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Sunday, January 20, 2013

18 things...

In order to celebrate the release of her first book, 18 Things, which is coming out in 2 DAYS!!! JAMIE AYRES  is hosting the 18 THINGS BLOGFEST

I love the idea Jamie came up with for her blogfest! Cause everyone likes goals, right? Everyone loves a bucket list!! I haven't looked at my list in a couple years and it really hit home how much more I have to accomplish and that I better stop being cowardly and get my ass in gear with the querying. So, thank you, Jamie. If you guys haven't signed up yet, you have till the end of January, and Jamie is giving away some awesome prizes. Make sure to go check out her SITE.

 Here is my 18 things...

Get published Technically, I already accomplished this one, so it should really read publish an actual book.

Go to a writer’s conference  Funny that I will never have the money to do this unless I make it writing, at which point maybe it won't seem as important anymore? But I still think it would be fun to meet a ton of people who are passionate about writing!

Swim with dolpins. Cause who doesn't want to swim with dolphins? 

Be an extra in a movie My son was in a Nickelodeon commercial when he was three. I can't have him being the only famous person in the family--it's just not right for him to one-up me like that. 

One of my most popular faces
Get a canvas I made hung in an art gallery. It would probably help this goal immensely to actually make said canvas. 

Volunteer face-paint at a children’s hospital I've volunteered for a million other things with my face-painting skills, but never in a hospital. One of these days...

Go snorkeling in Key West I only live eight hours from here. A hop, skip and jump. 

Work at a monkey rescue for a weekend.. Again, who wouldn't want to take care of orphaned primates???

Speak on some sort of panel about writing Unlike most people, I like speaking in public. I generally just like running my mouth. Having a room-full of people who have to listen to me would be awesome. 

Start business making/selling handcrafted mirrors and stuff This is one that requires my husband's help. He seems to need a swift kick in the ass for motivation.

Write/publish a book with my son Enough said.

I need to see the person who can do this
and not snap their body in half like a
See Cirque Du Soleil I've always been fascinated with this, but the tickets are horrendously expensive. I might just settle for watching the movie when it comes out. Does that count?

Go to California The geography fascinates me. CA has everything, if you're willing to drive around the state to find it. Mountains, deserts, oceans, snow, beautiful weather. Literally any landscape you could want. 

Visit somewhere outside the U.S. Preferrably Venice or Prague. Between Cassie Clare and Laini Taylor, I'm dying to see both these places. 

Take my family on a Disney Cruise There is nothing Disney that I don't like. Except their prices, of course.

Buy at least one of the beautiful Disney paintings they sell in the awesome gallery in Downtown Disney Again, pricey, but sooooo pretty. I love the oil paintings the most. 

Take my husband to a UFC fight! He's a huge UFC fan and I'd love to do this for him. 

This one kind of goes with the first but, since it’s my biggest dream by far; I get to say it twice. Walk into a bookstore and see my book on the shelf. Everyone reading understands this one completely...

In order to participate in this blogfest, I decided to forego my normal Teaser Tuesday post this week--but I'll be back next week! 


  1. Wonderful goals!!! I like the fact that they are all doable and you can make them happen. Swim with dolphins, volunteer with primates, go on that Disney Cruise, and walk into that bookstore to see your book on the shelf!!!
    Great list!

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  3. A great mix of goals, good luck pursuing them!

  4. Work at a monkey rescue?! I say just do it.

    1. I need to find one somewhat by me but I'm definitely going to do it someday!

  5. Love your list! Good luck with getting your book published. You can do it!

    1. Thank you, Sherry! I'm starting to think I really can. :)

  6. What a neat list. I'd love to see a canvas of yours in a gallery or museum. That'd be really neat. Best of luck with all of your dreams.

    1. Thanks, M.Pax. But, my canvas will never be in a museum. haha. I'm aiming more for a very small, very local art gallery. ;) Honestly, I'd be just as happy with that as a museum!!

  7. I love every one of these goals...several of them are quite similar to mine!

    And a big YES to the gorgeous Disney paintings! Hubby and I got a small one for our wedding present...I really want to collect them all!

    1. Ooooh...which one did you get? My daughter got me the Thomas Kinkaid Pinocchio stepping stone for my anniversary. I love it!

  8. I want to volunteer with monkeys!! In 18 Things, there is a band that the boys are in called Cantankerous Monkey Squad:-) My family and I were lucky enough to just return from a 5 day Disney Cruise that we went on for free--soooo much fun. I do hope you get to go on soon! Kids sail for free this time of year . . . just saying:-) Thanks for playing! I'm looking forward to keeping up with your awesome blog!

    1. OMG! You're soooo lucky? Your whole family went on a Disney cruise for free? How did you get that? Did you win it through something? That sounds awesome. I would love to go on one.

      And I love the name Cantankerous Monkey Squad. That's awesome!!

  9. I hope you get your book published as well, or a book. I want to read something written by you.
    Being an extra would be grand! I love movie making and it would be fun to see even a small part of it.

    1. Thanks, Jack! We've had a few movies filmed in my area but, so far, no luck. One of these days though!!

  10. Hi Tamara .. love the last goal - wouldn't that be great .. but all your thoughts are just so achievable ... now that face painting one - you're amazing - I'd pursue that one ... good luck with them all - you'll do them ...

    Cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks, Hillary. I definitely am going to do the face-painting one!! And all the others...

  11. A lot of conferences offer scholarships, so that would be worth looking into. For instance, the Pikes Peak Writers Conference I'm a part of gives out several grants/scholarships, some plain donations, some sponsored by someone. I hope you can go to one! On speaking on a panel, that's also a great way to get into a conference for free, at least for a day of it. Stalk some conferences you'd be willing to go to and watch for the call for workshops/proposals.

    Awesome that your son was in a Nick commercial!

    Good luck with your goals!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

    1. Thanks, Shannon! I hadn't heard about this. I'll definitely look into it and I definitely appreciate the information!!


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