New Year, New Challenges: Reading & Writing

After writing and publishing yesterday’s post, I feel refreshed and newly inspired. So taking a page from my own advice and letting go of things I cannot control, I turn to things I can control—reading and writing challenges!

Although I didn’t finish all the challenges that I signed onto in 2018, I enjoyed the process of going through the various challenges, learned a lot, and completed more than I would have otherwise.

Yes, there can be success in failing.

But this is a new year, so that means new challenges. And I’ve already signed up for a few.

First up, the Science Fiction & Fantasy To Be Read (#SFFTBR) challenge. This is actually a carry-over from last year, as it started July 1 and goes through June 30. The challenge: read 50 SFF books that fit one of the listed criteria.

The 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge. An annual challenge where you set the number of books you want to read in the year. I’ve set my GRC again at 78, which breaks down to ~1.5 books per week. And I’m already behind. But the great thing is, if life happens, I can always adjust my goal.

The 2019 Litten Love Bingo (#LLB19). A bingo board created by a fellow Litten. (Fellow booknerds, go check out the Litsy app. I promise you’ll love it!) This board all sorts of fun & challenging categories specifically created for Littens. I, of course, am going for a blackout board.

And last, but not least, the 2019 A to Z Challenge (#AtoZ). There are potential 3 tracks in this challenge: (1) Author (last name of the author), (2) Title (first word in the title), or (3) Mixed (mixing author and title). I’ve opted to do the title, which means I have to read 26 books where the 1st word in the title corresponds to one of the 26 letters of the alphabet. I foresee some research to find books for letters Q, X, Y, and Z.

So far, I’ve only signed up for the 4 reading challenges, but I’m sure there will be more, shorter-term reading challenges that I sign-up for throughout the year.

Now onto writing challenges!

I will do NaNoWriMo this year of course. But that’s not until November. So to start off the year and get back on track with my writing, I just signed up for the 2019 Winter Writing Festival (WWF) hosted by the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood.

WWF starts today (so there’s still time to join) and goes through February 28. This is a great one because you set your own goals. Then you get a point each day you meet any of those goals. My goals for WWF19:

  1. write 500 words per day,
  2. participate in at least 1 word sprint per week,
  3. spend 2 hours per day writing, and
  4. carry my writing journal with me everywhere and jot down notes/inspiration as I go about my day.

And this post counts toward my 500 words! In fact, I’m at 475 words and I’m pretty sure I’ve been writing for close to two hours now. (Editing takes time.)

CHALLENGES ACCEPTED! Now onward to victory!

What challenges have you committed to in 2019? Are there any challenges you think I should try? Share your challenges, goals, & suggestions in the comments below.

P.S. total word count not counting this post script is 523! w00t!

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