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Monday, September 20, 2010

Future Plans: A List

I've been thinking about things I'd like to do on this blog over the next few months (or year) and decided to write up a list for your perusal.  Some of these things are pretty much set in stone, and others are flexible.  If you have suggestions for things you'd like to see on this blog, please let me know.  I'm always open to suggestions, whether of the "we want more of that" or the "you haven't done this" variety.

Update:  I added some things to the list which I had previously forgotten.

Here's the list:
Upcoming Projects
  • A video review of the Barnes & Noble Nook.  I recently purchased one and plan to review it, but not for a few more weeks.  I want to get used to using it first.
  • The sort-of-final post in my New Weird and Scifi Strange series.  I expect I'll come back to it again, but this third post will be enough for now.
  • Pick My Next Read Polls.  I've done them before, but I thought it would be fun to do it again.  I'm not sure how I will run it.  Either I'll pick the books from my to-be-read pile, or perhaps I could open it to your suggestions.  What do you think?
  • Book reviews of The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell, The Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew Piff:  You Wish by Jason Lethcoe, Angel Dust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson, City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer, and Mouse Guard:  Fall 1152 by David Petersen.  I have a dozen other books I'm reading, so this list will likely get longer as the weeks go by.
  • A post showing the before and after state of my bookshelves.  I bought a new bookshelf a couple weeks ago, and things have shifted significantly around these parts.  My apartment still looks like a cheap library, but so be it.
Possible Projects
  • Discussions centering around my research (expatriate Caribbean science fiction, to be specific).  This may be focused specifically on science fiction, or it may look at cultural elements and theory.  Think of it as an on/off ordeal.
  • Worldbuilding progress on Altern, one of my fantasy worlds.  I'm not treating the worldbuilding in the same way as Tolkien, primarily because the world I'm writing in is post-Elizabethan and pre-coal in design.  The people there are on the cusp of their version of the industrial revolution.  There is a hint of magic, but its presence is severely limited to the point of being impossible to discern from natural phenomenon.  Mythological creatures do exist, though (not all of them; no dragons, yet).
  • Discussions and reviews of non-traditional speculative literature.  By that I mean non-Western in a limited sense.  One of the professors on my M.A. committee is judging a translated SF award right now, which is part of what led me to this idea.
  • More discussion of books that aren't released by major publishers, or books by major publishers that simply aren't receiving much attention (which almost amounts to the same thing, since, as I see it, books that don't get as much attention are often the kinds of books I really enjoy, and which I think most of you would enjoy learning about).
  • A little more current events/real world stuff.  Maybe a post every couple weeks about something that needs to be addressed.  I've avoided politics as much as possible, but I don't think it's worth hiding away from the things that matter to me on this blog.
  • A discussion of my experiences reading The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis in Spanish.  Yes.  I am doing this, and it will be an experience.
That's what I'm thinking right now.  What do you think?  Do any of those things sound completely uninteresting to you?  Is there anything you'd like to see on the list that I haven't put there?  Let me know.

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  1. I haven't got any real useful feedback for you, but this caught my eye and made me laugh:

    "My apartment still looks like a cheap library, but so be it."

    because mine does too!!

  2. Ha! I hear you. I'll have a whole post about that ordeal. It was a strange experience to reorganize my books.