Posts Tagged ‘2010’

NaNoWriMo 2010

Just like last year, Xeno and I are caught up in the crazy attempt to write complete novels in just one month. You can expect more strips to be affected by this, and I’m pretty sure all of the next four strips are jokes I wrote about the NaNoWriMo experience. It’s easy for me to be sure about these things since I am the one that actually draws the things.

My NaNo So Far:
I got off to a rocky start this year. I thought I wanted to do a high tech thriller about the loss of privacy and individuality. At six thousand words and five days into the month, it was reading more like a cautionary tale. I hate cautionary tales. So I abandoned that story and started over. Now I am writing a Steam Punk adventure fantasy. It has enormous war trains that are industrial analogs for ships-of-the-line, immortal kings who are really just petty dick faces, the death of some gods, and something very akin to zombies. Hopefully there is a strong female lead in there as well, but she hasn’t quite figured that out yet. I’ve almost caught up to where I need to be word count wise and have enjoyed just about every minute of this new story.

The Booklist - 2010

Back at the start of the year someone came up with the silly idea that everybody should read 52 books this year (Xeno). I knew that I would not be up to the task, though I read all day everyday, I never get around to reading very many books in a year. The challenge pretty quickly dropped to 24, just two books a month. I am glad to say that I actually did meet this challenge. Here is the list of books I completed this year (with a 5 star rating denoted by *):

It’s worth noting that most of the books got high ratings, not because I love everything I read, but because I tend to stop reading anything that isn’t entertaining me. The only two star ratings were books that came as personal recommendations, so I felt like I needed to finish them. I very nearly completed several other books and then just lost interest at some point. One that I vaguely regret having quit on was On the Road by Jack Kerouac. I really wanted to like this book, and the first third of it flew by and then it became a struggle, and then I just couldn’t muster sufficient giveashit to finish. Oh well.

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The Shameful 2010 Booklist

Well, I failed pretty massively.

As E already said, we had a thing going to try to read more.  I didn’t succeed.  Maybe next year.

Here’s what I did get through.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman

The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross

The Reader by Bernharnd Schlink

Ripped by Greg Kot

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Game Change by Mark Halperin

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Baby Chase by Tony Kornheiser

Encounter by Milan Kundera

I’m currently reading The Sack of Rome by Alexander Stille.  I saw him give a lecture earlier in the year and quite enjoyed it, and his book is very interesting, if a bit of a dry subject.

My favorite for the year has to be The Rest is Noise.  Very well written and informative.

We’ll see how I do next year.  I doubt it’s ever a bad thing to want to read more, and network television has done great things to keep me away from it.

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