Dear 43 Things Users,

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.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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write a novel (read all 8 entries…)

Harper Collins
Random house

Iowa writers workshop

write a novel (read all 8 entries…)

Look at book through readers eyes. Structural edit – read quickly for story, pace, character development, and plot structure
Line edit – line by line analytical edit, consistency of detail and speech, passive v active voice
Proofread – read slowly for detail, grammar and spelling

Structure report – reader and publisher requirement
Writingwa website – list of editors

Georgia from Fremantle Press – great potential editor

Work on different parts at different times so things come clear

Submit to indigo

Who are my trusted readers?

Read born in the wild, come back to me

write a novel (read all 8 entries…)

Get the product right – finish the book
Know the market – pick publishers doing something similar, visit bookstores
Strong first page
Approach the right person at a publishing house
Follow the submission guidelines
Spend time in bookstores! Where would the book sit?
Send to aus, u.s. and uk collect rejection letters
Send to agents – agent where publishers are
Find publishers, editors and agents in your genre by reading the acknowledgements

Standard submissions
Cover letter
2pg synopsis
First three chapters

Veruna – work in progress retreat
Check for others on publisher websites

Journal submissions always let the others know if you do get published

become 65 kg (read all 4 entries…)
20 jan 2010

2pieces pumpkin pizza
Pad Thai
Cup of tea
Glass of wine
Zucchini noodles

No exercise – must run tomorrow after work

become 65 kg (read all 4 entries…)
19 jan 2010

Power walked to alyssa’s… not as good as boot camp, but it’s something

Green smoothie
3 lamingtons
Instant noodle
6 pieces of pizza
4 arancini balls

SAT course
Getting it started

When are the main test dates and application deadlines for American university? Schedule the course 1-2 times per week for 8-12 weeks.

Where to hold it? Student Edge or Perth College.

How to market myself? Primarily push the course. Additional marketing for writing and english language tutoring and college application support.

-harvard graduate, degree in English
-kaplan trained
-7 years experience as professional journalist
-instructor and curriculum developer for two of korea’s top academies – recas and cornerstone
-english teacher at former international school of Perth

-improved test scores guaranteed or money back?
-get your writing skills to a college level

-books provided, please bring a calculator
-cover math as well as reading and writing??

-prep course outline and assignments

clean out & fix up farm (read all 2 entries…)
Yoga room

This is the starting point – clearing it out and some of our clothes.

1 clear out all boxes, candles and crystals.

2 clear out clothes

3 decorate room

start a blog (read all 5 entries…)

I’ve started blogging- I don’t have too many readers but that doesn’t bother me too much… I think the possibility of readers, of words made public is just as exciting and nerve-wracking, my words released beyond my grasp or ability to snatch them back.

Now the challenge is improving. Thinking ahead finding just a little more time… And then linking up and giving others access…

ny resolutions

Run every morning before work
Take train more so I can read
Blog every night before bed
Save $7000 for trip
Get PR
Eat 2 out of 3 meals raw
Write novel complete draft
Work on house bit by bit – don’t get overwhelmed just pick one task and attack it. One thing done each week.
Spend 15 minutes a day on Portuguese.

run a marathon (read all 3 entries…)
Start morning jogs

30 min each morning. Arrange to shower in the city. Leave home earlier, less traffic, start work earlier…

become fluent in a 2nd language (read all 3 entries…)
Not German... But Portuguese!

Not that useful and tho good at it I’ve always been scared to step out of my comfort zone with languages. So I’m going to learn Portuguese.

become fluent in a 2nd language (read all 3 entries…)

Will study German first…

spend 6 months traveling thru Europe (read all 5 entries…)

New experiences
Learn a language

write a novel (read all 8 entries…)

What defines her? The quieter girl, the one who doesn’t stand out. The one built for internal struggles who bends before the external. Naive, pious, loyal, kind and something of an innocent but that isn’t actually clear at first if she’s pure at heart or just sheltered.

start a blog (read all 5 entries…)
My first blog

New years day… My night – it’s an interesting tradition waking up with a hangover. I saw the foolishness which is totally how I wound up ringing in new year with a Dexter marathon, researching my prospective colon cleanse and playing at word scrabbles.

write a novel (read all 8 entries…)
6th grade

Remember the way you felt then. Like life and all it’s missteps and mishaps, practical jokes and kneeskapped guffaws had put a story inside you and if nothing else was accomplished in your years beyond letting that story out you would be a success.

Remember this and let the story out.

run a marathon (read all 3 entries…)
Colin cleanse

Start dec 29 finish January 6
Walk daily while on cleanse then start running

clean out & fix up farm (read all 2 entries…)

Bring in laundry
Mop floors
Set up yoga room
Organise cds

spend 6 months traveling thru Europe (read all 5 entries…)

Leave in mid June leave Europe in December
Xmas and nye in the USA
South America then back for February and alyssa bday and syl to start vet school

write a novel (read all 8 entries…)
Scene idea

A sexually charged priesthood blessing

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