Before I get to my writing goals, I thought I’d mention one of my others. Last year, I realized that I don’t read enough. Which is a shame. Because I love it, and because I have so many books that I want to get to, too many, possibly, to get through.
Toward the end of 2010, I picked up the pace quite a bit with the help of technology. Ebooks have been a big help in the process, enabling me to read while I’m waiting for the subway or in line at the bank. Audiobooks have also been a big help. I’ve listened to four Dresden Files novels just walking around the city, for the most part. I also started a Goodreads account to keep track of books I’m reading, books I’ve read, and books I want to read. I figured it would help prod me in the right direction and it has.
So this year I’m committing to reading (and finishing) 36 books. That might not seem like a lot to some people. might seem like more than a lot to others. But at roughly 3 a month I’m thinking I can do that. If I can read more, great. But that’s my goal.
I’ll post updates here from time to time, but feel free to friend me on Goodreads for more regular updates.
Wish me luck…
My reading of “The Narcomancer”, a very fine story from fellow Altered Fluid member, N. K. Jemisin, is currently up for your listening pleasure (hopefully) at Podcastle.
This one’s what they call a “giant”, so it’s longer than the usual stories they feature.
As usual, it was a pleasure reading it, except for the times when my cats decided to make noise in the background and I had to go back and edit. I hope I got all of those.
If you feel like it, please check it out.
To date my writing group, Altered Fluid, has appeared on Jim Freund’s most excellent radio show, Hour of the Wolf, on WBAI, five times. Three times since I’ve been with the group. But today was the first time I’d read one of my stories on the air and had it critiqued. The show started at 5 AM, which I call an obscene hour, but I felt remarkably rested and invigorated thanks to my own coffee and that brought in by fellow Fluidian Mercurio Rivera.
The show went even better than I’d hoped and while my reading wasn’t everything I wanted it to be, I didn’t think it sucked. The critique was lively and insightful and from the discussion I’ve already got some ideas on how to proceed. Additionally, we were able to take a few phone calls and it was great to be able to interact with the listeners*.
I had a great time and I feel good about the experience. If you’d like to check out the broadcast without having to get up at that ungodly hour, you can check it out here.