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Mission 101 Progress Report: Day 731

Happy New Year, everybody! I have completed 8 more goals since my last update!

Black with strikethrough: Completed!
Teal: In progress.
Orange: Failed.
Plain black: Not yet attempted.
(Italics): Explanations and other comments.

1. Obtain copies of the two books about how to get started as a translator from the American Translators' Association's website.
2. Read those books and take at least one step toward following the advice contained therein.
3. Look for my first paid freelance translating assignment.
4. Join the American Translators' Association (ATA).
5. Prepare for the ATA certification exam.
6. Talk to Shelley and find out when her AmeriCorps year ended and what she did afterward.
7. Do research and look for a professional occupation to enter into immediately following my AmeriCorps year, preferably in the San Diego or San Francisco areas. (probably more ESOL teaching, which I don't mind all that much) (I finally get to start working on this goal in earnest within this month, because I'll finally have my Cisco certification. I did not know when I wrote this list just how much of my life would be consumed by goal #22.)
8. Look into opportunities to teach English in Japan. (I've done a little bit of work on this. I really want a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) professional certificate before I go... if I decide to go...)

9. Contact the organizers of Urbana and ask if they need somebody to work for them.
10. Start and maintain a supply of up-to-date business cards.
(I now have my own homemade ones that say "A+ Certified." :-) )
11. Attend a Chamber of Commerce meeting wherever I live after I leave Palm Beach County. (Our Chamber of Commerce doesn't seem to have regular planning meetings, or if they do, they're not telling me about them. I have, however, been to at least two official Chamber of Commerce networking events and a whole bunch of Valley Young Professionals planning meetings, and they are an arm of the Chamber of Commerce, so I'm counting this as done.)
12. Attend a meeting for young professionals in my area.
13. Do my homework in preparation for the ATA conference, whenever I attend it.

Continuing Education
14. Do at least one of the Japanese lessons from every week. (Er... yeah. I did a couple of them a few weeks ago. Not much movement in this department.)
15. Read all of Do What You Are and use its resources the way they were meant to be used.
(I've actually made fairly significant progress on this goal since my last post. I'll try to get all the way through the book within the next month or two.)
16. Start studying for the 2009 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). (I shouldn't have specified "2009." If I hadn't, I wouldn't have to count this as failed.)
17. Take the JLPT in 2009, or, if I still can't afford it, in 2010.
(When I wrote this list, I honestly thought I would have a real career by now...)
18. Reread all of Chijin no Ai (in translation: Naomi) by Tanizaki Junichirou, using the parallel Japanese and English texts I have.
19. Participate in an online class about how to become a freelance translator.
20. Participate in an online class about teaching library skills to ESOL students.
21. Take the in-person class "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement," if and when I live in an area near where it's being taught.
22. Complete the first lesson in the CCNA course and see if I'm any good at it/if I like it. If I am good at it and I do like it, complete the course and get certified. (THIS GOAL TOOK OVER MY LIFE. I'm finally getting certified on January 7th. HOORAY. And WHEW.)

23. Go to a NieuCommunities meeting and maintain regular contact with at least one person I meet there. (FAIL. I went to the meeting, but can't keep in regular contact with people to save my life.)
24. Keep in touch with my missions coach whenever I have anything new to report about my development as a potential missionary. (Which I don't, right now. I did earlier in the 1001 days, though, and I did keep in touch with her then.)
25. Give a little money to my church whenever I get paid.
(This is my only ongoing goal that has been 100% successful so far. At the moment, I owe $11 from my pollworker paycheck.)
26. Actually use the Lenten Meditation Guide I have this year. (DONE!!!!! "This year" was intended to refer to 2009, but I ended up only completing the first 16 entries that year. I started over in 2010, and I finished it!)
27. Read e-mail updates from my missionary and campus-staff-worker friends as soon as I see that they've arrive, and pray for them right then and there. (Again, FAIL. I'm so far behind it's not even funny.)
28. Either talk or write to Christina E. about what happened at the World Missions Commission meeting I went to back in October. (Completed 4/22/10.)
29. Look in the InterVarsity Press online catalog for resources on how to disciple someone and how to be an evangelist, and obtain them.
30. Follow the advice in those resources.
31. Teach myself more about the books of the Bible, their authors, their groupings, and their background. (Being in Education for Ministry is accomplishing this rather nicely.)
32. Find out more about the scriptural basis of the church and its role in the world.
33. Use my existing contacts to form a connection with St. Mary's Church in Southern California and find out if they can offer me opportunities to be involved in missions.
34-39. Complete the assignments from the online class "Work Your Way to the Nations" for Units 7-12. (Yes, I'm counting each assignment as one of the 101 things.)

40. Add at least 1500 words total to one or more of my various fiction writing projects every week. (Not. Even. Close. :-/ )
41. Participate in NaNoWriMo the next two times it comes around. (Done. Won both times.)
42. Participate in [info]naarmamo the next two times it comes around. (Done! :-) )
43. Next August, write more Neopets fanfic for [info]august_writing. (I did end up writing more Neopets fanfic in both August 2009 and August 2010.)
44. Participate in at least one of the next two Script Frenzies. (My mom decided not to do this, and I'm currently continuing an old script, so I'm out of the running for the certificate for 2010, so this will have to wait for 2011.)
45. Send Bridging the Spheres (BtS) to my two first readers, Leah B. and Hannah J., when it's finished.
46. Edit BtS into final-draft form.
47. Start an agent hunt for BtS.
48. Sell BtS and get it published!
49. Obtain a copy of Podcasting for Dummies and follow the advice contained therein.
50. Do a test read-through of the first few chapters of BtS. Listen to them and determine how I could read them better.
51. Start podcasting my novel!
52. Explore and flesh out the characters from my first NaNovel from 2004, and figure out how I could retool that novel so that the story still works with a minimum of references to copyrighted properties.
53. Start the process of retooling said novel.
54. Finish writing "How to Weave an Epic" (my Script Frenzy project from 2007).
55. Revise "How to Weave an Epic" and send it out to the friend who wants to see it.
56. Finish writing "Cubelorg X" (my Script Frenzy project from 2008). (Progress has been made, but this is currently stalled.)
57. Revise "Cubelorg X" and assemble a voice cast for it.
(I have revised the first few episodes, but I'm not going to cross this off until the final draft is completed. Also, it turns out I don't have to worry about assembling a voice cast for it, because a friend of mine asked if he could produce it for me for his show, and I said yes.)
58. Start serializing "Cubelorg X" as part of the Deadpan Podcast, and on my own feed, which I should have by then.
59. Develop and write that short story idea from last spring. The one involving horses and mailboxes and addressing the issue of illegal immigration.
60. Submit said short story for publication on Podcastle.
61. Finish my current serial project, "The Questors From Effpiem." (The same friend mentioned in the comments to #57 talked me into going ahead with Season 2 of the series, so this is still in progress...)
62. Write, produce, and contribute at least one podcast for the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast. (I did it! I ended up contributing three episodes, for June 2, July 24, and August 30, 2009.)
63. Create a scrapbook of my college years. (Completed 12/30/09.)
64. Fill the rest of the scrapbook I got as a college graduation present with stuff from my AmeriCorps year.

Hobbies and Entertainment
65. Get a "teach yourself" instruction book and take up my clarinet again.
66. Listen to every episode of the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast from both 2009 and 2010, and every archived episode of The Song of The Day Podcast from 2007. (Oh, wait! I didn't specify that this goal had to be completed within a particular calendar year when I wrote it! There's still hope! Heck yeah! :-) )
67. Bring my paper journal up to date. Once it gets there, keep it that way. (Behind again, need to work on this.)
68. Finish the "25 Books to Read Before You're 25" list before I turn 25, which will be on April 4, 2011 (Day #824).
(Um... yeah. Probably going to fail due to bad planning. I'm going to try, though.)
69. Read 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, and all its sequels.
70. On Neopets, earn enough Neopoints to get the last Lab Map piece, get it, and start zapping Marty with the Lab Ray. (Completed 12/20/09.)
71. Finish watching Digimon Savers (a.k.a. Digimon: Data Squad), if it is available. If not, buy a different series and watch that.
72. Treat myself to a new, homemade anime cosplay outfit (preferably Yoshino's uniform from Digimon Savers).

73. Be in bed by 10:30 every weeknight. (I'm actually starting to get better about this.)
74. Go for a walk at some time during the day on Fridays and Saturdays. (Fail, so far, but I'm planning to try again this year.)
75. Get more floss picks and use them.
76. Go bicycle riding at least once a week.
(See #74.)

77. Participate in at least one Urban Prankster Network mission.
78. Go wine tasting in Temecula with family and/or friends.
79. Visit Epcot and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, and retake the pictures I took the first time. (I went to Epcot for my birthday, and retook all the pictures except the fireworks one.)
80. Visit the Kennedy Space Center, and retake the pictures I took the first time.
81. Make myself a new dress for Easter in 2011.
82. See "Captain E-O" during its limited engagement at Disneyland. (Completed 6/2/10.)
83. Play on the playground that I helped build in Riviera Beach.

84. Use my other butternut squash to make another casserole, only this time, bake the squash by itself first to soften it.
85. Bake at least one batch of gingersnaps each Christmas
. (Done! :-) )

86. Back up all my computer data every month. (FAIL.)
87. On Facebook, delete all old, unnecessary messages from my Inbox, get completely caught up on all Requests, and keep my Requests page clear for at least one month after that. (Nowhere near complete. Really need to work on this.)
88. Clean out and organize the e-mail from my Yahoo! Mail account, making archival backups of stuff I want to keep.
89. Get a real WordPress theme and build a real website to go with my new podcast. (I have a real WordPress theme now, but still no real website. I don't have a new podcast yet, either.)

90. Attend at least one of the turningpirate community meetups.
91. Learn to play all the major scales on the piano again.
92. Rebuild my section of my family's website from the ground up, with a new front page and a better layout.
93. Read at least the first chapter of that book on library science Donna M. loaned to me. (Completed the first chapter on 5/3/10. Might continue, because it's pretty interesting, but probably won't have time with all these other goals.)
94. Go hot-air ballooning, preferably for my 25th birthday, though any other day within the 1001 days is acceptable.
95. Attend at least one local anime convention near wherever I'm living (so I can wear the costume mentioned in #72).
96. Participate in the "give a day of volunteering, get a free 1-day theme park admission" promotion that the Walt Disney Company is doing this year. (Completed 6/2/10.)
97. Donate hair to Locks of Love. (Completed 10/1/10.)
98. Clean at least the main upstairs bathroom when I get back to my apartment in Florida.
99. Leave said apartment cleaner than I found it
100. Add at least $1,001 to my savings account(s) by Day 1001.
101. Get a frame for my college diploma and frame it.

Stuff I thought of after I'd submitted my list (a.k.a. the Bonus List)
102. Start taking a daily multivitamin. (Was doing this at one point, but have fallen off the horse, and really need to get back on.)
103. Take all my free T-shirts from my AmeriCorps year and turn them into a quilt.
104. Keep up with the entries in my One-Minute Meditations book every day for at least the first year. (Fail, fail, fail!)
105. Figure out how I can do something fun with my sister that she'll actually enjoy, and do it.
106. Keep up with's daily Bible readings for the second year of the 1001 days. (Fail.)
107. Participate in and tweet about another big volunteer project on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2010. (The project turned out to be making get-well activity cards for kids and thank-you cards for veterans. It was lots of fun!)

Totals as of Day 731 (January 1, 2011):

Main List
Goals Completed: 24
Goals In Progress: 23
Goals Failed: 6
Remaining Goals: 48

Bonus List
Goals Completed: 1
Goals In Progress: 1
Goals Failed: 2
Remaining Goals: 2
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