It’s been a while since I posted anything here (and I’ll get to why I removed all the posts from my grad classes later). I’ve meant to put these up here for a while and now that school is finishing up, I actually have some free time to myself. Since Christmas is on the way, this may be the last post of the year, but look for one at the stroke of midnight on New Years so you can find out what I have planned for 2014.
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Tin Man’s Heart
It is with a heavy heart, that I have to inform you that I’ve stepped away from Inveterate Media Junkies. This that frequent the site most likely noticed I subtly said goodbye on my last Capsule Review a few weeks ago. In fact, the reasons that I’ve stepped down are the same that have kept me from posting this sooner.
Last semester, when I was doing my work for MFA program, weekly Fall TV premiere reviews, and weekly comic reviews, I realized that amount time needed and the amount of time in a day never evened out. Somehow, I pulled through. It also helped that the television networks seemed to all shorten there premiere schedules so it really only ended up being a hectic two weeks that wasn’t near a school deadline. But it was enough that I realized that I needed to get a handle on my if I was going to do this again.
Get the rest of the scoop after the break
First, credit for the title belongs to Ubisoft and the team behind Assassin’s Creed 2.
The reason for the title is because after I returned from my residency at Seton Hill University, I came down with one of the worst colds I’ve had in a while. I’m still recovering, but I’m no longer feel like Clive Barker wrote the latest Hellraiser story in my throat or coughing so hard I could type with my forehead.
But that means I’m behind on everything. There are new things I want to tell you about and update things that were already planned.
- I will be starting a new feature on my Facebook Fan Page: Real Scrolls V: Skyrim. I will be writing weekly entries about a Skyrim character, but it won’t be in the typical high fantasy voice. I’m going to have some fun with the character’s voice, but it will depend on what kind of character I’ll be playing. All this week on my Page, I’ll have polls so You can decide the character. So come by, Like my Page, and join in something that I’m sure will be a fun time.
- I know I will be at three events this year: In Your Write Mind (June), Necon 33 (July), and Anthology 2013 (November). I will be updating my Appearances page with all the details as I get them. I may be presenting at IYWM and I may be on panels at Anthology again. So make sure you keep an eye out on any news. Who knows, I might be part of a signing or book release too. The year is still young.
- Many things have delayed the start Doctor Who Anniversary posts on my Screen Burn™ column at Inveterate Media Junkies. I wanted to have the First Doctor post up by the end of the January, unfortunately the cold put the kibosh on that. But it is coming and starting next Monday (February 4th) I will be my tweeting of the Second Doctor’s episodes on my Screen Burn™ Twitter account (@ScreenBurnIMJ). If you are a Doctor Who fan, make sure to follow me there for a fun time and to know first any news about the first post.
That’s it for now. But before you go, enjoy this awesome song and incredibly goofy video.
While this is a post about a reading challenge, it is also the start of a challenge to write one blog post–besides Capsule Review and Screen Burn announcement–a week. I got side tracked with all my work for both InveterateMediaJunkies.com and for school. Time to get back on track.
I am not a fast reader. I tend to analyze every element of a story as I read, which makes a book most people can read in hours or days take me at least a week. That coupled with a horrible book addiction and I don’t have a “To Be Read” pile, I have a “To Be Read” mountain. And my bookshelves haven’t seen empty spaces in a while. To combat this, I’m going to try to read a book a week. Below is the preliminary list for 2013.
- Hell House – Richard Matheson*
- The Shining – Stephen King*
- Ghost Story – Peter Straub*
- The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson*
- The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold*
- A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens*
- Grave’s End – Elaine Mercado*
- The Amityville Horror – Jay Anson*
- Bad Monkeys – Matt Ruff
- Dishwasher: One Man’s Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States – Pete Jordan
- The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
- Damned – Chuck Palahniuk
- Rant – same
- Haunted – same
- Lullaby – same
- Choke – same
- Invisible Monsters – same
- Dairy – same
- Downtown Owl – Chuck Klosterman
- The Resurrectionists – Jack O’Connelly
- Feed – Mira Grant
- John Dies At The End – David Wong
- Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey
- Grailblazers – Tom Holt
- Strange Flesh – Michael Olson
- Leviathan Wakes – James S. A. Corey
- City of Bone – Cassandra Clarke
- Vox – Nicholson Baker
- American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis
- The Garden of Beasts – Eric Larson
- A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
- Shotgun Sorceress – Lucy Snyder
- Switchblade Goddess - same
- Tempest Rising – Nicole Peeler
- Tracking the Tempest - same
- Sacré Bleu – Christopher Moore
- Lamb – same
- Practical Demon-Keeping – same
- Gil’s All Fright Diner – A. Lee Martinez
- Monster - same
- The Nymphos of Rocky Flats – Mario Acevedo
- The Atrocity Archives – Charles Stross
- Secret Talents – Olga Tegora
- The Rum Diaries – Hunter S. Thompson
- Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy – John le Carré
- Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
- The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
- The Menstruating Mall – Carlton Mellick III
- Deity – Vic Mudd
- The Psycho Ex Game – Merrill Maroke and Andy Prieboy
- Fat White Vampire Blues – Andrew Fox
Some of this will change since I will have three classes in the fall and I don’t know what I’ll be reading. The ones for my upcoming Reading in Genres class–marked (*)–are the only permanent ones. I had planned to use this year to go through Chuck Palahniuk’s books, so those will be the last to get axed. But A Memory of Light is coming out on the 8th, so I may get the urge to try to re-read the whole Wheel of Time series. I’ve also been thinking about going through all my Ramsey Campbell books too. So, we will see how this list evolves over the years.
So what about you all? Do you have any reading challenges or certain books that you getting ready for in 2013?
Update: This isn’t the only thing I’m doing this year. Check out the other plans I have for 2013 on my Facebook Page.