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Day 8 – One Week Later

Currently Listening To: The Wolf is Loose, by Mastodon

Word Count: 15,155

So time to look at how I have been doing so far.

My Word Count Stats!

Eh, could do better.

A slow start, but I got things rolling by Day 4. I think one issue, outside of my schedule, is that it’s getting tiring working on Perverse Selection. I like the project and want to get it done, but perhaps I should have pursued a different idea. The current story’s getting stale.

I think I’ll have a day to really knock out some chapters this weekend. Hopefully there’s a big jump in the graph!

A Write-fest

Currently Listening To: Hunters Of The Sky, by Mastodon

So I normally can only write about 11k in one day. However, I wanted to see how much I could possibly write in one day, given all I had to do.

Let’s run through the timeline. To help me out. I was listening to various albums and at the end of each of them, I marked down the time and word count:

1:20PM – I got up. I meant to go bed pretty early, but the news of the Jerry Sandusky trial kept me up close to midnight. After warming up I begin writing.

2:28pm (2,271 words) – I’ve gone through Avenged Sevenfold’s Waken the Fallen and achieved a solid start to this challenge.

3:05AM (3,458 words) – As I’m listening to Van Halen’s 1984, I got hot and cruised by some scenes.

4:30AM (5,523 words) – After the conclusion of Dream Theater’s Octavarium, I realize my productivity is slowly falling. I decide to call it a night, since I’ve broken 50,000 words total and get some sleep.

9:45AM – After some sleep, I shower and eat a quick breakfast.

10:27AM (6,444 words) – After some of Rob Zombie’s Hellbilly Deluxe, I get into a nice rhythm with my writing.

11:13AM (8,128 words) – I carry the momentum and Blink 182’s Dude Ranch fuels my writing to new heights.

12:21PM (10,042 words) – I conclude the morning rush with Avenged Sevenfold’s Self Titled Album and decide it’s time to get some lunch and go outside.

1:45PM – I come back, full with a turkey burger and ready to continue.

2:56PM (11,616 words) – I’ve burned through the protein and Foo Fighters’ The Colour and The Shape. I’m feeling confident about hitting 15,000.

3:45PM (12,713 words) – I was losing focus here and there, but Rare Candy’s Bomber Blue/Gallant Green energizes me to write some kick-ass scenes.

5:03PM (14,042 words) – After some more furious typing and Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, I’m beginning to exhibit symptoms of burn-out.  I decide to go do other things.

7:30PM – I head out to dinner and decide to watch some baseball while I’m at it.

9:45PM (15,765 words) – I begin the night shift with a run-through of Metroid Metal’s Varia Suite during which I hit my next milestone.

10:55PM (~18,500 words) – At this time my head was hurting and my fingers were aching. The conclusion of Coheed and Cambria’s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness gives me some willpower to fight on. I was close to 20,000. I was so tired, I forgot to write down the exact word count.

11:45PM (20,067 words) – The charging power of Muse’s Black Holes and Revelations gives me the final push to hit the 20k. I laugh as I realize what I just accomplished.

Wil I do this again? Probably not. But it was a great way for me to really let loose and hit some milestones that I always fell short on.