December 2018 Wrap-Up

Words Written: 29,896 -words in 21 days
(AVG 1,424-words/day)
3 projects + Admin (26%)

December is the one month of the year where I expect nothing of myself. Which is honestly pretty hard. Being productive and busy were pretty much the requirement while growing up. Down-time wasn’t approved of. So it’s really hard to disconnect.

And when I say I don’t expect anything from myself, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a specific set of goals (nor does it mean that I’ll manage to not beat myself up over not doing a ridiculous amount of work), it just means that I try VERY hard to let things go when I reach the point at which they are no longer achievable, and not beat myself up over that.

By the time Christmas rolled around (with all of its distractions) my December goal had turned into “Let’s hit one final year-related benchmark” which was less than 10K away. So, I was pretty sure I’d manage to hit it.

And I did. At the bar, at about 11:30, on my phone.

I probably could have made it to 30k for the month, but at that point, I didn’t care anymore. It was time to give 2018 a viking funeral and move on.

Pages Edited: 460

The beginning of the month saw a fun little BURST of editing… less has happened since. But I got one book dealt with and an initial “What the heck is going on with this plot?” work through for another.

Books Read: 6

Along with some re-reads, I got a new non-fiction books out of the way, both of them intriguing.

Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt

Books Acquired: 6

I didn’t buy any books for myself this last month, though I did send seven as christmas gifts.

My Christmas book haul numbered 6 -

Mesoamerican Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs of Mexico and Central America

Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down

I also got the rest of the Lady Trent Memoir Series by Marie Brennan

The Tropic of Serpents
Voyage of the Basilisk
In the Labyrinth of Drakes
Within the Sanctuary of Wings

So, december wasn’t a bad end to the year. I’ve closed out my spreadsheet, and set myself up for 2019. As with always, I’m headed into the next chapter with one underlying goal. It’s the same goal as always and covers all aspects of life: be better than you were.


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