I’ve been doing the “goals” thing on this blog for a couple years now and up until now, the check-ins have been quarterly. I missed 2010’s first quarter check-in. Why? Partly because I got so damn busy. Partly because I felt like I had nothing to show for my efforts.
And I still don’t have (much) to show for it. But we’ll go ahead and disclose six month’s worth of progress just the same.
- Write ≥3 hours each week. Really haven’t written a thing since January. I’m a long way from living up to this one. If I’m really lucky, I’ll get myself to writing again from here on out. But I’m in a funk in this department, and am not counting on it.
- Submit at least 2 short stories for publication. I submitted a piece to Lightspeed Magazine in December/January but it got bounced. For some reason this really discouraged me1 and it’s been hard to get motivated again. So not only have I not published two piece… Well: see #1, above.
- Revise at least one of my novels-in-progress. Again: see #1, above.
- Read ≥36 books. At least I’m a voracious reader? 22 books so far this year2, and that is a nice, strong page if you ask me.
…also worth noting, I’ve read 5 of the 12 on my “special” required list.
Exercise: get my money’s worth at Bolton Valley.Had to go at least five times. I went six times.
- Exercise: walk or run ≥1 mile ≥2 times/week. Have I given you my lecture about how much I hate running? Even reading Born To Run didn’t do it for me.
- Exercise: climb at least once each week. It was a slow start, but we’re gettin’ there.
- Restrict my “personal expenses” to $70/week. Most weeks I do just fine. (Let’s leave it at that.)
And now, let’s kick off the bottom half of the year. With House of Leaves.
- The dozen or so prior rejections didn’t sting, but that one did. [↩]
- Counting Dishing Up Vermont but not counting A Hole Is to Dig. [↩]