The Mid-Year Goal Update

Back in January (as you may remember), I posted my goals for this year. Now that June is over and the year is more than halfway gone (holy cow, seriously?), I figure it’s time to take a look, see how things are going, and make some updates.

Physical
Work out at least twice a week for 30 minutes apiece.
Well, I started working out with my roommates, which means I haven’t so much been working out “twice a week for 30 minutes” as I’ve been working out “4-5 times a week for at least an hour.” So yeah, I’m accomplishing this goal in spades.

Drink at least six glasses of water per day.
I’ve done a good job with this as well, especially since I got a 20-oz. water bottle that makes it easier to keep a lot of water at my desk.

Writing
Finish draft 4 of my ’06 NaNo for CPs.
Completed in January.

Finish a first draft for at least two of the three projects I want to complete (my NaNo novels from 2012, 2011, and 2008).
I finished the draft of my NaNo 2012 novel in April, but I haven’t worked on the other two yet. Not sure if I’ll get to them, unless I make finishing one (or both!) my goal for NaNo this year.

Attend the OWFI conference in May and the OCW conference in October.
I had a great time at the OWFI conference, but I’m not sure if I’ll be attending the OCW conference this year.

Pick two of the pictures in my “holy cow I want to write a story about this” folder. Write at least a short story for each one.
Well, the urban fantasy I’ve been working on for the past two months? That is based on one of these pictures. I think if I finish the draft of an entire novel, I can count this one complete.

Set up a Facebook page for my writing.
Haven’t even looked at this one.

Blogging
Review at least one new movie each month. Except for months where the idea of actually giving money to a movie in the theater makes me sick to my stomach.
I…have not been doing quite as good with this one. However, I have actually made an effort to go see the movies I want to. They’ve just all come out in the past 2 months. 🙂

Keep to a posting schedule of twice a week.
Some weeks I do better than others!

Comment more regularly on the blogs I follow.
I’ve been doing all right with this, but I’ve kind of faded a little more on it lately. I’ll try to pick it up once again.

Career
Attend another CSS summit.
I have actually attended three summits so far this year, for responsive web design, user experience, and WordPress. LEARN ALL THE THINGS!

Up my coding game in PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript.
I’ve certainly been doing this…

Intellectual
Read 70 new books in 2013.
I’m a little behind, but I’m getting through a lot of books that have been on my list for awhile (see below!).

Read all the unread books currently on my shelf/Kindle. (Or at least, attempt to.)
Slowly but surely.

Read at least three non-writing-related non-fiction books.
So far I’ve read one, and I’ve got two more on my library list. I’ll put them on hold once I clear out a few more from my shelf.

Take more books off my gigantic TBR list than I add to it. (Borrowed from Marissa Meyer.)
I…yeah. No. I don’t think this is going to happen, but I’m trying!

Fiction:
Endymion by Dan Simmons
Long Lost by David Morrell
If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino
The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis
Shadows in Bronze by Lindsey Davis
The Course of Honor by Lindsey Davis
Young Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
Shada by Douglas Adams
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
The Honor of Spies by W.E.B. Griffin
Foreign Influence by Brad Thor
True Blue by David Baldacci
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Gone by Michael Grant
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Ancient by R.A. Salvatore
The Demon Awakens by R.A. Salvatore
The Demon Spirit by R.A. Salvatore
The Demon Apostle by R.A. Salvatore
The Wind Merchant by Ryan Dunlap
Triple Play by Abigail Barnette
Long Relief by Abigail Barnette

Nonfiction
The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire by Susan Ronald
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
Story by Robert McKee
Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
Creating Characters: How to Build Story People by Dwight V. Swain
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Recently Added
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha
Lamb by Christopher Moore
The Dame by R.A. Salvatore (Actually was a Christmas gift for a friend, but he loaned it to me once he finished)
Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey

Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Mort by Terry Pratchett

Men-at-Arms by Terry Pratchett
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Jingo by Terry Pratchett
Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan

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