Friday, 30 December 2011

30 Things I Want To Do, Coda

Exactly two years ago I posted a list of 30 Things I Want To Do.

I thought it might be fun to revisit the list and see if I've done any of those things or if I even still want to do some of the items...

1. Find an agent for my novels! [this is still top of the list!]

2. Pick out and decorate a real Christmas tree [hmm... Talli Roland picked out a real tree this year! But not me...]

3. Visit all 50 states (15 down, 35 to go) [27 to go! I've seen 8 new States in the past two years]

4. Drive from London to Istanbul (taking the Dover-Calais ferry, not the Chunnel, natch) [definitely still on the list, this one]

5. Actually finish reading all the books I own (see 180 list below) [I'm working on it, I swear!]

6. Have a proper English library [yea, this will take some time]

7. Spend some time being a boat and fishing person [someday...]

8. Snowshoe [someday soon?]

9. Travel more in Europe. Actually use all the German and Welsh and Swedish and Russian and Spanish I've learned [this might be on the agenda for this coming spring]

10. Ride on a fast horse [anyone own a ranch?]

11. Practice archery [or a bow and arrow?]

12. Play more golf [you'd think this would be easy to do]

13. Milk a cow, make yogurt, churn butter, that sort of thing [anyone own a farm?]

14. See The Divine Comedy and Gyllene Tider and Runrig in concert [I wish!]

15. Attend the Surrey International Writers' Conference [this is a tentative plan for this year, since it's the 20th anniversary of the conference]

16. Stay at the Algonquin Hotel, NYC [especially now that Matilda needs more kindness!]

17. Watch more old movies from the 50s and earlier [hmm...]

18. Get a Master's Degree and write my thesis on Tolkien [ah yes. Still a goal.]

19. Subscribe to the NME or Q or Mojo or the New York Times [only if the price goes down]

20. Use my CrockPot and juicer [juicer yes, crock pot fail]

21. Grow a garden [not with my black thumb!]

22. Complete my state coins collection (only missing Texas, California, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Washington and Alaska!) [I've got Minnesota and South Dakota now!]

23. Ski [this is never going to happen. No one ever wants to go cross-country skiing with me]

24. Learn how to cure olives and attend an olive pressing (for oil) [anyone own an olive farm?]

25. Read more books in different languages [see number five]

26. Attend Festival in the Shire in Machynlleth! [unfortunately we might visit the UK in spring and the festival's in August!]

27. Visit Saint Catherine's monastery at Mount Sinai and Sumela monastery at Trabzon [someday...]

28. Watch a cat give birth (or another animal) in real life and not on YouTube [see number thirteen]

29. Visit Patagonia and Antarctica and Australia and other far places [see number nineteen]

30. Really learn how to crochet and spin [I'm trying!]

What's on your list?

12 comments:

Misha Gericke said...

Ooh... I actually don't have a list, but maybe I should make one.

Favoriting this page so that I can get onto it. Will even send a link if it's done. ;-)

Colleen Chen said...

Great list! I have some overlap--#1, #10, #13, #21, #25, oddly enough--#28 (I specified watching a horse give birth, but yeah, another animal would do too!), and #29!

My travel-related goals are different since I'm in South America, so mainly looking to explore around here. I did always think, when I was in the US, that I ought to visit more states--most everything between the coasts remains in the realm of myth for me.

Zan Marie said...

Nice list, Deniz!
We have a list of 30 U.S. cities we want to vist and if we every to back to Europe, we want to spend two weeks in Paris. I need to brush up on my French, don't you think? ; )

Michael Offutt, Visitor from the Future said...

That's a huge list.

Ann said...

Your list has encouraged me to make one!! I think you did great. All you need to do is revise the list and let the year begin!

The Golden Eagle said...

That's an awesome list! :)

Why is it so hard to find state coins? Sigh. I've needed Washington for over a year . . . LOL.

Happy New Year!

Trisha said...

Fabulous list Deniz, I think the only one of those I've done (aside from travel Europe...but yours was "travel more in Europe", which I haven't done lately :D) is snowshoe! Pretty sure I watched a cat give birth at one point though, come to think of it.

Joshua said...

1. Have fun.
2. Pay off all debt.
3. Finish draft one of current WIP by January 31, 2012.
4. Finish draft one of second WIP by December 31, 2012.
5. Don't cry when The Girl starts Kindergarten.

That's all I need.

Nas Dean said...

Nice list, Denise. I want to try that London to Istanbul route now.

Happy New Year!

Kate said...

That is a very interesting list! First, good luck on finding an agent. I hear it's pretty hard, but I'm sure if you work at it, you'll succeed!

Second, if you suck at gardening, I have one word for you: radishes! You can't kill them, they grow really fast and even black thumbs can impress themselves.

Third, WOMAN HOW CAN YOU NOT HAVE USED YOUR CROCKPOT?!?!?! They are GENIUS! I use mine for EVERYTHING, including making jam and applesauce for canning. Here is a foolproof recipe to use in it: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2008/11/crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili-4-pts.html

Yum!

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Deniz Bevan said...

I'd love to see your list, Misha!

Neat, Colleen - you come up to Montreal, and I'll go down to South America!

Bien sur, Zan Marie [g]

I know, Michael, I know. No wonder I've barely gotten to any of it!

Thanks Ann and Eagle! Happy new year!

My uncle has snowshoes, actually, Trisha. I ought to get down to Washington before all the snow melts...

Sounds good, Joshua! But hey, I didn't even begin to include writing goals in this list. Er, well, except for #1...

Happy new year, Nas!

Wow, thanks so much for the recipe link Kate! I'm on it, I swear. Even have my slow cooker recipe book out on the counter. Radishes, really? I'll try it!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • A Pocketful of Rye by Agatha Christie
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Ox-Tales anthology
  • Istanbul Noir (Akashic Books anthology)
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • The Mzungu Boy by Meja Mwangi
  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • How to Write about Africa by Binyavanga Wainaina (essay)
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert Gertrude Bell (compiled by Georgina Howell)
  • Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome
  • Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • A River Town by Thomas Keneally
  • Free Fall by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron
  • New Europe by Michael Palin
  • Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
  • The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie (possibly a reread)
  • Husli the Dwarf
  • Winter Birds
  • Walkabout by James Vance Marshall (reread)
  • Wish I Might by Kait Nolan (novella)
  • A Walk in the Countryside A B C (National Trust and Nosy Crow Books)
  • My First Touch and Trace 1 2 3
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Weep Not, Child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  • A Secret Vice by J. R. R. Tolkien (edited by Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins)
  • A Pocket For Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The Narrow Corner by Somerset Maugham
  • Cakes and Ale by Somerset Maugham
  • Le gout d'Istanbul (anthology) (skimmed)
  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  • Blue Nowruz by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  • secret beta read!
  • The Road Home by Rose Tremain
  • The Mewlips by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem; reread)
  • Just for This Moment by Kait Nolan
  • To Err is Human -- To Float, Divine by Woody Allen (short story)
  • the collected works of Beatrix Potter (Folio Society edition, over 30 books)
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman) (only half read)
  • At Home by Bill Bryson
  • Millions of Cats by W Gag
  • Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
  • Discovering You by Brenda Novak
  • Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
  • Report from the Interior by Paul Auster
  • Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame
  • Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  • The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (reread)
  • They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie
  • The Creatures of Number 37 by John Watts
  • The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter (reread)
  • A Mother's Confession by Amanda Palmer (lyrics and liner notes)
  • Where Eagles Dare by Alistair MacLean
  • Guide to the Names in the Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, in A Tolkien Compass
  • Dirge Without Music by Edna St. Vincent Millay (poem)
  • For my Wife, Navid by Monica Byrne (short story)
  • An Evening in Tavrobel by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem; reread)
  • The Lonely Isle by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem; reread)
  • Bilbo's Last Song by J. R. R. Tolkien (poem)
  • Ancrene Riwle, preface, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats by Percy Bysshe Shelley (poem)
  • Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Peoples of Middle-earth - Book 12 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • The Young Magicians edited by Lin Carter (anthology; includes two poems by J. R. R. Tolkien and all of rumble rumble rumble rumble drum belaboured by C. S. Lewis, referred to in The Last Battle)
  • Black and White Ogre Country by Hilary Tolkien
  • The Devil's Coach Horses by J. R. R. Tolkien (essay)
  • Guido's Gondola by Renee Riva and Steve Bjorkman
  • Save Our Public Universities by Marilynne Robinson (essay in Harper's Magazine)
  • Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh
  • Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • Career by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Human life in this century by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Willow by Anna Akhmatova (poem)
  • Sonnet LXVI by Shakespeare
  • Sir Walter Raleigh to His Son (poem)
  • Fair Jenny by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • MacPherson's Farewell by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • World's End, the collected Sandman No. 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • The War of the Jewels - Book 11 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Rolling English Road by G. K. Chesterton (poem)
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four by Thomas Hardy
  • The Hierophant by Lee-Ann Dalton (short story)
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • beta read!
  • Ode on Venice by Lord Byron (poem)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Lucky by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Trouble by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway (short story; reread but I really don't remember it after 20 years)
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier (reread)
  • Sing a Long Children's Songs
  • Emily's First Christmas
  • Up At the Villa by Somerset Maugham (novella)
  • Telling Stories by Tim Burgess
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  • Sophie's Throughway by Jules Smith
  • Baby Animals (Little Golden Books)
  • The House That Jack Built (Little Golden Books)
  • Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Books)
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Books)
  • Morgoth's Ring - Book 10 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Who's A Pest by Crosby Bonsall
  • Mine's the Best by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • The Case of the Hungry Stranger by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • extracts from the diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2)
  • extracts from Lord Byron's letters about Villa Diodati
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
  • Ite Missa Est by Anthony Martignetti
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton (essay)
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • Preludes by Wordsworth (extracts read aloud)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves
  • Dance Me A Dream by Kait Nolan (ARC)
  • Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan
  • England and Switzerland, 1802 by William Wordsworth (poem)
  • Once Upon A New Year's Eve by Kait Nolan
  • short story by Becky Morgan (http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Books_and_Writers_Community/Writers_Exercises/Becky_Morgans_December_X/ws-books/85291.1?nav=messages)
  • Blood In Blood Out by Brenda Novak (short story)
  • That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch (short story)
  • Distraction by J. L. Campbell
  • Humble Bundle Peanuts collection (strips by Charles Schulz)
  • Peanuts Volumes I to VI (bought via Humble Bundle; very disappointing as it's mostly new strips -- how is that even allowed?!)
  • Sandals and Sangria by Talli Roland (short story)
  • Over the Hump by Talli Roland (short story)
  • issues of Journal of Inklings Studies and Amon Hen and Mallorn (Tolkien Society)
  • Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier
  • Babar and his Family by Laurent de Brunhoff
  • Illusions Lost by Byron A. Maddox (short story)
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • Lost My Name book for Emily (https://www.lostmy.name/)
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • Neil Gaiman comics on Sequential app
  • Moranology by Caitlin Moran
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html