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Day Zero Project Update: Week 63-66

Instead of daily posts, I thought it would be a lot easier for me and you if I did weekly update posts.  These will track my progress each week.  I will highlight what I’ve done, what I want to do, and any interesting tidbits.  Sometimes I’ll add pictures and/or links.  Hopefully these posts will keep me accountable to me list…

What I Did

1. Go to 5 concerts (1/5) — Free tickets to see Live 105’s Not So Silent Night featuring Grouplove, M83, Tegan and Sara, Passion Pit, and The Killers.  Merry Christmas to me!

9. See 101 new movies (91/101)

  • The Dictator — Had a few funny parts, but the rest was so-so
  • Love, Wedding, Marriage — Pretty subpar romantic comedy…
  • 21 Jump Street — Way funnier than I thought it would be
  • Our Idiot Brother — Not as bad as everyone said, but I do love me some Paul Rudd
  • 12 Dates of Christmas — ABC Family cheesy awesomeness
  • The Game — Fincher’s second film.  Really good mind bender.
  • The Hobbit — In IMAX 3D!  Holy Crap!  Amazing!

12. See all of IMDB’s Top 250 movies  (25/250)

  • 119. Blade Runner — Always a great science fiction movie.

24. Keep a journal for this project

28. Blog 1001 times — 50 this time period   (709/1001)

32. Finish 30 reading challenges (25/30)

  • Telling Tales
  • Books2Movies
  • Science Fiction
  • What’s in a Name 6
  • Back to the Classics
  • Mixing It Up
  • 2012 Goodreads Challenge
  • Historical Fiction

37. Pass 250,000 pages read for my 1,000,000 pages challenge (109,486/250,000) 

Overall Progress

25/101

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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Day Zero Project

 

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Day Zero Project Update: Week 59-62

Instead of daily posts, I thought it would be a lot easier for me and you if I did weekly update posts.  These will track my progress each week.  I will highlight what I’ve done, what I want to do, and any interesting tidbits.  Sometimes I’ll add pictures and/or links.  Hopefully these posts will keep me accountable to me list…

What I Did

5. Make a playlist of my favorite 101 songs — Narrowed down to 101, prepping posts for January.

9. See 101 new movies (84/101)

  • We are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists — Awesome documentary chronicling the history of hacktivism with an emphasis with Anonymous.  Beautiful piece of film.
  • Tim Minchin: Rock n Roll Nerd — J absolutely loves him and has been wanting me to watch this documentary about him for awhile.  Very entertaining and poignant.
  • The Five Year Engagement — Not so great.  A little too awkward weird.
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World — Beautifully uplifting for an end of the world movie.
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter — Pretty disappointed as I loved the book.  I updated my book review to include a movie review.
  • Safety Not Guaranteed — This movie was great.  I loved the mystery of it.  And the characters were amazing.  Must see.
  • The Campaign — Very relevant look at our political spectrum told with laughs.
  • Skyfall — Amazing Bond film!  A must see.  Really enjoyed all the nods to the previous films.
  • Wreck It Ralph — Took the boys, a very good animated movie!

24. Keep a journal for this project

28. Blog 1001 times 39 post this period.  (659/1001)

30. Finish 100 creative writing prompts (8/100)  — I joined Michelle @ Stories Inside for Sit Down and Write 2 (ending today).  This allowed me to focus on my writing for two weeks.  And of course, I failed miserably.  Being away from home and back in Indiana distracted me with everything else.  I only got 4 prompts completed…

32. Finish 30 reading challenges (17/30)

  • Shakespeare Reading Challenge

Overall Progress

25/101

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Day Zero Project

 

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Sit Down and Write 2

From Stories Inside:

This write-a-thon is for any writing you need to get done.  If you’re working on a novel and, perhaps, participating in NaNoWriMo next month (like me–buddy up with me–thetruebookaddict), it’s for you.  If you have a ton of reviews to write coming off of (or during) the many read-a-thons that are always going on, this is perfect for you.  Any writing you need to get done…this is the thon to really buckle down.  I’m not going to be hosting any mini-challenges, but I will have check-in linkies posted every few days, if you are so inclined to share your progress.  You can link to your reviews or your progress posts.  Our Twitter hashtag is #sitdownwrite  If you’re game for a couple Twitter chats, let me know in the comments.

Due to input from participants last time, the write-a-thon will now run for two weeks!  Starting and end times are the usual:  Monday (11/12) 12:01am CST until Sunday (11/25) 11:59pm CST.


I just got to this in my GoogleReader and I am ready to join!  Last year, I tried NaNoWriMo and it didn’t go so well.  Instead of the pressure of 50,000 words in a month for one piece, I am going to focus on short creative writing exercises.  I will be posting some of my pieces here on the blog.  These also count towards my Day Zero Project: Finish 100 Creative Writing Prompts.  I’m definitely not expecting to finish all 100, but I want to get a chunk done and get the creative juices flowing.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in Day Zero Project, Writings

 

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Day Zero Project Update: Week 55-58

Instead of daily posts, I thought it would be a lot easier for me and you if I did weekly update posts.  These will track my progress each week.  I will highlight what I’ve done, what I want to do, and any interesting tidbits.  Sometimes I’ll add pictures and/or links.  Hopefully these posts will keep me accountable to me list…

What I Did

5. Make a playlist of my favorite 101 songs — Slowly working through the songs to narrow the list down.  I hope to have Music Monday posts highlighting these starting in January.

9. See 101 new movies (75/101)

  • The Expendables — Thank goodness it was free on Netflix.  A movie that takes itself way too seriously.
  • Battleship — Just a crazy action film.  No substance, but still pretty fun.
  • Iron Sky — Nazis from the ark side of the moon…  hee hee.  Loved it!
  • Snow White and the Huntsman — So much better than Mirror, Mirror.  Loved the supporting cast, especially Charlize Theron.
  • Chronicle — Awesome movie.  We like to think of it was what Episodes 1-3 should have been.
  • Rock of Ages — Cheesy, but Tom Cruise was awesome!
  • Tucker and Dale vs. Evil — Way too funny!  Laughed my ass off.

12. See all of IMDB’s Top 250 movies  (24/250) — I forgot to notate these for the last few months, so I’m doing it now.  These are all movies I rewatched.

  • 132. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two
  • 181. How to Train Your Dragon
  • 131. The Wizard of Oz
  • 194. The Princess Bride
  • 108. Die Hard
  • 75. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • 101. Up
  • 57. Lawrence of Arabia
  • 124. Snatch

20. Reread all of Jane Austen’s novels (2/6)

24. Keep a journal for this project

27. Make a list of 101 inspirational quotes (61/101)

28. Blog 1001 times  — 38 for this period (620/1001)

32. Finish 30 reading challenges (16/30)

  • Zombie Reading Challenge — Another 24 books read for this year!

35.Join or create a book club — Randomly a crafter friend asked if I wanted to be in a new book club with some fellow crafters.  Of course I said yes!  Which gave me three days to get and read our first book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  We are going to meet every month.  Books choices will be presented by the month’s “Host” and voted on by the group.  For December we’re reading The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott.  I’m really excited to read and discuss some new books!

71. Donate 100,000 grains of rice on freerice.com  (2040/100,000)

What I Plan to Do Next Week.

19. Complete The Artist’s Way — The local library has a copy.  I plan to pick it up this week and make my preliminary plan.

Overall Progress

25/101

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2012 in Day Zero Project

 

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Day Zero Project Update: Week 49-54

Instead of daily posts, I thought it would be a lot easier for me and you if I did weekly update posts.  These will track my progress each week.  I will highlight what I’ve done, what I want to do, and any interesting tidbits.  Sometimes I’ll add pictures and/or links.  Hopefully these posts will keep me accountable to me list…

What I Did

3. Listen to 26 new bands (one for each letter of the alphabet) (26/26)

9. See 101 new movies (68/101)

  • Lockout — Luc Besson’s new scif(ish) adventure film.  It was fun, but there were a few scenes that just confused me.
  • Ran — Akiro Kurosawa’s film is based partly on Shakespeare’s King Lear, so perfect to watch after reading the play.
  • The Blind Side — Good feel good movie.  Grabbed it at the library
  • Safe — J had been wanting to see this for awhile.  And I love a good action flick, especially starring Jason Statham.
  • The Mechanic — Another Statham film, but one I hadn’t seen and it was sitting on our shelf.  Not quite as good as Safe.
  • Moneyball — Surprisingly good movie
  • End of Watch — Got few tickets through AMC’s Stubs program. Thank goodness we didn’t pay.  Many issues with this one.
  • The Vow — Redbox afternoon pick.  Typical Nicholas Sparks, but I do like fluffy romances every once in a while.
  • Friends with Kids — A great, honest love story.
  • The Cabin in the Woods — I loved the big twist concept.  Amazing movie!

12. See all of IMDB’s Top 250 movies  (15/250)

  • Ran

17. Reread all of the Harry Potter books (7/7)

25. Buy a moleskine notebook — Done!  I grabbed a classic black unlined one for my design inspirations.

28. Blog 1001 times  — 59 times this period.  I’m past the halfway point for this challenge!  (582/1001)

32. Finish 30 reading challenges (15/30)

  • Fables reading challenge — Finally finished this by reading Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love
  • Romance reading challenge — completed this one with the help of rest of Susan Wiggs’ Tudor Rose trilogy
  • Harry Potter — Loved rereading these and then watching the corresponding movie.

33. Read my height in books (68/68in.)

37. Pass 250,000 pages read for my 1,000,000 pages challenge (97,642/250,000)

65. Save $5 for every task completed ($75)

72. Complete “50 Questions that Free Your Mind” (50/50)

What I Plan to Do Next Week.

35. Join or create a book club — I’ve found a club that will meet later in October.

5. Make a playlist of my favorite 101 songs — I finished putting all the music on the server.  Now I need to sort through it…

Overall Progress

24/101

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Day Zero Project

 

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Last of the Questions

As part of my Day Zero Project, I am answering “50 Questions to Free Your Mind” (Google it).   I had originally thought to do these in my personal journal, but then I thought, why not put them on my blog.  So get ready for some rambling answers.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Here’s my post for questions #1-5.  And here for questions #6-10.  And here for questions #11-20. And here for questions #21-26.  And here for questions #27-34.  And here for questions #35-41.

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous? 

No.  Being attractive or famous would not necessarily increase my quality of life.  I would rather have those ten year to increase my quality of life and enjoy life.  We have to strive to be happy in our lives the way they are.  We can aspire to change things, but obviously certain things are out of our control.  Having a fairy tale fantasy doesn’t help focus on your current life.  I want to think about every day as a chance to enjoy life.  Better to back to enjoying it…

43. What is the difference between beling alive and truly living? 

Wow.  I didn’t read this question before writing the previous answer.  I think it goes back to the idea of striving for better life every day and being complacent.

44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?

Now.  Too much time hemming and hawing gets you nowhere.  You don’t get rewards or punishments not trying.  Instead you only become stagnant.  Get up and do something now.

45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

Uncertainty is always scary.  We are afraid to make a mistake because it is a mistake.  Instead, we should think of mistakes are learning tools.

46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Dance and sing in the streets.  Wear whatever I happen to throw on in the morning (I have certain clothing rules).  Say what’s on my mind.

47. When was the last time you notied the sound of your own breathing?

Last night while trying to fall asleep.  This cough has created some breathing issues especially at night.  The sound was a bit more of a wheezing than regular breathing.

48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?

My boys, J, reading, swimming pools, sunshine…  I think so.

49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?

No.  I try to keep a good recollection of daily events, but many days fall into a pretty regular routine.  Neuroscientists know that our memories like the unusual.  We tend to remember big impact events (good or bad).  Waking up, eating, showering, going to work, etc, bed time is a routine but not very memorable.

50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

I like to think I am making decisions, but I also have considerations of other people dependent or directly connected to me.  No person makes a decision completely on their own.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Day Zero Project, Writings

 

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Spilling my guts…

As part of my Day Zero Project, I am answering “50 Questions to Free Your Mind” (Google it).   I had originally thought to do these in my personal journal, but then I thought, why not put them on my blog.  So get ready for some rambling answers.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Here’s my post for questions #1-5.  And here for questions #6-10.  And here for questions #11-20. And here for questions #21-26.  And here for questions #27-34.

35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

Misconstrued need to be included.  Many religions have a “us” or “them” mentality that taken to extremes can lead to war.  Instead of a love and understanding approach they take a militant convert everyone approach.

36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

No.  Society collectively decides what is good and what is evil.  We generally adhere the standards, but of course there are those that deviate.  Thus, we have a societal system of promoting what is good and punishing those do what is evil.

37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

Considering that right now I’m unemployed, this doesn’t really apply.  Yet, let me answer as if I had a job.  No I would not quit my job.  First of all a million dollars really isn’t that much.  It could make life easier temproarily.  It could pay off debts/mortgages/loans.  If could provide some instant entertainment.  It could pay for future endeavors.  But a million dollars isn’t going to make you life-long no worries rich. Secondly, I have gotten super bored when not working.  I need something to occupy my time daily and help organize my life.  Left to my own devices, I blog and surf the web for hours a day.  (I’m actually working of two projects that could pay me for doing just that.)

38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

More work that I enjoy doing.  I never minded the long hours of teaching as long as I was getting something out of it.

39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?

Yep.  Reading, housework, blogging, surfing, eating…  This is my life currently.

40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly beleived in?

Never?  I just don’t think I’ve ever really marched into the dark, the twilight maybe, the sunset definitely.  I think I would like to jump into the unknown with passion, but at the same time, I am a big scaredy cat.

41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?

My children.  Although it would take most of the day to get there (damn non direct flights!)

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Day Zero Project, Writings

 

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