(Y-10) 61 days… finding my zen

The hardest part, in my experience, is finding balance.

In my case, I am trying to find balance between my beloved personal project and my beloved life.

So, in the spirit of my crazy ideas planning mind, I came to the conclusion that an exhaustive planned agenda is in order.

I will use both a conventional weekly planner and my trustworthy bullet journal to plan the shit out of my day and try to fulfil my reading goals without sacrificing the rest of my life.

I have some work ahead of me.

I’ll keep you posted.

azr.

(Y-10) an eventful post and the first 10,000 pages

It has been 9 days since my last post, I know that my tomorrow always turns out to be like a week later, but I love to procrastinate, it is truly one of my few talents.

So let’s take this one thing at a time.

First and foremost, I have been taking notes on my daily progress on those ruled yellow page ledger and haven’t updated my bullet journal since the second day of February. although, I am happy to report that my streak of 100 pages per day is alive and well. Actually, it is entering today, 31 uninterrupted days, this is partly why I have not been keeping my updates as tight as I should.

Here is my update up until January 31.

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On the book front, I finished the ninth book of the Legend of Drizzt saga, up until now the series has not let up, is full of action, intrigue and well-rounded characters. And of course, I jump directly into the tenth book, Passage to Dawn, the drow menace ever present.

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On the graphic novel front, I finally finished reading Batman: Elseworlds Vol. 1, is a collection of alternate Batman worlds and let me tell you, seeing this book makes me wonder of all the great Batman stories left yet untold.

With all this reading I finally reach the coveted 10,000 pages mark. I know there is a lot of roads ahead of me but I’m confident that this year with be a truly epic one.

With that in mind, a have a couple of things to announce, first, in July I plan to be part of this really cool readathon, 24 in 48, the main idea is to read 24 hours in a 48 hour period. You can break it down however you like, in one 24 hour sitting or over the weekend. The next one is scheduled for July 21 and 22 of 2018. So get your cozy reading chair and eyes ready.

The other thing is that I’m planning to catch some mountain air, probably somewhere between the end of March or the first weeks of April, and of course, I’m planning some mayor reading, so, for my total reading for the month of April, the goal is 10,000 pages. That is approximately  333 pages per day.

This kind of crazy ideas that are floating around my head is why I need to hoard a lot of reading material, because, I can plan to read lots and lots of pages but without so many fantastic books and graphic novels that will impossible.

That was my subtle way to say that I have some new acquisitions.

Two novels that are in my total epicness list for this year, The Name of the Wind and The Return of the Black Company. And the acclaimed graphic novel, Punk Rock Jesus.

And the cherry on the cake, the 200th-anniversary edition of one of my all-time favorite novels, Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus. Beautifully illustrated by David Plunkert, and let me tell you, it gives it a new dimension to this already beloved book, it still amazes me how it can resonate so much with our current status and even more to think that it was first published back in 1818.

Simply outstanding.

With all these new volumes coming into my already swelling bookshelves, I’m glad that my under the stair shelves are ready to use and of course already pack really tight.

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For now, I leave you with a quick update for this, the tenth year of my crazy project. As I dive into my reading more determined than ever.

Total pages for (Y-10) : 10,071 pages

Pages left to read (Y-10): 86,695 pages

Days left in (Y-10): 244 days.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) epicness brewing

I have planned two days of pure epicness reading

My crazy plan is to read, or at least try, 1,000 pages in a two-day span, I know, fucking crazy.

I’ll probably post a couple of times each day to tell you about my progress.

Wish me luck.

On other matters, my bullet journal is coming along nicely.

Here are some new updates I have been working on.

Keeping daily progress, things have been a little red, but a sweeping block of blue is in the forecast.

These pages above is dubbed “the colossus of the wolf” in which, I keep track of the major goal of this year, reaching those 97,000 total pages.

I think if the goal is achieved, of course, a commemorative piece of art should be created, luckily I’m surrounded by really talented people.

And lastly, below you can see an example of my daily logs, I know a bit obsessive.

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Now back to it, I have a couple of crazy long days ahead of me.

Happy Readings!!!

azr

 

(Y-10) go back to sleep…activate panic mode

My original intention was to start reading The Legend of Drizzt series around mid-November, but, apparently, it is already December.

Of the 33 books of this epic saga, I have read the first trilogy, that is in the chronological order of the story because it was published after the second trilogy, The Icewind Dale, of the chronology, bit confusing, I know.

The first trilogy, The Dark Elf Trilogy, follows Drizzt in the Underdark, his homeland. Since the first time I delve into the world of this rogue Dark Elf my fantasy loving self-has been longing to go back to this vast and captivating world.

So, this year, it is the main attraction.

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As you can see above this is the trilogy I plan to read over the holiday break, besides some graphic novels.

But what is standing on my way you may ask.

Well, only 5 books and 19 days.

Two of them I’m currently reading, Lord of the Rings, at page 462 of 1,137 , and The Legend of Huma, at page 218 of 384.

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The other three are a trilogy set in the fantasy world of Dragonlance.

Dragons of a Fallen Sun, Dragons of a Vanished Moon and Dragons of a Lost Star, better known as the War of Souls trilogy, supposedly should introduce a new era of heroes to an already rich history of legendary figures.

In all these books are about 1,800 pages and with another 800 pages from the ones in progress, they amount to a gargantuan, bat-shit crazy, no sleep, highly caffeinated task, and guess what, I’m going to do it.

And I brought reinforcements, first and foremost, some good tunes, in form of three of my current favorite albums.

Prisoner by Ryan Adams and A Deeper Understanding and Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs, all things in life are made better with music and I’m doing it old school and playing them on vinyl, I don’t know but there is something ritualistic about changing the record and feeling its weight on your hand that something digital can’t give you, sure more practical to use a streaming service for the day to day, but in this special occasions good old vinyl hits the right spot.

The second thing is some nice and dark chocolate, obviously to go along with the liters of coffee that I’m about to consume. Along with this I have a new little partner gracing my bookshelf, none other than my favorite comic-book character, Hellboy, well a cute version of him.

 

And lastly my faithful bullet journal to keep track of all the nuisance and crazy ideas that cross my over caffeinated and under slept mind.

Lately and unfortunately there have been a lot of red days, but with this tasks in hand I can no longer afford them.

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Doing the math, I’ll have to read 2,628 pages in 19 days. I really don’t shy-away from crazy challenges.

Stay tuned for daily progress briefings and random happenings.

I almost forgot, my page total for this, the tenth year of reading is 3,425 pages, little under my goal for the end of November, but, I’ll take it.

Now back to reading, see you tomorrow.

azr.

 

 

 

(Y-10) the perks of having artist friends

A quick update, my bullet journal for this the tenth year has finally some cover art.

My good friend and fucking killer artist Carles Mendez, after convincing him with lots of wine, to grace me with some great original art work of one of my favorite literary character, Frankenstein monster.

Beyond happy.

Happy Readings!!!

and.

(Y-10) strange days and long nights.

It has been two strange weeks.

First and foremost my reading has been really steady, in the early hours of the morning, yeah my insomnia has been really acting up, my weapon of choice has been good old comics, well digital ones so maybe the old part does not apply.

So with this, my page count has not suffered, I’m currently at 2,783 pages for the year.

On the books front, progress has been a bit slower.

Currently, I’m reading Lord of the Rings, at page 303, and The Legend of Huma, at page 96.

As you can see some progress and good days, according to my bullet journal things are looking good and steady.

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Less red days and some green days, things are looking up.

Back to it, Happy Readings !!!

azr.

(Y-10) Bullet Journal, an update

After some minor tweaks, and taking the wonderful ideas of many bullet journals you can find online, I finally started keeping a physical record of my daily reading.

It has helped in having a sense of where my reading is and where it’s going.

Here are a few examples.

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Here I’m counting down days and how productive they were. Lots of red with some green in the forecast.

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Here is my day to day reading.

Being a bit obsessive (the understatement of the decade) is great to have some physical outlet that helps me see how much I did on any given day.

Happy readings!!!

azr.

(Y-10) In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

And thus begins my journey of reading for this the tenth year.

The selection for this year recurrent genre of literature is no surprise.

Around my 17th birthday I became hooked-on literature, before that I was on a steady diet of comic books, but my love for reading can be traced back to one book, in particular, Lord of the Rings.

It blew me away and naturally, I wanted more, so I went and found the next book to read which, consequently, was the Hobbit, the prequel to my beloved Lord of the Rings.

It only seems fitting to start this year journey with the spark that ignited this fire.

For this time I will read The Hobbit illustrated edition, with some breathtaking pieces of art by long Middle-Earth expert, Alan Lee.

Also for this year reading log, I started a new bullet journal, with some modifications to help keep track of every day without being a burden.

 

And lastly, year (Y-9) was a good one here is a quick recap.

Total Pages: 17,225

Total Books Read:  23 books.

Shortest Book: J.R.R Tolkien: Architect of Middle-Earth by Daniel Grota with 197 pages.

Longest Book: Apocalipsis by Stephen King with 1,584 pages.

Tomorrow I’ll post my first day of reading and some new photos from the latest exhibition at the Museum of Art.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

(Y-9) 2 days…

For my final task of this year of reading I decided to tackle the latest Star Wars novel I bought, Aftermath.

With two days left in this year and 250 pages to go on the book I think I’ll finish off this year with a bang.

So, 250 pages, two nights, challenge accepted.

Also I’m really excited because today my new mini-journals arrived.

Just in time to start this year of reading bullet journal.

Many things to come.

Happy Readings!!!

azr.

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