Author Journey March 2017

The word count just keeps growing. It appears to have a life of its own and I can’t control it anymore, much like my protagonist, Val. She does what she wants, when she wants and isn’t afraid to tell me when I’ve written something she doesn’t agree with.

Honestly, I can’t believe how well the story has progressed and that I haven’t even come close to running out of things to write about. I am taking many of the aspects that I’m picking up from all the anime, mostly subconsciously, but I can see it when I look back.

Considering how long it took me to write the first three volumes the first time around, to be about to finish the first draft of volume eleven in the same amount of time is staggering. Clearly, there are lots of benefits to developing a habit and sticking with it. Start small and gradually increase the daily goals. You’ll probably be surprised at how easy it is to make real changes if you do it this way.

So, you probably want to know what my word count looks like now. Well, it is a huge 110,671. That means I wrote 46,382 words in March. Next month I am going to do CampNaNoWriMo, which is an offshoot of the NaNoWriMo event where you attempt to write fifty-thousand words in thirty days.

This month, I don’t have too much to report outside of writing. Obviously, I watched Sword Art Online and I promised to explain the full story behind my viewing experience. Firstly, let me just say that I love Netflix, but they did it to me again.


I started watching SAO at a fairly relaxed pace, getting through one or two episodes a day. So, it was Monday, March 13, when I logged in to watch episode eleven and twelve, but there was a message waiting for me that was going to change everything.

Apparently, Netflix was going to remove S.A.O on Wednesday, March 15. Hold on! What? Usually, I find that it takes me five episodes to develop a bond with the characters. If I make it that far, I then have to watch the rest. Not sure why, but that seems to be the magic number. Well, I was up to episode ten. There was no turning back.

With just over twenty-four hours to go, I settled in to start my marathon anime session. Oh yeah, it was going to be an all-nighter. Well, almost. I made it to 6:30 in the morning having got through thirteen episodes. There was only two left, but I needed to get at least an hour of sleep before work…

I got home from work later that day and went through the usual nightly routine, dinner and bath time for my son. Once everyone was safely in bed asleep, I sat down to watch the last two episodes. The next morning, I checked Netflix to see if my efforts had been worth it and SAO was gone.

Even though the Netflix warning came a little bit too last minute, I can’t be mad at them. They have so many good shows and the service is infinitely better than actual television scheduling.
To prove this I’ve jumped straight into my next series, Gurren Lagann. So far so good. I’ll write up a review once I’ve finished it.

Anyhow, Val is calling me. Apparently, she’s not happy with the ending in volume eleven and has some suggestions to make it even darker. Oh, Val!

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