Recently, a friend posted her author bucket list–a list of things she wants to accomplish as an author/writer before she dies. Her post at FaithSimone.com inspired me to think about what I want to “check off” as an author/writer before I “check out.” I’ve always kept a list of goals as a career guide and because of that it took me a while to understand the difference between goals and a bucket list. But once I separated the two in my mind, I had a ball creating my wish or dream list.
Below is my list. What about you? Do you have a personal, career or professional bucket list? If so, feel like sharing?
1. To have publishing credit in multiple categories/genres: children’s, screenwriting, romance, horror, etc.
2. To attend at least one of the premier literary awards ceremonies: Nobel Prize, National Book Award, Academy Awards, etc.
3. To buy a writing retreat; a private oasis where I can visit, think, dream and write.
4. To have lunch with Toni Morrison and Stephen King, individually.
5. To establish a scholarship for young African American creative writers.
6. To establish a stipend-based award for adult African American creative writers.
7. To read at least one book by the “important” novelists. (Thanks to Carol Baladywer for expanding this list.)
8. To attend an international writers retreat and/or conference.
9. To attend a major literary event in NYC, the mecca of the US publishing industry, such as the Harlem Book Fair.