Reading is a large part of an academic life, with keeping aware of current research, grading papers and what not. Sometimes it is easy to forget reading for pleasure. During the last two years or so, I have made a concerted effort to read fiction for pleasure and it has been a wonderful aspect of reading I am glad to have back in my life. Mostly I have been reading science fiction and detective/mystery novels. I have often imagined myself writing a work of fiction, and now I thinking I may put forth a real effort to try to write a novel. I am going to plan my effort during this Summer, and begin the writing process this Fall. For me to have a real shot at doing this, though, I need to have a full fledged plan of action. I have a half dozen raw ideas I have thought of over several years and I will be sifting through these and picking one to begin my effort with this Fall.