This week has been incredibly long. I blew out a tire on Tuesday, which I don’t have time to do anything about until Monday. My new computer crashed. I don’t need it because I still have the old one which seems to be working perfectly well (despite my concerns that it was going to crash at any moment about a year ago, right before I got the new one). My biggest concern with that is that I had a few documents on the new computer that were not saved anywhere else: one was the journal I’ve been keeping up for the past year (which was mostly me bitching about things I don’t want to think about anymore, so it might actually be better if that was gone) and the other was the Word version of the final version of my thesis. I do have the Word version of what I submitted as my “final” manuscript in packet 4 and I have the PDF of the actual final version that I submitted for digital archive with Goddard, so I do have my most recent changes, it’s just a matter of combing through that for the handful of typos and stuff that I fixed and applying them to the older Word version. I don’t want to do that. I don’t really have a need to do that. All I really need my thesis for now is deciding what to read for my graduate reading at Goddard in a few weeks, which I can do from the old version or the PDF. On top of these major issues with my technology, I’ve also been working about double what I usually do and trying to prep for Christmas. It has kept me very busy and in a rather non-creative mood. With my brain not in the mood to write–and with a mountain of books still to read to meet my Goodreads goal for the year–I’ve been focusing on reading as much as I possibly can.
I have finished six books already this month, among them are three audiobooks, two manga, and a novel I’ve been very slowly working my way through for the past year or so when I’ve had free time to read for fun. I still need to finish 11 books to meet my goal of 30. When I first started doing the yearly reading challenge, it was my plan to start with something somewhat manageable and then increase my reading goal each year. I’ve been stuck at 30 for the past few years and only just managed to reach it at the very last moment, so I haven’t increased it. Reviewing my past challenges, I see now that I’ve been doing it every year since 2011 and it has been set at 30 every year. I didn’t meet my goal the first two years, but I did 2013-2015 and I am determined to make it again this year. Having to read for school has been both a help and a hindrance to meeting these goals. It does require me to read a certain number of books each semester, but I’ve also gotten stuck reading a number of books I didn’t like, so I didn’t quite push myself to the end, so I would spend a good chunk of time working my way through 300 pages of something, then give up because I had a deadline to meet and once the paper was in, then I just put it book on my “currently reading” shelf and moved on to the next thing I had to read. Those reading assignments plus all the piles of homework and the crap with changing jobs and everything else hasn’t left much time for reading for fun (and it’s left me burnt out, so when I do have free time, I spend it on Netflix or Facebook instead of reading like I probably should be). So, now I am fighting my way through the remaining 11 books. One of my biggest struggles with that was that I was already in the middle of two audiobooks (maybe three?) on my other computer and now that I can’t make it work, I can’t go back to my bookmarks and the biggest reason I wanted the new computer is that the audiojack on this one doesn’t quite work, so listening is hard to do. But I’m making it work. I found a collection of Richard Matheson short stories (previously known as Button, Button: Uncanny Stories, but now changed to The Box because of the movie by the same name which was based on the short story “Button, Button”) that I had been in the middle of, so I’m working on that, plus some more manga and a couple of new audiobooks. I am very determined. I have to read about one book every 1.36 days to meet my goal. That’s not hard. Not at all. If you don’t hear from me this time next week, it’s because I’m reading.