Sunday, January 2, 2011
I have spent the better part of this week reflecting on the past year. I decided that I want to live 2011 with purpose and attempted to develop a schedule that would help me to accomplish that goal; and I reviewed my love/hate relationship with challenges and decided to secretly participate in a few challenges of my own design. I had one follower comment that she was tired of reflecting and ready to delve into the New Year. I am ready as well --- but I have one more thought on the past before I fling myself into the future.
While my track record for 2010 reading challenges was abysmal (I only completed one and several I did not read a single book), I did actually read a LOT - probably more than I have read in several years. The problem was that I had a significant shift in interest - from predominantly fiction literature (contemporary fiction and mysteries) to predominantly non-fiction and literature within the genre of my writing. I had NO idea that 2010 would be the year that I discovered a love for writing. It just rather evolved - a large part in thanks to the Bread Loaf School of English course I took the summer of 2009, but also due in part to the inspirational reading on J.Kaye's writing blog.
NaNoWriMo piece for 2011. There is still a lot of research that needs to be done, not to mention a major conflict that needs to be developed, which I will probably focus on during the summer break.
365 project (a photo a day to chronicle my life) --- but knowing me, I will adapt this to a 52 project (a minimum of a photo a week). I hope to become well acquainted with PhotoShop Elements 9 and begin to manipulate digital photos into works of personal art. This will be ongoing, but it is an interest that I am anxious to pursue.
So as I am ready to delve into the New Year - I must consider my past and realize that my reading life will follow its own course and will bring me pleasure. I hope that 2011 can be a year of reading balance between fun fictional reads, as well as informative non-fiction ones.