shanaqui's Beeminder Journal: 2022

Derailments:

  • /thelastremnant - I wasn’t feeling it, so I let it derail. I put in a few extra days off, too.

New goals:

  • /intensityminutes - This is now set up, with an initial goal for 30 intensity minutes (per Garmin’s calculations) per day. It’s autodialled, with a maximum of an hour a day set. It needs a maximum because I don’t have tons of time per day to exercise. It has weekends off because I use those for recovery.

Changes to existing goals:

  • /stepitup - This is now autodialled, with no limits.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. Flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever! At the moment, I have a backlog of books to add, so each flat-forever goal that gets started gets replaced by a new one.

  • /dresscode - Finished and archived. I don’t know how original/in-depth it is, since fashion isn’t directly my interest (sewing and fabrics are), but I found it interesting once I got into the swing of how she expressed herself.
  • /cahokia - Also finished! This was fascinating, once it got onto the archaeology and started discussing finds in detail.
  • /romanbath - Standard reading goal set up to finish reading Peter Davenport’s Roman Bath. I’m enjoying it, so it’s flying by now I’ve finally started reading it.
  • /deathofabookseller - Started up from the backlog as a standard reading goal, to read Death of a Bookseller by Bernard J. Farmer. It’s a British Library Crime Classic, so probably a lot of fun.
  • /thehandsoftheemperor - I forgot to mention starting this up; this is for reading Victoria Goddard’s The Hands of the Emperor, which I need to finish by the end of the month for a challenge. It’s a chonker!
  • /com2_possession - Standard reading goal for my reread of A Case of Possession (K.J. Charles).
  • /ourwivesunderthesea - I forget quite where I’m at with creating new flat-forever goals in response to ones I’ve started up, so let’s just start from where we are and do two. This one’s for reading Julia Armfield’s Our Wives Under The Sea.
  • /sirenqueen - For reading Nghi Vo’s Siren Queen, a flat-forever goal (for now). I had an ARC and didn’t get to it in time, so I really should read this soon.

Notes:

  • Oof! I think that’s everything.
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Derailments:

  • /thehandsoftheemperor - I ate another $5 charge to let me slow this goal waaaay down and take a break. I’m burning out on my reading goals, and I think it’s because I changed the “standard reading goal” format and had several goals requiring I finish books by particular dates. I don’t know why that seemed like a good idea – maybe because my reading goals were in general going well – but it’s never historically been good for me. So I’ve fixed that.
  • /bmon1_beastsofnight - Same!

New goals:

  • N/a, except for Project Bookminder books below

Changes to existing goals:

  • N/a, I think

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. Flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever! At the moment, I have a backlog of books to add, so each flat-forever goal that gets started gets replaced by a new one.

  • /romanbath - Finished and archived! It was really good; Davenport has a flare for delivering a lot of information in a very readable way.
  • /portablemagic - Also finished and archived. I enjoyed it a lot: it was exactly the sort of thing I was looking for right now.
  • /com2_possession - Finished this as well. Of course I loved it – it was a reread.
  • /dgh3_graveimportance - Rereading a beloved book; this is the third in the Greta Helsing series. Standard reading goal.
  • /blackdeathgoldengate - Standard reading goal for reading David K. Randall’s Black Death at the Golden Gate. Yay, books about disease!

Notes:

  • Every week I’m like “oof, well, thank goodness that’s over and next week will be better”. Anyyyy time now would be good.
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Derailments:

  • /dailyweight - I derailed again, but I’ve crunched the numbers and figured out why my weight-behaviour has suddenly changed, and it’s something that isn’t an option to change right now (my anxiety medication). This is a known side effect, so I felt comfortable with calling this non-legit and getting myself set up to try again with more buffer and lower rate. The rule for the future is “if I’ve tried everything I can for a month, and it definitely correlates with a medication change, then the next derail is non-legit [and a catalyst to change the goal so I can reach it]”.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • N/a, except for the already referenced change to /dailyweight

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. Flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever! At the moment, I have a backlog of books to add, so each flat-forever goal that gets started gets replaced by a new one.

  • /dgh3_graveimportance - All finished! A lovely reread, though I noticed a few more flaws this time…
  • /deathofabookseller - Finished and archived. Less charming than I’d hoped, but an enjoyable enough mystery.
  • /sirenqueen - I had to start a goal from the backlog for the /pileminding goal, so I decided on this once. The rate hasn’t quite kicked in yet, but it will shortly and I’ll get to dig in! I’ve been looking forward to this one, but I tragically neglected to get to the ARC in time…
  • /anthropocenereviewed - I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, and I just felt like it after a week of not feeling like much reading. So, tahdah! I’ve started it right away with a standard reading goal setup.
  • /fourlostcities - I wanted to read this one by Annalee Newitz from the library, and then they cut me off because I haven’t visited in person since just before the pandemic started. Eyeroll. Anyway, I’ve got a copy now and this is my new flat-forever goal to replace the started goal for /sirenqueen. I don’t think it’ll need to wait long!

Notes:

  • Nothing much to report this week. I’m hoping that by this time next week, one source of anxiety will be over with… though that might be overly optimistic. We can but hope!

Derailments:

  • N/a

New goals:

  • /healthcheck - I have a health symptom that I need to check on regularly… but not too regularly. I have problems with obsessive-compulsive behaviour, so this goal is a do-more goal to check on this symptom as advised by doctors. I’ll +1 it when I check according to schedule – and -1 it when I check out of schedule.

Changes to existing goals:

  • /catalogue - This one is now archiving! I’ve catalogued all my books on Litsy, for a value of all which includes: all physical books, all ebook purchases back to 2018, and all unread advance reading copies back to the dawn of time.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. Flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever! At the moment, I have a backlog of books to add, so each flat-forever goal that gets started gets replaced by a new one.

  • /blackdeathgoldengate - Finished and archived! Slow start, but towards the end I totally devoured it. And now I have a new public health hero! (Rupert Blue, who became the Surgeon General of the US based on his success in eliminating plague in humans and rats in San Francisco.)
  • /anthropocenereviewed - Finished and archived! Quite fun, but John Green’s anxiety totally rhymes with mine and that wasn’t the greatest mix.
  • /fourlostcities - Now started as a standard reading goal.
  • /fallow - Started up as a standard reading goal, since it’s this month’s pick for me in a Litsy challenge!
  • /totheletter - New flat-forever goal for reading Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, which I’ll be reviewing on Postcrossing’s blog.
  • /ww1_dukeheist - New flat-forever goal for reading Erica Ridley’s The Duke Heist. I’ve actually read the second book already, so I’m sure I’ll like this… maybe I’ll pick it up soon.

Notes:

  • This week kinda put one of the things making me anxious to bed, so, onwards and upwards!

Derailments:

  • /pileminding - Let this derail to get a breather on it, to be quite honest! The autodialer kept it poking me regularly, but my reading speed had slowed down dramatically, so I couldn’t start more books at once.

New goals:

  • /readreadread - A reading goal tracking the pages I record on StoryGraph. Dual purpose: it’ll remind me to update my reading progress so I can get better stats from StoryGraph, and help keep me reading. I’ve set up the autodialler on it.

Changes to existing goals:

  • /feedbackzeroes - Added a short break to get this back in sync with my work-week.
  • /stopbyseven - Added a break due to circumstances beyond my control.
  • /earning & /bsupport - Ratcheted and changed the x-min as usual, after being paid yesterday.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. Flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever! At the moment, I have a backlog of books to add, so each flat-forever goal that gets started gets replaced by a new one.

  • /fallow - Finished and archived! Once I got into it, I read it practically in one go. It’s just… oof. So much going on.

Notes:

  • I’d got into the habit of just pasting “not yet” in as the comment for all my flat-forever reading goals. Which… is accurate, but it was getting too automatic and I was no longer really looking at the goal and thinking about the book, which was kinda the point of this whole thing. So I’m trying to be better about that. I also need to remember to make the datapoints public, which I keep forgetting during goal setup. That’s on my to-do list now!

Derailments:

  • /intensityminutes - It was too hot to move for the first part of this week, so I let this derail. I could’ve planned ahead, though, so it’s legit.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • I put a break in a couple of goals to help me catch up, given the apocalyptic weather this week.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. Flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever! At the moment, I have a backlog of books to add, so each flat-forever goal that gets started gets replaced by a new one.

  • /fourlostcities - Now finished and archived! I knew a fair bit about most of the cities discussed, but there were new bits of information.
  • /sirenqueen - Finished and archived also. I loved this one!
  • /ww1_dukeheist - Started this one up from flat-forever mode as a standard reading goal.
  • /therealvalkyrie - Since I started up a flat-forever goal, here’s a new goal for reading The Real Valkyrie, by Nancy Marie Brown.

Notes:

  • This week has made me seriously consider getting an air conditioning unit, even here in the chilly UK, for those emergencies where it suddenly hits 40C in Yorkshire for the first time in recorded history. It’s not been a week for reading, or productivity, or anything but sitting very very still. As a consequence, I still need to go through making my datapoint comments public. Soon!

Derailments:

  • /healthcheck - Things were going so well, and then I was tempted into doing the check out of schedule. Sigh. OCD is not a fun time, folks; let nobody make you think it’s all about being really tidy or something.

New goals:

  • N/a

Changes to existing goals:

  • I keep putting more breaks in /thelastremnant… not in the mood for that game. Gah. Need to find a day to sit down and get back into it!

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. Flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever! At the moment, I have a backlog of books to add, so each flat-forever goal that gets started gets replaced by a new one.

  • /bmon1_beastsofnight - Finished and archived! It was interesting to read something with a totally different setting, but I didn’t get hooked on the characters or plot.
  • /thelibrarybook - Started this up as a standard reading goal, hoping to finish The Library Book (Susan Orlean) by the end of the month… but I’ve learned my lesson and I’m not pushing it. I actually reverse engineered this from several days of reading without creating a goal, so there are no datapoint comments. Bad Nicky.
  • /100objects - Same deal here, for rereading A History of the World in 100 Objects (Neil MacGregor).

Notes:

  • I’ve been pondering my goals, given my ongoing high stress and associated issues. My instinct is always to use Beeminder to handle any given problem, but it might actually be time to slim things down a bit. Not sure what I’d drop, though!
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Derailments:

  • N/a!

New goals:

  • N/a. Not a good idea right now while I’m trying to reduce obligations, maximise my free time, and find some more breathing space.

Changes to existing goals:

  • /dailyweight - Lowered the rate again. Really struggling with this of late; the increased dose of my anxiety medication really mucked things up.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. Flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever! At the moment, I have a backlog of books to add, so each flat-forever goal that gets started gets replaced by a new one.

  • /persephonestation - For a long time, this book had a “curse”; it was on my BookSpinBingo card, but I always avoided reading it. I don’t really know why, and I really enjoyed it once I finished it up! I started it up a few days ago, and found myself racing through it.
  • /thehandsofthemperor - I got back into this and read the last half much faster; I loved it so much!
  • /ww1_dukeheist - I really enjoyed this one, too; it took me a while to warm to the male lead, as he was a bit of an asshole in the prequel novella, but he did redeem himself and it all made sense in the end.
  • /le6_crimsonwarning - I think I started and finished this one since my last roundup: it was a standard reading goal for Tasha Alexander’s A Crimson Warning, but I read it all in two days. The male lead redeemed himself a little, but I still don’t trust him much anymore.
  • /bag3_denofwolves - Finally started up this one for finishing Juliet Marillier’s Blackthorn & Grim series. I’m enjoying it so far, though I’m still a bit meh about it turning into a romance.

Notes:

  • As you can see, I have my reading mojo back a bit, whether it’s my stress-busting efforts or just the extra time afforded by the lack of class work. I’m enjoying it.
  • I started up two of my flat-forever goals there… but I’m not going to replace them for now. I am in a situation where I have a tower of books not added to Beeminder, which I don’t love, but managing my reading goals has become a bit of a chore. Right now there are 29 of them; I’d like to get it down to 25 before I start adding books again, and then I’ll add one for every two started until I’m down at 20 total flat-forever reading goals. Also, I’m going to make it less whim-based, and just use my StoryGraph TBR as a guide to add goals in the order books were acquired. I’d been being capricious and picking what I thought I might start soon, instead.
  • I’m always tempted to add new goals to help me keep to my resolutions, but for now I’m leaving them on Habitica where they feel a bit less… punishing. I may make a Habitica-linked goal again to beemind doing at least a certain number per day, once I’ve settled in a bit more to my new routine!
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Derailments:

  • N/a!

New goals:

  • N/a. As before, not a good idea right now due to burnout.

Changes to existing goals:

  • A break covering my time off has been inserted for the following goals: /bsupport, /earning, /feedbackzeroes, /focusmate and /postcrossingtasks
  • /readreadread - Because this is an odometer goal, it doesn’t actually work with the autodialer, but I’ve been using the 30-day average calculated by the autodialer to manually autodial it… if that makes sense. So from a goal of 30 pages/day as a conservative starting point we’re now at a goal of 185 pages per day. I’m honestly surprised it’s that high, as I didn’t think I was reading that much lately, but that’s how things average out because I read a lot more at weekends, I guess.

Project Bookminder:

Most new goals are “flat-forever” goals. Flat-forever goal = a goal made to remind me that I have this book and want to read it someday, with a rate of 0; standard reading goal = rate of 5/day, autoratchet to 1 day of safety. All reading goals have public datapoints with daily comments describing how I’m getting along with the book… or not even starting it, if the goal is still flat-forever! At the moment, I have a backlog of books to add, so each flat-forever goal that gets started gets replaced by a new one.

  • /100objects - Finished and archived! Still interesting, but had less engagement with colonialism/repatriation than I remembered.
  • /notquitedeadenough - Started this one up from the backlog on a whim. So far, it’s okay; the tone reminds me of John Dickson Carr, a bit. (I’m not a fan of John Dickson Carr.)
  • /aesopsanimals - Both started this one from the backlog and finished it, this week! It was okay, though focused quite heavily on animal cognition when I’d expected more on animal behaviour (though of course the two are linked).
  • /somethingfabulous - Started this one up from the backlog, and am having plenty of fun!
  • /therealvalkyrie - Also started up from the backlog. This one so far leans very heavily on supposition and imagination, which I’m not keen on, but we’ll see how it pans out.

Notes:

  • I’ve been starting a lot of books, as you see! So now I’m down at 25 backlog reading goals already, as planned. From now on, for every two I start, I’ll add one to the backlog, until I get them down to a total of 20. Then I’ll try and keep it there.