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2010 goals round-up

by Rob Friesel

2010 was an exciting year in so many ways–highs and lows, mine and yours… To re-cap everything and do it justice would be impossible but I can keep my four year tradition alive and at least review where I landed for each of my 2010 personal goals.

  1. Write ≥3 hours each week. Every year I give myself a writing goal. It should not be a stretch to at least get the writing done. Three hours a week shouldn’t be too much to ask. But it managed to be a struggle this year. I got through NaNoWriMo, but the rest of the year was… well…

    …well, it wasn’t my best year.
  2. Submit at least 2 short stories for publication Submitted one at the beginning of the year. But that was it. Not my year. Maybe next year?
  3. Revise at least one of my novels-in-progress. Basically bagged this goal mid-way through the year. Doing some new writing in November felt more right–if I was going to dedicate any creative energy this year, it was going to be to spent making something new. Again: maybe next year?
  4. Read ≥36 books. I didn’t keep close track this year for some reason. Goodreads says I have 37 books marked as “2010”, but my other list has only 35 listed as finished. But in an unusual twist for me, I read almost as much non-fiction as I did fiction (16 vs. 19) — so I’m proud of that.

    Where I fell through was on the “specific books” list. Only 5 of 12:
    1. Foucault’s Pendulum
    2. Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang: A Novel
    3. The Blind Assassin
    4. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
    5. The Pragmatic Programmer
    6. The Tao Of Physics
    7. Six Easy Pieces
    8. Illegal Beings: Human Clones and the Law
    9. The Eleventh Draft: Craft and the Writing Life from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
    10. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
    11. Blood Meridian; and
    12. All the Pretty Horses
  5. Exercise: get my money’s worth at Bolton Valley. Done. With pleasure. Six times on the 2009-2010 pass. And once already on the 2010-2011 pass.
  6. Exercise: walk or run ≥1 mile ≥2 times/week. I definitely did not start out the year terribly strong here. The truth is… I don’t much like running; and since we moved out of downtown Burlington, walking has diminished down to almost nothing. But late in the year I re-committed to this and have done pretty well…

    Re-committed in October… then NaNoWriMo took me off-course during November (where all available hours were spent writing)… but I was back on it again in December. I may hate running, but I can make this work.
  7. Exercise: climb at least once each week. Came close… 2010 was a rough year to get schedules lined up on both sides of the climbing equation; but I found some new folks to climb with, too–so I’m still in this, and I still feel good about where I landed for this one.
  8. Restrict my “personal expenses” to $70/week. 40.5% under the target. Pleased with that. But could have done better. Damn Fresh Market cookies.

Not my best year. But a good year just the same.

Happy New Year!

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night; weekend homebrewer. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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