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The holidays are over! *\o/* Now it's back to regular life at least until someone starts Hugo drama. I'm not ready for the drama but I am ready to discuss awesome stories and to start my AO3-for-Best-Related-Work Campaign in earnest.

Reading-wise, I spent the end of December shoving 21 volumes of One Piece into my eye holes. They were all rereads as I work to catch up with the series, but it was the Water 7/Enies Lobby arc. That is a long path of emotional destruction and the hits keep coming until the very end. Oda is the master at jamming his arm into your chest and ripping out your still-beating heart. One Piece is so great. Here is a visual representation of the volumes I read in a 10-day period:

collage of 21 One Piece manga covers


Me after this binge:

Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could they didn't stop to think if they should


Since it's a new year resolutions are flying around. I'm bad at them but this year I decided to tackle a few. Being more positive, especially on social media (for every negative thing I share or tweet I have to follow it with a cute cat picture, so follow me if you like cat faces)! Supporting creators I like more often via Sidetracks! Continuing to practice more positive self-talk! Making 2016 the year I finish projects the year they start! Somewhere, [personal profile] alasen just started crying/laughing (craughing??) and doesn't know why. Worrying less about what everyone else thinks of me and if they hate me omg self, You Cannot Resolve Issues That Are Invisible To You & You Shouldn't Imagine Any Up to Obsess Over You Cannot Read Minds. Being positive in the face of criticism! ALL HARD BUT DOABLE.

AND OF COURSE THE IMPORTANT RESOLUTIONS: READING. I gave up on my 2015 reading challenges because they were irking me (classic science fiction + six months of women writers). The former…happened…sort of. Mostly I failed and gave up after bouncing off one too many books. The latter didn't work well for me because I don't read books fast enough. Maybe if I read 15+ books every month it would fit me better, but alas, I am a slow reader of words and so felt like I was trapped and therefore read fewer books. Therefore, one of my resolutions this year is to read 100 new-to-me women writers. However, it's not an exclusive challenge, so I can still read white men, but also non-binary authors, too. Follow reading whims! Don't hold back! I did add on a few extra goals, though:

  • 100 new to me women writers.
  • Work from 7500 words and over will count (no short stories).
  • Trade collected comics will count (not floppies).
  • Focus on black women.
  • Once an author has been read, no further work will count for the challenge although if I like them feel free to consume their back list.


100 Women Writers Jar


One of my tools is this jar. I filled it with a mix of authors whose books I own and need to read as well as library books I've had on my list forever, plus one or two randomly chosen titles that sounded good. It's got some SF but not too much and gets pretty multicultural very quickly. The goal is to tackle one book a week by keeping a responsible reading schedule. Which I guess is another resolution. :D

Something I noticed about reading only SF is that it starts to feel very similar and unchallenging. This isn't necessarily the fault of the books, because to learn it's best to read widely across genres and topics and challenge your own perspective so you can keep finding new ways to look at similar stories. So another goal is to enrich my SF reading by reading other things that will continue to change my perspective and how I see the world, probably through nonfiction and SF by marginalized writers.

This week's book:

slip of paper with text The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein


The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein. So many people have said great things about this book, so I'm excited. :D

Here's to a great year of 2016 reading. *CLINKS GLASSES WITH THE INTERNET*

Date: 2016-01-04 03:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chaila
I had comments and encouragement to add but now it's all drowned out by THE STEERSWOMAN RENAY IS GOING TO READ THE STEERSWOMAN :DDD
Edited Date: 2016-01-04 03:40 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-01-04 06:05 pm (UTC)
okrablossom: jasmine tea blossom open in mug (tea blossom)
From: [personal profile] okrablossom
Ah, reading The Steerswoman for the first time. I wish I could do that again. I hope you have a blast.

Date: 2016-01-04 10:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
Love that the dino is involved + want to believe you wrote these up using the rocket pen :D

Date: 2016-01-05 02:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laceblade
*waves Steerswoman flag*

Date: 2016-01-05 04:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] umadoshi
The Steerswoman is definitely a book I should read this year too. And your goals are excellent ones. ^_^

Date: 2016-01-05 06:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] umadoshi
Although much shorter than I anticipated.

Oh! That's useful info. ^_^

Date: 2016-01-07 12:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] transcendancing
Wooooot! Reading goals! I am excited and looking forward to reading about how you find things :)

I also promise I am *this* close to writing up my own goals stuff for this year.

Date: 2016-01-08 06:42 am (UTC)
transcendancing: Darren Hayes quote "Life is for leading, for not people pleasing" (Default)
From: [personal profile] transcendancing
Oh it will be written! I have a post on finalising last year's theme, a post on embarking upon this year's theme, and reading goals from last year and this year. Now that I have two days off I might actually manage some of this!

Date: 2016-01-10 02:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] litomnivore
Have I mentioned that I love your jar of recommendations? Because I do.

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