I’m still struggling to get moving on this book I need to finish, so I’ve decided to put writing new material on the back burner until I’ve read the entire series from the beginning. I’m going to let myself count the reading toward my 15 minutes of writing today, simply because I think reading the series is the best thing I can do for myself right now; I just do not think I’m going to be able to start writing on this book again until I read those other books.
Here’s the plan.
Tonight: Read for about an hour, get 1/2 through book 1.
Finish reading book 1 by 10 AM tomorrow.
Read book 2 by 2 PM tomorrow.
Read book 3 by 6 PM tomorrow.
Read book 4 by 10 PM tomorrow.
Saturday: Read what’s written of book 5 by 12 noon. Commit to keeping or deleting the last few scenes.
I’m going to track how I do with this and update this post accordingly. :D
Uh oh. The reading is going slower than I hoped it would. At 11:22 I’m at the 18% mark in book 1. :o
Still, it’s working. I’m getting excited about this world again! I’ll continue to update with my progress throughout the day today. I’m hoping I’ll be able to catch up on the reading. :)
2nd update: I haven’t done well with the reading today. I’m going to try pushing for a little more self-discipline tomorrow and stay offline until I’ve read at least 2 books. Tonight, I hope to be able to stay awake long enough finish reading book 1. I’m afraid that’s going be difficult. I’m already very sleepy.
Yep, I’m a day behind now. The goal is still to finish this read through as quickly as I can, preferably today with a bit of time left for writing. What I don’t want is to finish reading and not have time to write something right away.
10:05 book 1 38% read
12:17 book 1 56% read (I’m having serious trouble concentrating.)
10:44 book 1 67% read
Too much time away and too many interruptions yesterday, plus a serious problem with concentration led to very little reading.
8:40 book 1 67% read (today’s starting point)
I’m going to try to stay on schedule today with my original plan.
9:58 book 1 80% read
10:58 book 1 100% read!
12:17 book 2 8% read (Again, I’m having trouble concentrating, but of note is how flat my stories feel to me right now. I’m trying to remember the last time I was truly excited about a book while I was reading it, and I can’t really remember. I know it wasn’t the last one; I gave up on that one about 200 pages from the end of the book’s 680ish pages. On the other hand, I feel better about the new book—if this is as good as it gets, the new book will fit right in.)
12:04 (AM) book 2 9% read
9:15 book 2 12% read
8:51 (PM) book 2 23% read
9:29 (PM) book 2 44% read
Finally, the eldest is off to college. It’s been a stressful few days–weeks even–but I’m hoping things are about to settle down a bit. Too little sleep last night put me into a stupor today, but tomorrow I’m going to finish this.
“Tomorrow” came and went yesterday, with very little reading.
I’m starting from the last update on progress I have listed above.
This is it. I’m going to finish the reading today and start writing again before the day is done. It’s mind boggling how long this has taken, but the time for excuses has passed.
10:22 book 2 57% read
Dealt with a few interruptions, but it’s back to reading now.
3:03 book 2 67% read
4:02 book 2 71% read (I’m not enjoying these books the way I used to enjoy them. I read something else yesterday, hoping to perk up my interest in reading, but all that did was make me feel worse about my writing in these books, and I’m already feeling pretty bad about it. I honestly don’t know if it’s as bad as it feels as I’m reading, or if it’s just me. If I didn’t need to do this reading for continuity with the new book, I think I would abandon this effort. It’s really making me feel terrible about my skill as a writer!)
Aside: I’m either going to have to stay up very, very late, or I’m about to start skimming!
Okay, so I didn’t finish yesterday, but I’m making good progress this morning, and I’ve committed to making today the last day for this.
8:55 book 2 77% read
9:51 book 2 100% done!
Having a much easier time concentrating today and the numbers prove it. No, none of that was skim reading. I just found it easier to stay focused on the story and got through 23% of the book in a less than an hour. I’m taking a break for food and then I’m going to dig into book 3 and hope this improved ability to concentrate sticks around.
12:10 book 3 20% read
2:12 book 3 24% read
2:45 book 3 31% read
By the way, book 3 is twice as long as book 1. :)
4:55 book 3 33% read
6:33 book 3 36% read
9:30 book 3 41% read
It’s obvious to me that I’m not going to finish this tonight unless I stay up much later than I can possibly stay up.
Tomorrow it is then. But I do believe I can still finish this book tonight, now that it’s quiet again.
Unfortunately, I’m not yet reading book 4 this morning, because I conked out last night not long after I made the update above. Fell asleep with my phone in my hand and the book in face.
But what’s done is done. I’m very confident today will actually be the last day of this, and I’m somewhat confident today will be the day I get back to writing.
9:34 book 3 49% read
5:37 book 3 62% read
7:11 book 3 73% read
8:01 book 3 81% read
8:58 book 3 100% done!
9:17 book 4 9% read
Calling it a night. I will finish this tomorrow. The goal is to finish book 4 by 11 and what’s written of book 5 by 3. Then I’ll spend some time writing.
Last day, I know it. Really!
It’s 9 AM sharp and I’m ready to read. I’m starting just where I left off last night. I have 2 hours to read this book if I want to stay on track with my plan so I may do some skimming. I have read this book more recently than I had read the previous books so skimming may be adequate. :)
2:12 book 4 27% read
I’m still planning to finish this today but I am not where I wanted to be. It really looks like I’m going to just have to force myself to skim read. Skimming does not come naturally to me. I actually have a very hard time doing it, and that’s probably one reason why I ditch books so quickly when I get bored with them.
Which brings me to this: I am bored with these books. I’m hoping that’s one reason the first 3 books of the series annoyed me so much with their inferiority. (As in, I’m praying really hard that they’re not as bad as they felt as I was reading them.)
The book I’m reading now, though, book 4, is just as good, if not better, than I remember. Maybe I haven’t yet read it too many times. :o
2:56 book 4 34% read
6:45 book 4 37% read
9:12 book 4 45% read
Monday updates (Or 18 days later!)
Let me just say that I didn’t intend for it to take anywhere near this long to finish this little project of reading my series from the start. It was supposed to be a quick detour to help me get back into this series so I can finish this last book, which only needs (guessing here) about ten to twenty thousand words to complete it.
My perception of time is warped, I know, but this failure can’t be blamed only on that. Thursday I read a book, then started several others that I couldn’t quite bring myself to finish. By the way, Dead City is a good book, not one you want to think too hard about, but one that keeps up a nice pace and is fun reading. Plague Year, one that I started reading Thursday but haven’t finished, has slower pacing, but drew a much more visceral reaction from me. I’m going to get back to it, but first I want to finish reading my own book, get into a steady rhythm with my daily writing again, and read the sequel to The Last Policeman, which I read a week and a half ago and loved.
Funny how I just move on to reading other stuff when I forbid myself a book because I should be doing something else instead. :o I told myself I couldn’t read Countdown City until I finished reading my book and got back to writing. Instead, I spent time reading stuff I wanted to read much less than Countdown City and didn’t make progress on anything.
The weekend turned out to be time off, and that leaves me here. I started this morning at the 45% mark in book 4 (still) and have made some progress.
Goals today include (1) finish reading this book, (2) read/edit 18 chapters of book 5, and (3) write chapter 19 of book 5. (I’m giving something different a trail run, and I’ll post my draft on that topic as soon as I get to call this post DONE.)
11:23 (AM) book 4 62% read
Sometime in the afternoon book 4 87% read
Well, I got sick. I’m doing this update because I promised myself I’d update my word count spreadsheet every day, especially when I’m not writing, to help me stay aware of the passage of time.
It’s Friday, I feel better, and I’m going to finish this thing today, twenty-two days from the day I started this project. Yes I am. :)
DONE. Done, done, done, done, done!
Now on to the next phase. :o
Let’s not discuss the fact that this is many days after the day I was absolutely certain would be my last day at this.