my name is ra.

The Nameless Lists of Draftslandia


I’ve decided to take a little journey through the untitled lists in my drafts folder.  I don’t remember if these were inspired by something I read, or just something I assembled in the early mornings before coffee– or late at night after too much coffee.

At least now they have a home in their very own post.

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  1. I’m exceptionally good with buttons.

I have no idea what this means, but I’m enjoying the singularity and positivity of the list.  As of today, I probably wouldn’t go to the extreme of saying I am exceptionally good with buttons, but I’m certainly not bad.

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  1. I’ll engage in all sorts of strange behavior in order to avoid putting my hand in a bag of food, like potato chips.

This is true. I have no idea what this list was supposed to be all about, either.  It could be “How I Weird People Out” or perhaps “Stuff that Makes Me Cranky”, or “How I Deal with My Pet Peeves”?

  1. the dirt that settles on cars
  2. kinetic energy
  3. blue dye
  4. untrained dogs
  5. subliminal messages
  6. body hosts
  7. glue & other things which leave sticky residues like bumper stickers
  8. idiots with guns
  9. idiots without guns
  10. smart people with fan clubs
  11. deterioration
  12. misdirection
  13. starting a fight
  14. secret & obvious recordings
  15. truth
  16. loud sounds
  17. gremlins, the hulk, Tila
  18. murder novels
  19. transparent electronic devices
  20. cancer
  21. blindness
  22. surprises
  23. spontaneity
  24. dirty sand. clean sand. same thing.
  25. the first two months of a new car
  26. the 10 mile radius around my home, wherever it may be
  27. coyotes (they eat kittens!)
  28. bunnies
  29. helicopters and other things that blow up when you shoot them in a certain place
  30. tempers
  31. coughing fits
  32. dentists and chiropractors
  33. covered parking garages
  34. coffee in movie theatres
  35. stealing & theft
  36. maple trees, palm trees
  37. mosquitos, ants, and bugs I don’t know
  38. symptoms
  39. panty lines
  40. back-fat from bra lines
  41. combining chemicals
  42. combining medicines
  43. emergencies that occur during moments of nudity
  44. suffocating
  45. smelling flowers
  46. making a difference
  47. not making a difference
  48. throwing things away
  49. reality television
  50. music that people listen to without really listening to
  51. elevators
  52. escalators
  53. bad impulses
  54. sidekicks
  55. clowns
  56. alternate realities
  57. time travel
  58. voodoo
  59. lapses in judgement
  60. giving or getting bad presents
  61. speakers
  62. fans
  63. air ducts
  64. ammonia
  65. amnesia
  66. barns
  67. miscalculations
  68. nail polish remover
  69. a bird in my home
  70. a broom left standing
  71. poseidon
  72. events that require scratchy clothes
  73. small spaces
  74. falling
  75. bridges
  76. portals (into parallel universes)
  77. power shortages
  78. brain washing
  79. dead plants
  80. being questioned on things I should but don’t know off the top of my head: like left vs right, the metric system, and military time
  81. perfectly even stones
  82. contaminated water
  83. waxing
  84. fish with teeth
  85. dressing inappropriately
  86. amputation

This list is obvious: “Stuff that Is Terrifying”. I couldn’t even read through it without panicking, so I have no idea how I wrote it in the first place.

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  1. death
  2. public speaking
  3. being in a fight
  4. needles
  5. bears
  6. airplanes
  7. food poisoning
  8. the CIA
  9. depending on others for safety
  10. having others depending on me for their safety
  11. blank pages
  12. being fooled
  13. the dark
  14. the incorrect healing of bones
  15. confusion
  16. muppets
  17. spiders, cockroaches
  18. heights
  19. tunnels
  20. acupuncture
  21. storms

This list is also obvious. It’s stuff that (perhaps surprisingly) isn’t scary to me at all.

  1. Follow it up with Free Ice Cream
  2. Deliver it in the form of a catchy pop song
  3. Deliver it via Adorable Puppets

“Ways to Make Bad News Better”?

  1. Don’t marry someone you don’t like.
  2. Try to be awake in the morning, at least half the time
  3. Trust your gut.

Um.  “Good Advice”?

  1. Dress them up and have a quarter puppet show.
  2. Turn them into dimes and make a list of things to do with dimes.
  3. Stack them up and make a tower. Pretend you’re godzilla and stand on it.
  4. Give them to me.
  5. Go to an arcade
  6. Pay for random car meters
  7. Do laundry… lots of it
  8. Tape them to your body and trick-or-treat all year long
  9. Buy lots of gumballs. String them together and sell them as jewelry.
  10. Melt them down and make a sword.
  11. Give to the homeless

“11 Things To Do If You Have A Lot of Quarters”?

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  1. The lady who calls for her partner in busy places by saying “honey!” as if that in any way could indicate her specific partner.
  2. The person who orders a plate of bacon, but asks for a diet coke and to hold the fries.
  3. The piqued geek– as in, “Actually, that was Episode 3.” or “Frodo isn’t a Jedi. Ahhh!”

“People I Didn’t Understand Before I Became Them”.

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And there we have it.  I clearly have a list addiction.

How often do you make lists?  What’s in your drafts folder?

93 comments

    1. 😀 Good eye, Phil! A reference to muppets used to appear in my sidebar, too. Puppets are probably in my top 10 list of favorite things ever. 🙂

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  1. I make lists all the time. I just like them for some reason LOL

    My draft folder is empty. Except for the two challenge posts I write on Mondays (which I set up the intros and pics for over the weekend), I don’t do anything ahead of time. If I have ideas for future posts, I just keep what I can remember in my head and then post later.

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    1. 😀 Same. Lists are awesome!

      My drafts aren’t actually planned posts, they’re ones that never fully bloomed. I start writing something with the intention of finishing it, but if it becomes too painful or slow or difficult, I move on to another post idea. 🙂

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      1. Oh, mine don’t even go that far. I either write over them in the moment or trash them entirely (then I empty the trash)

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      1. Thank you, Alarna! I just popped all around your blog earlier– so many familiar faces were over there and I can see why. 😀 Thanks also for the design compliment– it’s all new as of a couple days ago so it’s a relief to know it translates well to new visitors, too. 🙂

        I’m a post-it-note addict, myself, as well as scraps of paper…. and Fraggles = awesome. I’m a die hard Henson company fan. 🙂

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    1. I like the idea of scrolling through my drafts, but after a certain number of pages, it’s just too overwhelming. 🙂 1/2 done is impressive! As shown, many of my drafts are mere sentences. 🙂

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  2. Your lists are hilarious; stealing and theft? What’s the difference? Panty lines, back fat from bra, fear of public speaking, hey these last bits could have been my list! I think i will try a list sometime.

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    1. Theft is having something stolen from me, stealing is my fear of being in a situation (namely: post-apocolyptic world) where I would be required to steal from abandoned shops. So stressful! 🙂

      Actually, public speaking is on my not-scary list… but panty lines and bra-back-fat, gah! Terrifying! 🙂 I’d love to read your list so if you put one together, be sure to let me know in case I miss it. 😀

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  3. I love lists. I’ve just discovered that I enjoy reading other people’s lists too.

    *adds this post to my list of lists I like*

    Curious. So very curious. And interesting and lovely. I read “I’ll engage in all sorts of strange behavior in order to avoid putting my hand in a bag of food, like potato chips” and REALLY related. My husband doesn’t get why I always put bagged-food in bowls.

    Loved this – thanks for sharing 😀

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    1. I love reading other people’s lists! 🙂 I’m so glad the potato chip one was relate-able to someone– it drives Dave and my siblings crazy. They make it sound like the strangest habit of all time! 😀

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  4. This is such a wonderful post 🙂
    I list jobs I have to do. Then I rewrite the list once some are done. Unfortunately it always grows and there is never a time when there isn’t a list. As for draft posts, I’m not brave enough to keep them. I always delete them in the end, in case they call me back and distract me from that list of jobs I need to be getting on with.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah Ann! I have a huge piece of butcher paper behind me at all times, with legions of to do lists. I think it’s very brave to delete drafts! I struggle with doing that… 🙂

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  5. I have no lists and no drafts. If I get an idea I pretty much shut down everything else until that idea is done with and then I walk around on empty again. The stuff that is terrifying to me list I was just like, where is she going with this one. I got my BA in Philosophy not Psychology so I’m going to guess that your love of puppets has something to do with an overall world view that life is a play with the same hands of fate guiding many characters in different ways… ok i did pull that out of my ass, but like I said, philosophy major.

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    1. Bahaha! I love your thesis, Sreejit, I’m totally sold on it because it’s incredibly compatible to my world view. 🙂

      If you didn’t guess the list immediately, it must not strike you as terrifying. You’re a brave soul!

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  6. My draft folder is filled mostly with the drafts I wrote of guest posts for other blogs. I like to keep them on the off-chance that a blog goes dark for some unforeseen circumstance.

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  7. I love lists! I have recently cleaned out my drafts folder…but I do have one titled “10 things you need to know about raising a teenager.” I only have 5. 🙂
    Thank you Rara and your hubby for the donation, so very much!

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    1. I imagine that list only needs one thing: “It’s really hard!”

      As to the donated, no worries, Mer, I’m so sorry it couldn’t be more! *hugs* I was planning to feature the cause with my weekly roundup post, but like most of my planned posts, it went awry. I’ll still figure something out, but I’ll leave a link here, too, just in case any of my readers is feeling generous today: http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/help-save-a-home/142484

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    1. That’s smart! I haven’t gotten to the point where I can write out rage… mostly, I just need to speak it out (even if it’s to myself in an empty room)… and then let it process slowly. But if I do write something volatile in its assembly, I prefer to give it a cooling down period too. 🙂

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  8. Right there with you, Rara. I have very similar lists of thoughts for future bloggery, and a ridiculous number of drafts with half-formed thoughts that have not yet been polished into fully functional blog posts.

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  9. My drafts folder is having a party, and new ones keep coming. I store ideas there. Some of them have been there for a long time, but I know someday I’ll see something in the list and its heart will show itself, so they stay.

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    1. Exactly! Sometimes the half-baked sentence is exactly the right start to a story I just decided to tell. I never know when something will come in handy… so just in case… I save it all. 🙂

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  10. My drafts folder is a scary place full of anger and pride and frustration and weirdness that I would rather avoid…. Although I do like your lists. 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Ha! Michelle also said she uses her drafts to save the angry that she needs to let cool for awhile. I think that sounds healthy, smart, & safe!

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  11. This looks a bit like my drafts folder. Except mine is a notebook. That first list is great. it’s like stream of consciousness new wave poetry. I can even see where your thought flow is on some of them. Good stuff.

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    1. 😀 Thank you, I appreciate that! I also rely heavily on my real life notebook. It’s not as easy to grab from it to form a post, though, so I’ve been trying to move towards digitally saving my random thoughts. 🙂

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  12. Where’s the green?! 😉

    I really don’t make lists… dunno why. In my drafts folder I have part 1 of a story called “The Adventures of Darbley Hotdog and the Crew of the Argo”, lol. Maybe I should publish that. Ahahaha.

    I have to say I find the “Don’t marry someone you don’t like” absurdly funny. 😆

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    1. It’s there, just invisible. The real title is the “The Green and Nameless Lists of Draftslandia”, you just have to use your invisible-seeing eye. 😀

      Interesting! You don’t make lists for posts…or for anything?

      Also, the title for your drafted post sounds awesome and I hope you do post it. 🙂

      As to the marriage thing, I think there’s a good deal of people who would be saved a lot of grief by following that bit of advice. 🙂

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  13. I make lists but none about me, usually To Do lists, but I used to lose them. This drove me crazy so I bought a fat purse-size spiral notebook ($$ store). Now I always find my lists. As long as I’ve written them, that is.

    BTW, let me say again I love your new look here. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Tess. I’m really liking the new look too– it’s a lot easier to read the comments, thus making me more likely to reply in a timely manner. 😀

      I have a huge purse notebook too– for grocery lists and to dos. It really helps out to have it all the time. 🙂

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  14. I’m like you with drafts. They’re mainly posts I ran out of steam with in creating. & yes, I am smitten with your new design here. It’s totally you. 🙂

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    1. Yay! I’m glad you like the new design. I trust your visual perceptions implicitly. I was afraid that it was still too template-y, but now I’m reassured. 😀

      And yep, what’s with running out of steam on certain drafts? The weirdest thing is that when I return to some, I still feel out of steam… it’s like the idea just plopped. 🙂

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      1. Doesn’t look too template-y at all. At least not to me. 🙂 And my visual perceptions seem a tad ADD, I don’t know how well you should be trusting them. Haha! I kid. I appreciate your grand compliment. 😀

        Yeah you may as well consider my draft pile the pre-trash pile because I never seem to be able to pick up where I left off. I think I am more of an in the moment writer.Or blogger. Or person who types rubbish. Anyone of those, I suppose. 😀

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  15. I just skimmed my drafts (39 sad forgotten things) and found amongst other snippets of ideas and things my children said an entire prompts for the promptless post (logomania) that I wrote and realized a certain person could take what I wrote the wrong way even though that wasn’t how to it was written so decided I couldn’t publish it after all. Talk about promptless! 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Ha! Well, if your logomania or anything else needs a home away from your proper blogging home, Jessie, I hope you know you have space here. 🙂 xo!

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  16. Funny–in looking at my own (extensive) list of drafts, almost all of them are still Untitled. One might deduce that good titles are important to me, so important, in fact, that I’d rather let my brilliant post ideas languish indefinitely in WordPress Draft Holding Pattern than publish them with less-than-stellar titles.

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    1. Ha! 😀 I try to at least somewhat title my drafts, but of course, I have 100 at a time no matter how much pruning I seem to do. The lists are the only ones I don’t title (perhaps because I think they’d be obvious? But who knows where I was going with the button thing… 🙂 ). I love our draft-folder-introspection… it’s just another perk of being a blogger. 😀

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  17. My drafts folder current contains a bunch of posts I’ve promised people but haven’t felt well enough to write this week. Hopefully I’ll find some time this weekend… Or… maybe next week…. but, I know I won’t have time the following Saturday. 😉

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      1. Starting to. Today is the best I’ve felt all week.

        Oh… and, shhh, keep it on the downlow, I only RSVP’ed for me, but I’m 95.23% certain that The Queen and Little Prince will be there too.

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  18. Love lists. I’m going to make a list of all the things I like about lists. My drafts folder is empty except for a picture of a painting by Audubon of a flamingo. Sometimes I open it up to look at it. Rawr!

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      1. I have CDO. It’s like OCD but I have to alphabetize everything.

        I aehv CDO Is’t eikl CDO btu I aehv ot aabeehilptz eeghinrtvy. (that took some doing lol)

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  19. I rarely make lists, unless it’s a grocery list. My drafts folder contains blurbs about blogs I would like to write someday. I’ll come across an idea in something I’ve read, so I’ll pop over to my Drafts folder & leave a clue so I can write a post about it someday.

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  20. Lists are easy to write, and fun to write, and I think provide an easily digestable understanding of the point being made. Plus coming up with them really makes you think! I like what’s been taken up out of your drafts 🙂

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  21. Lists are so second nature to me, that’s how a lot of my own blog posts turn out. I have a fair list of possible topics that I rarely touch because new ideas haven’t run out, but refuse to delete the ideas that will never see the light of day because maybe I’m wrong and they will. Meanwhile in the physical world, I have a stack of several years’ worth of spur-of-the-moment brainstormed to-do lists piled next to the computer that I should maybe sort into a master list on a single sheet of paper or very large Post-It someday and, oh, I dunno, possibly do one or two items on the list. Problem is, if I start doing too many of those items, then eventually it won’t be a list anymore and I’m not sure I could handle that.

    I…am a listaholic!

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    1. Hurrah for another listaholic! I would definitely warn against compiling the lists, because what if they are all completed in the process??? No doubt you’ll end up starting a turnip farm or something strange just to have something else to check off the list. 😉

      Thanks for reading, Randall, and for letting me know my list folder isn’t so extremely random. 😀

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  22. Rara, This was fantastic, I might actually print these lists, I saw at least 2 dozen words or phrases in them that I could turn into a post or grandpa tale. I truly enjoy how your mind works, and what it produces. Thanks for a ton of ideas. Take care, Bill

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    1. Oh, I would so love reading a grandpa tale post made from one or many of these. 🙂 Thanks, Bill, for your ability to find inspiration everywhere!

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  23. Love the clean sand/dirty sand fear. I’m also going to do the Godzilla thing with my sons, even if they have never seen a Godzilla movie. Here is a list:
    1. grateful
    2. awe
    3. tickled
    4. jealous
    5. connected
    6. love(d)
    7. curious
    8. humbled
    9. wise
    10. Rawsome

    Things I feel when I read a post on Rarasaur. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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