Most people will be familiar with the term ‘bucket list’; a list of things they want to do before they die. As a change from a writing-related blog, I thought I’d share mine.
My bucket list isn’t very long (“Hurrah!” I hear you shout), but I do have four ambitions which have grown up with me:
- Have a novel published. I achieved that back in 2006 with ‘Andraste’s Blade’. I’d wanted to have a book published since my teens, but always thought literary success was reserved for ‘clever people’. I don’t class myself as clever, but I did work hard and being published is something I’m very proud of – even if it hasn’t brought me fame and fortune. Yet.
- Seeing Aldershot Town play at Wembley. There’s not much I can do about this one unless I win the lottery (or write a bestseller) to fund the club. The club has been close three times: losing in the semi-finals of the Associate Members’ Cup, the Play-offs, and the FA Trophy, are perhaps my greatest disappointments in all my years supporting the team.
- ‘Spending some time’ with a certain female TV personality. I’ll mention no names, although family and friends will know who I mean. It’s unlikely to happen.
- Climbing Snowdon with my son. We’ve holidayed in the mountain’s foothills for years, and every year since he was a toddler we’ve looked up to the peak and said, “One day…”. Various ailments, and my terror of heights, have stopped us so far, but the, “One day…” still stands. I love the region, which I hope comes across in ‘The Doe and the Dragon,’ much of which was set in Snowdon’s shadow.
So, there’s my bucket list.