2007 Winter Reading Challenge

I saw this reading challenge on my friend Gamila’s blog, and it looked interesting so I decided to join.  Basically, you set a goal to read a certain number of books this winter (it should be winter of 2008, but meh), post the list, and then post updates and/or reviews as you go along.  Since I’m already doing something like this for one of my New Year’s resolutions, I thought I’d join in.  Here is the list:

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Resolutions and Alpha Centauri

Here are my thoughts on New Year’s resolutions (and goals in general): they need to be short, simple, specific, measurable, realistic, easy to remember, and before you set them you need to realize that success (or failure) is not measured by how well you keep the goal itself, but what you accomplish as you strive to keep the goal. Of course, they should also stretch you, but at the same time you need to recognize that you have limitations, and that if you set a really hard goal in one area, it’s going to limit the amount of energy you can put into another difficult goal in another area. In general, I think it’s better to set one or two goals and achieve them than to set a dozen goals, overwork yourself, and fail to meet any of them. So here are my New Year’s resolutions (and I only really have two of them):

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I know why Disney fights so hard to extend copyright protection

…it’s because they can’t come up with anything as good as the old stuff.  Case in point, the new movie Enchanted.  I watched it today with my family, and I couldn’t stand it.  Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have put on my headphones and turned on my mp3 player in the middle of the show (my sister was pretty offended by it), but I know that if I didn’t do that, I would have walked out of the theater, if only to spend five minutes vomiting in the restroom and the next twenty minutes recovering.  I tend to annoy people a LOT with this habit, but I like to comment on movies as I watch them.  Here are some of the things I wanted to say but held myself back from while I was in the theater:

<poisonous cynicism>

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1,659 words and some other cool stuff

I suppose I should be happy that I wrote so much, but I don’t feel like I’m making as much progress as that four digit number implies. I still feel like I’m stuck on this one scene, and even though a lot has happened, I don’t feel that it’s concluded in such a way that I can move on to the next one. And the next couple of scenes are going to be really cool, so I want to get to them at least before I go back to Utah. But oh well. The more I write, the longer this story seems to become.

Don’t worry, there’s more to this post than just rambling thoughts…

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Grrr!!! Only 500 words tonight!

I know that that’s my daily goal, and that I reached it, but I wanted to do so much more!  I swear, I have to take this computer somewhere where I can’t get an internet connection and won’t be bothered by anyone else!  And I’ve got to start early in the day, and just keep doing it!  Discipline!

Alright, now that I’ve bored you with my rant, you may go now…unless you want to see the face of awesomeness itself…

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