Because I’m still not satisfied with the two pages of challenges I already have listed in a Word file. Ahem.
Firstly, New Beginnings Wednesday. This is not a reading challenge; it’s basically a challenge to keep you going with your New Year’s Resolution(s) by posting your progress each Wednesday. Personally, I only have one resolution for this year, and that is: stick with what I start. I’m terribly scatterbrained, always shifting from one project to the next, often before I’m finished. I’m the sort of person who has three or four novels going at once in different parts of the house plus plenty more on the shelf, twenty different stories being written, a number of classes and so on but who only ever seems to finish a fraction of what they’ve begun because they’re so busy accumulating more Things To Do that they never get the time or patience to complete anything. Including their sentences, apparently. Well, no more! This year I’m going to break that habit once and for all. Beyond that, I don’t think I need any other resolutions – that pretty much covers everything.
Another challenge is the Royal Mistress Challenge. I’m on a historical kick at the moment as I have two historical novels in the works myself, and I love a good intrigue. The use of sex as a political tool fascinates me on an intellectual level as well, so it sounds like the ideal topic! Depending on how many titles I can find, I may read one related novel a month, putting me at Secret Wife level, but I think I’ll take it as I go and start out aiming just for Maid of Honour.
I shall also attempt The Year of the Historical Challenge – at least one historical novel per month – since that fits nicely with my plans for the above, and I really like historicals when they’re done right. Particularly those set in WW1 and WW2. And the 1950s. And the Victorian era. And the Crusades. And – okay, I’ll stop now.
I’ve already been whittling away at the 42 Sci-Fi Challenge as well; mostly because I am currently addicted to The X-Files (I missed out on it growing up because we had no television until I was 13, by which point I think the series had ended. Although I did have an X Files computer game that used to scare me silly. It was on, like, ten discs because our computer was only capable of handling a thimble of information at a time. Oh my god, I’m old!). I’m not big on sci-fi books as a rule, but when it comes to TV and movies, I’m generally all over it. Strange that. Anyway, I’m going to make an additional rule for myself that at least ten of the 42 must be written, otherwise it won’t be much of a challenge for me at all. And we can’t have that, can we? No, I thought not.
That’s enough for today, I think, but I will be adding more in the coming days as I work through the list I have. And that’s barely scratching the surface, I know, but I am only human.
You know what I said about starting things and never finishing them? Now you understand why my resolution is so important. Come 2011 I want to have completed all of these challenges I’ve entered. Wish me luck!