101/1001 (11)

10 Jun

I completed two tasks this week.  You read about my foray into second childhood; the second was Write 101 new poems.  I’ve written 111 in eleven weeks.  I think I may have set the bar a little low.  Any suggestions for a realistic target?


Read thirty books (11/30)

I finally finished Daughters of Britannia: The Lives And Times Of Diplomatic Wives, by Katie Hickman.  It was dry in parts but interesting enough to keep going.  Not gripping, though: it’s taken me six months.  Here’s a bit I thought you might enjoy:

At the turn of the century Susan Townley learnt the conventionally polite Chinese enquiry: ‘How is Your Excellency’s favoured wife?’  To which, unvaryingly, would come the equally conventional reply: ‘Thank you, Madam.  The foolish one of the family is well.’


Find another 64 challenges for the list.  (24/64)

Nancy suggested: Go an entire week without poking fun at the WP prompter.  I did so, but forgot to add it to the list.  That got me out of the habit so there’s no point including it now.  Talk about a wasted opportunity.

She also suggested: Visit a hospital ward and entertain the ill and infirm.  I’m thinking about that one.  It scares me, frankly.  I don’t know how I would entertain them without sticking a monitor in front of their faces.

Nancy is prolific: Write a letter to someone who taught me something valuable about life and send it to them.  This is a good one; it’s on the list.  So’s this: Illustrate one of my poems with the medium of my choice.

Pseu gave me a task which is similar to one I already have (Submit thirty poems to competitions or publishers), but is a good way to make it happen:  Buy a copy of Myslexia or visit http://www.prizemagic.co.uk/html/writing_comps.htm  and identify 6 poetry competitions, each with a closing date a month after each other, or as close as possible – enter each competition with a new poem over the next six months.

Thank you again, everyone, for your suggestions and encouragement.


Flo told me about a teenage girl who has her own list.  Please visit her blog: she is fifteen and has terminal cancer.  Hers is a bucket list.  I don’t know what to say.  She is so brave.


We have a new 101er!  Welcome, heroblues.  Let’s hope you’re not the last to join us.

Don’t forget to check out the other 101ers from the list to the right.

20 Responses to “101/1001 (11)”

  1. Cindy June 10, 2011 at 15:57 #

    Write a post commemorating your experience of the 2010 Soccer World Cup which was held in SA, once your home.


  2. Debbie June 10, 2011 at 16:33 #

    I am a great one for writing lists of things I want to do, and then getting depressed at how many of them I haven’t got done. It seems to spur you into action Tilly, it seems to have the opposite effect on me! One thing I WILL be doing soon, tho, is this:

    On Alice’s bucket list blog today, she links to http://www.postpals.co.uk/ , a site which features lots of children going through some very tough times who would appreciate a card, letter or small gift. I can’t really help with any of Alice’s bucket list items, but I can and will do what I can to brighten one or two of these children’s lives a little.


    • Tilly Bud June 10, 2011 at 21:57 #

      Yes, I’m going to write a separate post on this because it’s such a worthy cause.


  3. nrhatch June 10, 2011 at 19:26 #

    Glad that you’re making progress on your list. It’s sad that so many children have such a limited time to focus on their “bucket lists.”

    I blogged about PostPals a while back . . . glad to see that Debbie has included the link. Another organization aimed at helping terminally ill children realize their dreams ~ Make A Wish Foundation.


    • Tilly Bud June 10, 2011 at 22:06 #

      Yes, that’s another good one. I like Postpals, though, because people with limited funds can still make a little difference.


  4. vivienne Blake June 10, 2011 at 19:28 #

    keep on keeping on. You’ll get there in the end.


    • Tilly Bud June 10, 2011 at 22:08 #

      I am and I will. I am enjoying this challenge much more than I expected to.


  5. Blossom Dreams June 10, 2011 at 20:24 #

    Keep on with your list – sounds like you’re making great progress 😀 xx


    • Tilly Bud June 10, 2011 at 22:13 #

      There’s a long way to go yet – including completing the list 🙂


  6. Bella June 10, 2011 at 23:45 #

    Tilly, you have my admiration and respect for completing the goals set before you! I imagine the feeling of gratification is fantastic! 101 poems! Oh my goodness! Kudos to you! By the way, I did check out the teenager’s bucket list and it’s humbling to say the least! How utterly inspiring!


  7. sarsm June 11, 2011 at 07:07 #

    Lovin’ your new photo!!

    Will check out the bucket list x


  8. sarsm June 11, 2011 at 07:32 #

    Just been over – crying now, what an amazing girl!!


  9. eof737 June 11, 2011 at 09:47 #

    You have been busy… I’m proud of you! 🙂


  10. Perfecting Motherhood June 12, 2011 at 05:49 #

    Good luck with your poem submissions!


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