What Dreams is at 28,813 words! This month’s update is mostly about the numbers, along with two supplemental reading recommendations.
- I passed 28,785 words, making this the longest single project I’ve ever written! This functioned as a particularly effective goal, so I think the new one will be 57,570 — twice as long.
- That’s around 3,000 words for January, so I’m on track to up my 3,230-words-per-month average.
- I also wrote a 3,800-word short story set in the same universe, “Murder on Station 6,” so we know I’m capable of 7k per month. 😉
I’m always trying new things with my goal calendar method… Right now I’m doing monthly word-count goals instead of daily ones, because that gives me more leeway to write a lot on some days and skip other days. Being able to put a sticker on each day is enough of a daily incentive to keep me consistently writing, so those days off don’t turn into long stretches! Here’s a pic of the completed January:
I’m also adding some short story goals every month, but they’re very low. They’re meant to be practice, not the main event. 😉
400 Things Cops Know by Adam Plantinga — An easy-to-read list-style memoir, valuable for those writing about law enforcement!
“Surfacing” by Walter Jon Williams, a short story recommended on Speculiction way back in October. (I found in a “Best Of” collection). For some reason I have a lot of alien whales in my book…. This was a fascinating anthropological/philological study of “space whales”/”space squids,” with actual humpback whales on another planet and alien squids there to boot. It got derailed by some humans’ interpersonal relationships, bleh, but what’re you gonna do.