There’s a hole in the bucket #mfrwauthor

For  week 48 of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop, the writing prompt is:

Five Things on my Bucket List

Unfortunately there are zero things. I don’t have a bucket list.

Not because I intend to live forever, but because I don’t like to borrow trouble from the future by worrying I might die with desires unfulfilled. Unfulfillment is inevitable, frankly. Even if I had a bucket list and did everything in it, new desires would sprout like weeds to take their place:

  • When I started writing, I wanted to see if I could actually write a book (a non-fiction programming tome).
  • When that desire was fulfilled, I wanted to publish the book.
  • When that desire was fulfilled, I wanted to write a novel.
  • When that desire was fulfilled, I wanted to published the novel.
  • When that desire was fulfilled, I wanted to get past the ‘second-novel jinx’ I’d read about.
  • When that desire was fulfilled, I wanted to get past the ‘three-novel barrier’ I’d read about.
  • Etc.

Until I’m told I’m dying in six months, there’s a hole in my bucket list, dear Liza, dear Liza, there’s a hole in my bucket list and it’s constantly being refilled. Here are some of my current desires:

  1. I want to give my latest child, due date December 4, a healthy start in life.
  2. I’d like to take a river cruise from Switzerland to Amsterdam.
  3. I’d love to go on a week’s writing retreat to the Banff Centre for Art and Creativity.
  4. I want to the make the perfect oboe reed so I play well at next weekend’s concerts.
  5. And I’d really love to shake the bug that’s put me under the weather today.

What about you?

Write a comment about your bucket list — and then check out the bucket lists of the other writers taking part in this blog hop.


As I hinted above, I want my latest offspring to do well in life. Maybe it will. Rescuing Prince Charming’s first reviewer, MFRW’s own Lisabet Sarai, ended her review this way:

I haven’t read a romance I enjoyed so much in a long time.


Rescuing Prince Charming
Alien Contact for Idiots, book four

She’s no heroine. He’s no Prince Charming.

Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism when saboteurs try to bomb the prototype of Earth’s first starship. Although she yearns to return to anonymity, that moment of courage propels her ever deeper into dangers that tear the scabs off her dark secrets—and thrust her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.

Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the unassuming heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she is his only ally against Earth’s most elusive enemies.

Rescue your own prince charming at these fine outlets:



  1. So sorry to hear you’re feeling unwell, Ed. Hope you’re fully recovered by release day!

    And I don’t really have a bucket list, either. I’ve done so much more in my life than I ever dreamed I would… I’m just plain amazed.

    1. “I’ve done so much more in my life than I ever dreamed I would… I’m just plain amazed.” That testament to success is inspiring, Lisabet. Thanks!

  2. Good luck on your latest child and I hope you’re well recovered by next weekend!

  3. Best wishes on Rescuing Prince Charming! What’s the ‘three novel barrier’? I’ve not heard of that one.

    1. I couldn’t tell you where I heard of it — I think in a book by an agent, maybe Donald Maass — that traditional publishers sometimes reassessed an author’s sales after three sales, and often dropped authors before book four. After three Special Editions, Silhouette dropped me, and that set me back for a long time. I turned to science fiction, and as far as the publishers were concerned I was ‘unpublished’. I did place The Trial of Tompa Lee with a traditional publisher, to a hardcover release, no less, for my fourth novel.

  4. Forgot to mention….what a fantastic compliment from Lisabet!

    1. Agreed! That’s why I’m plastering wherever I can.

  5. I’ve published three novels and am having a hard time starting the next one…is that the 3-novel barrier of which you speak? Now, I’m scared… Feel better soon and good luck with Rescuing Prince Charming!

    1. Actually, no. It’s a remnant of traditional publishing. Editors often reevaluated a writer’s sales after three books to see it they were viable.

  6. Ed, I didn’t have a bucket list until the topic this week. The river cruise sounds like something I should add to my list. I hope you feel better by time your baby makes its arrival.

    1. The cruises are such a ‘gentle’ way to travel — the hotel travels along with you. That said, I have less interest in ocean cruises.

      1. I’d do the river cruise but not an ocean cruise. I’ve never had the urge to do an ocean cruise.

  7. Okay, you hooked me! I just pre-ordered your book.
    And I’m with you on the leaky bucket thing.

    1. Alina, you’re my newest favorite person in the world!

  8. LOL love your take on this Ed! Having a leaky bucket is the best kind of bucket in situations like this.

    Get well soon! Good luck at your concert. And woot! Congrats on your upcoming release.

    And thanks…didn’t know there was a Third Novel Barrier thing to be worried about. Way to give me added stress. LOL

    1. A leaky bucket, yes. A leaky life, not so much.

  9. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Good luck on that Child’s healthy life! Best wishes! I admit a had to reread that a couple times before I realized who your child was lol. Get well soon!

    1. I realized that might’ve been confusing, but decided to leave it in anyway.

      1. Cathy Brockman · ·

        I thought it was cute lol

  10. Hope you are feeling better- and good luck/congrats on your newest edition 🙂

    1. Yep, I’m feeling better. It was just a little sniffle and cough.

  11. With what shall we fix it, dear Liza, dear Liza, with what shall we fix it, dear Liza, with what. I prefer goals to bucket lists myself.

    1. I’ve loved this song since I was a kid.

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