Metrics. Such as they are.

Here’s recent progress on my comic/sci-fi young adult project where a girl becomes a ninja and fights aliens with much ass-kicking and many LOLs but not a whole lot of kissing (or any kissing, to be frank) plus BONUS Bruce Lee’s ghost, a vintage Thunderbird, zenlightenment on the fly, and fat stacks of Cool Ranch Doritos.

    Project: Ninja Planet
    Deadline: Sooner or Later
    New words written: 1374 (boo.)
    Present total word count: 33,556 words

    Things accomplished in fiction: Bad things. Aliens grow bored with keeping their distance, and come in for a closer look. This doesn’t go well for anyone – particularly not anyone in or around the Bonneville salt flats.

    Things accomplished in real life: Went to the post office; went to Walgreens; scanned some contracts for reference’s sake and sent them off to my agent; conducted other assorted misc. bits of Writer Business; tided apartment and would’ve cleaned the bathroom but decided against it for now; also skipped laundry but that needs to happen this weekend; argh this is turning into a to-do list, not a did-list.

    Other: Logged onto Google+ to find it redesigned beyond recognition. Felt like an idiot because I couldn’t figure out how to post anymore. Did eventually figure it out. Still felt like an idiot. But you know, I never do anything but cross-post links to blog updates over there … so I might just scrap the account. I don’t know. We’ll see.

    Bride of Other: I do not always react very well to change.

3 thoughts on “Metrics. Such as they are.

  1. Chris M

    Don’t beat yourself up about the metrics Cherie. I barely got 1100 words in a four day period and only 250 of them today. I have 12 percent done out of a 80,000 word novel in progress. Believe me you are doing fine in comparison.

  2. Oh, no, please! I’ve got you (so to speak) both in G+ and Reader, but I’d hate to see you go from G+. The redesign is odd because it’s radical, but in a few days we’ll get used to it, I’m sure.

    Additionally, I believe that you have a certain reputation of being that certain keep-in-touch-with-your-readers-over-the-web-savvy writer that you must maintain…

    [Runs to cross-post to the relevant G+ entry]

  3. Michelle Feltham

    I find the whole counting words thing scary. But if it’s part of the motivating process, I guess it’s worth it. I usually think in terms of sections, chapters, parts of the argument, and such like. The word count is usually used just to make sure that I’m writing something that will be roughly the right length. But then, I’m writing academic stuff not fiction, so what do I know? (And actually, I’m not writing at the moment at all; I’m coming to the end of around two weeks of solid essay marking. Which has topped up my misanthropy levels nicely.)

    The Google+ changes have left me rather puzzled too. I seem only to be able to ‘like’ posts sometimes; ‘liking’ comments is easy.

    But I also have to be aware of my general strong antipathy to change; something that I have to counteract in each and every single case.

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