a travel essay up by next month the latest, depending on the schedule on Milliver’s Travels, the website I travel write on.

  6. Wonderful goals. Keep reaching for them. :)

  7. Hi! Another blogger from the hop. Even if you only write for a few minutes a day, congratulate yourself! You will be working towards your goal.

  8. Great post! I completely understand that nervous feeling when I don’t have time to write – almost like nothing really happens until it’s locked on paper with a pen :) Best of Luck to you!

  9. Thank you for the comments everyone, I’ll drop by each of your blogs by the end of the week :)

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