Monday, January 7, 2013

A Challenge for 2013

I saw a post from John Anealio (who, by the way, writes some really terrific scifi themed music: check him out here- John Anelio) about a challenge he is giving himself this year- to release 23 new songs in 2013. He is also challenging others to do a variation on that challenge: write 23 new stories, read 23 books, create 23 pieces of art, whatever your particular interest is.

I think this is a great idea, and I'd like to try it. The question is: what to commit to? Not blog posts. I did slack off a bit last year here, but still managed to get double the 23 done. I normally read 25 or so books a year, anyway. Besides, I do that challenge on Goodreads.

I know some of you are thinking of the obvious one: write 23 new stories. I thought about that, but the reality is, I don't really write that fast. That's about 2 stories a month. Whew! That's some pace, for me. I know there are others who would laugh at that, but they ain't me! I don't really do artwork of any kind.

I know! I'll make 23 excuses why I didn't get anything done! <Laugh> Not really.  Though I could do that one- easily.

I may have to think about this one for a bit, but I'll come up with something, and, in keeping with the spirit of the challenge, I will announce it here and then do regular (fingers crossed) updates to keep me accountable.

To update:

I think I have decided. I am going for the 23 stories thing. But I'm putting a few conditions on it so that I hope I'll have a shot at actually making it.

1) 23 stories finished. Not necessarily polished, but with a beginning, a middle, and an end. And some of them will be finishing up ones that are started. You know, the ones that you start working on, and then- ooh, Shiny New Idea! Hello!

2) In order to finish, that will mean roughly two stories per month. I think I am going to say that at least one will be flash fiction. It should be quicker to write, for one thing. Also, it's not something I do regularly, but I think it has value as a learning tool.

This is going to be interesting, at the very least.

Want to join in?

1 comment:

John Anealio said...

Excellent Mary! Good luck.