It will appear that every single one of this year’s goals are closing in.
That most immediate one is to finish the eight volume of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Toll the Hounds, currently on page 696 of 1269, and with 10 days left on my deadline, it’s time to step it up.
On a bigger scale, I have 103 days left on year thirteen, and little over 20,000 pages left to read, that means that on Friday I’ll start my infamous 100 day march, all the way up to the metaphorical top of my reading mountain.
Let’s see how it plays out, I’ll rely on all my tricks, and specially on caffeine.
I’m back after a forced hiatus, and to be completely honest, I haven’t read all these days, but hopefully I’ll pick right up where I left off.
For today short story I come back to the adventures of The Cimmerian, today’s tale is Iron Shadows in the Moon, originally published in Weird Tales of April 1934, where Conan faces the deathly Red Brotherhood.
After a very interesting week, from power outages due to a massive winter storm, all of Monday we where without power, to the first, and probably the only snowy day of all this winter, I am glad that it’s finally going back to normal.
The only cool thing was that my wife read to all of us, me and my 9 and 6 year old, Harry Potter and the Sorcerors Stone, and of course watching snow is always a pleasant sight.
Hopefully, my reading will follow suit, and gets back on track, because as this days passed, it’s ice cold.
I have been crazy busy, but no so much that I couldn’t read for a little bit.
The last two days I completed my task of reading a couple of short stories, still working on Wizards and The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian anthologies, on thursday was the turn of Conan, with the story of The Scarlet Citadel, in which our friend The Cimmerian is already king.
Yesterday’s story was from Wizards, The Ruby Incomparable, written by Kage Baker, in which two unlikely forces come together and create a world changing creature, I loved how the story develops so beautifully in such short number of pages.
For today I’ll go back to our friend the Barbarian, and one of his most iconic adventures, Queen of the Black Coast, with the mystifying Pirate Queen Bêlit.
I am more than thrilled of how this little project is going, I have only missed one day, and to find, hidden away in my bookshelves, more short story collections, gives me great hope of finishing successfully.
This weekend’s readathon didn’t yield the outcome I hoped for, this of course entirely my fault.
I read for about 5 hours, and only 300 pages, not what I was hoping for.
But that’s a missed opportunity, one ot will not happen again, as I check the numbers left for this year of reading,I find the window is closing to achieve my goal, and leave the next 10 year of my project as I predicted.
This gives me a pathway, and motivation, to reach those goals, starting of with my balancing act for February, from which, I still have 6,545 pages to go.
This with the endgame of reading the 37,984 that make up this year’s goal, from which I still have 22,733 pages to go, and about 119 days to do so.
As all the times I feel discouraged, or overwhelmed by my task, I ask for assistance to some of my favorite characters, and authors.
After I few hiccups, and one missed day, I am back on track with my mini project, the last story I read, Holly and Iron, from the anthology Wizards, written by Garth Nix, made me want to get into his alternative reality of the magical Ingland, and it’s already on my never ending wish list.
Today I will be going back to the adventures of The infamous Cimmerian Conan, this time is Tower of the Elephant, first published in Weird Tales of March 1933.