2018 Half Year Progress Report

Normally this would be the Q2 progress report, but I missed the Q1 one, so …here we are. Despite my lack of keeping up with you, I’ve been making some progress, so here’s where things stand on my three goals for this year.

Read 20 books in 2018: So far, with 50% of the year down, I’m in the middle of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey, and I’m reading Wandmaker’s Apprentice by Ed Masessa with my daughter. Those two would put me at seven books, but I’m not done with either of them, so I only have five under my belt so far. 50% of the year gone with only 25% progress. I’m going to go out on a limb here and wager I won’t hit this goal this year, but you never know. I may wind up kidnapped in a remote camp later with nothing but two hundred books of pulp fiction to keep me occupied for months, so…maybe it’s possible.

Write 7 posts in 2018: You would think I could knock this one out of the park, but no, even with a goal so low, I managed to waffle it. This is my third post for the year. Utterly shameful. I really have no excuse. Well, I mean, I have excuses, but they’re bullshit excuses, and I respect you too much to waste your time with them, so there.

Get back on schedule for Togahan #4: This is hard to gauge, because my scope is a bit skewed. According to my current metrics, I have 110,019 words logged so far, putting the project at 33.5% complete. Now, that doesn’t mean I have another 200k words to write (ugh), but rather with what I have left to write, then edit, etc. I’m about 33.5% through my tasks. Thing is, that’s based on a speculative 25 chapters plus prologue and epilogue, but it was written assuming 20-25 pages per chapter (or if I MATH it = ~570 pages). But I decided to write smaller chapters (10-15 pages instead), so I’m at ~300 pages right now. I don’t think I have another 270 pages to go, but maybe another 100? It’s hard to say, for plot reasons.

What does all this mean? I’ll be honest with you, my loyal, patient reader (and I say loyal and patient because if you reached this far in my post, you’ve proven beyond all doubt that you give a shit), the outlook is grim. You might have a new book in your hands by Thanksgiving….2020. (whistling….).  As bleak as that is, on the upside, I have been consistently 90 days behind schedule for a couple of months now. So I’m moving along, I’m just not catching up. I’m hoping with some vacation time, and some extra writing time shoehorned in here and there, I’ll catch up at some point.

So that’s where I’m at. Thanks for sticking with me so far. Hopefully when #4 is in your hands, you’ll agree it was worth the wait. Or you won’t and you’ll huck your e-reader into the ocean. But at my rate, there’s a good chance that e-readers will be waterproof at that point, so it’s not a total loss.

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