Monthly Archives: January 2012
So the month is coming to an end and, in all honesty, it has been quite the ride in terms of both my reading and writing. As I mentioned in my end of December blogpost here, I had certain writing goals in mind that I was going to be sticking to for the new year and when I wrote everything down, my writing goals were quite ambitious. Later on, I posted here about my reading goals for the year as well and these two were equally ambitious, if not more so. Given that the first month is about to end, I thought I’d take the time to review those goals and see where I am currently in accomplishing those goals.
One of my goals this year is to read a lot of books. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot. Baneofkings, one of my fellow reviewers on The Founding Fields and also the most prolific reviewer over there, is aiming to go through 200 prose publications this year. So I thought that I would aim for something similar. However, to be a little more specific given my wide variety of reading, I am going to aim for 200 novels, novellas, anthologies, audio dramas and stand-alone short stories.
Its not really that big a number when you think about it. Its almost 17 publications a month or 4 each week. Audio dramas are pretty easy to go through while you are doing almost anything so they are going to be quite fast.
As it stands, I’ve already read about 5 or 6 this year, and my currently slow pace is only due to the fact that I also need to write reviews for all these books so that I don’t get too much of a backlog in that regard. But, that should hopefully start smoothing out this week and the next so I can get back into the full force of things.
It also helps that I actually do have a significant amount of titles on my reading pile as well as on the to-get pile. So let’s start with the Black Library stuff first since it is easier to collate!
If you have been following my progress on twitter for the last week or so, you can find me at @abhinavjain87, then you’ll know that work on the novel has been steadily progressing. In fact, it is better than steady because I’ve clocked an average of 2,900+ words over the last four days, which is my strongest performance ever. That average does kind of fall down to a measly 2,200+ however if I take into account the actual six writing days I’ve put in the project because the first two days weren’t really that good.
But, that is not the point of this post. Sure, I want to bask in the pleasure of doing so well on the writing front and share it with the world at large (and end up being accused of word e-peening in the process in which case you all haters can go take a hike) but I want to share just how I managed to do this.
So let’s see what really went down, huh?
This blog was started in the closing week of March this year. My initial aim was to talk about the Sons of Corax aka the Angels of Retribution and sort of document my efforts in creating the background for the chapter. Since then, the blog has grown into much more as you can see from all the posting I have done in the last 9 months and more.
I got this email today from WordPress.com where they gave me an annual report for the blog so I thought I’d share it with you all. The blog’s success is due to all of you as much as it is from the content I have posted over the year, so cheers for the success folks!
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.