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 66ยข! (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.