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The February 2011 PD Mission Report
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patentdragon
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2010
Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun - Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec
2011
January - February

Short month, but that's no excuse...

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Cya next month!

X-posted:
- Mission 101 Community at LiveJournal
- Mission 101 2010 Community at LiveJournal

The January 2011 PD Mission Report
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patentdragon
The List | Previous Updates:
2010
Jan - Feb - Mar - Apr - May - Jun - Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec
2011
January...


I'll be bluntly honest - this month hasn't been a good one...

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X-posted:
- Mission 101 Community at LiveJournal
- Mission 101 2010 Community at LiveJournal

Mission 101-2010 Update
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Hi, there.  *waves sheepishly*

I don't think I've ever updated here...but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on my list (although not necessarily successfully...  :) ).

Anyway, I've been updating my progress on my private journal.  The latest update is here, and it includes a link to the first update.  I intend to update to this community on a more regular basis from now on.


The PD December AND 2010 Mission 101 Update!
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patentdragon
The List | Previous Updates: 2010
January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December...

And so, Year 1 of my Mission 101 comes to an end. It's been a very positive thing, despite the limited number of completed tasks, but strong progress has been made on several multi-part tasks, most of which should count as completed when September 28 2012 comes along. A long way to go yet, and plenty of opportunities to shine... but first, let's tie up 2010!

The December SCORE! Column... I may not be actively using said piece of furniture, and it may not be 100% what I'm looking for, but I can say I've fulfilled the criteria for
87 - Get a decent computer desk that DOESN'T have a metal frame!
- once i get the chance to "road-test" the item in question, I'll know for certain!

Also, I have a NEW TASK!
99 - Reach an audience!
The idea behind this one is that I receive meaningful feedback, on at least a semi-regular basis, for the various public Tasks and projects I carry out. deviantART.com will certainly help things along - but for a start, I need to start producing postable material - tasters of "mainstream" chapters, perhaps...?

Finally, I have reassigned Task 64, which got the chop in November. This now reads
64 - Complete The Move without any serious drama
- an achieveable goal if the rest of the universe will just let me get on with it!

Next, a look back on 2010...

The Review of 2010 - Completed Tasks...Collapse )

The Tasks In Progress 2010...Collapse )

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with how things've gone. I can see several of the "in progress" Tasks reaching fruition in plenty of time for "Zero Day" - I already have a third concert lined up for Task 90, and half of Task 98 can get crossed off as 2011's Blockbuster Season gets going. I'm hoping to be more creative this year, particularly once I get moving house out of the way...

X-posted:
- Mission 101 Community at LiveJournal
- Mission 101 2010 Community at LiveJournal

Replacement Task 64!
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patentdragon
Mission Update! I pulled my original Task 64 a couple of weeks ago, and now I have a replacement!
64 - Complete The Move without any serious drama
- a lot of the stresses and strains involved may be beyond my control, but at least I can not make things worse.

Yep. Happy with that.

Weeks 40-42
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balloonhat
I can't believe it's December! I'm two months-ish away from my 1-year mark for this.

From Week 40 to Week 42, I:

...read Habitation of the Blessed [AWESOME] and Servant of the Underworld [decent] (#087: Review all books I finish.).
...saw Burlesque, Tangled, Sita Sings the Blues, Dreamkeeper, Homeland, and The Canary Effect (#023: Review all US films I watch, starting Aug 2010). Maybe I should have a separate "Watch X number of documentaries" or something.
...completed #073: Wear a scarf out. And I didn't feel at all silly when I wore it either!
...submitted one of my stories to a local writing contest (#060: Submit to a writing contest 7 times; at 4/7 now), and received another mix CD (#069: Exchange mix CDs with someone 5 times; 4/5 now).
...totally dropped the ball on #019 (get in shape), part of which involved going for a long walk three times a week. I had been doing so well with this, too.

Weekly posts: W40, W41 and W42. Full 101/1001 list (which I intend to reexamine, revise and refresh soon) here.

x-posted to mission101

November 2010 - The Patent Dragon Mission Update!
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The List | Previous Updates: 2010
January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November...

The SCORE! Column... You may just be able to see the results of Task 62 - Totally revise my blog template - it's not a "by-hand" make-over, and I may still do some CSS modifications, but I bit the bullet, and there it is. I've also switched to an age-limited journal, just to avoid people stumbling over my occasional "colourful metaphors". Hope that's not a problem - and the same could be said of my enormous tag list...

...completed 28-11-2010


Ch-ch-ch-changes... Okay, this is something I haven't done before - totally scrap a task. Task 64 - Try and run an RP thread on Gaia has been binned as that site takes a more irresponible attitude to *ugh* smoking-related items - I've blogged about it, and will say no more. A slot now lies open, which I will fill with the next task that comes to mind, hopefully before the New Year.

Progress...

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In closing... It's not been the strongest of months, and the latter part of 2010 has been something of a struggle, but once house-moving matters are addressed, and dates for that finally finalised, maybe the path will smooth out somewhat. I'll be looking at my list for Tasks I can nail down over the festive period, and tackle them when I have the free time - which has been a bit thin on the ground for quite a bit of the year, and I'm hoping 2011 will go much the same way.

It's been a good year, for a change. Next month, I'll go through the year as a whole, highlighting the positives and negatives from my first year on the Mission 101 trail. Have a good Christmas, Missioneers - and see you in 2011!

X-posted:
- Mission 101 Community at LiveJournal
- Mission 101 2010 Community at LiveJournal

Weeks 29 - 39
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Apparently, I have neglected to update to here since... um, the end of August (Week 28). Whoops! And I also missed my 9-Month Anniversary, and I didn't do my quarterly evaluation of what I've accomplished so far. Double whoops. On the upside, this made me review my weekly postings at my 101/1001 LJ to see what's happened since then. Not much, but not nothing.

Sometime during Weeks 29 through 39, I:

...saw many new-to-me films: Fight Club, RE: Afterlife, Trudell, Ponyo, Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga'hoole, Bolt, Let Me In, The Secret of Kells, & Megamind. Two of these (Ponyo, The Secret of Kells) counted towards my goal to watch 30 foreign films - I'm at 18/30 now.
...read Gunn's Golden Rules and The Windup Girl. (Wow. I hadn't realized how serious my not-feeling-like-reading mood was til I did this. Huh.)
...MET, AND HUGGED, TIM GUNN (at a book signing).
...began a for-fun novel that I'm sort of failing horribly now, but it's still something.
...went to my first ever wedding for my long-time friend in TX.
...kick butt in one of my classes, so I am pretty sure my GPA should improve by the end of the semester.
...randomly received more scholarship money, which is good news because fretting about money is the number one cause for all the white hairs I have now, I think.
...mostly just tried to get life on track after a Big Upset that ruined some long-term plans. It's been slow going, but it's still progress.

Additional details at weekly posts: W29, W30, W31, W32, W33 & W34, W35, W36 & W37, W38, and W39. Full 101/1001 list here.

Need to sit down and go through my list to see what's still relevant to my interests. I feel like I've been meeting just the bare minimum since I started this, which isn't what I intended at all.

x-posted to mission101

Patent Dragon Mission 101 Update - October 2010
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The List | Previous Updates: 2010
January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October...

The SCORE! Column... The highlight of October HAS to be the 15th, and getting my first SCORE! for Task 27 - See one stage show a year, when I was at Doctor Who Live at the SECC in Glasgow...



It'll be interesting to see what out there can fill slots 2 and 3. I'm thinking Warhorse, which my mum really would like to see...

In Progress... Yay! The acquisition of a Digital Video Recorder has allowed me to catch Bride Of Frankenstein for Task 28 - Watch a classic movie for each month of my Mission's duration - with a bit of forward planning, I can keep this Task moving along satisfactorally.

Oh, and collected volumes of comics most certainly DO count as books for Task 29 - Buy a book a month from a real book shop - especially if they're comics I haven't already read. :)

Meanwhile, I've had a bit of a Task 9 malfunction, missing my October "cook the dinner" slot. I do have a "+2" on this Task (I did two additional dinners in March), but converting those into an "official" minor SCORE! feels a bit like cheating - I've already done it with the classic movie Task. Should I just bite the bullet, and accept my first FAIL!? Things have been somewhat hectic, with "The Move" approaching, so maybe I can let this slide JUST ONCE - if I do the dinner twice THIS month...

In The Planning Stages... I'm assembling materials for several craft-related tasks, and once The Move is done, I'll have the space to set my major crafting projects in motion. That upheaval is becoming pivotal to a whole heap of things, Mission-related or otherwise - expect a flood of completed Tasks in the coming months!

Until next time, keep watching for posts and cross-postings at:
- Mission 101 Community at LiveJournal
- Mission 101 2010 Community at LiveJournal

PD Mission 101: The September 2010 Round-Up!
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patentdragon
The List | Previous Updates: 2010
January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September

This month's review is a little bit early (only by three days, though) as today marks an important milestone in my Mission - I now have exactly TWO YEARS TO GO...

The SCORE Column...
Just this very day, I have achieved one of my key SCOREs, by technically completing Task 92 Pay Mum my promised share of the new boiler. Various bills have been arriving on Mum's "desk" lately, and I have offered to cover an appropriate amount of the costs. Job done!

NEW TASKS!
I've been pondering this for a while, so I made it official: Task 97 Build a diddley bow. Even I can surely play a one-string guitar...

In Progress...
The majority of my ongoing tasks are proceeding satisfactorally, but the real millstone round my neck is still Task 28 Watch a classic movie for each month of my Mission's duration. Being at work makes this a real struggle, when the vast majority of "classic" movies on TV are on when I'm working. Damn, I'm really needing to find a way round this one...

In a couple of weeks, I'll be chalking up the first SCORE on Task 27 See one stage show a year as the Doctor Who Live comes to Glasgow mid-October. Friday the 15th is the night, bookended by an extended shopping expedition - should be fun!

In The Planning Stages...
I'm now in a position to start considering several more money-intensive Tasks (see the Task 92 SCORE! above), and several more are likely to be dealt with as plans to move house come together - it looks like I'll inherit a not-so-broken chair, which will semi-address Task 83 Get my bloody chair fixed!, the ideal opportunity for a new computer desk - Task 87 Get a computer desk that DOESN'T have a metal frame! - is fast approaching, and I'll certainly be doing something about Task 53 Deal with my "overspill" of crap, one way or another...

And finally...

Hey, What Do You Mean By...
...Task 91 Create a personal goddess?

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See you next month!

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