Week by numbers.

Yes!  I’m alive.  And I have numbers!

  • 65,403, words. The rough draft of the third book in The Queen of England trilogy is complete.  As with the two previous books, I imagine the final / next draft will come in around 70K, but this is a great place to start.  Now that the third book is officially over, I’m in the process of gathering my notes (spread across two notebooks, Pinterest and my Kindle) to put together the strongest stories possible.  Of course, this book will be ‘in the drawer’ until July at the very earliest (and probably longer).
  • 189, pages.  In case you wondered what that looks like exactly.
  • 1 (of 2) visas we have in place for a country we’re going to in less than a week.  Stressville, population Hubs and myself.  If you have any sway with the travel gods, please call in a favor.
  • 57, points (so far) I need to include in book #2.  I’ve gone super nerdy and have constructed a Google doc that includes the books and columns for each and all the details I’ve missed including or need to consider.
  • 2, number of spin classes I did this week.  Yay for getting back on the bike!
  • 1, number of filmed spots I did for the Entertainer (talking about — you guessed it — food!).  I’ll let you know when the video is ready.

Week by numbers.

Just a few numbers to share this week:

  • 47,026, words on the rough draft of the Queen 3.
  • 137, pages (in case you wondered).
  • Several, amount of calls that have taken place to try and replace our empty gas canister.  Status of gas?  Still 0%.
  • AED90, amount per word I may earn for an upcoming article (that’s $25USD a word…not too shabby).  Yes, I’m just as surprised as you are.
  • 2, number of friends we’re going to see this evening from our early Dubai days.  I’m excited!
  • 1, restaurant I need to chose for lunch while I’m visiting next month.  Recommendations welcome!
  • 1, new book my friend just published.  I’m excited for her.

Made me laugh / research for a children’s book I’m never going to start writing.

Clyde broke down again and needed a tow. #lemonlaw #tradehimin #wideload #maxtowtruck

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Week by numbers.

Here we are Thursday…

  • 41,050, words on the Queen 3.  Given I might have a relatively large project (unrelated to writing) going on in May, it’s not unreasonable to want to finish the rough draft by the end of April.  At 1K words a day, that’s entirely possible.  Fingers crossed!
  • 110 pages, what that looks like.
  • 1, additional magical object I made up for Book #3.
  • #141, top number on the Kindle free books that Life After Joe reached two weeks ago (relatively decent considering I did not put much effort into the process this time around).  Unfortunately, this had led to…
  • 0, additional reviews.  Sad face.
  • Today, how long it’s taken me to recover from the 5 day trip to South Africa.  Yup, April 4th is the first time like I’ve felt caught up since March 21st (and I’m still not done with everything).  In this instance, I’m glad I didn’t push to go to the Madrid Fusion Conference (in Manila).
  • 2, days I’ve been waiting for an important call.  Ring, dammit.
  • 10,000, followers — the number I finally reached for my A to Za’atar Instagram account.  Go ahead and follow if you like colorful plates and fine dining.

In case you wondered…

What I think about when I can’t sleep, this concept popped up on Tumblr last night and pretty much dominated the two hours I couldn’t fall asleep.

I’m tucking this concept away for a manuscript I should be starting later this year.

Liminal spaces in my own experience:

  • Being at a sleepover, but the only one awake.
  • Similarly, being on a bus full of students, but the only one awake.
  • Once arriving home for a flight and being convinced the sun was taking entirely too long to rise.

Any situations from your life you would like to share?

Sunday Sentence.

The despair in books was a distant, safe thing. She’d thought she understood the depth of the emotion as she read through the pages of her beloved books, her life touching those of men and women long dead. She’d felt for them, cried for them, tried to breathe for them when they no longer breathed. And then, she’d been able to close the book and place it on its shelf, the words trapped between the leather covers.  ~ My Lady Jane, Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
I sincerely enjoyed this book.  For anyone in the market for something wonderfully creative, I highly recommend the novel.