Yep. It’s been 2007 here for a couple of hours already.
It looks pretty much the same.
I have to say, as much as I enjoy the whole “eat what you want, drink all day” holiday mentality, I’m kind of glad the season is over.
Why? Because I’m looonely. (And gaining weight, but that’s a whole nother story.)
So many of my bloggy buddies are away for the holidays, or taking time off. My comments levels seem to have dropped. Hardly anyone is posting. It’s depressing, especially when I have both kids home and a husband off at work, which means I don’t have to get up early or, well, leave the house at all, and so can spend as much time as I want online in between making lemonade or pasta for the girls.
Jenny Rappaport posted about a different writer posting about how many words he wrote this year. His included blog posts. I have no idea how to even come close to guesstimating word count for my posts, so let’s just look at actual written work:
approx. 2006 word count (first drafts only): 280,000k.
You can probably add another 20k or so for edits and second drafts, to bring me to an even 300,000 original fiction words written this year.
On the one hand, not bad. On the other, totally sucks. That’s not even a clear thousand words a day. Yes, I was forced to take a lot of time off this year, with one thing and another–parental visits, a little writer’s block, family who seemed to think I should actually pay attention to them, blah blah blah…and I did take some time off between projects, too.
But next year, dammit, I need to do better than that.
I think I’ve probably done at least another 100k in blog posts, when you consider how wordy I can be, and that this isn’t my only blog.
My goal next year will be 500,000 written fiction words.
Oh, and to get an agent and a book deal, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
I am convinced my 750 for Miss S stink. I decided to rewrite my opening before sending it and I really don’t think I let it sit long enough after the rewrite. For instance, there are some repeated words I would have caught if I hadn’t thought I needed to submit right away. Just hoping A) I don’t get roasted for that, and B) the actual opening scene is compelling enough to make people not think my writing sucks.
We shall see.
2007 looks just fine, folks. Come on over!
(Oh, and I have a couple of books releasing from Whiskey Creek Press-Torrid today! Links later.)