Well, looking back on 2015's goals I seemed to fail miserably.
In a way.
I did satisfy the reading section. The 2 Pulitzer prize winners I read were The Road by Cormac McCarthy and A Visit by the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. I also read some gigantic books by Brandon Sanderson, and Stephen King among a bunch of others.
My physical goal was derailed by an injury. Stupid age. Stupid deadlifts. I stopped pursuing this before the summer -- because I hurt my back. It sucked. It still kind of sucks. I will take another try at this in 2016. But it will be to simply get back to lifting. Its a bit nerve-wracking after hurting yourself.
The art ones ... I didn't draw much, but I did build and paint models and miniatures instead. I put the finishing touches on a few miniatures that were "almost" done, and had been that way for a few years. I also started and completed 3 models. I learned how to really use an airbrush. I haven't had as much fun or success with models for a long time.
The pinhole car pictures didn't happen out of laziness. And I didn't purchase a large format film rig to do the portraits with. I still want to do these. Purchase wise, a 4x5 camera has been high on the list of "wants". But, given this is really unneeded in the grand scheme of things, it is a low priority.
I didn't really "redo" any rooms in the house either. But they are arranged decently enough.
I did end up pursuing some things hard that weren't on the list. I have always enjoyed archery and flinging arrows about. But, I ended up chasing that target center much harder in 2015 than I planned. It was a lot fun. My daughter, and my wife, both ended up with bows as a partial consequence of this. I, personally, kept the bow I have had for 3 years. It ended up with new strings (necessary), new sights (not really truly necessary), and new stabilizers though (I needed a real stabilizer, but maybe not as fancy as the one I bought). I also switched my release--- which resulted in re-learning how to shoot. I enjoyed the process. I will be shooting in at least one league in a 2016, and I hope to get out hunting.
I did learn a few guitar solos from the Shady Grove album. I also learned a few chord progressions, and have worked through some of the melodies for various songs. Including, but not limited to, Reckless Kelly's Wicked Twisted Road, Metallica's One. No lessons though.
I also got my Maryland Hunter's Safety card. That was an odd experience. It was mostly about firearms, which, I personally don't care that much about.
The goals aside, 2015 was an interesting year. No year is perfect, but I'm just going to discuss the things that were fun. I got to see Ray Wylie Hubbard play. He's a little bit country, a little bit americana, a little bit blues, a little bit rock and roll, and completely entertaining.
I got to shake Ray Lewis' hand at a book signing. One thing that stood out to me was how much effort he put into having a small conversations with the kids there. If you follow the link, you will see I have a picture of the same conversation the WTOP reporter captured. [As an aside, she was using her iPhone for her coverage. It is all that is needed, no doubt, but it still saddens me a little bit. But, that didn't really stop me from putting a few phone pictures in this post!]
So for this year:
- I will carry over the 5 car pinhole pictures. It will be a fun project. I just need to make the proper time for it, and meet a few more car people.
- Make one photograph for each hour of the day. They won't be hours from the same exact day. This will be interesting for a few reasons. It is "discipline" photo project like a 365 project, but on much less demanding scale. I have a feeling hours 3-6AM will be the difficult ones to get.
- I have a bunch of model kits. I'd like to finish a few.
- Get back in a routine like I had last year before hurting myself
- Still not going to run
Setting goals for this seems hard. I have done so much reading the past few years it is only natural to continue, so I'll name some specific things
- Read a book from an author I have never read a book by before
- Read a book that inspired a movie
- Still going to read the Bible.
I will also hope Winds of Winter comes out.
- Participate in some type of organized shooting
- Not sure what I want to do here yet, I will update this when figure it out