Writing and blogging
I wrote a total of just over 31,000 words of fiction in September, down from a rather remarkable 46,000 words in August. I think the big difference was that in August, I was pushing to finish the first draft of my novel while in September I actually finished it.
I averaged just over 1,000 words/day of fiction in September, and I extended my consecutive day writing streak to 71 consecutive days, making it just over halfway to my record of 140 consecutive days, a streak that broke back in July while I was at Launchpad.
I did finish the first draft of my novel. I also wrote the first draft of a new story that came in at 7,800 words, and which I am now working on the second draft (and for which I am trying to cut quite a bit).
On the blogging front, I wrote just about 20,000 words worth of blog posts in September, down from 28,000 words in August. If you combine the writing and the blogging, it makes for a total of 51,000 words in September, which ain’t too shabby if you ask me.
I listened to a total of 51 hours of audiobooks in September, down from 56 hours in August, an way down from more than 120 in my best month back in March. In September I managed to read:
- Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno
- Way Station by Clifford D. Simak
- The Best of Connie Willis by Connie Willis
- The Very Best of Barry N. Malzberg by Barry N. Malzberg
- The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
- Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Reading has been down in large part because writing has been up significantly. I’d like to read more, but I think I’ve found a pretty good balance at the moment. Doctor Sleep was my 41st book of 2013, which is remarkable for me at the end of September.
I walked 437,00 steps in September, up from 420,000 in August. I’ve been pushing myself a little harder lately. 437,000 steps amounts to about 200 miles worth of walking. Much of the 51 hours of listening to audiobooks took place during those 200 miles of walking.
How was your September?