In late 1999/ early 2000, when I was about 24 years old, and trying to “find myself in the world” I made a list of lifetime goals, and I printed that list, laminated it, and stuck it in my wallet, where I still carry it today.
it’s one of those things that’s gotten buried behind some other old cards
(advanced SCUBA certification, credentials of ministry from the Universal Life
Church, etc.), basically things I haven’t looked at or even thought about for
the past 6 or 7 years, at least.
this week, I received a box of contributor copies of my first novel, and I
realized that I just achieved the fulfillment of one of my lifetime goals.
as these goals were written about two decades ago, there are some that I've since lost interest in accomplishing. Some of them I already have accomplished.
Some I know I’ll never do, while a few are still ones I’m working on and
week, I just crossed off “Write and publish a book.”
written and published other books, anthologies and non-fiction, and my primer
series, my collection, books on genealogy, etc. But I knew what the
intent of this goal was, and nothing less would have fulfilled it. The intent
was to see in print a fiction novel that I alone had authored. That book is:
DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE, coming out next month (July 26) through JournalStone.
my original list of goals. They’re not in any order. If memory serves me
correctly I had a couple different goals in the first draft list I made, but
otherwise, not much changed over the years. This incarnation is dated from 2005.
15 GOALS TO FULFILL
Earn a doctoral degree
Hold a public position in political office
Fluently speak a foreign language
Invent/ Patent Something
Run the Los Angeles Marathon
Visit every continent
Ride my bicycle across America
Write and publish a book
Efficiently play a musical instrument
Hold my child
Restore a classic car
Celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary
Build my own house
Operate my own business
Master a martial art
it’s a great feeling of gratification today, of accomplishment, wonder even,
that I did it.
is a picture of DOORWAYS TO THE DEADEYE, as opened in its shipping box, and of course I’m so proud of it, and hope the
world should find some bit of enjoyment in my writing as well…. This novel was
truly a passion project, something I wrote from the heart without a care for
genre constraints. Of course, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I’ll be
all about writing for the market and the big bucks now (yes, I know, I laugh
It's available for preorder on Amazon, and more
on it can be found here: http://ericjguignard.com/doorways_to_the_deadeye.html