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 in 2016, for personal accountability that I’m actually working towards my creative goals, I’m publishing my creative bucket list with status updates. 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. I’ll update this post in the future, at least annually. (Last updated December 2017.)
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.
What’s on your creative bucket list?
WRITING BUCKET LIST
Publish a novel.
7/2017: Nearly finished revising first act of “The Second Rebellion”. Last quarter of book also almost done. Currently holding myself accountable with weekly progress check-ins.
12/2016: Completed first draft of “The Second Rebellion” in summer 2016. Now working on a chapter-by-chapter update to prepare the draft for beta readers.
Complete revision of “The Second Rebellion” so I can let beta readers read the draft.
Sell a short story.
10/2017: Short story writing on hiatus while I focus on my novel.
12/2016: I’ve been submitting short stories to professional markets for the past two years without success. I took two one-day Clarion West creative writing classes, and participated in the Fairwood Writer’s Workshop, that made me realize some of the troubles my stories are having. I need to level up to be able to sell.
Revise “Title Fight” short story using feedback and ideas from Fairwood Writer’s Workshop and the writing classes.
COMBINED WRITING & ILLUSTRATION BUCKET LIST
Write and illustrate a graphic novel.
10/2017: Participated in Inktober to practice inking, and developed character designs further
8/2017: Started rough character designs for “The Mermaid and the MP”
6/2017: Re-read zero draft of “The Mermaid and the MP”
5/2017: Created dip pen illustration for Liminal Magazine using new comics nib
12/2016: Wrote 3/4 of zero draft of “The Mermaid and the MP” during NaNoWriMo 2016.
Finish writing zero draft of “The Mermaid and the MP.”
Illustrate (and write) a children’s book using ‘flat’ illustration style in Adobe Illustrator.
4/2017: Attended a picture book writing ‘workshop’ at Norwescon 2017.
1/2017: Realized that a character idea that I’ve been sitting on for six months because I don’t have a story to suit would be a perfect fit for a children’s story, instead of an adult story, which would probably need to be sad.
Develop story concept for children’s book using character idea.
ILLUSTRATION BUCKET LIST
Design and illustrate a book.
10/2017: Drew the (custom) weapon of my weird west character Deputy Sonja True.
Finish writing a book.
Paint a mural.
10/2017: waiting on remodel of “den”
1/2017: Ideas for a mural:
- oversized floral pattern on two-story wall of my living room;
- stylized mountains in orange and red on wall of new living room we hope to remodel this year, with “bullseye” style circles overlaid at random in multi colors;
- flock of crows, extending onto the ceiling, possibly accompanying mountains in monotone blue or tan or green fading in tint as they recede into the distance, also in new living room.
Choose a concept and location.
Letterpress print a poster or art print.
Decide what to illustrate.
Illustrate a t-shirt and sell it.
12/2017: Posted several designs on Society6.
Create a set of wildlife / ecosystem prints.
Decide what to illustrate.
Collaborate on an art or design project.
4/2017: Attended a panel on collaboration at Norwescon 2017.
Find a collaborator.
Last updated December 2017. Originally published December 2016.