It’s cool to be part of a club. Membership means acceptance. Belonging means we’re not the social pariah we feared we were. The common interests that bind members, and often turn members into friends, assures us that we are not
Club members may be weird. But being part of a club means we have found kindred weirdos. Kindred weirdos means we’re less likely to get beat up.
While it is true I am nothing if not odd, Life List Club is not.
Life List Club members are are writing professionals with vision. They looked like they were having fun.
So I approached the playground, asked if I could play, too. I even brought my own ball.
Marcia, Jess, Gary, Jenny, Sonia, David and Lara said yes.
(Look right, and links to my club mates’ sites can be found on the sidebar. Scroll up, and you can see their sun-shiny faces and read their profiles.)
As a writer, with a flitty-flighty muse on my shoulder and a fragile ego (yeah, right), acceptance in the Life List Club meant more than a simple yes.
It is hard to establish a reputation as a writer. So many new to the craft feel unjustified. They could be turning out a thousand words per day, but without that coveted publication label, they don’t fully embrace their craft.
I’m aspiring, they say.
I say, PHLPHLPHL!
Published or not, we must provide and proclaim our own validation. We write, therefore we are writers. In doing, we become. In doing, we are.
But there is more than simply doing. We must determine our target, set out a path, mark milestones along the journey. We must set goals, and measure our progress.
And that is where my Life List comes in.
My Life List is recorded, but not written in stone. Heck, it isn’t even written on paper! My Life List can be found here.
*Pause for shameless self-promotion: You can sign up to follow my blog, Wildflower, here.*
I’ve laid out my Life List with care, have committed its contents to this club and to cyberspace, and yet, I know it is fluid. Some goals I will meet, others will take more time. Even now, a month after I set the goal, recent events have made me reconsider workshop presentations. This goal is still worthwhile, but is this the direction I want to take this year?
I’ll let you know next March.
What targets are in your sight this year, or this month? Any milestones to celebrate? Let us know.
Next up in the club, Marcia Richards on Friday, March 6. Don’t miss out!