Another year over. That’s all I’m saying about it.

So what happened on the blog? I posted some stuff, mostly the reading and writing projects, often late because this year has not been an organised year for me. Not a lot of other stuff posted, apart from a sudden flurry of stuff in December, where I ended up finishing some posts I’d started last year or the year before. I also managed two poems and one more instalment of Inkwarriors.

My aims for this year: continue with the reading and writing projects, and hopefully write some more poetry and a bit more of Inkwarriors.

© bardofupton 2022

Reading project, week ending 16 Feb 2020

What have I read this week?

The Killing Fog (The Grave Kingdom Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler

This is a fantasy novel about a young woman named Bingmei whose family is murdered by bandits. I liked this; the characters and the world are interesting and I liked the plot. I would probably read more in this series.

Clovenhoof by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

This is a fantasy novel about the Devil being fired from Hell and sent to live on Earth. I didn’t really like this: it’s clearly meant to be funny and I didn’t find it so. It was interesting enough to make me read the whole thing; I won’t be reading any more in this series, though.

Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson

This is a science fiction novel about a man named Dodge whose brain is scanned and uploaded to a computer after his death. I couldn’t really get into this, and didn’t finish it.

Emergency Skin by N.K. Jemisin

This is a science fiction short story about a far future human returning from a colony to obtain some resources from Earth. I really liked it; the story develops in a really interesting way. I’d definitely read more by this author.

Carpet Diem by Justin Lee Anderson

This is a fantasy novel about a man named Simon who is asked to choose between giving a magical artefact to either an angel or a demon. It was okay, but I didn’t really like it, and won’t read any more in this series. I did like some of the world-building, though.

© bardofupton 2020


So welcome to 2020.

Having learnt from last year’s aims, which turned out to be too ambitious, this year I only intend to keep up with the weekly reading project and monthly writing project posts. Anything else will be a bonus.

Looking back at last year, I had 81 posts over the year, which is only one more than 2018, which wasn’t a full year of blogging. That’s a definite drop in frequency, I think mainly because I posted a lot less poetry. I didn’t write much poetry after the beginning of last year, though, but I hope to write more this year. And I will try hard to put the weekly and monthly posts out on time.

So, on to the future, at one second per second.

© bardofupton 2020