My Challenge for 2012 – 50 Book Pledge

I was having a Twitter discussion with my fellow Post A Day Challenge 2011 member Dan Levy (@TheDanLevy) the other day about what to do next? He’s done a great job with posting every day and I haven’t. I’m playing catchup myself, but now I need something to challenge myself yet again. I have never been a big reader and but during my recent move I realized how many books I have, many of which, I have never read. In addition, I have almost 1500 books that I’ve downloaded in some collection or another, so I’ll never go without something to read.

50 Book Pledge 2012

50 Book Pledge 2012

Then I found this challenge: 50 Book Pledge. This sounds like something I need to do. I don’t know if I’ll get through a book a week, but I’m willing to try. If I haven’t, I’ll try to review a book I’ve already read. It may sound like cheating, but I really do read slowly and it takes me forever to read through a single book.

What I will read is going to be different every time. Some might be fiction, some technical. Some might be long, some might be short. I will  read complete books for my review, not just a short story. However, I do like to read collections of short stories, so I will do these as a whole book.

On that note, I’m going to finish the book I’m reading now. Only one more story to go…

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so what kind?

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so what kind?

I actually have a separate blog dedicated to this very thing: shadowshui.wordpress.com

There are two different ideas that I present, both are science fiction:

1. Shadow Shui: This was a role-playing game that a bunch of friends and I played that never got finished. I used it as the basis for an assignment in a Science Fiction English course at Ryerson University. I even took this to a writer’s group that I joined at a friend’s local bookstore.

2. A sort of fan fiction related to a character in “Doctor Who”: Jenny. She was born his daughter and at the end of the episode flew off in a shuttle after the Doctor thinks she’s dead. She goes off in search of him, but we don’t know how much of his abilities she has taken on, so it opens a world of possibilities.

Make a top ten list of things to do this summer

This is based on one of the topics presented in the PostADay2011 campaign: Make a top ten list of things to do this summer

The Hotel Del Coranado in San Diego, CA, 1988

The view from my window overlooking the ocean

1. Go Camping

2. Have Garage Sale

3. Visit friend on Georgian Bay

4. Get Gainful Employment

5. Complete 5 WordPress installs/clients

6. Post once a day on any of my three blogs

7. Go on at least 3 dates (with the same person or different people)

8. Get ready for September grading by training at least twice per week

9. Lose 10 pounds (would love 20, but lets start there)

10. Read 5 books off the bookshelf

Bonus: Visit a museum or gallery