I was on Tumblr today and this quote just spoke to me. It’s the exact atmosphere I think of for Room 702.
As usual, weeks have passed… And I offer no excuses. So, here is a humble offering of some important-to-me numbers. Given my inconsistencies this year, I’ve decided to take more of an annual approach with this post.
- 1, book I’ve finished editing! Of course, it’s just the hand edit, so the actual first draft will take a bit more time. I expect to add about 10,000 words (hopefully?), but overall ’20 Year Reunion’ is a lot of easy fun (even if I still can’t write a sex scene to save my life). This is also my 2019 novel, so it feels good to get back to this one at the end of the year.
- 54, page I’m currently up to on the first draft.
- 1, foster cat we have for the holidays (hello, Lulu!).
- 3, legs (and other tragic backstory notes).
- 5, foster pets we’ve had this year (Phoebe, Lola, Lulu, Smudge, and Teddy Pee Pants).
- 4, press trips/trips where other people paid. Up one, from 2018.
- 2, radio ads completed. Up one, from a web ad I did in 2018. (Any improvement is something, right?)
- Lots, more getting paid for my writing. Which sort of brings me to a resolution of sorts for 2020. As brutal as I’ve been about going out in 2019, I needed to up the ante next year, and really focus only on leaving the house for when I’m getting paid. Otherwise, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- 1, new magazine I’m writing for (paid).
- 1, new website I’m writing for (paid).
- 1, foreword written for a cookbook (my first!). I’ve got another one coming in 2020.
- Silver, status achieved on Emirates (from a lot of flying).
- 1, book club going strong! Founded in January, we’re a motley crew, but a fun one.
- 6,974, average number of steps per day.
- 34,552,083, views on my contributions to Google Maps. (No, I still haven’t figured out how to monetize this).
- 16, episodes of CSR of One, the podcast I launched this year.
- 7, countries visited (I don’t think I’m forgetting anywhere).
Of course, next year includes a rather significant number — 40! March is coming up fast, and my weight goals to get there aren’t really falling in line. Oh well, age is just a number, right?
SPOILERS AHEAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Wow! What a book (and apologies for the extra ‘it’ up there — I couldn’t get Kindle to spit this one out correctly). I flew through Vox in two days, and am hoping we can read it for an upcoming book club, because there is SO MUCH I want to discuss.
This could be taken from today’s headlines, but the novel imagines a not so distant future where women are limited to 100 spoken words a day. It’s a fascinating journey and I would encourage you to check it out.
We’re here again – another year, another challenge! Lots of great choices in the selection this year… And let’s see where I can help.
- A book set in a city that’s held the Olympics. Get started with The Queen of England: Coronation, set in London.
- A book with a three word title. Life After Joe gets the job done just fine.
- A book published in 2020. Well, check back with this post, as I expect The Queen of England: Ascension to be published, as well as maybe (?), Under the Rain of Light. Keep your fingers crossed.
- A book written by an author in their twenties. There will always be a special place in my heart for The Line and A Fine Line, both firmly written in my 20’s.
- A book with more than 20 letters in the title. Well, my Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek rocks in at 29 letters (!), so that’s another one to pick up.