With the first quarter wrapped-up, we should check in and see where I have landed for our personal goals, eh? Back in January, I posted five personal goals to this site. With some varying degrees of success, I have been chipping away at these goals January through March. Let’s see how well I weigh in thus far:
- Write for at least 2 hours every week. A variation on what appears to have become a perennial challenge for me. I decided to measure in hours this year instead of “words written” because I realized late last year that much of the time I spent writing was spent journaling, outlining, brainstorming, or else in other writing-related activites but not “strictly writing”. With that in mind:
Just barely kept pace.
- Run or walk at least 10 miles every week. This has turned into a tough one for me during these early months of the year. Oh, I have my excuses: car-pooling with A. each morning, the cold winter mornings, the snow, the closure of that path that I like to take… But what it boils down to is:
Yeah, that’s pathetic.
- Hike 10 new trails. No progress. For understandable reasons, we have restricted our winter hikes to Philo sledding runs. The snowshoes saw no action this winter. Perhaps we can find a few “easy” trails for the early parts of the spring. But as of March 31st:
Well, at least I’m not behind pace here.
- Go climbing (or bouldering) at least once each week. Lots of success here. I am probably averaging about 2 visits to the rock gym per week. I’m certainly getting my money’s worth from my membership there:
Doing very well indeed.
- Read at least 24 new books in 2008 (with at least 6 non-fiction titles). The list: Jose Saramago’s Blindness; P.K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth; Levitt & Dubner’s Freakonomics (non-fiction); David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten; Dr. William R. Uttal’s The New Phrenology (non-fiction); Adams’ collection Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse; Max Brooks’ World War Z1; Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think (the original edition, non-fiction); D.F. Wallace’s Consider the Lobster (absurd but non-fiction); Iain M. Banks’ The Algebraist; Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick; Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World2; Max Barry’s Jennifer Government; and the J.D. Salinger classic The Catcher in the Rye3. Currently reading: Robert Wright’s The Moral Animal. Our graph shows:
Looks like I’m already more-or-less up to July levels already.
Alrighty… Let’s check back again in three months!
- Though filed under non-fiction at our local library, this was decidedly not non-fiction. [↩]
- Actually, I’ve read this one before (and relatively recently) but we’ll count it. For now. [↩]
- Which I’ve also read before but it’s been so long it may as well have been new. [↩]
About Rob FrieselSoftware engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →
4 Responses to 2008 Goals: 1st Quarter Update
dammit…world war z is non-fiction. get yr local library in order.
at least in mine it was in the young adult section, which doesn’t delineate between fic & non-fic.
the fear cannot be irrational!
@kr8n: that’s just the thing… WWZ is in non-fiction. I would agree that Zombie Survival Guide belongs in non-fiction. No question there. But WWZ suggests that Howard Dean was President; clearly it has been mis-shelved.