2014: What’s Next?

Here is an artsy wool rug. Sky Stones - because you have to name such pieces something.
Here is an artsy wool rug. Sky Stones – because you have to name such pieces something.

2013 was an extremely busy year for me, so some of my book commitments fell to the wayside. I had ankle surgery in February and that took forever to heal enough to be fully mobile. My man took an EMT course over the summer, while continuing to work 40 hours/week, and hopefully soon he will be licensed (still waiting on the ambulance ride alongs to be scheduled). Several small, intense events also happened over the summer and having them all stacked up like that took a toll. Then there was cubicle land. Yep. The office. I saw myself going down the path that leads to Dickhood and I decided I didn’t want to be just another disgruntled employee who was spending every ounce of concentration trying to hide it. I was tired of listening to my coworkers cry at work and my managers being yanked around by yet more managers. So, I looked around at what else I could do and I spotted a loom and weaving supplies. Yeah. You didn’t see that plot twist coming, did you? So on top of all the summer madness, I started a home business (Woven Hearth) while still employed at the the Cubicle Dungeon. Craziness.

In October I put in my 2 weeks notice, and my last day at the Dungeon was Halloween. It’s always been my favorite holiday, and now I see it in a liberating light also.

Picabuche - Just a smidge demon?
Picabuche – Just a smidge demon?

What does all this babbling mean about my reading life? Well, now I have a full-time job where I listen to audiobooks all day while weaving. Hooray! So I am tearing through those like Granny Margaret tears through pantyhose (don’t ask).

I also took up free-lance editing. I love this side job. I love being paid to take apart (politely, always politely) someone’s work. I love double checking their facts. Do herons really nest on the Nile banks in summer? What kind of trade was going on in 1580s Europe? If she’s holding a knife and a gun, where do they end up when she lunges to strangle the good guy?

You get the idea. But the other side of that shiny coin is that I now have difficulty reading ANYTHING without mentally editing it. My eyeball reading has decreased even as my audiobook listening has increased. So I am trying to get my eyeball reading groove back. Hence, the pileup of review ebooks that still need reading.

As many of you already know, I will be participating in Little Red Reviewer’s Vintage SF and in Stainless Steel Droppings’ Science Fiction Experience 2014. The Wheel of Time read along is ongoing (and lots of fun!). We’re just starting Book 7, A Crown of Swords. Also, for 10 glorious weeks we will be dissecting Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings in a read along cooked up by On Starships & Dragonwings and myself. I’ll also be participating in the February The Book of Apex Anthology blog tour organized by Little Red Reviewer. Starting up next week is the continued read a long of N. K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance trilogy with Book 2, The Broken Kingdoms with Books Without Any Pictures and Violin in a Void. I also have about dozen books from last year to review so that I am all caught up. Beyond that, we’ll see what happens.

HowellSummersKeplersDozenThere were so many books and authors I didn’t get to last year, so they role over to this year. David Lee Summers still has plenty of books for me to explore. Jacqueline Carey has put out one or two books in the YA genre. Of course, Brandon Sanderson‘s sequel to The Way of Kings will be out in March (Words of Radiance). I’ve been meaning to read Jay Kristoff for 2 years now. James Maxey, I’m an ass for not having listened to Bitterwood yet. Kick me in the britches if we ever meet. Since listening to Wil Wheaton read John Scalzi‘s Redshirts, I want to read Wheaton’s book, Just a Geek, and also more Scalzi. I love Mary Roach‘s investigative reporter books and I NEED, yes it is a need, to read her latest, Gulp. I’m feeling a deep, deep need to reread The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and to follow that with reading Wise Man’s Fear (which I haven’t read yet). I also need something dark, magical, and WWII, which means Ian Tregillis and his Milkweed Triptych series.

MaxeyGreatshadowHeldigYou get the point. I will be foregoing sleep.

What’s on your reading goals for 2014?


9 thoughts on “2014: What’s Next?”

  1. It’s not specific, but my goal is to do better filling the empty spaces with reading. In his book, On Writing, Stephen King recommends always having a book with you so you can slip in a paragraph here and a chapter there when time permits. So, I’ve been carrying books around, slipping in more reading when I can, finding I can actually make a lot of progress while waiting for phone calls or to pick up kids at school.

  2. I’ve got a lot to do. I’ve already posted about what I’m doing in 2014, twice. One is more general, while the other is specifically about my blog. Definitely going to be a busy year, since I’d like to finish the book I’ve been very slowly working on.

  3. I can’t wait to host a readalong for the new Stormlight Archive book. I’m glad to see people re-reading The Way of Kings in anticipation for that book’s release. Will be fun to revisit that world and those characters in the next book.

    You do have a busy year plan, but it all looks and sounds fun.

  4. Congrats on finding something you love. I’m going to be entering that process this year and it’s good to see some light shine on the new path. ๐Ÿ™‚

    In terms of reading goals, I’m going to finish up the 2013 reading I didn’t get too and then go with the new stuff. We’ll see how it goes.

  5. Well done you – you’re a genius, an inspiration and a maniac all rolled up in one! Not bad going really.
    My goals. pfft. Don’t know yet. Still thinking on it.
    All the best for 2014 for you, your man, the goats, the cats, the rugs and everything else.
    Lynn ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I so hear you on the issue of editing while reading for pleasure. I’m in a writing critique group, and every so often I find myself putting that brain on when I’m reading just for fun. Though I think it only happens when there really IS an editing issue (like a recent book that apparently was against the word “said” and kept using “stated” instead…) so maybe it’s just making me a more discerning reader?

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