November 25th, 2012

peanuts - what to write?

Breaking it down:

My chances of completing NaNo this month are slim, and to be honest, it's not my top priority over the next 5.5 days that make up the rest of November. Priorities, in order:

1. Work [on time, well-dressed, not hacking too much if a customer is on the phone, not breathing on coworkers. Can I sneak a heating pad under my businesswear?]

2. Health [yeah, it's after 'work.' America! My lung capacity is muuuch better than it was a few days ago, but my chest hurts now. It's a fair trade - pain > oxygen deprivation and both are equally nano-distracting. Hoping it's muscular instead of an infection, because that would be annoying and require time off for a doctor's appointment and see item 1/America.]

3. Nano! 5 working days. Half of today. 25,000 words. [...]

4. Voting for Melissa and Tony in the DWTS finale tomorrow. What? it's time-sensitive and I have the number on speed-dial because I'm obsessed. [That number is 800-868-3406 and you should obviously call it between 8pm and 10pm tomorrow local time if you're in Canada or the USA.]

5. Uh... paying time-sensitive bills. [Bills, y u all so time-sensitive?]

6. EVERYTHING ELSE [cleaning, cooking, having friends, walking to work in the rain, having money, figuring out what the heck happened to my other slipper, srsly where is it my foot is cold.]


Anyway, today my goals are laundry (see #1 above - "well-dressed"), 5000 words, eating something, going to bed early. Yay! Oh, and spamming the heck out of LJ, because what is Nano for if not that?


YOUR top goal of the day should be to head over to Cute Overload and enjoy the tiniest of quails.


28015 ★ 50000

I wonder what it's like to be on the right side of the nano pacing line? (The right side in judgment terms. If you're ahead of pace you're actually above the diagonal pacing line, which means visually it looks like you're to the left of it.)

Anyway! I know "maths" is legitimately something people say in countries that are not in North America, but whenever I see it I think of "many maths" the way one might say "many sheeps."

So! I have now writ 28,015 words.

This means I have 21,985 left to write in the next 5 days (+ however many minutes left between now and bedtime, but let's say 5 days as the nearest day-integer).

That's 4,397/day! Which is slightly less than 5,000 per day and slightly greater than HOLY CRAP, THAT'S A LOT OF WORDS.

However, if you were to break that down strictly by number of calendar hours (assuming 24 hours per day), that would be 183.20 words per hour, or 3.05 words per minute - which is such a low number of words per minute that if you were to set that as your goal in Mario Teaches Typing, Mario would flat out refuse to get on the floating stone if it was really going to cross the field of lava at such a ridiculously slow pace. This doesn't allow for sleeping and working and eating and driving/walking/texting/breathing, but in a pure hard world of plural math this is completely possible.

I mean, I could absolutely think of 3.05 words a minute even while sleeping, I think, and then I would just have to type them in. And as a transcriptionist, I clocked in at over 100 words per minute.

According to maths, I've already won!