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by Jeff
Rated: 18+ · Book · Biographical · #1399999
One blog to rule them all
Welcome to my blog!

I would make some sort of clever introduction here, but most of us already know how blogs work; if you like me and like my writing, you might also enjoy my personal ramblings and assorted thoughts. If you don't like me, you're probably not reading this anyway. And if you're undecided in your opinion of me, I invite you to read as much or as little as you like and decide for yourself.

Please read on and, if you find something worth discussing, don't be shy about submitting a comment! *Bigsmile*

January 8, 2021 at 5:34pm
January 8, 2021 at 5:34pm
#1001698

Written in connection with "Note: 48-HOUR CHALLENGE : Media Prompt Deadl..." | 13 lines (excl. lyrics)



Lyrics



I'm not where I'm
         supposed to be
                   I hope that you're
                             missing me
                                       won't you
                                                 help me

Goodbye to my
         new friends
                   won't you
                             help me
                                       grow up
                                                 and feel
                                                           something again
January 4, 2021 at 1:55am
January 4, 2021 at 1:55am
#1001377

So I've decided to try something a little different this year...

I'm normally a voracious consumer of information and entertainment. I have a lifelong love of learning, a natural affinity for processing input, and have never had any trouble finding ways to occupy my time. Case in point, over the past five years:

Books read: 540
Scripts read: 160
Comics read: 244
Podcast episodes listened to: 6,621
Movies watched: 500+
TV series watched: 100+

And that's not even counting all the newspaper stories, magazine articles, social media conversations, etc. But I'm realizing that all of this has come at a cost. Over that same period of time:

Books written: 0
Scripts written: 0

I've written a fair amount of short stories and poetry, blog posts and essays, and other creative writing in that time... but overall, I've been prioritizing the consumption of media over the creation of it, and I've been depriving myself of "free time" to think, plan, and realize my own projects.

This year, I'm intentionally reading less. I unsubscribed from a bunch of podcasts so my weeks aren't full of dozens of listening hours. I'm going to be more purposeful about the movies and television I watch, as well as the time I spend online. I want to create the space to spend more time thinking and (hopefully) writing.

This isn't some grand proclamation where I'm going to suddenly leave social media altogether or anything like that. I guess, more accurately, it's an effort to rebalance my time and energies.

I'm hoping for some real change in 2021, and I realize that's not going to happen if I don't do things differently. And I guess I'm just posting it here to hold myself accountable.

Anyone else trying to make any big changes this year?
January 1, 2021 at 1:30am
January 1, 2021 at 1:30am
#1001175

It's the end of 2020, which means it's time to review all the reading and listening I've done over the past calendar year. Here's how 2020 breaks down:


*Star* = favorite
*ThumbsUp* = also really enjoyed


Books (click to expand full list)

This year, I spent a lot of time clearing out my Kindle of all the impulse buys and discount books that I've picked up over the year. That basically meant a lot of mediocre stuff, a lot of which I didn't finish. There were a few high points, though, including Last Call at the Nighshade Lounge which was a fun urban fantasy adventure with a unique magic system, and Peter Sagal's Incomplete Book of Running which I found particularly endearing and more heartfelt than I anticipated.

Over the past five years, I've averaged reading about 100 books a year (108, to be exact), but this year I think I'm going to scale it back and focus on being more intentional with my reading. I'm not sure what my reading goal will be in terms of actual number of books because I have a lot of titles lined up that are longer and more complex than what I've typically been reading over the past five years, which means I may not be able to plow through them at quite so quick a pace. That said, I do have a fair amount of Kindle "fluff" left (around 60 titles), so I guess we'll just have to see where the reading muse takes me. *Smile*



Podcasts (click to expand full list)

Ironically, two of my favorite new podcasts didn't even make my end of year "favorite" (*Star*) or "also really enjoyed" (*Thumbsup*) list because I got tired of both of them pretty quickly. But By The Book (the hosts live out the advice of self-help books to the letter and then report back) and Dirt Cheap (dramatic reading and comedic analysis of bad pulp fiction from decades past) are great ideas for podcasts that were fun to follow along with for a time. Similar to the iconic My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast, they are clever ideas that just ended up getting a little old for me after several episodes. Pod Save America remains probably my favorite podcast which kept me sane during this crazy election year, and as always, the Ezra Klein Show and The Weeds were incredible resources for deep dives on a variety of topics.

Like with books, next year I'm going to scale back on my podcasts. There are several on the list this year that I'm starting to tire of, particularly all the self-publishing stuff. I think I'm hitting a critical mass where I don't feel like I'm learning as much as am just kind of going through the motions listening, so that's probably a good time to re-evaluate the time I spend listening to them.



Comics (click to expand full list)

I didn't read many comics this year, although I think I'm also forgetting to include all the various ones that I skimmed through during the writing credit arbitration on the upcoming Black Widow feature film. My goal for 2021 is actually to read more comics because I really enjoy them and I've been missing reading them over the past few years.



Scripts (click to expand full list)

I'm not putting any favorites or highly recommended on the script section of my reading list because a lot of the writers on this list are my friends and/or colleagues and I don't want to play favorites with my friends and business associates. *Smile*



TOTALS: 111 books, 1165 podcasts, 7 comics, 25 scripts


According to Goodreads, my book reading resulted in the following stats (based on the 98 books found on Goodreads):

         Total Pages Read: 27,562
         Average Pages Per Book: 248
         Shortest Book: 42 pages
         Longest Book: 729 pages


That's it for my 2020 reading... time to see what 2021 has in store! *Bigsmile*

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