... and as usual, even a lot of things that should have been easy didn't get done. I'd say that I blew it completely, but that's probably letting myself off easy.
Let's look at the goals for this year:
- Find the money for 2016 taxes and the garage room
remodel. This will almost certainly involve a loan, rather
than pulling it out of my retirement savings, because of the tax
-50% -- The only thing that got me through 2016 taxes was the fact that we actually had negative equity in the house. I ended up burning up my Amazon 401K to finish the garage remodel, and it might have been enough if I hadn't had to live on it too.
- Get the garage sufficiently cleared out to serve as a
workshop. Work some wood.
20% -- it actually looked fairly empty until we dumped the rest of the stuff into it. Plus L's stuff. The only woodwork I did was a cutting board for the YD's wedding present.
- Do some real programming. Find an
interesting open-source project and get involved, maybe. Write a DW
client that works the way I want it to.
10% -- Quite a few started projects. Very few finished ones.
- Learn Wordpress and Joomla. Maybe Drupal. Build
the website that N is going to need for her business.
- Do a lot more music. Continue lessons, play at
some open mics and farmers' markets, record a CD or three.
33 1/3% -- I kept up the music lessons, and did a little singing with N and her kid. No gigging or recording. So, 33% if you go by numbers. Going by effort, maybe 5.
- Do a lot more writing. I wrote a book once; it's
not impossible for me to do it again.
10% -- I think I did more writing this year than last. But not enough more to get anything salable out of it.
- Attend Worldcon in San Jose. There are a lot of
people in the Bay Area who we haven't seen since we left.
1% -- total fail. That's a third bucket-list item blown. The only reason it's not a zero was that C's health issues were the main thing keeping us from even trying, and in fact she was in the hospital over that weekend.
- Take care of myself Self-care is
still my weakest point. Walk. Find a therapist. Eat
more green stuff.
10% -- I still don't take care of myself.
- Do things that get me out among people. I'm still
something of a loner, and very much an introvert, but I need this.
1% -- I got to an all-day seminar on starting a consulting business. I've lost contact with all the people I met there, and it was abundantly clear that I'd be worse at consulting than I was at working for Amazon.
There were also a bunch of WIBNIFs, none of which actually got done. Three of them, "Get back into recording", "Do a lot more writing", and "Do a little woodworking", are included above. That pretty much leaves:
- Record an album, either Amethyst Rose,
Lookingglass Folk, or preferably both. Last year's
version of this, "do some recording", is included in "do a lot more
music". See above.
0%. Didn't happen. I ripped an LP this month; that doesn't count.
- Do something that will bring in a little
money. I'm not sure I'm up for contracting again, but
writing could do it. So could an album or two. And maybe I could
start a patreon.
-20% -- I'm considerably farther in the hole, and the year is littered with unfinished projects.
45 1/3 out of a possible 1100. Average: 4.1%. Not one of my better years. Possibly my worst.
On a perhaps more encouraging note, here are my posting statistics by month:
Posting stats: all of 2018 by month: 14297 words in 11 posts in 2018/01 (average 1299/post) 9412 words in 7 posts in 2018/02 (average 1344/post) 8753 words in 5 posts in 2018/03 (average 1750/post) 11671 words in 7 posts in 2018/04 (average 1667/post) 11813 words in 17 posts in 2018/05 (average 694/post) 14436 words in 15 posts in 2018/06 (average 962/post) 19415 words in 17 posts in 2018/07 (average 1142/post) 7579 words in 10 posts in 2018/08 (average 757/post) 9339 words in 12 posts in 2018/09 (average 778/post) 12017 words in 11 posts in 2018/10 (average 1092/post) 15617 words in 30 posts in 2018/11 (average 520/post) 12774 words in 18 posts in 2018/12 (average 709/post) ---------------------------------- 147123 words in 160 posts total in 2018 (average 919/post)
It looks as though I've been posting about every other day most months, and nearly every day in November. Not sure what happened in February through April -- those were little more than the done posts. Okay, that wasn't really very encouraging.
I'm not really up to writing a narrative summary of the year. I prefer stories with happy endings and, preferably, not too much bad stuff getting there. I also hate cliffhangers, and this year certainly counts in that category.