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Some people write only for their writing partner, or for themselves. I like reaching the widest audience possible (with that "widest" being not so wide, most often, but hopefully it doesn't mean that my writing sucks). I think all kind of stories are meant to be shared (in a way or another, orally or in writing). I always write with an audience in mind - which doesn't mean, however, that I write "things which sell" if they don't interest me. I like RPGs because I like interacting with my readers (and writing partners), talking about characters, plots, motives, etc. I wish the readers of my novels would interact with me on my FB page too (where it is easier) or on my blog. What about you?
I was wondering if anyone here was doing any Reading Challenges? Every year I do the general Goodreads challenge where you set a number goal for amount of books to read in a year. However, this year I'm also working on Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge and the Goodreads Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge. Though with the second one I'm going to mostly aim to do the Beginner level and see what I can manage to also fill in on the Expert level in the process, and what ones from BR's challenge might fit tasks on GR's challenge. Especially since as much as I'd love to read that many books in a month, I don't know if I'll be able. -- Note: Summer got away from me so didn't really do any of the GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge. Instead just decided to focus on my generic GR reading goal and the BR Read Harder Challenge. At the moment I've mapped out possible book options for my Read Harder Challenge as follows: Task 1: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara Task 2: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara Task 3: The Princess Bride by William Goldman OR Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte OR The Once and Future King by T.H. White Task 4: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Task 5: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden - CURRENTLY READING Task 6: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer OR Lab Girl by Hope Jahren Task 7: The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson OR Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt OR Topaz by Beverly Jenkins Task 8: TBD Task 9: Rebecca Roanhorse - Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ (short story) - COMPLETED Task 10: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole Task 11: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett OR A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett Task 12: Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Task 13: TBD Task 14: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander OR The Courtiers: Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace by Lucy Worsley Task 15: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur OR The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman OR The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Task 16: The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso - COMPLETED Task 17: Sunshine by Robin McKinley - COMPLETED Task 18: TBD Task 19: Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by Ken Liu Task 20: TBD Task 21: TBD Task 22: TBD Task 23: TBD Task 24: TBD Any suggestions are welcome, of course. And the nice thing is if you struggle, you can check the GR Groups or Social Media or (in the case of the Read Harder Challenge) each task is linked to a page with some book ideas. So far for me in terms of finished I've only managed one, but going to remedy that soon. Anyone else doing these types of things? What is your progress? What books are going to possibly fill your tasks? Or are you going to wing the choices?