Five hours and a new tick on Goodreads

Goodreads told me yesterday that I was three books behind schedule in the 2017 reading challenge. So the move tossed me off more than just my writing goals, apparently.

Luckily, I was in a new Target Tuesday where I found a whole shelf of books on clearance for 66¢! (I was left otherwise unimpressed, by the way.) Two books were by authors I know and love, so I bought them. (Have I told this story already? I don’t remember.)

Yesterday I tucked the one by Julia Quinn in my purse, and while I didn’t get a chance to start it at work, I opened it at stoplights on the way home, sat in my car for 10 minutes after parking reading, and then for the next five hours (my entire evening) I just read.

Now I’m only two books behind!

I wrote quite a bit in the morning before the book (664 fiction words – not technically a lot, but my current average fiction words are at 492, so more than average), and then that was it. By the time I finished (sometime after 10:30 but before 11:00), there was no more time for words if I wanted to try to wake again today at 5:00 a.m.

Which I also managed.

Total words yesterday broke 1K at 1,039. Today I’d like to try to bring my average fiction words to 500, but of course I remember what a teacher in 8th grade tried to teach us before it was too late: it’s infinitely easier to keep an average high than to drag your average up. So yeah. I need to get cracking while we’re still in the first quarter of the year.

4 Replies to “Five hours and a new tick on Goodreads”

  1. I haven’t even looked to see how far behind I am on my reading challenge, but it’s probably at least five books.

    I just got another recommendation for Julia Quinn this weekend. Guess I should really check her out (in all my copious extra time), yes?

    Hooray for above-average word count! I’m right there with you trying to get my average up. We can do this!


    1. Oh, yes. You really, really ought to check her out. I find her historical romance (especially involving the Bridgerton family, although the Smythe-Smith girls are similarly hilarious) to be snort-milk-through-your-nose funny. I’d be more than happy to share one of the two I can currently see from my seat if you’d like. And, as I expect you read as quickly as I do, it may only involve a few hours of your time!


  2. Was the teacher Michelle Phifer? Was it actually you watching the movie “Dangerous Minds”?
    I’m kidding. All the teachers seemed to get that same, “everyone starts with an A” idea the same year, which happened to be the year the movie came out.


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