Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ramblings of Bugs and Reading Challenges and Fictiony Fiction and Sci-Fi School and Ramblings

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2012 continues to kick my butt. So far, January has been the month of bugs and I'm not talking spiders. I guess that's something for which to be thankful, but I can't just step on this kind of bug. I've been sick. Again. All. Week. And I'm still not feeling well. So yeah, since I didn't want to come whine on my blog (isn't that what Facebook is for anyway? GRIN.) it has continued to be quiet around here.

I thought I'd come think aloud for a minute. This won't be an award winning post by any means but some enjoy the ramblings too.  This one's just for you.

It's January and so it's time to assess last year's reading challenges and think about new ones.  I did manage to complete some from last year but the 52 books in 52 weeks thing remains just out of my grasp. It gets closer every year so I'm setting the same goal for 2012.  This time I'm going to keep track of it via goodreads. There's even a neat little widget I can add to the sidebar to track my progress. I'm sure I'm the only one who will care but hey, I like neat little widgets. And I'm one of those weird people who check out my friend's widgets. (Snort.)

Speaking of friends, whenever I get friend requests on goodreads I wonder what they will think of my preference for sci-fi and fantasy. Lately I've been enjoying the urban fantasy and paranormal. I like my fiction really fictiony. I don't want reality, I want imagination. At least, for the moment.

Fiction makes me think of writing and how I haven't managed to do any yet.  I hate you Bug.  But oh yeah, there's the no whining thing I'm trying to follow. I am blessed, I know this. I'd just like life to follow my plan once in awhile. Ha.

Ooo, plans reminds me of school and discussing my 16 year old's plans for senior year (next year!). We need to sit down and see what he still needs for credits, but he'd like to fit them to his interests and really enjoy his last year. We're thinking of trying Live and Learn Press' Star Wars: The Hero Myth course outline (I own it, looks great!) and possibly Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings. I'm also playing around with the idea of a "The Science of Science Fiction" course, if I can pull it off.  I'm not the sciency type so I'll need good resources.  I remember my senior year was full of writing and literature classes and am looking forward to helping him design his year.  Sad to think it's his last year though. Crazy. Crazy I say.

I remember my early days of blogging and writing rambly nonsensical posts such as this and connecting with other rambly nonsensical bloggers and creating connections and friendships. That sounds appealing right now. No more worrying about numbers or deadlines (for the most part), just writing for the sole purpose of expression and connection.  Could be that I'm moving back into the Reflections and Ramblings of... Hmm.




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