Monday, July 31, 2006

An Early Announcement

Just a quick post to keep myself honest. I've heard that telling people about a goal you've set, and committing to keep them up to date is one of the best ways to keep yourself on target for that goal. I've tried it with some other things, and it's seemed to help. So without further ado, my announcement.

I'm going to try to lose fifteen pounds — oops, wrong goal. I'm writing a book. I've signed a contract with the Pragmatic Programmers and have just started writing. I'm not ready to start tossing around titles or topics yet, other than that it's about Ruby. Let me get a bigger chunk written, then I'll be able to tell you more.

I'm hoping to write about 50 pages each month, and will drop a progress report here on my blog every Friday. If I can keep to this schedule, I should be able to make a bigger announcement in the fall.

Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to gently pester me about my progress. Feel free to drop the occasional email, or to make comments here. (Oh, and if you want to bug me about the weight thing, that probably wouldn't hurt either.)


Anonymous said...

Congrats! Looking forward to it. (Hurry up already.)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Pate. You teamed up with a great publisher, too. I'll look forward to hearing about the book's progress.