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Line of Stars

What's this about?

From the BBC:
* Meteor showers are caused by debris from a comet burning up in our atmosphere
* This produces spectacular shooting stars which blaze across the night sky



Why do I want to do this?

Watching shooting stars? What's not to like?


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have seen at least three meteors in the same night.


I'll record this in a post in this journal.
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Why do I want to do this?

Another of those things I feel I ought to be able to do, and can't. Currently I can do the Great Bear/Saucepan/Charles' Wain/what have you, Cassiopeia, and Orion. It's a bit pathetic, really, when all it takes is a bit of looking.


How will I know I've done it?

I'll be able to point out fifteen (twelve, plus the three I already know) separate constellations in the night sky without having to refer to a plan, guide, or other aid.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Boots On The Doorstep

What's this about?

Offa's Dyke is an 8th century earthwork that runs most of the length of the Welsh-English border; these days there's a long-distance footpath that follows it. Alternatively, I could walk from one side of England to the other.


Why do I want to do this?

I'd like to do a long-distance walk that's not a pilgrimage. I want to be able to say that I've walked from one side of a country to another. (I didn't do this on the Camino de Santiago, as I stopped in Santiago de Compostela and didn't continue to Finisterre.)


How will I know when I've done it?

I'll have traversed, on foot, either the length of Offa's Dyke from the Severn to Prestatyn (or vice versa), or from one coast of England to the opposite.


I'll record this in this journal, though you probably won't hear much from me while it's actually in progress.
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Balloon

Why do I want to do this?

... because I've always wanted to? Legend has it that, as a tiny child, I was taken to a balloon fair and was immediately hooked. Even today, I get very excited when I see a hot air balloon drifting through the sky: huge, improbably, brightly-coloured. I'd love to go up in one.


How will I know when it's done?

I'll have been off the ground in an untethered hot air balloon for at least thirty minutes.


I'll record this pretty much everywhere.
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3267

What's this about?

Phyl Merrick is a character who's been in my head since I was about thirteen; every now and again she pops up, usually to explore a path I didn't take myself, to see what would have happened if I'd done x, y or z differently. Consequently, she stopped being me quite a while ago. There are various storylines she fits into - "The Slowest Elopement" involves a journey north in a very slow bus.


Why do I want to do this?

This is a character that's been in my head for about half my lifetime. It's about time she got into a proper book.


How will I know when it's done?

I'll have something that resemebles a story with a plot.


Progress can be tracked... oh, wait, it can't. I'm afraid you'll have to trust me on this one, because I'm not proposing to cast my first drafts all over the internet.

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