Okay. So I have graduated. I’m unemployed. I have no real plan for the next few years, nor really for the rest of my life.
To stave off the anxiety off sudden-onset adulthood, I decided to participate in Project 101 - the plan is that you write a list of 101 things to do, make, or accomplish in 1001 days. I figure, if I ever get bored and anxious and start wondering what the hell I should do with myself, I can refer back to this.
101 Things in 1001 Days
1. Relearn Spanish
2. Practice/take class in ASL
3. Take class in Chinese
4. Finish Mere Imagination
5. Go to Dirty Queer in Portland
6. Travel to Asia
7. Travel to Mexico
8. Learn to sail
9. Work or intern on a farm
10. Find work or an internship in a theatre
11. Keep a journal regularly (after graduation)
12. Write one ficlet or poem a month - 50-500 words
13. Write at least one short story every 4 months (unless too busy working on larger pieces of writing)
14. Submit to publications
15. GET PUBLISHED
16. Go to a queer play party
17. Buy a copy of The Ethical Slut
18. Travel to South America
19. Hitchhike some significant distance
20. Quit smoking. No, seriously. Get down to 1 cig every 3-4 months. Yeah, ONE. THAT’S IT.
21. Rewrite At the Window, Two Girls
22. Write that play about the coma patient that I’ve been thinking about for two years.
23. Take aerial dance class.
24. Learn more contact juggling.
25. Go to Burning Man.
26. Get Arty the Smarty tattoo.
27. Get either tree tattoo or Paul Simon tattoo (or both, should $$$ be sufficient)
28. Visit Chicago.
29. Volunteer with Bread and Puppet again.
30. Write novella of +10,000 words
31. Write graphic novel script
32. Do Americorps
33. Go to the Folsom Street Fair
34. Go to Pride in San Francisco or Portland
35. Take dance class (besides aerial class)
36. Learn to knit.
37. Make an awesome costume for Halloween.
38. Get better at stilt dancing.
39. Go horseback riding.
40. Learn acrobatics/acrobalancing
41. Learn more recipes by heart.
42. Eat only homemade bread for a month.
43. Read a book by Dostevsky.
44. Read another book by Haruki Murakami.
45. Keep an active blog about SOMETHING.
46. Make roads towards living in Europe for a while.
47. Learn one new language.
48. Can food with Mom.
49. Spend an October in Vermont.
50. Get better at sewing.
51. Spend at least one week camping (or cabin-ing) each year.
52. Read the rest of the Sherlock Holmes novels and stories
53. Start memorizing poems. Learn 3 each year, and be able to recite them.
54. Get better at playing the spoons.
55. Help Mom renovate house.
56. Learn to make challah bread.
57. Participate in more queer theatre.
58. Try and publish Everything that Breathes
59. Do some kind of grassroots organizing.
61. Buy (obtain?) a new and better vibrator.
62. Spend six months reading only literature, poetry, and drama by people of color
63. Go see a theater/dace/puppetry performance at LEAST once every 3 months (should funds be sufficient)
64. Make a journal
65. Educate self about issues of censorship, information dissemination, and internet technology
66. Make kimchi or sauerkraut
67. Make gnocchi
68. Learn CPR
69. Take first aid class.
70. Read something by Chris Bohjalian.
71. Write a steampunk story.
72. Make a sockpuppet.
73. Improve wardrobe. (more color? more scarves!)
74. Go back to Boulder and visit Ella and Carly.
75. Go to Portland and see Cait and Julia.
76. Improve html coding
77. Switch over to Linux.
78. Read Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
79. Read The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
80. Read Pedagogy of the Oppressed
81. Travel somewhere with Mikey again. (Because it was awesome going to Maine with you last summer, and I really wish I could have met you in Paris in May)
82. Make a sockmonkey
83. Read a book by E. O. Wilson
84. Build a web page
85. Take music lessons. Learn to play an instrument.
86. Buy another copy of Writing Down the Bones and reread it.
87. Read Tesla
88. Take up contact improv again
89. Take up some kind of martial art (capoeira? aikido?)
90. Make a woodprint.
91. Have another art-making party
92. Send a care package to someone
93. Have a barbecue
94. Write postcards.
95. Make dandelion wine
96. Do another roadtrip.
97. Use the camera Travis gave me.
98. Climb Camel’s Hump in VT
99. Modify fuzzy hoodie to include ears and possibly tail.
100. Go canoeing or kayaking.
101. Evaluate whether or not to go to grad school at the end of three years.
I don’t expect that this is interesting, or even entirely coherent, to anyone but me. But there it is.