February 2020 Progress Report

Well, we’re about six weeks into the new year (or 6/52, 11.5% of the way through the year), and I figured one of the ways to keep up with my goals was to report on them more often. Let’s see where I’m at with all of these.

Read 20 books in 2020: I’m in the middle of three different books right now: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, third in a series where the entire story is told via documents. I got hooked on their first one, Illuminae, and have been following it since. I’m also reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, but paused to quickly inhale You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, by Janelle Shane in preparation for a Boskone panel on artificial intelligence. And I’ve started reading Iva Ibbotson’s The Secret of Platform 13 with my daughters, which we’re enjoying. But this goal is about books completed, and according to Goodreads, I have only completed…one book so far. So, I’ve completed 5% of that goal. I need to finish a few of these and catch up.

Write 38 Posts in 2020: This post will mark my 5th for the year, or 13% completed. Looks like I’m about on track with this one.

Get back on Schedule for Togahan #4: As of this writing, I am 170 days behind schedule, slipping about 20 days since the beginning of the year. Now, I did finish the first revision, and the book is in the hands of my beta readers right now. I should be working more quickly on the cover art of other front matter/back matter while they’re reading. “Life” has sort of futzed up my past couple of weeks, and I find my productivity plummets right before a conference or other major engagement, but things are still moving. Hopefully I’ll have more to report next month.

Record the first chapter for A Togahan’s Tale: I’ll be honest, I haven’t even started this yet, and probably won’t get to it until the summer. But it will be here, in this report, every month, to remind me, I can promise you that.

Walk 5+ miles every day:  This is more easily reported with a table:

Days 39
Successes 31
% Success 79%
Average daily miles 5.57
Total miles 217.13

Yeah…I missed a few days. I’m sporting a 79% success rate, or a high C+. I blame the cold weather. It’s hard to get out there, especially on the weekends and put in the mileage. But it’s rolling.

In conclusion, six weeks in, I’m slipping in spots, but I’m reporting on it more frequently, so hopefully I can get back on the saddle faster than I might otherwise. Stay tuned.


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