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Summer Projects

I have a few ideas for consistent content this summer...

Fringe Fridays - I started watching Fringe this past season, its 4th, and have since acquired the first 3 seasons. Since the show airs on Fridays, I thought I would post about the episodes I managed to watch in a given week on that day. I hope to have a true introductory post up this coming Friday.

Unwritten Month - When I decided this spring that I was going back to consuming my comics in collections, I went back and bought all 5 trades of The Unwritten. I read the contents of the first 4 volumes as they were coming out monthly but the 5th volume is all new to me. As the story is fairly complex, I thought I would read each trade again and write about it. The 5 volumes collect 30 issues, so I thought I would write about an issue a day in June. Could be an interesting experiment.

Film School - This list of movies I haven't seen is quite long, longer than one might expect from a pop-culture nerd, but I've always put books, comics, music, and TV ahead of film. It's not for any particular reason but I feel like this summer will be a good time to start broadening my horizons a bit. So, I'm going to try to watch a couple movies a week from classics I should not have missed to cult classics I've never seen to more recent movies I've said I'll catch on DVD and never have.

In addition to those specific projects, I want to get back in the habit of writing about the pop culture I'm consuming. I'd also like to raise the quality and focus of my posts on books or music, for example. I have huge piles of things to read and huge lists or more things to read, listen to, and watch and it would be good to get some ideas about what I think about them down on this virtual paper. All of this is ambitious, I know, but I'm allowing myself to have some ambition these days. Let's see how it goes...


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