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2008 Goals: 1st Quarter Update

by Rob Friesel

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:

  1. 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:
    2008: Writing Goal (as of Q1)
    Just barely kept pace.
  2. 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:
    2008: Walking Goal (as of Q1)
    Yeah, that’s pathetic.
  3. 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:
    2008: Hiking Goal (as of Q1)
    Well, at least I’m not behind pace here.
  4. 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:
    2008: Climbing Goal (as of Q1)
    Doing very well indeed.
  5. 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:
    2008: Reading Goal (as of Q1)
    Looks like I’m already more-or-less up to July levels already.

Alrighty…  Let’s check back again in three months!

  1. Though filed under non-fiction at our local library, this was decidedly not non-fiction. []
  2. Actually, I’ve read this one before (and relatively recently) but we’ll count it. For now. []
  3. Which I’ve also read before but it’s been so long it may as well have been new. []

About Rob Friesel

Software 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

kr8n says:

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!

found_drama says:

@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.

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