Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge

So it's time to consider challenges for the year again. Last year I failed miserably in my challenge to read 30 books. I had thought 30 was a safe number, given that in 2011, I successfully read 100 books. Shock/surprise; it turns out that writing a lot and reading a lot are kind of mutually exclusive. Who'd have thought it?

This year I'm going to go for 15 books. I did successfully finish reading 16 books last year, so this might sound like a soft target, but I plan to write more this year than I did last year, so the difficulty of finding reading time will only increase. This will become especially true once I'm working full time again.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Gord has read 0 books toward his goal of 15 books.

So here I sit at 0. Let's watch this counter tick upward as the year progresses! Thanks to shows like The Sword & Laser and This Week in Science, I'll face no shortage of books to read.

Determination is Available on Goodreads

I've made Determination available for download over on Goodreads. You should be able to grab an epub copy of it or simply read it in the browser, up to you. Don't forget you can grab it here, in both epub and mobi formats, and that you can help me out by buying it at Amazon as well!

2011 is Dead. Long Live 2012.


As I write this, 2011 is drawing to a close and none too soon. A lot of things about this year have been pretty fantastic, most notably the founding of this site, but in many other ways this has been a year I’ll be happy to forget.

2012 is 45 minutes away, so I’m taking this chance to think about what I want to accomplish in the year ahead with some resolutions.


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The first of my resolutions for 2012 is reading. I will once again participate in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I will not be setting a goal of 100 books this time. 30 books will be fine to start, and I can update that higher if I finish too early. It’s been months since I dared read a long book, and I miss them.

On the positive side, I DID finish my 100 book challenge for 2011! I had to read 9 books over the 30th and 31st of December to do it, and obviously they were very short books, but I did it legitimately and it feels pretty awesome.


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I have two writing resolutions.

The first: I will take part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) again come November. And I will win again.

The second: I will take part in WIP500, a new challenge to write 183,000 words over the course of the year by writing a minimum of 500 words every day. (2012 is a leap year, for those who did the math and wondered how 500 times 365 equals 183,000.)

The nice thing about doing both is that WIP500 counts any words you write for NaNoWriMo, so if you manage to stick to at least 500 words a day on average right up to November and then go on to do your 1,667 a day for NaNoWriMo, you’ll finish WIP500 before you even finish NaNoWriMo, let alone before year’s end.

I have a bonus third not-quite-resolution that I need to investigate but hope to implement, which I’m stealing from Judith Graves, who in turn got it from Scott Myers. It’s a progress chart that will probably help a whole lot with my progress on finishing Prices.

Speaking of finishing Prices:


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My final resolution is to publish 4 things in the Amazon Kindle store and hopefully other fine eBook vendors like the Nook store and the Apple iBooks store.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope 2012 is far better than 2011 was regardless of how well 2011 went for you.

2011 Fiction Hiatus

I suppose 2 days isn’t much of a hiatus.

I’ll be blogging today and tomorrow (the 30th and 31st) instead of writing fiction, as I’ll be focusing pretty heavily on finishing my 2011 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve written before about the challenge in my post about self-imposed limits. It’s come down to the wire now and when I started today I had read 91 books with 9 remaining to read today and tomorrow. 

I now sit at 95 read, with 5 remaining, one of which I’m going to tackle before I get to bed. Naturally I’m having to read very short books, but even short books take time to read, so this is also a short post.

I’ve met every other challenge I’ve set for myself this year, from NaNoWriMo to writing on a consistent daily basis, so I’m not about to throw this one aside either. Wish me and my soon-to-be aching eyeballs luck!