1 - What book would you like to have written?
Copper Mountain. Wow, do I ever wish that thing was finished. Most of the stuff I write, I like writing. I already did a disastrous draft of that one, and doing another draft is not as appealing as it could be, even though there are things about it that seem like they might be good fun.
2 - When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer. I win! Also a physicist. Tried that; it was not a good temperamental fit. Before I knew what a physicist was/did by name, I was mostly groping around trying to figure out how to tell people that was what I wanted to do.
3 - What would you like to change about the world?
So many things, uff da. Not only are there, as the fella points out, people wrong on the internet, they're doing it off the internet, too! And then there are the things that aren't anybody's doing that suck anyway. What I want is for everybody to have the room to think in the long-term. I don't think we'd come up with the same wants (or even the same idea of what things were wants vs. needs) if that was the case, but it'd sure be interesting, and a lot less frustrating than reading over and over again of historical figures making short-term choices that went really badly over the long-run. Starving people do not have a lot of room for the long view. Nor do people with contaminated water supplies or viciously oppressive governments or any of a number of ills. I think the quality of problems we'd have if everybody had the room to draw breath and think would be a higher and more interesting quality of problems.
4 - What dead historical figure would you like to meet?
Today we're going to go with Lise Meitner. Tomorrow it would be different.
5 - What do you regret the most?
Okay, that one's a little more personal than I care to share in specific detail on the internet. Suffice it to say that there was something that, while perfectly true, never needed to be said to the person I said it to. Mostly I don't spend a lot of time on regrets, because the past is not the bit I can control, the present and the future are. So apologizing for bad behavior, analyzing why it went wrong if there's a question, and trying to do better in the future in specific, concrete ways seems a lot more productive than regretting.
So anyway. You know how this goes. Ask me, or I'll ask you.
So. Where are we on the list I made on January 1?
1. Finish What We Did revisions. In progress.
2. Finish The True Tale of Carter Hall draft. In progress.
5. Finish "Pillars of Salt and String," "The Radioactive Etiquette Book," and "The Curvature of Every Disorder." In progress.
6. Finish "The Witch's Second Daughter" and "Twelve Things You Don't Know About Dryads." In progress.
9a. Learn three Scarlatti sonatas. In progress on one.
13. Substituted mango into Yucatan chicken recipe. Done. It was...fine. The peach version is really very much better, even for peaches at the end of peach season that are in no way optimal peaches. I don't know that we'll be doing the mango thing again.
14. and 17. were already done last time.
18. Continue to attempt to keep Rice Paper and Pumphouse Creamery in business singlehandedly. In progress. This one isn't going to be "done" this year, assuming that both businesses stay in business at all, which we of course hope they will. This evening's dinner reservations are at Rice Paper, and Pumphouse got our business yesterday.
19. Try at least four new-to-us restaurants: In progress: one tried. a) Manana Pupuseria in St. Paul. Not recommended until spring. I had a nice plantain but the pupusa I had was pretty dull. So it's on my "fine but not great" list--except that it was really, really, no I mean it REALLY cold. Keeping my coat on through dinner was nothing like enough. So if you're interested in trying it out, either get takeout or wait until there's a lasting thaw.
21. Food Safari outing just made the calendar! This is another ongoing one. But still, it's ongoing actively rather than merely theoretically. So that's a win.
29a. Read Tony Hillerman series. In progress. Finished Skinwalkers this week.
30. Catch up on Numb3rs. In progress. I started S4 yesterday and will watch two more in a few minutes. Uff da, the end of S3!
31. Find another DVD series to love. In progress. Tried a few things I did not love, ordered one thing I might love, talked through some other ideas with people and put items on my library list.
41. Make charitable donations early this year. Done.
43. Ask for help when it would be a good idea to do so. Heh. Ongoing. I think I would get stern glares if I scored that one as done.
46. Swedish meatballs with great-aunt and -uncle. Done. We went yesterday. I am only scoring this one as done because we might decide to have pannekoekens one of these days instead, not because I am done lunching with my great-aunt and -uncle for the year.
47. Saturday Morning Doughnuts with folks. Daddy brought doughnuts while Mom was out of town for the funeral, and then they both did this morning. So that one is done, too, in the sense that we might decide to make it bagels next time.