The Perks of Being a Bookseller: Part 83
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  • December 15, 2015

Hello everyone.

I live! I swear I live.

I have been knee-deep in the December writing project and co-mingling in Holiday Retail Hell (caps are important in that statement) (it’s not really that hellish). So, the reading and blogging has been back-burnered for a bit.

However, the books are still flooding in, and here they are.

Behold.

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If there are duplicates in those first few pics from my last perks post, than my apologies. I have been flighty and busy and flightier and busier. So, I’m not sorting as well as I could and a few Slitherins might have made it into Griffindor. My bad.

I am currently working (ever so very slowly) through a stack of library books. I took out all of The Borrowers series by Mary Norton and the Catwings books by Ursula K. Le Guin. Ideally, I was supposed to be reading these in between bouts of writing this current year’s project. However, that has not happened. I am currently sitting at page 95 on a 180 page book that should have normally been completed in a couple of hours.

There is a very good reason for this, a very good reason, indeed. I have been averaging 4,000 words a day and editing that many as well.

Yeah. It’s overwhelming.

At this point I am probably halfway through the writing process and I am pushing 60,000 words. I cracked 50,000, which is NaNoWriMo’s monthly goal in only 12 days.

Yeah, I am impressed with this too. It’s the fastest I have ever done that one.

For anyone curious about the previous year’s stats, here they are:

1. 2011 – 18 days
2. 2012 – 17 days
3. 2013 – 14 days
4. 2014 – *35 Days

5. 2015 – 12 days

*I moved across state mid-project in January 2015, hence 2014’s poorer-than-usual time.

One of these year’s I will do this in 10 days. And then I will collapse. I might have had it this year since my opening week was 37,000 words, but I threw a very crazy plot point into the mix that forced me to work little on it for two days while I considered what I was going to do with it. So, that was probably my best shot at 5,000 words a day gone. I changed my perspectives in this year’s project from First Person to Third Person Omniscient and that changed a lot for me. Once upon a time when I wrote more fiction I used third person solely. When I started writing out of the blue (as in the first time in ten plus years) I jumped into writing first person for the first time, ever. Ever, ever. And I think it took time to wrap my brain about it. Third person comes much more naturally, though I occasionally screwed it up for the first two chapters on the current project.

The last dozen chapters, though, those have been problem free.

It’s going really well, though I once mistakenly thought this project would be my “simple one”.

…Oh, how naive I was…

But, you came to look at books and talk about them and not hear about the writing process. So let’s talk about the books above in the pretty (PRETTY) pictures.

What I am excited about:

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These beauties.

What else? Well, Places No One Knows and And I Darken (which came later and did not make the OOOOH, PRETTY picture cut above). Let’s just hope that I can get to them, and the host of other books I am excited about, soon.

Ideally, I am trying to finish most of this project before Christmas because my husband and I are spending several days at the end of the month doing the holiday thing.

Yes, I realize I am completely insane. Hasn’t stopped me before from trying.

Oh well, at least several days in a car will provide the opportunity to read the library books. Which is good. And probably necessary. It stills sucks that most of my time at holidays is spent driving to places rather than spending time with people.

Alright, off to work on the project. What are you excited for? What are you reading these days?

Happy holidays, all!

And even happier reading!

– BP

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2 Comments

Lis Carcamo

2015-12-15 11:37:40 Reply

Oooh, And I Darken! I’m dying to read that one… and The Hunt. So many amazing books!
Good luck with your project!

Allie l

2015-12-20 04:06:02 Reply

So any books!!! And I thought my to be read book list was long, lol. Most excited for the book flamecaster by cinda Williams Chima. I love love love the seven realms series so can’t wait to read flamecaster 🙂