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All right, Junkies, time for my 2012 New Year's Resolution. I cover some other resolutions in tomorrow's ALL-PRO Episode #10, but the big one is this:

My goal is to write 1,000,000 words of fiction in 2012.
• That's 4,000 pages of copy (at the industry standard 250 words per page)
• That's the equivalent of 11.4 INFECTEDs.

 

HOW WE MEASURE IT:
ARealGirl has set up a simple formula for me: 3,000 words a day, 333 days of writing (plus a bonus 1,000 words in there somewhere). I normally write mornings, Monday through Saturday, with Sunday off. That schedule, however, is only 312 days (52 weeks x 6 days a week). That means if I'm going to have any days off, some days I have to write more than 3k. Add in a few vacation days here and there, and I'll definitely have days where I crank out around 5k, which is a real bitch. 
 
IS THIS ALL NEW WORDS, OR DOES EDITING COUNT?
This goal is for all new words, so I can't count the second and third draft of a 100k novel as pushing me to 200k and then 300k. However, I have to edit and rewrite. When I do that, my writing program (Scrivener), tracks new words written each day. So if I edit 1k words, but in the editing push that to 1.5k, then I get to count those 500 new words. The bitch of this is, some days I'll edit a 1,000-word section and finish up with 750 -- which means I have to clock -250 words in my overall year count. 
 
So, when you're looking at 1,000,000 new words in a year that includes multiple re-writes of THE MVP and PANDEMIC, I have my work cut out for me. 
 
DECEMBER 2011 TEST-FLIGHT:
We set a goal to write 3,100 words a day on writing days in December. We averaged 3,067 a day for a total of 70,538 in the month (I'm banging away on THE MVP first draft, so that helps). 
 
WHY THE HELL AM I DOING THIS?
Because, like Nicky Santoro in CASINO, I'm stupid. That's my business. I write myself into a coma. And just about the time I'm waking up from that coma, I start writing again. Because I'm stupid. 
 
DOES THIS MEAN YOU'RE FINALLY WRITING MT. FITZROY?
No. 
 
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As long as some of them are ised on the crypt book 2! Been waiting!
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As long as some of them are ised on the crypt book 2! Been waiting!
We'll see. I'm negotiating with ARealGirl for that, but part of gunning for this kind of output is giving up control of other things to people you count on. For 2012, our Director of Døøm calls the shots on what gets written when. 
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That's awesome.  Looking forward to reading all those words!
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*cough* Kissyman *cough*
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*achoo!!!* Kissyman **FART**

uh...oops. I...think I did that wrong.

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A is calling the shots? Nice! Does this mean we may finally see some Siglerotica that'll show Stephenie Meyer how true vampire smut should be written?

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A is calling the shots? Nice! Does this mean we may finally see some Siglerotica that'll show Stephenie Meyer how true vampire smut should be written?

The FDO doesn't deal with vampires! He deals with big sweaty hulking GFL players. Big sweaty hulking GFL players who like to bathe together ....
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*achoo!!!* Kissyman **FART**

uh...oops. I...think I did that wrong.
Ha! Hey, why does it smelled like rancid milk in here?
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This made my jaw drop lol.  I honestly thought I was performing some kind of miracle by doing Nano every November and banging out 50,000 in 30 days.  But for a whole year?!  My hats off to you fdo!  I would lose my damn mind in no time.  Good luck, and make sure A is also sending along tons of coffee and strait jackets along with telling you what's getting done. 
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So A's calling the shots, eh? I thought she had been doing that all along and you were in denial. But on the upside, does that mean we get to see the Sheb Stalkers in a Tier One berth?

SHEB STALKERS TIER ONE, BABY!
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Poetry Journal in the crapper?  I'd say that counts.
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So A's calling the shots, eh? I thought she had been doing that all along and you were in denial. But on the upside, does that mean we get to see the Sheb Stalkers in a Tier One berth?

SHEB STALKERS TIER ONE, BABY!
No comment on the Sheb Stalkers. 
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Go FDO!

*puts my RE Teacher hat on* if you manage this you will have surpassed God!

1,000,000 words = 1.5 x The Bible!

Sure if successful you will be very close to dropping the F in the FDO?



                                                                                                                       
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Much success in that undertaking, part of which "The MVP" has the Director of Doom given any direction yet?



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Looking forward to the million words chap, i haven't got a favourite i like it all, Infected/Earthcore/kissyman/GFL/The Crypt the lot you have got me hooked wanting more all the time.

 

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So your saying we can bribe A to get things like more Crypt written.  Message received...

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So your saying we can bribe A to get things like more Crypt written.  Message received...
Absolute power corrupts absolutly.  Prove that right A!!!
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Yup, you gotta be writing what people are reading. The Crypt was a cool take with some great characters all thrown together in a creepy enviroment. Hope you can get too it soon. He if the Colts can go 2-14 and Detroit can make the playoffs anything can happen!
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Yup, you gotta be writing what people are reading. The Crypt was a cool take with some great characters all thrown together in a creepy enviroment. Hope you can get too it soon. He if the Colts can go 2-14 and Detroit can make the playoffs anything can happen!
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That's a hell of a lot of words. If anyone can do it though, well there are probably several people that can do it, but out of all of those people I think I'd rather you do it than them. Whatever you end up writing will be great, but let's get more Crypt up in here. We don't really need Mt. Fitzroy.
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@The_GrimWeaver: I know we'll have more CRYPT. As for MT. FITZROY, that is in the works. It will be a few years, but it's an important part of the overall Siglerverse timeline. 
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Good luck on your goal for 2012! Can't wait to finally find out what happens in "THE MVP" and "PANDEMIC" Keep on Trucking.

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LOL!!!! I'm rolling in the floor laughing over this "DOES THIS MEAN YOU'RE FINALLY WRITING MT. FITZROY?
No. "

Awww, Earthcore is my favorite but I can wait for Fitzy (Mt.Fitzroy I mean not Larry Fitzgerald) until you have time.  Even if I have to come back from the dead for it.  Love my Scott!!!!! (By the way, were you anticipating that question from me???)

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LOL!!!! I'm rolling in the floor laughing over this "DOES THIS MEAN YOU'RE FINALLY WRITING MT. FITZROY?
No. "

Awww, Earthcore is my favorite but I can wait for Fitzy (Mt.Fitzroy I mean not Larry Fitzgerald) until you have time.  Even if I have to come back from the dead for it.  Love my Scott!!!!! (By the way, were you anticipating that question from me???)
See, now *that* is junkie dedication.  The willingness to be reanimated as a zombie just to read Mt. Fitzroy! There should be some kind of award for that level of dedication!
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Aww, if only I could be as dedicated as the great Gmork!!!

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