I just finished reading The Decameron. It took me 20 days instead of the 10 I planned, but I finished the stories, I uploaded all the videos and it’s a wrap.
If you’re not familiar, The Decameron is a collection of 100 short stories that are told by 10 characters who escape the black plague of the mid 1300s by leaving home together and taking refuge in a countryside palace for just over 2 weeks. The stories, written by Giovanni Boccaccio, were originally published in Italian and I read a translation by Wayne Rebhorn which took up 947 pages of text and footnotes. To date, it’s the longest book I’ve read front to back – I’ve read encyclopedias and textbooks that were longer but I certainly didn’t read those cover to cover – so this is quite an accomplishment for me.
I also started sketching storyboards for the stories when I started Day 3 and over the course of those 8 videos, I saw my creativity improve, my doodles get better and I started enjoying the stories more when I started visualizing them for the artwork. I certainly recommend this technique if you’re ever reading difficult text and have the time to play with the story in this way.
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