Archive for January 2nd, 2007

2006 – Year in Review (Books)

Well… I didn’t really keep track of the books from the first part of the year (then again, I really wasn’t able to read a whole lot, then, either…)

So here is the brief list of books that I have made it through in the last few months of 2006 (in no particular order).

1) Neil Peart: Roadshow…: Neil’s writings about motorcycle touring during the R30 tour. As a Rush fan, it’s kind of a no-brainer that I would be getting and reading this one. I actually enjoy his writing, and I am considering rereading his books to make notes on the books and music that he mentions – what better way to discover new works that I might not have heard about or tried reading otherwise, eh?

2) Stephen King: Different Seasons: King’s collection of novellas (3 out of 4 have been turned into movies at this point). A fan of Stand by Me, I had originally gotten the book years ago to read “The Body”. I had gotten through “Shawshank Redemption” pretty easily, but was having a hard time getting through “Apt Pupil” (I had already seen the movie, but the text was thick and it took a little while for me to get through some sections). I ended up putting the book down for a while and reading a few other books before coming back to finish… Once I got through “Pupil”, the rest of the book was clear sailing. Overall, I liked it… but as I said… “Pupil” was the thickest one to digest.

3) Brian McKeown: Enter at A, Laughing: A comedic collection of equine related articles, given to me by wife. The subtitle is “A Husband’s Guide to Dressage,” which is a position I can fully relate to – especially his notes about forms and styles of shoveling horse manure. I’m currently in training for the 2008 Olympic Equestrian Stall Cleaning Competition Team. It will be tough, but I’ll keep you posted on the progress. 😉

4) Christopher Paolini: Eragon: Some have called it basic, predictable and full of cliches… others love it. Personally… I rather liked it. Consider it almost a guilty pleasure of sorts. Yes, there are a lot of similarities that can be drawn to other “major” works (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc.), and all I can say is, “Yeah, and?” I was told one that there are really only about 12-15 truly original stories, and everything else is just a variation on those themes. My only real problem with the text was that the ending seemed a bit too fast – spend 400 pages to build it up, but it’s over in 30 (almost like Star Wars: Episode 1 – when Darth maul was killed off so quickly at the end)… Granted, this is the first book in a trilogy, and no, I have not read book 2 yet… But again, a pretty good read (Now, I can go see the movie, right?)

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The New Year, pt. 1

Here we are in January… the new year underway, and a bastion of hope for what the new year may bring. With that, I give you my “resolutions” for the coming year… at least the ones that I see as fit for public consumption. Here they are, in no particular order:
1) Get my weight down to between 160-175 lbs.
2) Read between 26-30 new books during the year (meaning – reading a book for the first time)
3) Finish “Book 1” – the current project started in November’s NaNoWriMo
4) Write 8-10 short stories/articles.
5) Complete 1st draft of a script idea I’ve been working with (working title: Four Corners)
6) Compete in a 1/2 marathon (there’s one that I’m looking at that’s scheduled for the fall in Virginia Beach…)
7) Learn three (3) songs on bass guitar (to be able to play through completely)… (By default, one of them is going to be “Lady Madonna” by the Beatles, as I have already started on it… the other two are still undeclared at the moment)
8) Clean my office (and keep it clean)… trust me… it is a bigger deal than one may think…
9) Clean & Organize my attic space… a big undertaking, considering the attic has become one of the “catch-all” storage spaces…
10) Clean & Organize our guestroom (our other “catch-all” storage space… which has made the room impossible to use for anything else… like, guests!)

That’s the basics for now… I’ll try to put a “year in review” post a bit later…

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