List of Stuff My Brain is Trying to Convince Me to DO

1. Cook a dish with each cut of beef, pork, and chicken. Really know the animal I’m eating.

2. Ride my bike to Homestead Farm and back.

3. Actually finish the International Reading Challenge

4. Actually win NaNoWriMo

5. Write 500 words a day for a year.

6. Screenprint a shirt.

7. Bleach print a shirt.

8. Create a shirt design and submit it to threadless.

9. Write a short story and submit it to a scifi or fantasy zine.

10. Make early morning bike riding a part of my routine.

11. Take up yoga.

12. Learn and memorize a song a month.

13. Visit friends in Boston.

14. Visit friends in Seattle.

15. Get my driver’s license.

16. Visit a speakeasy.

17. Fulfill the 24 hour comic book challenge.

18. Cook a dish with ox or goat.

19. Bake a patisserie-worthy cake.

20. Invent a new cupcake.

21. Build a yearbook for the kids.

22. Write a blog post a day for a year.

23. Finish a crochet project.

24. Learn fiddle.

25. Learn enough music theory to compose a piece for a string quartet.

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Reading is Fun, y’all

In order to make moves towards realistically finishing my reading challenge, I just joined Good Reads, a huge online community for people who also think reading is fun. Yay. Time to hoard virtual books online, read actual books in real life, then feel accomplished in real life and online. 🙂

I’m sort of split on whether I want to search out the books I should read ahead of time, or just kind of let them come to me. I think, at this point, it would make more sense to plan them out. Especially since I’ll have to make some extra effort to find books that weren’t originally written/published in America. I just hope I’ll manage to find some genre fic in there somewhere.  Different states, too. This’ll be interesting.

Also, I’ve got Julie’s list of recommendations pinned to my board, and I’d like to take a stab at those. Let her know how I’m coming along if I get the chance to visit her in Boston.