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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

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Keelan Rosa

accidentally-self-inflicted carving wounds: 4

I'm doing 42 things

Keelan Rosa's Life List

  1. 1. train my voice
    7 people
  2. 2. Self-publish a book
    8 entries . 31 cheers
    13 people
  3. 3. Learn a martial art
    1,569 people
  4. 4. Start a webcomic
    1 entry . 14 cheers
    133 people
  5. 5. learn to ride a motorcycle
    10 cheers
    1,953 people
  6. 6. Complete the 200 sit-ups challenge
    2 cheers
    1 person
  7. 7. learn to play the bodhran
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    64 people
  8. 8. Complete at least ten traditional paintings
    2 cheers
    1 person
  9. 9. create atc cards (artist trading cards)
    11 cheers
    35 people
  10. 10. Read my book of Chekhov's works
    1 person
  11. 11. Successfully complete Script Frenzy
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. write a nonfiction book
    7 cheers
    67 people
  13. 13. learn a programming language
    3 cheers
    95 people
  14. 14. Learn Dvorak
    3 entries
    189 people
  15. 15. learn to skateboard
    2 cheers
    1,569 people
  16. 16. take fencing lessons
    11 cheers
    54 people
  17. 17. Participate in PostCrossing
    1 cheer
    59 people
  18. 18. Train my cat to walk on a leash.
    5 cheers
    8 people
  19. 19. Start a proper knife collection
    2 cheers
    1 person
  20. 20. Sponsor a child
    16 cheers
    265 people
  21. 21. design my own bookplate
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    5 people
  22. 22. Bookcross 30 books
    3 cheers
    1 person
  23. 23. design a tattoo
    4 cheers
    548 people
  24. 24. Visit at least one out-of-town art museum
    13 cheers
    1 person
  25. 25. Learn to make ear cuffs
    3 cheers
    3 people
  26. 26. Decorate a Munny
    2 entries
    1 person
  27. 27. List 80 places i want to visit
    1 cheer
    1 person
  28. 28. Plan out visiting 3 places
    1 person
  29. 29. Design an original cosplay character
    1 person
  30. 30. Make an original cosplay costume
    1 person
  31. 31. Start a sketchvlog
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  32. 32. Do twenty minutes of yoga every day for at least a week
    7 cheers
    1 person
  33. 33. Learn to make shaverma
    1 person
  34. 34. Learn to make haggis
    1 person
  35. 35. climb a rock wall
    4 cheers
    29 people
  36. 36. Make a good tea blend
    1 person
  37. 37. get a folding bike
    1 cheer
    3 people
  38. 38. Try caviar
    58 people
  39. 39. Get a solar power generator
    4 cheers
    2 people
  40. 40. Get one non-earlobe piercing
    2 cheers
    1 person
  41. 41. Get My Ears Pierced Again
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    59 people
  42. 42. Attend a Dr. Sketchy
    1 person

How I did it
How to eat Haggis
It took me
1 day
It made me
hungry for more

How to donate a print to Artists for Charity
It took me
6 days
It made me

Recent entries
Self-publish a book (read all 8 entries…)
50K or Bust

It’s NaNoWriMo 2011! (and has been for a week i am slow to blog when i am busy novelling okay)
and seriously
i’m going to edit this one
even though i didn’t edit the last seven
this time
for real

(Actually i think i have finally figured out a writing groove which works for me. So i may very well have something capable of being edited once this is all done. As opposed to all the other rubbish-bits of the past seven years.)

Completely unrelated: i finally got ‘round to reading The Shining, even though i don’t like Stephen King’s writing style, mainly because i do like horror and it’s a Horror Classic and thus must be read eventually.
It actually has a really good plot (much better than Cujo at any rate) but i still don’t like King’s writing style.
Reminds me of the moment in my Lit of Evil class when Collins made sure to tell us he’d heard King reads Elements of Style at least once a year, yet we never read any King stories in Lit of Evil. I strongly suspect it’s because his plots are catchy and his grammar is perfect but his writing is otherwise meh.
Also how the hell did Grady not accidentally… do the same thing Jack accidentally did. /am trying to avoid spoilers/ It seems in the process of hatchet-murdering he’d have forgotten the same thing Jack forgot with similar results.

learn to play the bodhran
New bodhrán

Went to Celtfest, found a bodhrán sale, bought bodhrán.

It is huge.

At least in comparison to my old one. Which is why i got the new one: i don’t have room to move my hand enough for proper tonal changes with a seven-inch drum.

Now i need to find a place to keep it…

Also i ate a ridiculous amount of haggis yesterday. Favourite food ever and i only ever seem to find it at Celtfests. Last time they were out of haggis, i got haggis-pastry instead, but now i have had straight haggis and it is the awesome.

complete my 101 things in 1001 days list (read all 8 entries…)
randomness entry

i’m reading a book on marketing and it has exercises along the lines of converting customers.

right now my long-term conversion part of the exercise is as follows:

Five long-term conversion goals
  • dude
  • what
  • i don’t even know what i’ll be doing long-term

…yeah. I have discovered i am Not Good at working on the same project for too long. Somewhere around the three-month mark i reach a point where i’d rather throw the whole thing out and start over than work on it for one more day.

This is great if i have a cool project i can finish in three months, because i spend those three months (…or at least the first two…) being very excited about it and working on it constantly. It’s not so great for, say, novels, which i can write in under three months but which take so long to edit i eventually reach a state of THIS NOVEL IS RUBBISH, I SHALL START OVER. That’s, um. That’s not really a good way to finish anything.

Seriously considering figuring out a wild writing schedule which will allow me to outline, write, edit, and publish in three months. Really i need to at the very least get in the habit of editing-while-writing. I never do that during NaNoWriMo because it slows me down too much but if i’m taking three months to write a novel, i can write slower. And if i edit-while-writing the first draft may actually be decent enough to avoid the massive chunks of desperate speed-writing which make editing a horrid nightmare.


this was meant to be a random entry about multiple things and now it’s all novel. okay.
  • I’ve completely let my Starfleet club membership slack, so i’ll have to restart that if i have any hope of doing any Starfleet Academy stuff. Oops.
  • My current moving plans require paying off my student loans first. My current student loan budget plan looks to actually finish up six months after my 1001 days are up. Also i don’t think i’ll be moving to Philly. Maybe Chicago.
  • I may not be going on an oversea volunteer trip either. Because a) money all going to student loans and b) an awful lot of those are glorified poverty-porn. So it now depends on whether i can find one where i would be really helping instead of just making myself feel good.
  • I kind of killed my webcomic.
  • I am practicing my bodhrán! Every day. Yay!
  • Screw singing lessons, i just want to get to a good level with my speaking voice right now.
  • I don’t even want an artist rep any more.
  • I’m planning on getting rid of most of my dead-tree books, because i have literally reached the point where i can’t find most of them because there are too many other books burying them. (I have also come to the conclusion most of the people who complain that e-readers aren’t REAL books and REAL books are BETTER don’t actually read much. I ran out of shelf space over a year ago and started stacking stuff on the floor. Extra hard drive space handles more books in less physical space. w00t.) Anyway. So. Motivation for bookcrossing.
  • Screw the Irenari cosplay, too. I have a totally different OC to cosplay. Who i still need to design anyway, but whatever.

THERE. big massive 101 update.
I think i made my last 101 list in too much of a hurry, i didn’t plan anything out and as such there’s no way i can even afford to do all of it (even without student loanstuff) and quite a bit of it i don’t actually want to do and am not going to do simply to check it off a list. I’ve been working on my next 101 list, though, and already have over 101 items, so when i actually switch over to it next year i’ll be narrowing it down to stuff i honestly want to do instead of flinging things on at random like my last one.

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