December 2013 - January 2014
5. Glencoe, Scotland
4. Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan, China
3. Halong Bay, Vietnam
2. The Grand Canyon, Nevada, USA
1. The corner of Barton Street, Mayfield, NSW, Australia
1. Where r u?
2. Why dont u answer?
3. Whats taking u so long?
4. Where r u?
5. Where r u?
6. Where r u?
1. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
2. Keep your eyes closed.
3. Turn your head to the left.
4. Say a prayer.
5. Open your eyes.
6. Stare at the empty space on the bed next to you.
7. Accept that she is still gone.
8. Close your eyes.
10. Go back to step 1.
1. Drink one glass of whisky per sad thought.
4. Make a list for an obscure topic.
1. Check the classified listings of the Mumbai Times.
2. Find a suitable car and inspect it.
3. Pay 20 rupees to the local government Roads Office to obtain an I416 Form.
4. Give the form to the vehicle’s owner, with payment for the car.
1. No. 24: 19 ways she could say I love you without saying I love you
2. No. 117: Her favourite colours
3. No. 200: The ways she could smile (part 3)
4. No. 341: 22 things she left behind
5. No. 345: 7 television shows she found amusing
6. Nos 438—589: Things I remember her saying
7. No. 786: 3 of her recurring dreams
8. No. 897: The 5 parts of Lisa’s body I think about the most
9. No. 899: 10 sounds she made while making love
10. No. 991: Her favourite baby names (boys)
1. Her first orgasm was from a rope swing.
2. This was her favourite font.
3. She detested obese people.
4. Nothing frightened her more than needles.
5. Her dream job was to be a children’s TV presenter.
1. No, the other ones.
2. I think so.
3. Do we need bread as well?
4. Me too. See you soon.
5. X X X
1. Never return their calls.
2. Scream at them, “Don’t you dare fucking tell me that you know how I feel!”
3. Drunkenly proposition their wives.
1. Make yourself a large bowl of cornflakes for lunch.
2. Call her at work, and leave a message saying that you have run out of milk.
3. Agree to her suggestion that she stop off at the supermarket on the way home.
5. Send impatient text messages.
7. Answer the door.
8. Say, “Can I help you, officer?”
9. Repeat the word “Accident?”
2. Low self-esteem
4. Acute stress disorder
5. Compulsive list-making
1. Agree to a blind date.
2. Buy a new shirt and shoes.
3. Get a haircut.
4. Start driving to the restaurant.
5. Before you get there, have a flat tyre at the corner of Barton Street, Mayfield.
6. Open the car door.
7. Knock over a cyclist.
8. Help her up from the ground.
10. Ask her name.
11. Say, “It’s nice to meet you, Lisa.”
1. Breathe in.
2. Breathe out.
Ryan O’Neill is the author of The Weight of a Human Heart and Their Brilliant Careers.
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