Competition - Day 5 - 5 Things You'd Like To Do Before You Die

Posted at 16:53pm on 7th September 2008

Okay – so you don’t want to be the first. I understand that! BUT IT'S NOW DAY 5 OF THE COMPETITION, WITH ONLY 23 DAYS LEFT TO GO!

This is a bit like having a primary school birthday party when all the other children are too shy to come in. Remember that? When your guests hid behind the door and wouldn’t give you your present?

Well, I’m asking you to come inside. I’ll go first. (See my contribution below). But I’m really hoping you’re going to be brave enough to follow. This is the competition as posted on 3rd September. It finishes on 30th September.

COMPETITION:

The recent death of Dave Freeman aged 47, author of 100 Things To Do Before You Die, has prompted a flurry of posts on various sites.

HOW TO ENTER & WHAT YOU CAN WIN:

Post your comments showing the top 5 Things You’d Like To Do Before You Die and you could win a free copy of my novel A Painful Post Mortem.

I’ll keep the competition open throughout the month of September.

COUNTING DOWN: ONLY 23 DAYS TO GO.

WINNER:

The winner will be the comment which I consider to be the most innovative and profound.

RULES:

No fly me to the moon trips will be allowed. ACTUALLY, I’M GOING TO REVISE THAT ONE – BECAUSE IT MAY BE A VIABLE PROPOSITION BEFORE WE SHUFFLE OFF THIS MORTAL COIL. YOU CAN GO TO THE MOON!
All comments must be decent and realistic.
Winner will be informed by e-mail.
Winning Comment will be announced.
Your contact details will never be revealed to any third party.

MY LIST COMMENCES HERE:

  1. I’d like to go to India before I die. My father used to talk to me when I was a child, of how he, and some other RAF pilots during the war, used to feed the starving children on the streets of Calcutta on a daily basis. To begin with they gave money. But that had to stop because adults took it from the children. So they bought food and watched the kids eat it. Eventually the police had to stop them doing that, too, because there were so many it started a riot. The stories he told captivated me. I could smell the dust and the spices, see the crowds and the animals in my imagination. I'd love to see it all in reality. To be there in the flesh.

So that’s my number one thing I’d like to do before I die. I’ll add to the list as I think of other things. Actually, it’s harder than I thought it would be. But don’t be put off. If you want to do it my way and start your list one item at a time, feel free to do so. IN A DAY OR TWO, WE’LL BE LOOKING AT CONFLICT AND PLOTTING IN THE CREATIVE WRITING COURSE. UNTIL THEN . . .

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