At the start of the year I received an email from John Anealio, with the subject of “Will You Take The “23 in ’13” Challenge?“. Now this email came at a very opportune time, since I was trying to work out what to pick for my New Years Resolutions. And since I tend to suck at keeping resolutions, but do better when doing a challenge I was planning on setting myself some challenge like last years “12 in 12” challenge.
So I quickly read the email, which I shall reprint in part here.
Will you join me for the “23 in ’13” Challenge?
Some great things happened in 2012. I opened for Paul & Storm, Molly Lewis and The Doubleclicks. I traveled to Salt Lake City, Dallas & Baltimore to perform at events like Nerdtacular. By the end of the year though, I felt really unhappy.
In my ideal life, I’d compose music all day and share it with you. While I haven’t figured out how to make a living doing that yet, I realized that I’d be a lot happier if I composed every day. This is how I arrived at the “23 in ’13” challenge.
I’m going to release at least 23 new pieces of music in 2013.
Much of it will be instrumental, as I’m interested in composing music for webshows, video games and independent films, but there will be vocal songs too.
I was going to announce this just to make myself accountable, then I realized…
You should do this with me.
You can create 23 short stories, songs, blog posts, podcasts or pieces of visual art. You can submit a story to 23 different markets. You can read 23 new books. Adapt the challenge any way you’d like.
As the weeks go on, I’ll e-mail you about the piece that I’m working on and you can tell me about your progress. In addition to my music, I’m going to feature other creators’ work here too. If you’re taking on a new creative challenge this year and making cool stuff, let me know.
So, who’s with me?
Are you going to take the “23 in ’13” challenge?
Just reply to this e-mail (this is my real address and I respond to everything), or comment on the blog post.
Let’s do this,
After reading that there was only one thing I could do. So I hit reply and responded in words of Barney Stinson “Challenge Accepted!!”
So Dear Constant Reader, This year (2013) I will be creating 23 pieces of new creativity. So watch this space. And go check out John’s music while you sit and watch!!