The Ray Bradbury Challenge

My desire to write far exceeds my skill.

There. I admitted it. It’s a truth I had always known was there, lingering somewhere in the back of my mind. Five years ago, I would have fiercely denied it. I’m a writer, I would have said, and a damn good one too. And instead of studying my craft and, well, writing, I spent my nights industriously pumping drugs and alcohol into system until a little after midnight I would begin to believe in my fragile fantasy. Sitting amidst empty bottles and the debris of failed endeavors, I clung to this one last fantasy, holding it tightly to my heart.

Well, the allure of delusion never lasts very long. I’ve decided to grab the truth by the ankles and drag it kicking and screaming to the forefront of my mind. I’ve decided to breathe life into fantasy, knowing full well that life can be taken away as easily as it’s given.

So, that’s what this website is all about. This place is my training ground, where I’ll be writing with absolute abandon. I’ll be trying anything and everything to hone my craft (though I draw the line at witchcraft). Doubtless, at least some of it will be embarrassing to read in a few years, but that will that this whole thing worked!

So that’s where the Ray Bradbury Challenge comes in. The challenge is based on a piece of advice that Bradbury had given to writers. It goes like this:

  1. Read a short story, a poem, and an essay everyday for 1000 days (Jesus, Ray!)
  2. Write one short story every week for a year or more.

Ambitious, I know. I’m not even sure how I’ll find this much reading material. Well, I’ll worry about that if and when I begin to run out. Worse comes to worst, I’ll dip back into that atrocious Digimon fanfiction I was so fond of as a kid.

I will be sharing my thoughts on everything I read, and every Monday, I’ll put out a story of my own. For the sake of consistency, I’ll try to hit the following in each of my posts, though there will undoubtedly be some tweaking as I go along.

  1. A quick summary
  2. A notable passage
  3. A lesson learned
  4. Whether or not I’d recommend it (I may or may not include scores – we’ll see!)

So without further adieu, let the challenge commence!

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