Dec 30, 2016

December's Numbers

10 books
(AVG Rating: 2.9 stars*)

3 graphic novels, 1 short story, 2 non-fiction, 3 DNFs, and 1 AWESOME cyberpunk.

This month got me back on the reading train (sort of) and hopefully will be a portent of things to come in 2017.

*The average rating was dragged all the way down by those three DNFs. It’s 4.14 without them.

29,166-words in 22days
(AVG: 1,326-words/day)
4 projects + admin

I’d say I’m proud of my focus this month, but if you do the full count, 2/3rds of that count is from admin which is kind of the epitome of a lack of focus. Blog posts like this one, outlines and pitches, some of my business mail, any random bit of writing notes jotted down on my phone while grocery shopping… It’s all stuff I need to get done, but when I see that much orange on a spreadsheet with so little in the way of other writing, I do the scrunchy-face scowl at it.

I suppose I can feel proud of the editing I’ve gotten done. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve no doubt seen the posts here and there of the book I’m slowly gutting. At the moment I think I’m averaging 20 minutes a page… so it’s definitely a long haul.

This is the last of my accounting posts for the year, next up, I’ll have a breakdown of what 2016 looked like as a whole with those fun counts and graphs and what not. You’ll have to forgive me for posting only numbers in that one, as a look back at everything else would have me lighting matches and thinking thoughts of the apocalypse.

So yeah, check back Monday to see what I did, how I failed myself, and all that fun jazz. But for now…

Meet me in the desert after midnight, bring extra gasoline, and let’s burn this year down to ashes.

Dec 1, 2016

November’s Numbers

0 Books

Hey look at that, I finished no books this month. That feels like a first.
It’s also a teensy bit of a lie. More accurately, I finished no NEW books. I did a lot of reading of things i’ve already read for fun and profit research. Those don’t count, however, so we’re stuck with that big, fat zero!

78,180-words in 26 days
(Avg 3007-words/day)
7 projects + admin

As you’ll notice, I front loaded this month quite a bit. With the exception of last year (which came about for specific reasons) December is always a difficult writing month for me. There is SO MUCH going on in other parts of my life that I’m easily distracted (more so than normal) and that reflects in my counts.

Also this month, I took a week off and did the full-time author thing wherein I shut myself away for 8 hours a day and focused on nothing but writing in that time (I realize there’s a lot more to being full-time, but as I’m not actually, I used it for my own nefarious purposes). I managed to pop out just over 40,000 words. Yay! This experiment also reminded me that Thursdays are still awful no matter where I am.
The other reason this month is front heavy, is that I did NaNo again. My way, again: finishing one ms and getting the bulk of a novella dealt with (yay we’re in edits).

I have a feeling December is going to be for editing and plot bunnies. Fingers crossed I can keep myself on track even while sorting through the obligatory christmas nonsense.