Just a quick refresh on the metrics charts. I haven’t copied up the total word count graph yet but this weekend was a nice solid uptick.
There you go.
I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends.
Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages?
I am Hatboy.
Wow that’s like, insane, if I’m reading them correctly! But they’re pie charts and I’m distracted because I’m fucking hungry.
I don’t know if you are or not. The base amount was 36,000 words, so the first story went over. The second and third came in under 36,000 words, and at last count the fourth story was around 50,000. The completed anthology manuscript was about 500 pages. I’ll do up a set of final metrics soon.
This was a snapshot not showing the final count for story 4.
I’m looking at the large blue “done” areas on the graphs for all the books and thinking you’re saying you’re basically 80% done on average for the next 3 books. Is that correct?
These are the four short stories of the anthology. They’re all done (now), but as of this graph set, the first three were done. 100% done. Story 2 and 3 each just reached 100% before reaching the arbitrary 36,000 word limit. Story 4 had passed it already, but still wasn’t done.
The “done” here is really dependent on me saying it’s finished. All the graphs are showing is how large a proportion of 36,000 words they are.
OK. Well, still, good work, man. I like seeing that things you have written are 100% done, if you follow.
I arrived at 36,000 by dividing the first anthology’s total word counts by 4. So I’d have a general idea if I was writing a bigger or a smaller physical book. Turned out to be a bit bigger but I haven’t got my drafts yet.
Maths! I’m so proud!
I was pleased too! I mean technically I think 36,000 words is a novella but I can’t bring myself to call them that.
Could’ve failed to make the Hugos short-list with four more stories this year!
Yes, anthology 2 is done and ready for editing! Release planned for the end of April, hopefully. I’m very pleased with it.