My Creative Bucket List: Art I Want to Make Before I Die

A lot of people have lists of things they’d like to do before they die; I have a list of things I’d like to make.

As part of my annual review process this year (2016), for personal accountability that I’m actually working towards my creative goals, I’m publishing my creative bucket list with status updates. I’ll plan to come back and update this post in the future, at least annually.

My creative bucket list includes writing and illustration, my current creative foci. In my day job as a graphic designer, I need to ship my work regularly. Many of my creative goals involve shipping projects, not just completing them. To me, sharing the work is an essential aspect of completing it. In 2016, I selected three guiding philosophies for myself: sharing was one of them. I’m sharing this list in that spirit. I understand that the final step of getting a novel published or selling a short story is out of my control — but I can write the best novel or short story I’m capable of to improve my odds.

What’s on your creative bucket list?

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Due for an Adventure?

For the past month, I’ve had the itch for an adventure…is it just the frigid sunless days giving me cabin fever, or am I due?

I'm due for an adventure.I keep finding myself plotting our next trip, drifting off into pleasant daydreams of New Zealand, Greenland, Costa Rica… The Guy has been very patient with my overeager email blasts. We can’t go everywhere, now. We have to pick one.

So I think I’ve talked him into a trip to the Southwest this spring, which will be my first time since 2002…I’m not just due for a trip back, I’m overdue!