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100 Day Challenge 2014

Feb28
Published on: February 28, 2014
Categories: 100 Day Challenge
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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series 100 Day Challenge 2014

 

A new year, A new 100 days.

Yes it is that time of year again, where I try to combat the meh of Writers Block, Artistic Avoidance, and a general all round lack of enthusiasm with the 100 day challenge based on The 100 day challenge. The last few years have led to two published short stories, and contributed to a little book of poetry. Who knows what this year will bring.

Once again the rules are pretty straightforward. The event is 100 Days long, and for each of those 100 days, something creative must be done. This “Creativeness” can be either a stand alone bit of art, writing, poetry, interpretive dance, etcetera or a larger piece worked on over any number of days. In the case of the larger pieces of work, daily updates must be posted to avoid any claims of “cheating”.

So, Pens at the ready, the 100 Days starts on March 1st

2014-100-days-challenge


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Challenge Pursuits – 2014

Jan28
Published on: January 28, 2014
Categories: Competition, Resolutions
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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Challenge Pursuits - 2014

So we have started a new year (OK, technically we started the New Year 28 days ago, but who is counting?) Now a New year traditionally means “New Years Resolutions” But since I am crap at sticking to them I try and do something different instead, some thing I am more likely to stick too.

This year are much discussion with PlanetPete, and even more working out and finalising of details. You could say 28 days worth of finalising which means I am not late posting this at all, but was FINALISING!!!!

Where was i? Oh yes thats right. This year we are doing “Challenge Purists” Which is loosely based off the Trivial Pursuits Game. We have appointed different categories to the Tradition colours, and just like in the game you have to complete some goal in that category to win the piece of pie.

Yes People, its combining New Years Resolutions with challenges & competitiveness & Gaming. How can it not work??

The 2014 Categories are :-

ChallengePursuits-2014CategoryCard


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Goodreads Reading Challenge (2013/14)

Jan02
Published on: January 2, 2014
Categories: Goodreads, Resolutions
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It is the start of a new year which means it is time for me to set up my Goodreads reading challenge for 2014. But first a update on 2013’s effort.

I started 2013 with a goal of reading 50 books in the year (The number was suggested to be as a good goal, and it was a good goal as I read 60 books in 2012)

In July I reached my 51st book, and had to up the goal to 100 books.

At the end of the 2013 I had read 105 of the 100 books (105%)

2013-goodreadsWhich I am counting as a double win because the original challenge was 50 books, and 100 = 2×50. So in 2013 I won the reading challenge twice!!

for 2014 I am going to start off with a goal of 60 books, which you may think is a bit low since i clocked up over 100 in 2013, but I have a load of rather big books I want to read this year which will take a lot longer to read.

 


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2013 – Challenge Updates

 

Dear Constant Reader,

As you know. I have a tendency to challenge myself in a variety of ways, in a constant attempt to stave off boredom, laziness, and the soul destroying lack of enthusiasm that often plagues me.  As such I often have several Challenges running at any one time Often With other people taking part, or global challenges like NaNoWriMo.

So Dear CR, I figured I really should do an update post since we are past the midway point of the year. (more…)


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100 Day Challenge 2013

May01
Published on: May 1, 2013
Categories: 100 Day Challenge, Blog
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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series 100 Day Challenge 2013

It’s that time of year again, where I try and combat the meh of Writers Block, Artistic Avoidance, and a general all round lack of enthusiasm with our private 100 day challenge based on The 100 day challenge.

So Starting May 1st we will be doing a creative thing a day for 100 days.

As with The challenge the creative thing can be, drawings, art, poetry, writing, anything as long as its creative (and one piece a day)

day 1 - 100 days challenge


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Never bet against a Geek

Jan21
Published on: January 21, 2013
Categories: Friends, Spods
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I have been sorting out the To-Sort folders on my machines, it’s a job you can tell is long overdue by the recursive To-Sort folders that have moved from long dead machines to the To-Sort folders of newer machines. In one of these long distant folders I found a photograph, which reminded me of a story. A story I am going to share with you dear Constant Reader because it teaches an important message. “Never bet against Geeks” because they are resourceful and think outside the box.

It was December 2002, University’s had broken up for the Christmas  break and there was a group of us out celebrating seeing each other again after the long semester.

An Important fact to remember is that in 2002 mobile phones were not as common as they are now. Very few people had them, and even less carried them about due to their large size. Oh, and a phone with a camera, that was pure science fiction.

So there we were, several pubs along our way through a pub crawl when someone mentioned that it would be great if we had a photo to remember the night. But who takes a camera out with them on a pub crawl?

We had no chance right?

Well that’s what the majority of the group decided, and I say majority because there was two of us who decided there must be a way, nothing is impossible right?

So, we were out in the middle of the local town, slightly drunk, with no camera and the need to get a photograph. We had no chance, right? The rest of our group were so positive they even made a small wager. A wager of several drinks was involved. This was their big mistake.

You do not give a geek a puzzle. If you do, you do not tell the geeks its impossible. And if you really do that, you really do not add a wager of beer!!

We had no chance right?

Correct, we did not have “No Chance” we had “Every Chance” for we were geeks. I recalled there was a webcam setup in the window of the local council offices, so if we stood in the area it pointed at we would be in a picture. We just needed someone to go to the webpage and grab a screen shot of the image. This is where my fellow Geek, popped into a phone box, phoned his Uni digs, where he knew one of his room mates would be about to do the necessary.

So we organised a signal, and went to go stand in front of the webcam, While 100 miles away someone sat at their computer and waited for the signal, then did a screen capture, and emailed us the image.

Challenge completed, a photo of the evening was procured. and many free drinks were had.

So, dear Constant Reader never bet against a geek, for as the bible says “The Geek will inherent the earth

Wayne - Rael - Wrexham Web Cam (14  DEC 2002)


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The “23 in ’13” Challenge

Jan11
Published on: January 11, 2013
Categories: 23 in 13 Challenge, Blog
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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series 23 in 13

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,

John Anealio

After reading that there was only one thing I could do. So I hit reply and responded in words of Barney Stinson “Challenge Accepted!!”

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!!

 


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12 in 12 – Month3

Apr01
Published on: April 1, 2012
Categories: Blog, Resolutions
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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 12 in 12

Another month has gone by, and so it is time to look back and see how I am doing. Yes, I know technically this post was written in the future and back-dated to when it should have been. It’s not my fault, it’s all the fault of the EvilGothGnome.

1: Blog Post’s: Write at least one post a week for the whole year.

Well there was four weeks in March and according to the “Posts” tab in that time there was Six posts, slightly down from last month. So I guess that fills that requirement.

8: Data Management: Sort out all my electronic data.

I Now have one 1.5Tb external hard drive attached to my NAS that is fully organised. Time to move onto the next disk.

12: New Things: Do/Try at least one new thing every month.

What new things Did I do in Mar? I went to my first “Welsh Night” in a Lodge, and took part in one of the 1st Lectures (Which was also the first time I had seen any of the Lectures)


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12 in 12 – Month2

Mar01
Published on: March 1, 2012
Categories: Blog, Resolutions
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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 12 in 12

Another month has gone by, and so it is time to look back and see how I am doing. Yes, I know technically this post was written in the future and back-dated to when it should have been. It’s not my fault, it’s all the fault of the EvilGothGnome.

1: Blog Post’s: Write at least one post a week for the whole year.

Well there was four weeks in Febuary and according to the “Posts” tab in that time there was Ten posts. So I guess that fills that requirement.

8: Data Management: Sort out all my electronic data.

I started organising my data into one place so I can go through it and start getting organised. I have also started shrinking my media collection to reclaim Gigs & Gigs of space :o)

12: New Things: Do/Try at least one new thing every month.

What new things Did I do in Feb? I was the Master of a lodge for the first time (My First Meeting)


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100 Day Challenge – Update 3

Oct04
Published on: October 4, 2011
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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series 100 Day Challenge

Days: 15/100

Well I’m now three weeks into this challenge, And I swear the finish line is moving further away. On a positive side I have ideas for two stories/worlds that I am going to use this challenge to flesh out a bit. There’s a Zombie story, and a Fantasy that I see being running themes over the next eleven weeks.

 

So a Quick summery.

Creative Count:

3 x Drawing

2 x Complete Short Story

2 x Story starts

2 x Story Scene’s/Snippets

2 x Parts of Fantasy Story

1 x Part of Zombie Story

1 x Masonic Booklet

 


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