My Bucket List of Books

This post caught my eye and made me both curious to take a look at Amazon’s list of “100 Books to read in a Lifetime” and to make my own personal list of the ten books I have yet to read but would love to in the near future. So here’s my list. They are in no particular order and not the only ones I found interesting, but the ones that interested me the most currently.

1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
3. Me Talk Pretty One by David Sedaris
4. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
5. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
8. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
9. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
10. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

My top three recommendations (of what I have read from the list) are The Poisonwood Bible, 1984, and Things Fall Apart.
Make sure to check out the list on Amazon and maybe read a handful.

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Proofreading (ugh x.x)

My short story collection is put together and lacks just a title and an author bio. Well, I had the bio on another draft of the collection but that laptop died recently and that draft is gone forever. I have one big step left before throwing it up on Createspace and officially being done with the project- proofreading.

I have love/hate for proofreading.

I enjoy at times going back and reading what I wrote before because some of it impresses me. Unfortunately, some of it is not my favorite or I am just indifferent. What kills me with proofreading is reading it over and over and over. I can probably read through the whole collection one or two more times and be set, but it is tedious. Right now I’m trying to convince myself to start the proofreading process once again but it isn’t exactly going well.

Maybe I should find some volunteers to help me find those little grammatical errors my eyes may have overlooked.

Or maybe I should just suck it up.

Four Weeks

Tomorrow will mark our peanut being four weeks old. We are still in the process of getting her on a stable sleeping schedule, which is okay since we still have another month before we go back home and my love starts working again. It definitely feels like the time is flying by. Next thing I know, she’s going to start talking. She’s starting to get into a crawling position- I think she just needs to figure out how to use her arms to keep herself up.

I’m trying to come up with a compilation of lullabies to sing to her but I don’t really want to sing the typical songs to her. I would rather find songs from music I like listening to. So far, I have one picked out. I’ll post it below. Any suggestion would be nice- I like listening to most genres, like rock, country, pop, punk, alternative, musical- so a little bit of everything.

In other news, Lightning Returns is still an awesome game and I am enjoying running around dressed as Cloud. Still workiing on my short story collection (very slowly) and a novel from a series I’ve been working on for some years now.

Also, Rizzoli and Isles is back on for the end of season 4- I am very happy about this news and you should be, too.

Speedrun madness

This takes a certain kind of talent- pretty epic.

1001-Up.com

We’ve all tried speedruns at one point or another, where you basically try to complete a game as quickly as possible and perhaps picking up all the collectables in the process. One dedicated gamer though has done a speedrun with a difference – and believe me, it’s harder than you think.

Speedrun maddeness title

Those of us who are old enough to remember the very first Super Mario game back in 1985 on the NES will have fond memories of how revolutionary it was, and the completionists out there would have definitely wanted to collect every coin, squashed every enemy and gone down every pipe possible to get the highest score. That was hard enough, but what if you tried to get the lowest score possible? And by that I mean collecting none of the coins, not killing a single enemy and finishing the level with zero seconds on the clock at the…

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