Writing a book is one of those things that I can recall wanting to do at some point in my life far before the conception of this blog and our accompanying bucket list. I’ve always thought of myself as a decent storyteller and envisioned that one day I might write something fantastic. The key part of that thought is the “one day.” Many people say they’d like to write a novel sometime in their life but very few people actually go out and do it. For a long time, I was one of those people. Until last month, that is. Now, I’m a novelist.
This man, I am not
I can remember several times in my life when I tried to sit down and actually write a book. The first was when I was young, probably around nine years old, and it was a piece of fiction set in the Zelda universe that lost out to the allure of the summer pool after a few chapters. Then, in high school, I began two different novels. Both times I had an exciting first chapter or two based around some cool ideas that I had but unfortunately I lacked direction for my plots and quickly abandoned the projects. All this time, the memories of those stories started and never realized have tugged at my brain begging me to finish them or to at least start something new that would fulfill the goal of writing a book.
Two years ago, by chance, I stumbled upon something that I knew would finally allow me to accomplish this whimsical dream: a brilliant little contest called National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. The idea of NaNoWriMo is to pound out a short novel of 50,000 words in the month of November. I was sold hook, line, and sinker. When Amanda and I were creating our bucket list last year, one of the first things I knew had to be on it was to participate in NaNoWriMo and write a novel. I then decided that there was no reason to wait and that 2010 would be the first year that I attempted to write a novel for NaNoWriMo. (more…)
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I’m always really confused when a new year rolls around. I usually have a stunned “Wha Happened?” look on my face (cue: A Mighty Wind) for a decent amount of time after the ball drops. In an effort to pull myself together and get my jaw off of the floor, I made a list of the top happenings for Matt and I in 2010:
- Had mutual quarter life crises
- Started a blog
- Quit our very stable DC/Virginia jobs
- Took a crazy leap of faith to support Matt in helping him find and start his dream career (A)
- Moved to South Boston, VA (Population: ~8,500)
- Moved to Houston, TX (Population: 6 million)
- Scoped out the luxurious Lionhawk Casino & Spa
- Bought matching Ferraris (just kidding)
- Had 4 different jobs (A)
- Road tripped through 26 states
- Watched the ’01 Camry get swallowed by a flash flood
- Was the best man in his best friend’s wedding (M)
- Made moonshine
- Wrote a 50,000+ word novel (M)
- Ate an entire pig
- Grew an unruly “beard” (M)
- Ran a 1/2 Marathon
Because 2010 was such a bonkers year, we rang in 2011 in equally bonkers fashion with our new fondue from my dad and Sharon, some classic board games, fantastic friends, and too many cocktails! The slide show below is a snippet of the New Years action! Enjoy!
Matt doesn’t believe in resolutions, but I am a nerd and love any excuse to make goals! Here are a couple of things I hope to accomplish in 2K11 taken from our bucket list and beyond:
- Attend South by Southwest music festival
- Take a photography class
- Learn to sail
- Travel outside the U.S.
- Make homemade pasta
- Donate hair to Locks of Love
- Make a mosaic table for our balcony
- Explore yoga/meditation
- Pay off both me and Matt’s credit cards
- Try composting
- Have 6 pack abs (aka. continue to be invested in our health by eating less processed foods and exercising regularly).
- Join a volunteer organization
- Be more mindful- take time to reflect instead of functioning only on auto-pilot
- Expand culinary horizons (with help of In Widening Circles)
- Give our savings account a swift kick in the ass (read: saveeeeeee!)
- Unplug: spend less time on the internet and more time outdoors enjoying the Houston weather before I evaporate into nothingness come summer
- Pay it forward once a month
- Send a card/letter spontaneously to a friend/family member each month
- ***Consider running a full marathon***
Do you believe in resolutions? Do you have any that you need help being motivated to complete? I’m happy to volunteer Matt as expert motivator! He is good in clutch situations!
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year! Thank you for all who have supported us in living a life definitely outside the box. We have big hopes for 2011!
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Happy 2011 to all!
Love, Matt & Amanda
(toast found here).
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