Updates 2013

Published on December 30th, 2012 | by Michaela Buckley

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End of 2012

This is the last post of 2012 and so I thought I would take this time to reflect on the past year and the thoughts for the future.

2012 was the year of discovery for me as I launched this website to mark my progress on my journey into literature and also use as a medium to express views on other important things, like Wii U prices and my views on fascism.

It started when I read a list of 100 best novels on the Guardian website, I would estimate the average person had read maybe 1 or 2, but when I realised I had only read about 7, I was so upset I hadn’t lived up to my own exceedingly high expectations, I decided then and there to rectify this. Not very well I must admit, I’ve only actually managed to bump it up to 11 so far.

If a task is worth doing, than it’s worth trying to keep to it, the best way being to pick what looked like the most interesting book, instead of just making it down the list. So I found The Great Gatsby, the most lavish expression of the deconstruction of not just the American dream, but also of every childhood fantasy and what it is that drives people. I never thought that those literature classics were so relevant and I wanted to read more. Through the books I read I found that more and more seem to refer to one another and that books from all ages and places can be “mapped”, I wanted to emulate this in my reading, giving me a wider perspective of the works, so I decided to start a “Literature Timeline”.
The Literature Timeline features all prominent works from Ancient to Modern Day times, well as much as I have bothered to get on there. My hope is to read all on the list in my lifetime.
This list inevitably includes In Search of Lost Time the longest book ever written totalling 4,211 pages, I’m probably going to leave that one for a bit.

There have been a number of great films come out this year, most notably Prometheus, The Hobbit, Batman Dark Knight Rises and the Avengers, reaffirming Geek culture into the mainstream. There are many more interesting looking films on the horizon, with Pacific Rim, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Oblivion, Enders Game, Sin City 2 and World’s End.
I’m looking to watching Django Unchained when it finally comes out in the UK along with some other latecomers, Hitchcock and Wreck it Ralph.

It wasn’t a year for gaming with me, I have mostly been catching up with older titles, however my choice for Game of the Year is indisputably, Journey. A breathtaking experience that needs to be played to understand.

2012

In worldly matters it was huge landmark for England as the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics were held in London and something happened to do with Football, which England is proper nutty about. Ray Bradbury passed away but not before giving his blessing to ebooks. Oh, and also the world didn’t end, which is good – I didn’t want to be working on the final day.

For 2013 I want to have written a short story and maybe have a first draft completed for a novel. I’m such a terrible writer, but so are many of the most popular writers nowadays.

I’m expecting some Chinese food right about now, so until the New Year, have a bloody good ‘un on me.

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