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2012 Goals: Q3 check-in

by Rob Friesel

Q3 of 2012: wrapped up.

For those playing along at home: the original 2012 goals post, and the Q1 and Q2 check-in posts. And now… the Q3 check-in:

  1. Exercise: ≥4 days each week. July was strong, August was one of my strongest months ever, ^^I count 31 discrete exercise sessions in August, including running over 30 miles.^^^ but September went off the rails a bit:
    2012Q3 Exercise Goal
    In August I tried out RunKeeper’s goals feature, and set out to run at least 30 miles. I made it, but barely:
    2012Q3 Walking & Running Goal
    As for climbing… It’s turned into a “twice a month” kind of thing, sadly. At least ^^Also: sadly.^^^ I canceled my EFT membership:
    2012Q3 Climbing Goal
  2. Reading: ≥36 books. This is turning into a big year for me for books:
    Book Author Date Links
    Neanderthal John Darnton 1/2 Goodreads;
    The Cardinal of the Kremlin Tom Clancy 1/15 Goodreads;
    Animal Farm George Orwell 1/19 Goodreads;
    We Are in a Book! Mo Willems 1/21 Goodreads; ^^Yes, it’s a kid’s book. So what? I read it for The Boy enough times.^^^
    Grendel John Gardner 1/24 Goodreads;
    Embassytown China Miéville 2/12 my review; Goodreads;
    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal Christopher Moore 2/22 Goodreads;
    Quiet Susan Cain 3/1 my review; Goodreads;
    The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead 3/6 Goodreads; ^^Which, seriously, I know I don’t have my own review posted anywhere but… 5-stars. Really: go out and read it right now.^^^
    Against a Dark Background Iain M. Banks 3/21 Goodreads;
    The Joy of Clojure Fogus & Houser 3/22 ^^But I’d been working on this one since… July 2011? A good long while.^^^ Goodreads;
    Running Lean Ash Maurya 3/25 my review; Goodreads;
    Mobile Design Pattern Gallery Theresa Neil 3/29 my review; Goodreads;
    Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder 3/31 ^^Though admittedly: that was a co-read with A., for H.; and A. did most of the reading.^^^ Goodreads;
    jQuery UI Eric Sarrion 4/9 my review
    Code Simplicity Max Kanat-Alexander 4/26 my review
    Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace 4/29 Notes
    Farmer Boy Laura Ingalls-Wilder 5/1 ^^Ibid.^^^  
    Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls-Wilder 5/15 ^^Ibid.^^^  
    Clojure Programming Chas Emerick 5/19 my review
    Maintainable JavaScript Nicholas C. Zakas 5/23 my review
    The Wise Man’s Fear Patrick Rothfuss 5/27 Goodreads
    The Little MongoDB Book Karl Seguin 6/1 Goodreads
    The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick 6/4  
    Kanban and Scrum: Making the Most of Both Henrik Kniberg 6/9 Goodreads
    Player Piano Kurt Vonnegut 6/10 Goodreads
    The REST API Design Rulebook Mark Massé 6/12 my review
    Imagine: How Creativity Works Jonah Lehrer 6/17 my review
    Alien Contact (anthology) Marty Halpern 6/21 my review
    Developing Web Applications with Haskell and Yesod Michael Snoyman 6/30 ^^…or 7/1, depending on how you figure the fuzzy end on this one, for me.^^^ my review
    Web Workers: Multithreaded Programs in JavaScript Ido Green 7/8 my review
    The Art of Agile Development James Shore & Shane Warden 7/9 Goodreads ^^Also: “Agile for the Introvert”.^^^
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers 7/10 Goodreads
    The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester 7/19 Goodreads
    Team Geek Brian W. Fitzpatrick & Ben Collins-Sussman 7/27 my review
    The Lost World Michael Crichton 7/28 Goodreads
    Maven by Example Tim O’Brien, John Casey, & Brian Fox 7/30 Goodreads
    Hyperion Dan Simmons 8/14 Goodreads
    Learn You a Haskell for Great Good! Miran Lipovača 8/17 n/a
    Python for Data Analysis Wes McKinney 8/23 Goodreads
    Brief Interviews with Hideous Men David Foster Wallace 8/25 Goodreads
    Regular Expressions Cookbook (2nd Edition) Jan Goyvaerts & Steven Levithan 9/3 my review
    In the Country of Last Things Paul Auster 9/4 Goodreads
    Learning JavaScript Design Patterns Addy Osmani 9/15 my review
    I, Robot Isaac Asimov 9/17 Goodreads
    The Caves of Steel Isaac Asimov 9/26 Goodreads

    Lots of new books, and a good balance of fictions and non-fiction. ^^Although a lot of the non-fiction are technical books; and a lot of those are through the O’Reilly blogger review program.^^^
    2012Q3 Reading Goal

  3. Reading: 10 new authors. This has been done for a while. I’ve read nine new-to-me fiction authors alone, and easily twice that for non-fiction.
  4. Writing: ≥5 hours each week; 1000+ words per session. The fall saw a dip, but I’m still going pretty strong for the year overall. Pounded through July to finish a draft of my book. In August, I circulated it with some beta readers and decided to slow down a bit–and/but that also turned into working on revisions for another long-dormant project. September was… tough. I gave a talk, and so spent some nights prepping for that instead of writing. Can’t do it all.
    2012Q3 Writing Goal
  5. Writing: Finish a draft of my novel-in-progress. REITERATED: This is complete. March 13th was when I “finished” that first draft. After a re-read and some notes, I sent it out to some beta readers in August; and I’ve been working on revisions. Slowly but surely.
  6. Code: Write something (anything!) in Clojure. Still nothing worth counting. (And the clock is running out for the year!)

    About Rob Friesel

    Software engineer by day. Science fiction writer by night. Weekend homebrewer, beer educator at Black Flannel, and Certified Cicerone. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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