In 2003 I submitted a proposal to MSDN Magazine called “The Depths of Regular Expressions”.  They accepted the proposal and had me write 5000 words (plus code and related projects) for an upcoming issue.

I worked hard, researched the topic intensely, got very active in forums and even made my first deadline!  Feedback was very positive and the editor said he was looking into placement as soon as possible.

About six months later I sent an inquiry as to the status of my article, which had not yet been published.  About two weeks after that I got an apology; my article didn’t really fit their current line of content.

I never did get a release so I wasn’t able to post the article anywhere else.  I also didn’t get the $150 cheque you’re supposed to get as compensation for holding up the article…but no grudges held.  Burried in my boxes of things I haven’t looked at in years is my first ever publishing contract.

So, I changed my entry in the list.  This time, I want to write an article for MSDN Magazine that actually gets published.

Hey…I never said the list should be easy.

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Starting Over

July 26, 2008

My wife and I have been talking about what it is we really want to do in life.  Big things.  I mean, there are things you want to do every day, like being a good parent, eating right, being a good neighbour (and everyone is your neighbour).  But those things are who you are, every day.

When I was a kid I made a list of things I wanted to do.  At first, it was things like riding a horse, or seeing Mount Rushmore, but it started to grow.  I had becoming an astronaut on the list, sky diving and more.

My list has changed – significantly, I might add – but Angie and I have decided that we are going to live our lives in such a way that we can be the people we want to be – good parents, good neighbours – and do the things that we had abandoned as unachievable.

So, today, I’m making a new start.  I have added a page to the site called The List.  I don’t yet have the courage to set a date for having these things completed, but I will get to that soon.