In light of my revival of 101 Things, I decided to post the things I’ve left undone.
Start a coffee blog
One Christmas my mom told me that my grandfather used to salt his coffee. I become fascinated with the idea of mixing different flavors with coffee grounds so I bought a French Press and started adding spices to the coffee grounds before brewing it. I tried cinnamon and salt and Ras El Hanout. I even made Swedish coffee which was a mess but tasted good. I entertained the idea of having a blog about my experiments with coffee (more like making it an itinerant addition to my tumblr). But then I realized no matter how good the coffee I made was, it’d never be as good as King’s Road.
Granted, that shouldn’t be a reason to stop experimenting… except that it was. Or I got bored of it. Or I realized I don’t love coffee enough to really enjoy the experiments.
Maintain a food/recipe/healthy living blog
I’ve been interested in living healthy for years – in eating good, real food and eliminating the chemicals in my home and in my food – in working out and being strong enough to play hard and enjoy my life. When I stopped eating grains and dairy I started cooking a lot more. I found that I enjoy the alchemy of cooking and experimenting with food and different things to create flavors.
What better way to keep track of and share recipes that work and tell funny stories about the ones that don’t then a blog. Mix in a few fun work out pictures and inspirational quotes and it could be fun.
But I have novels to write and this blog to maintain and I just don’t have time for that. But I still think about it from time to time and think I’d enjoy it.
Create a writing app
I still really want to do this because there’s totally a need in the marketplace. I know it’s a good enough idea that I don’t want to go into detail. But I don’t have the coding skills or a server to host it. The hosting part would be pretty simple – but how do you make it a zero sum endeavor? Targeted ads (like for books like goodreads)? Or pay for the app? Because what I also don’t have is the time to figure out coding and hosting or the time to maintain it and fix bugs and handle technical support and…. great idea and I’d love to do it there just aren’t enough hours in the day for this.
Produce YA films
It’s a prime opportunity and I’ve thought of it for a few years now, especially when I talk to friends who work at production companies or studios and they’re looking for material and I have a dozen ideas I could share with them. The recent Top 10 about adaptations reignited the idea after seeing so many other people’s ideas for great adaptations (especially Amy who covered such a variety of mediums).
I have the contacts to work my way back in and the experience in every medium except animation to recognize a good adaptation and fit it into the appropriate format. As well as a breadth of reading and love of YA literature to pull it off. I definitely have thoughts about the spate of recent YA films.
I just really don’t want to live in LA again. I love visiting but… I couldn’t stay. I’m choosing a different career path and a different environmental path and… it’s interesting and sometimes hard to look at the things you could do and knowingly walk way and choose something else.