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Word Metrics 1/2/10 and a General Update

1 February, 2010

It’s perhaps a bit early in the day to be posting word metrics – it’s only 11am here and I might do more writing yet. Still, I’ve got a bit of breathing space in which to post a blog entry, so I’ll go ahead anyway.

I’m not actually sure what percentage I was on last time I posted one of these, but I think I’m making respectable progress. I’m about a quarter of the way through and I think I really understand all my characters and what they want. I also have a clear idea of what the end is going to be like, though bits of the middle are still decidedly fuzzy.

This also brings my yearly total to 12265. Not bad for a month’s work, I reckon, although some of it will never see the light of day, being just character studies or things written because I’d burnt out on the novel but still wanted to write something.

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And now, because I have time, a quick update on everything I’m doing apart from writing.

What I’m Reading: Currently ‘The Warrior-Prophet’ by R. Scott Bakker. I really enjoyed the first book in this series (which, incidentally, is a few years old now. not something brand new) and I’m enjoying this one too, although there does sometimes seem to be too much philosophical discussion and not enough actually happening.

What I’m Listening To: Not as much metal as I used to, as I feel like I’ve exhausted all the decent metal bands. New music in the genre just seems to be derivative or in styles that I don’t particularly like. Having said that, I’ve just discovered Green Carnation and I’m particularly liking their album ‘A Blessing in Disguise’.

What I’m Playing: Too much World of Warcraft and not much else. As with most MMOs, I go through weeks of playing it obsessively, before abandoning it entirely for a while. I have also been playing a bit of Assassin’s Creed and the first of the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games. The former’s game mechanics began to annoy me so much that I’ve given up with it, but the KOTOR games are always good so I’ll probably keep going with that one.

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And that really is everything from me for now. Time to get back to work.

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