• Writing

    it means nothing.

    The fact that I have created a Scrivener file for the PADYA (Post Apocalyptic Dystopian Young Adult) novel means nothing.

    The fact that I spent an hour and a half pounding out a gibberish-filled rough draft synopsis last night also means nothing.

    The fact that I’m looking with some interest at time-tracking software does mean something, but that’s something I wanted to do anyway, because I do want to see if I can quantify the success ratio of the exhaustive synopsis. I don’t know how many hours I spent on the Regency, except most writing days after the first three or so when I was getting my feet under me I was averaging well above my usual 1k/h–I had days when I was hitting just under 2K an hour for several hours on end. Assuming 1250wph average, it took me about 70 hours including the exhaustive synopsis process to write the book, which is a reduction of about 20% of average.

    (Of course, I also skipped all the descriptions, which always slow me down. They’ll go into the second draft. :))

    Anyway, that’s just guesstimating, though, and I want to actually try to keep track for the next book to see if it was genuinely really helpful or if it was just an Attack Book that worked out well. :)

    (Hm, Toggl looks like it’s got pretty well what I need, which is basically a start-stop timer for a project. That’ll do!)

    In other news, I hear over on Twitter that STONE’S THROE has been edited, which means it will presumably be coming back to me sometime soon for revisions, so that’s cool.

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    We’ve just had smashed chicken and boxed mac&cheese for dinner. It was incredibly, incredibly good. *loves on Lisa* I’m considering having pop tarts for dessert. Or making cookies with REAL chocolate chips. *loves on Lisa more*

    miles to Dunharrow: 111.8
    ytd wordcount: 4400

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    mostly metrics

    Mom harangued me into actually getting to the needed quota today, so wordcount for January 2008 is officially 41,200. Not quite in Cherie Priest’s extremely excellent 53K for the month, but well ahead of the 1K a day minimum I set myself. (In fact, for those of you keeping track at home, I’m slightly ahead of the average 1300 words a day I’d need to make the two million mark by the end of the year…a goal which I have no intention of setting.)

    At some point here I’m going to break through to the other side of this madness and it’ll all be a quick downhill tumble from there. That point, however, is a bare minimum of two full months off and probably won’t actually hit until June or July. Must keep putting one foot in front of the other and focusing on what I *can* do.

    Gymmed yesterday, primarily dancing, and hoo boy are my thighs and calves speaking to me about it today. Tomorrow’s another dancing day. I’m hoping I can /manage/. :) Ted’s been laughing at me as I wince up and down the stairs. :)

    I’m already up too late, so that’ll have to do for today. Tomorrow I’ll post about something cool that I haven’t mentioned yet.

    ytd wordcount: 41,800
    miles to Minas Tirith: 81.4

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