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Out With Old Resolutions ...

Finished the rooms last night, so I didn't finish Winter's Heart and push my book unchallenge any higher than 29. Nowhere near 52, so my first resolution for 2007 is to do better this coming year. One thing I've learned with this unchallenge, which I expanded to list the movies I watched during the same time period, was the latter adds up a lot faster, requiring a lower investment on my part.

BOOKS READ
01 - Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
02 - Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
03 - Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
04 - The Dark Tower by Stephen King
05 - Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams
06 - Monster by Jonathan Kellerman
07 - Dr. Death by Jonathan Kellerman
08 - Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
09 - The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
10 - Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
11 - Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
12 - Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
13 - His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
14 - House of Chains by Steven Erikson
15 - Conspiracies by F. Paul Wilson
16 - Flesh and Blood by Jonathan Kellerman
17 - Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
18 - The Prestige by Christopher Priest
19 - Flood Tide by Clive Cussler
20 - Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
21 - Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
22 - Old Man's War by John Scalzi
23 - The Sword of Shanarra by Terry Brooks
24 - Creepers by David Morrell
25 - Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
26 - Eric by Terry Pratchett
27 - The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
28 - Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines
29 - The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde

MOVIES/ DVDs WATCHED
01 - Dr. No
02 - From Russia With Love
03 - Goldfinger
04 - Thunderball
05 - You Only Live Twice
06 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
07 - Diamonds Are Forever
08 - Live and Let Die
09 - Elizabethtown
10 - Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
11 - Red Eye
12 - Howl's Moving Castle
13 - Memoirs of a Geisha
14 - Stick It
15 - The Ringer
16 - Timeline
17 - A Cinderella Story
18 - Failure to Launch
19 - Superman Returns
20 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
21 - War of the Worlds
22 - Over The Hedge
23 - RV
24 - Poseidon
25 - House - Season 1
26 - House - Season 2
27 - Silent Hill
28 - Take The Lead
29 - Thank You For Smoking
30 - The Breakup
31 - The Lake House
32 - Click
33 - Monster House
34 - M-I: III
35 - Slither
36 - Casino Royale
37 - Saw
38 - Ice Age: The Meltdown
39 - X-3: The Last Stand
40 - Saw II
41 - The Devil Wears Prada

The books I enjoyed the most were The Dark Tower, Monster and Old Man's War.

King's book finished on a high and saddening note, nicely tying together his own inclusion in the tale. It wasn't as pleasing as the penultimate volume, Song of Susannah, which barreled along like a train at full steam. And I've suddenly realized my book total actually totals 30, because I forgot to record Cell in my list. Monster is probably one of Kellerman's best. Even though I knew some of what happen by the end, he made me care about the characters. It's hard to recall a book he's written that was more well-crafted. As for Scalzi's freshman novel, it opened the doors to brand new universe, one alternatively dark and fascinating, and I'm looking forward to the followups.

The films topping my list are Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Casino Royale.

All three promise better things to come while delivering a satisfying experiencing on their own. The best of the three IMHO was the latter, which is a brilliant re-invention of the James Bond series. As you can tell from the first films on my list I'm a Bond fan, and I'm looking forward to CR's release on DVD to add to my collection.

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As for other resolutions ...

2) Try to write at least one page a day. I produced about 530 manuscript pages in 2006, about 132,000 words, on three projects -- Fallen, "Romeo, Unbound" and "Sacrifices."

While I'm pleased with "Romeo, Unbound" (which I sent to Interzone two months ago and on which I'm still waiting for a reply) and "Sacrifices" is coming along well, I can do better than 132k. That's less than two pages a day. I should have finished the latter by now. I've forgotten the rule I set earlier this year: Get the story written, then get it right.

So I'm finishing "Sacrifices" first thing. There are about 5-10 pages left in the tale. After that I'm going to dive into the rewrite on Fallen. I've left it alone long enough to know what it needs.

I didn't publish anything in 2006. I sold "Ye Shall Eat in Haste" in December 2005 to Andy Cox, but Black Static hasn't started publication yet. I expect the magazine should come out with the new year. Which is another reason to complete Fallen with the new year.

3) Exercise.

Enough said. All normal. All repeaters. Things I need to turn into habits.

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