Monthly Archives: November 2012

100 things to do in 1000 days; #1: Get my stupid degree.


This is my “I know, right?” face, in response to my “I never thought it would happen!” brain thought.

I have my very own B.J.


100 things to do in 1000 days; #34/35: Watch The Shawshank Redemption.

It turns out, this movie is not a version of Good Will Hunting with a main character whose last name is Shawshank. Who knew?

Although, actually, I haven’t seen Good Will Hunting, either, so the plot that I incorrectly assumed Shawshank was ripping off for some reason may be a completely different composite plot I came up with because I have seen about no movies, but all of the TV, and the multitude of oblique references contained within have congealed into nonsensical soup of movies that never existed. I blame Community.

I really like this type of movie – these wonderfully thought out storylines with small, meaningful moments that give sprawling narratives a throughline, the beginning connecting with the end in a way that feels beautiful and inevitable – it reminded me of the Count of Monte Cristo. I’m not actually high, right now, just tired.  It took a little time to get going, but sometimes slow starts make for the best movies, because when you finally care about the characters, it’s because you spent time with them and they mean something, not because of good-looking actors, empty charm, or cheer-baiting one-liners. I really enjoyed The Shawshank Redemption, and I would like future Donna to know, just in case she’s forgotten, that it’s worth watching again. I put the entertainment section in my List to force me to watch movies like this, that I may never otherwise get around to seeing.


100 things to do in 1000 days IN PROGRESS; #4, 24: Finish the first draft of my book (The King) and Participate in a NaNoWriMo

Because this is my list, I’m doing it my way. The goal of National November Writing Month is 50,000 words written by the 30th. Let’s be realistic: I probably won’t make that goal. So, like I did for the Cannonball Reads, I’m adapting it. Whatever I don’t get done by the end of the month, I’ll aim to get done before September 2013 (the end of this little enormous project). I’m not focusing solely on one novel (The King), either, this book I’ve been “writing” since, what, 10th grade? I’m also clearing out my room of the tiny scraps of paper containing sentence fragments and half-ideas that have accumulated over the years. I’m transferring them from napkins and the backs of receipts to my computer, where I can revisit them and sort them and, hopefully, one day, use them. Three birds with one stone! (This includes “cleaning my room.”)

Here is an example of some gibberish I wrote on a napkin so I wouldn’t forget:

“Eating: Doctor show off; Grandma/talking about the violence [volcano?] of shot [short? Squirt?] her nose [oh, “volcano” of “snot”] had produced that evening.”

Wow, that was definitely worth the napkin and decoding time. This is going to be an interesting project.