Month: January 2018

Top Ten Reading Goals for 2018

Hello my friends,

Today I decided to take part in the Top Ten Tuesdays Link up. I do have a few other ideas for blog posts, but they’re more or less stuck. I lost the notes for one and I haven’t come up with the core element for another. So resolutions it is.

I’m not always much of a New Years resolutions person. I’ve heard enough stories about people giving up on them while it is still January, so sometimes I don’t feel it’s worth doing. That’s probably to my loss because plans have to be made sometime and the beginning of the year isn’t a bad time. So my reading goals:

  1. Read less books. Yes, this sounds like a strange one, but over the last couple of years, I’ve been stuffing my mind with so many stories that they’ve just become a muddle.
  2. ​Read slowly and deliberately. The only reason I’m able to read so many books is because I skim and don’t leave time to absorb them. I don’t take the book in properly. It’s a bad habit I’ve had for many years, and it only got worse with digital books.
  3. Only read when I’m done with other work. This is probably the biggest one. Reading has been the bane of my productivity. It’s been taking up time belonging to other things. It’s the reason I didn’t write this post earlier in the day. The only exceptions to this is reading the Bible and listening to audio books. Depending on the work I’m doing listen can help me along.
  4. Read more blogs. I used to follow quite a few other writers, but I’ve got busy and not kept up with them. It’s more for networking than learning that I need to do this, but I know there’s a lot of things worth reading out there.
  5. Write more reviews. This isn’t a new goal, but it’s a common failing. I know reviews are worth a lot to authors, but it’s so easy not to write them. Yet it’s isn’t difficult to write a very short review for the majority of books. I like giving my whole multi-sided opinion and recommendation for a book, but I don’t always have to. I’ll likely not do review for the books I could care less about, but I should attempt the ones I’m not sure how to feel about. Writing makes the thoughts clearer.
  6. Read a SpecFaith article at least once a week. There’s a lot of good in here.
  7. Read a Creation.com article at least once a week. I can always do with some science or apologetics to keep my mind active. I ought to read the Creation magazine more too.
  8. Finish all the non-fiction books I’m partway through. I can’t skim books on theology or any detailed topic. They require concentration and focus. That also means they take quite a bit longer and I do have a very long non-fiction list. (Thirty-six on Goodreads, not counting books on writing, and there’s more than that on our bookshelves that could be listed.) So this year i am going to focus on getting through at leas the ones I’ve begun. The possible exception is Augustine’s City of God which I got half for the purpose of getting the really long book achievement on Audible. It is fascinating at points, but thirty hours, is thirty hours, and there’s a bit more than that left.
  9. Take notes when I read. I think a lot while reading, but there are so many thoughts and brilliant lines that escape me later. I need to find a way of making notes without constantly distracting from my reading, and then it’ll be good. I do have a journal I’ve used for that purpose already, so that’s not a problem.
  10. Get to the point in my Greek studies that I can read sentences not just one word in ten (and that is only due words we use in English and a few extremely frequent words).

Now all I have to do is remember and do these things and everything will be, well not perfect, but likely better. Remember the signs.

A Quiet Start to a New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

I’ve had a pretty quiet year so far. It’s not been empty, but I haven’t felt rushed. Bathroom renovations have taken up the last couple of weeks including Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Apart from that I’ve been sewing, reading and keeping up with my 440 words a day minimum. The last few days there’s been editing work as well.

In reality, this year probably hasn’t been much quieter than last year at the same time. The only difference was last year I was getting exciting about going away for a week long course at the end of the month and this year I have very little planned.

I’m going to keep writing obviously, and I hope to pick up more editing. Sewing is something I can always find more to occupy myself with, and my accounting job keeps coming at it’s steady rate. That’s the everyday things. Beyond that I have the studies I started last year, and dropped partway though. I must pick those up again. The Greek is good for my mind and a good Bible study tool, while Theme Mastery something I really need for my writing.

I’ve also got a couple of exciting things coming up. Camping in March with a bunch of Homeschoolers including Jane Maree, and in October I’ll be going to the Creation Super Conference which is sure to be exciting. Loads of information and people to meet, a long car trip, and the perfect climate for swimming. Yes, I’m rather excited.

Last year I was considering the possibility of figuring out a way to attend Realm Makers this year, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I thought about it after hearing two good writing friends say they hoped to go this year, but I don’t feel that adventurous right now. I’m not sure why, but right now my daydreams of travel are quite happy to remain only day dreams. I’m happy to stay home reading and writing.

The natural house daydreams have been plaguing me again lately. I need to use them as motivation to get other things done, because they can take up a bit of time.

Honestly, that lack of ambition is scaring me a little. Even if I don’t feel like it right now, I really do know I want something to happen in my life, and I can see I’m doing almost nothing to make it happen. I’m becoming one of those passive people who never make interesting characters in books. Probably not even funny side characters. Just a background character that doesn’t contribute anything. And I wasn’t put on this earth to do nothing. I have a purpose.

Now that I’ve got all that out of my head, I’ll just wrap this up by wishing you all a blessed, productive, wonderful year.

 

Great peace have those who love your law and nothing can cause them to stumble.

Psalm 119:165

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