October's Primary Goals

1. Complete the MVP of my book

I still achieved quite a lot for October, but I fell short of having an MVP ready for editing. What I did get done:

  • Set up a word count goal on Beeminder
  • Set up the book on leanpub and got everything hooked up
  • Planned out my MVP along with version 1.0
  • Wrote notes for 5 chapters

I'm not much of a writer and I expected this goal to be tough. So far it's been even more difficult than I expected.

2. Complete FOUR secondary goals

I completed the following goals:

Primary Goals for November

1. Complete the MVP of my book

Let's try this one again.

2. Complete at least one secondary goal

At this stage it's unlikely I'll complete my entire goal list before the end of the year. I'd like to make at least a slight dent in it before January rolls around.

Writing is my priority for the month, but any additional goals completed are a bonus.

Thoughts on October

The first secondary goal I completed was updating crypto ticker mode. It took under an hour to do and it made me wonder why I left it until October to work on.

After that I finished writing the "Exploring my Emacs packages" series. I already had notes for the remaining posts, but they still needed writing and editing. I also needed to grab some screenshots to spruce things up.

The 6502 simulator was finished a couple of days before the deadline. It's still not 100%, but it's functional and can run some basic programs. I originally started the project so I could learn to write assembler for the Commodore 64, but I think that might be a little too advanced for me at this stage.

Finally I read the revised version of "Loving Common Lisp, or the Savvy Programmer's Secret Weapon". It's definitely worth a read if you're interested in learning about lisp.