Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Million Year List



By Kath Rutledge from the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by Molly MacRae

Some people have their Bucket List – you know, the list of things they want to do before they die. And there are lists like “The ABCs of Me” that make the social media rounds where people list their likes and dislikes, and their quirks and attributes in alphabetical order. Some of the lists are gimmicky. Some of them make us think. Some of them threaten us like surly chain letters. To my surprise, since moving to Blue Plum, it’s dawned on me that the world actually needs another one of these lists.



No, don’t run screaming. This will be a useful list. It will help people vent and it'll be cheaper than therapy. I’m calling it “The Million Year List” and you put on it the things that never in a million years did you ever think you’d find yourself saying, thinking, or doing. Things like “Never in a million years did I ever think I’d hear myself saying ‘Don’t you dare rub peanut butter on your sister!’”



Ten things are too many and we’ll all feel crazy if we came up with that many. So we’ll keep the list short and stick to five. Here, I’ll start us off.



Never in a million years did I ever think that I would . . .

  1. Share tuna casserole with a burglar
  2. Punch a sheriff’s deputy in the nose
  3. Sleep in a murdered man’s bed
  4. Hear myself discussing interrogation techniques with a ghost
  5. Take a ghost to the public library to borrow audio books

The great thing about this list is that you don’t have to explain it. You write the stuff down, get it off your chest, and that’s that. It feels great! Why don’t you try it? You can start out small, if you want. In the comments, jot down one or two things you never in a million years thought you’d do or say or think. You’ll be surprised how good you feel afterwards!





DYEING WISHES and LAST WOOL AND TESTAMENT are available in mass market, e-book, and audio book. LAST WOOL is the winner of the 2013 Lovey Award for best Paranormal Novel and was named as one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2012.  Follow Molly MacRae on Facebook and Pinterest, or find her the first Monday of each month at Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts



22 comments:

  1. Lol that is quite a list Molly.
    I never thought I would end up living with a "man"friend again.
    Let alone one who has children, so I am now a stepmother ...

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    1. That's great, Aurian! And I know, without even asking, that you're not wicked at all. Congratulations on your new adventure!

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  2. I'm jealous--I want my own ghost! How about, I never thought I'd plant my own orchard (all of eight trees)?

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    1. I think eight is the tipping point, Sheila. I see dozens of tress in your future!

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  3. Never in a million years did I think I'd put on a witch costume and dig holes in the beach on a dark and stormy night...

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    1. Ooh, good one, Willow! Who, in their right mind, would ever think they'd be doing that?

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  4. never thought I'd drive a UPS truck and get chased by alligators in a swamp. Lunch!

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    1. Now I want to drive a UPS truck! The alligator lunch part - not so much. But you lived to tell, so good for you!

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  5. Never thought I'd go to jail for 'research'.
    Love your list, Molly!

    MJ (thinking maybe I could rent a ghost so my characters don't feel second-class!)

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    1. My condolences on your jail time. I wonder if there's money in your Rent-A-Ghost idea? (I wonder if there's a series?)

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  6. I never thought I'd stalk an Elvis impersonator---excuse me, a tribute artist---then sit in his living room and listen while he sings.

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  7. I never thought I would have more authors as Facebook friends than family members.

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  8. Never in a million years did I ever think that I would have a book review blog.

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    1. That's one I especially like, Lisa! Good luck with your blog. May you have many enjoyable hours reading books to review!

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    2. OOh, a new cozy blog -- I'll have to tell my mother, Fresca. She loves cozy mysteries!

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  9. Never in a million years did I think that I would have to restrain my mother-in-law from getting inside a casket.

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  10. Sorry for your mother-in-law problems, Rita!

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  11. Never in a million years did I think that I'd be retired at such an early age - loving it!!

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  12. Molly this is wonderful!!
    Never in a million years did I think I'd be bailing Grandma Ruth out of Jail for Breaking and Entering.

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