• Allison Sloan

“Rename your “To-Do” list to your “Opportunities list.” Steve Maraboli

Hello 2020! Yup, started off with the flu again, just like 2019! I embrace existentialism. Also starting off with renewed energy to check off items on the January “to do” list. I’m not really a fan of the term “bucket list” because it refers to "before you die" and I’m not into preparing for my own end. Too busy today. I channel my feelings about death and dying to my fiction life. Anna, sits with her husband, Joe, in the last hours of his life, as he clutches the phone yearning to call his mistress one last time – it’s my pitch line. But my novel isn’t about Joe’s bucket list, it’s about his children’s bucket lists. About the things his family needs to make happen before their father dies.

My “to do” list is stuff like: call the plumber to fix the leak in the shower; then call the painter to get the kitchen ceiling repaired from the leak in the shower; send 5 queries to agents (if Lisa Genova can send 100, I can send 5);

get the boiler cleaned; groom the dog; send 5 query emails; get the oil changed in the car; send 5 queries… and prep my submissions for the agents I’ll be meeting at Grub Street’s The Muse and the Marketplace in April. What’s on your “opportunities” list?

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