New Blogging/Reviewing Goal Reached

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If you follow me on Twitter or here on the blog you know I’m a big fan of self-published fantasy. What started out with a couple self-published author requests to read and review their books soon turned into hosting Self-Published Fantasy Month over the last three years. But there’s one major thing I haven’t been a part of as it relates to blogging and self-published fantasy. That my friends is participating in SPFBO. Sure I’ve followed along over the last few years, and I’ve tried to read the finalists, but nothing more than that. Well, that’s now changed because…

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2021 Reading and Blogging Goals

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I’m usually pretty hesitant to set yearly goals. Like I never ever do any New Year’s Resolutions. I only occasionally set other goals unless they are very major and I’m committed to accomplishing them, or they are very minor and I can do them quick. Anything else and I either get bogged down or lose interest and end up going in some other direction.

I’ve tried to be careful about setting reading and blogging goals, though in 2019 I set like ten which was way too much. But no matter how many I settle on I maybe accomplish half of them. This year I thought about not setting any goals and just see what happens. I mean you can’t fail at your goals if you don’t have any right?

OK fine, that’s not a great way to look at things I admit it. So instead of no goals at all I’ve come up with a handful I think I can accomplish and which build upon things I’ve already been doing.

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Blog Update: Award Nominee Challenge

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I have quick blog update for everyone! I’ve added another menu item to the blog along with a new challenge.

The Award Nominee Challenge

A week or two ago I posted about My Nebula And Hugo Award Reading Challenge where I’m trying to read the nominees for Best Novel, Best Novella, and Best Short Story for the Nebula and Hugo Awards. Well, I’ve created a page dedicated to the challenge. In addition, I’ve created a page for another, similar challenge…to read and review all of the SPBFO5 Finalists. The goal is to read them all before the end of the year but I recognize up front that it might not happen. Ultimately the goal would be just to read them all…Some day…Before I die. I’d like to add to this list each year as the nominees/finalists are named, and maybe even do previous years if I decide to really get wild. Continue reading

My Nebula And Hugo Award Reading Challenge

Off The TBR Nebula And Hugo Award Reading Challenge

By now most you have probably seen that both the Nebula and Hugo award finalists have been announced. In theory these are the best books and stories in SFF for the previous year. I say “in theory” because as we all know awards, like book reviews, are chosen using subjective criteria by those who vote on them. They also pretty much ignore self-published works. There are always books I love each year that are left out of the list of finalists, and sometimes the story that wins isn’t the one I would have chosen. Some also argue there is a certain kind of book that gets nominated. That’s all open to debate. What is true however is that the finalists and the winners are not chosen by a small panel of people. According to the Hugo website for instance 1,584 people submitted 27,033 nominations for the 2020 awards. So the odds are good that the finalists are deserving of their place in the list. Continue reading

2019 Reading And Blogging Goals VIII: Star Wars

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At the beginning of the year I posted about my 2019 Reading And Blogging Goals. I listed ten things I wanted to do this year. Wow ten. I didn’t realize it was that many until I counted it. Huh. Anyway, I listed ten things I hope to accomplish this year:

Because this isn’t simply a book review blog (I mean mostly yeah but not completely), it’s also my thoughts on books and reading and the blog in general, I’ve decided to take some time to address each one in more detail because I know you’re all riveted by it. OK, truth be told this is really to help me keep on task. Anyway, here’s the sixth deeper dive into my goals. Continue reading

2019 Reading And Blogging Goals VI: Read More Self-Pub Books

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At the beginning of the year I posted about my 2019 Reading And Blogging Goals. I listed ten things I wanted to do this year. Wow ten. I didn’t realize it was that many until I counted it. Huh. Anyway, I listed ten things I hope to accomplish this year:

Because this isn’t simply a book review blog (I mean mostly yeah but not completely), it’s also my thoughts on books and reading and the blog in general, I’ve decided to take some time to address each one in more detail because I know you’re all riveted by it. OK, truth be told this is really to help me keep on task. Anyway, here’s the sixth deeper dive into my goals. Continue reading

2019 Reading And Blogging Goals V

At the beginning of the year I posted about my 2019 Reading And Blogging Goals. I listed ten things I wanted to do this year. Wow ten. I didn’t realize it was that many until I counted it. Huh. Anyway, I listed ten things I hope to accomplish this year:

Because this isn’t simply a book review blog (I mean mostly yeah but not completely), it’s also my thoughts on books and reading and the blog in general, I’ve decided to take some time to address each one in more detail because I know you’re all riveted by it. OK, truth be told this is really to help me keep on task. Anyway, here’s the fifth deeper dive into my goals.

Astute readers will notice I didn’t post anything with a title of Reading And Blogging Goals IV. This is because the goal of opening up the blog to review requests again I accomplished before getting around to writing about it as a goal. So it didn’t happen with the title format of the rest of these posts.

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2019 Reading And Blogging Goals III

At the beginning of the year I posted about my 2019 Reading And Blogging Goals. I listed ten things I wanted to do this year. Wow ten. I didn’t realize it was that many until I just counted it. Huh. Anyway, I listed ten things I hope to accomplish this year:

  • Get caught up on my reviews
  • Open the blog to review requests again
  • Read more Self-pub/Indie Books
  • Another Self-pub Fantasy Month?
  • Finish up series I’ve started
  • Dragonlance
  • Warhammer 40K
  • Star Wars
  • Clean up the blog
  • Reduce the size of my TBR

Because this isn’t simply a book review blog (I mean mostly yeah but not completely), it’s also my thoughts on books and reading and the blog in general, I’ve decided to take some time to address each one in more detail because I know you’re all riveted by it. OK, truth be told this is really to help me keep on task. Anyway, here’s the second deeper dive into my goals…and for this I’m going out of order… Continue reading

2019 Reading And Blogging Goals II

At the beginning of the year I posted about my 2019 Reading And Blogging Goals. I listed ten things I wanted to do this year. Wow ten. I didn’t realize it was that many until I just counted it. Huh. Anyway, I listed ten things I hope to accomplish this year:

  • Get caught up on my reviews
  • Open the blog to review requests again
  • Read more Self-pub/Indie Books
  • Another Self-pub Fantasy Month?
  • Finish up series I’ve started
  • Dragonlance
  • Warhammer 40K
  • Star Wars
  • Clean up the blog
  • Reduce the size of my TBR

Because this isn’t simply a book review blog (I mean mostly yeah but not completely), it’s also my thoughts on books and reading and the blog in general, I’ve decided to take some time to address each one in more detail because I know you’re all riveted by it. OK, truth be told this is really to help me keep on task. Anyway, here’s the first deeper dive into my goals… Continue reading