Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Bucket List

One of those "just for fun" emails that makes the rounds periodically is The Bucket List. The idea is to mark what you've done in your life and share it with six friends. I just completed one a friend from Australia sent and what struck me is that a few of the selections are no longer possible for the coming generations, such as "go to a drive-in movie" or "talk on a party line" or "put a dime in the jukebox". 

Now before you nod and say, "well, of course, Jude. That means you are now officially OLD," let me explain. The technology change is what grabbed my attention and tied in with Linda's post yesterday about the advantages of ebooks. 

(And yeah, my son is constantly reminding me that I am old. So what? Kiss mah grits.)

Technology is always changing. And yes, I envision a time when the ereaders we espouse now will go the way of the eight-track tape player, but that's the beauty of human curiosity always asking, "How can I make this better?" How will the hardware/software change? How will it be easier, more interactive, smaller, faster, individualized? It's rather exciting to contemplate.

But what will not change is the Human Reader. The mind will always yearn for stimulation. There will always need to be a beginning, middle, and end--whether happy or not. Good writing will always be the driving force behind the love of a story. Punctuation rules will bend and change and break. Sentence structure and semantics will definitely shift, but the elements of a good story will remain constant. 

Just for fun, here's a Writers' Bucket List.  Feel free to respond in the comments.

 As a writer I have:
(  ) Written a manuscript in longhand
(  ) Typed on a trypewriter
(  ) Used a word processor
(  ) Saved work on a Floppy Disk
(  ) Submitted a paper mss to an agent or editor
(  ) Used Corel lWordperfect
(  ) Filled a wastebasket with crumpled paper balls that have only one scribbled line
) Spilled whiteout trying to change one typewritten letter
(  ) Bought more than one "manuscript box"
(  ) Learned DOS
(  ) Took "typing" in school
(  ) Hand-counted every word on a page 
(  ) Sharpened a quill
(  ) Owned--and used--a dictionary that sits on a shelf
(  ) Made editing corrections on paper
(  ) Put two spaces after a period

(  ) Written a webpage in HTML
(  ) Taken discs to a print shop to print out a mss
(  ) Broken pencils in frustration
(  ) Stared at a blank page or screen for more than fifteen minutes
(  ) Wondered how to set a margin
(  ) Hidden reams of paper
(  ) Kept every rejection letter
(  ) Had a posted query letter returned as "undeliverable"




Happy writing!


~Jude


Jude Johnson
Author, Dragon & Hawk 
Available from Champagne Books

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mmm. Thinking about this one. Smacks a little of procrastination...?

Jude Johnson said...

LOL All work and no procrastination dulls the imagination, Anonymous.

Cathy Coburn said...

Very enjoyable, had to join.

Linda Rettstatt said...

Oh, what the heck, let's 'date' ourselves. I loved the checklist.
As a writer I have:
( X ) Written a manuscript in longhand
( X ) Typed on a trypewriter
( X ) Used a word processor
( X ) Saved work on a Floppy Disk
( X ) Submitted a paper mss to an agent or editor
( X ) Used Corel lWordperfect
( X ) Filled a wastebasket with crumpled paper balls that have only one scribbled line
( ) Spilled whiteout trying to change one typewritten letter
( ) Bought more than one "manuscript box"
(X ) Learned DOS
(X ) Took "typing" in school
( X ) Hand-counted every word on a page
( ) Sharpened a quill
(X ) Owned--and used--a dictionary that sits on a shelf
( X ) Made editing corrections on paper
( X ) Put two spaces after a period
( ) Written a webpage in HTML
( ) Taken discs to a print shop to print out a mss
( X ) Broken pencils in frustration
(X ) Stared at a blank page or screen for more than fifteen minutes
( X ) Wondered how to set a margin
( ) Hidden reams of paper
( ) Kept every rejection letter
( ) Had a posted query letter returned as "undeliverable"

I have yet to ride on a motorcycle, and that's a goal before I go.

Linda

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I have never sharpened a quille, but I've used one. And I taught myself to type from a book. All the rest of that list I've done. So if you're looking for old, voila.

I welcome technology, but worry that our youth will die of starvation and boredom if "the lights go out in Georgia" or "all over the world."

I threw out my rejection letters once they weighed 20pounds.

Jude Johnson said...

LOL Julie that's THE BEST way to lose 20 pounds, ever!

Yeah, we're dating ourselves, and yes I've sharpened a quill but that was for art class so I'm not counting it... ;-)

Thanks for playing, everyone!

Big Mike said...

Hey Jude, here's a shocker for ya. There's still a drive in where I used to live and there are retro burger joints that still have jukebox.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year, (2008 and 2009)