And now to wrap up the 2013 goals.1 So many things made this a big year — good, bad, just plain weird, or otherwise. Let’s look at what we set out to do and then footnote the hell out of it with all of the other interesting bits.
- Reading: 48+ books in 2013. A few books shy of my goal of 48; I solidly finished 37 books (one of them twice) and had another 8 in varying states of unfinishedness and/or in-progressness. I fell short of where I wanted to land w/r/t/ the number of titles, but it was also solidly over 10,000 pages for the year, and several excellent books.
- Reading: these 12 specific books. I think I’ve mentioned this before: every time that I do this — that is: list some very specific books to read — I wind up failing pretty badly at it. It’s almost like committing them to such a list is also like becoming blind to them.
- The Rings of Saturn
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
- The Third Man
Ethan Frome Revelation Space Cat’s Cradle A Wizard of Earthsea
- Midnight’s Children
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman
- The Pragmatic Programmer
- The Blind Assassin
- The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
Where did my desire to read them go? (Although nothing has abated my desire to read The Rings of Saturn — the library simply didn’t have it.) There’s always next year?
- Exercise: Average 25 miles or more per month. I did what I could. I tried to stay strong spring through autumn, but it got colder and darker and after all that outdoor action, I decided I hate the treadmill.
182.98 miles recorded for the year though, so that’s something; 5.71 mi/hr as my average speed for the year. (And an estimated 22,500 calories.)
Learn some R.“Close enough.” “With Distinction” in two Coursera courses where this was a focus; and I used it a bit for “real work” and some for side projects. Learn some Python.“Close enough.” Mostly I stopped trying because I stopped worrying about it. I’ve gotten to this point where I’m comfortable enough with those lower-level fundamental programming meta-skills that in the future I won’t be worrying about “learning [programming language X]” but rather “learn enough of [X]” to do what I want/need to do with it. “Ship” one trivial “novelty” app.Boom. Project Management Dev Dice. Done. And/but: it’s funny how I parleyed that into a larger study of AngularJS.15 And for what it’s worth, I also published a “tiny Node.js library”.
As for the rest:
- Sold my first piece of fiction. “Where the Air Is Sweet and the Clouds Are a Different Shape” will appear in Please Do Not Remove, which is being edited by Angela Palm and should come out in Spring 2014.
- Signed a contract for my first technical book. This came together right before Thanksgiving. I’m working on a book for Packt and it should come out… summer 2014? I’ll reveal more details when we’re further along. Needless to say: that’s exciting and consuming a lot of my time.
- A decade at DDC. When I took that job, I really didn’t think I’d be there for all that long. We were in VT just long enough for A.’s grad school thing to happen. But that opportunity has really worked out well for me and for us.
- A decade of this blog. Speaking of milestones: 10 years of blog.founddrama.net.
- I was a GDI TA. I gave a little back to my local community of technology learners by being a TA for Girl Develop It. It was a worthwhile experience.
- Visited California for the first time. San Francisco, to be specific. I was really only out there for a little over a day. Interesting place, and I’d love to visit again sometime.
- Big “real” family vacation. Speaking of traveling… We finally took our first big “real” family vacation. A whole big giant out-of-state trip complete with a hotel stay, rental car, tourist destinations, and everything. Except for the normal travel-related stress: Fun times; would definitely do again.
And last but not least… a doubly-abbreviated visual 2013 in review mosaic:
Wow. What a big year. Looking forward to 2014!
- First Quarter results are here: /2013/03/2013-goals-q1-check-in; Q2 is here: /2013/07/2013-goals-q2-check-in/; and Q3 is here: /2013/10/2013-goals-q3-check-in/ [↩]
- What? Don’t look at me like that. [↩]
- With Holden. [↩] [↩] [↩] [↩] [↩] [↩] [↩]
- See also: Dating Without Kundera. [↩]
- ”Done enough.” [↩] [↩]
- Pre-release. As a reviewer. [↩]
- ”Wait! Was that on here twice?” Yes it was. [↩]
- Man that took a long time… [↩]
- On hold; though in this case, “abandoned” is probably more appropriate. Part of my “have A. teach me stats” goal for the year. I got about halfway through it. [↩]
- As an aside: I’m just reading this for a perspective on Scrum and ScrumMastering. I’m not taking the exam. [↩]
- In progress. [↩] [↩] [↩] [↩]
- On hold; though “abandoned” is probably more appropriate since this was one that H. picked out to have me read to him and though we got 76 pages into it, I think he decided that it was too “grown up” for him though he also wouldn’t admit that. [↩]
- On hold; though “abandoned” is (again!) probably more appropriate. H. picked this one out to have me read to him but I don’t think he ever really got into it; that being said, when I asked if we should pull out the bookmark he replied “no” because he wanted to come back to it. (Not that either of us will remember where we left off…) [↩]
- ”Sort of” annual re-read. [↩]
- Including a pretty popular talk at the 2013 Vermont Code Camp. [↩]
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 →
3 Responses to 2013 Personal Goals: year end wrap-up
Where do you find the time!?
Congrats on the book deal and have a happy new year!
Thanks Neil! As to where I find the time… I have a phone booth in the back of my DeLorean?
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