Ouch! Just looked at the original Google Doc starting 1000 Days. My first entry is dated August 13th. Which means I’ve been at this daily writing thing more than a year and only have 284 entries to so for it. I don’t recall abandoning weekends so early in the game. I am a little afraid to check the math to see how many weekdays I must have missed too but I will anyway.
20080813 to current date equals 394 days. 110 days short of a full compliment. In that time there have be 56 weekends encompassing 112 days. Since I know I didn’t start dropping weekends till about halfway through this means I’ve missed more than a few weekdays of writing. Being just two days ahead of the ‘just weekends off’ line is not pleasing.
I am certain a year ago I had higher expectations for more writing at this point. In both quality, length, and regularity I’ve missed any mark I explicitly set or implicitly projected. None of this surprises me.
I’ve not set standards for output.
I’ve not set goals for length.
I’ve not set rigid times for writing.
I do have a job and a life and a great number of kids to balance. And while that combination of an excuse might seem tired to you, for me it feels both valid and improper at the same time. Everyday is busy, but in much the same way. With that kind of homogeneity in my distractions I should have been able to schedule around them better than I have.
This is my endeavor so I won’t embarrass myself by listing the fruitless distractions of the Internet. Minus those I may have completed and sold my second novel by now.