So, here's the thing! I know, I know, I haven't written a blog for eons, well at least three weeks! I've been busy writing. Yeah, I know, that's what writers always say, but this time it's true - I promise. In fact, that why I'm writing this bloggie thing now.
I've written 20,000-words of my WIP... Don't start, Toady... It means Work in Progress because I'm working on it. The Skulls Beneath Eternity Wharf is two-eighths of the way through. How did it happen, that's what I want to know?
Oh you're thinking, duh... You wrote it doughball! Well, yes I did, but here's the thing - I wrote it in 17 days! Now, my previous calculations have clearly stated that it takes me four months to write a book of around 80,000-words. There must be something wrong with my abacus, that's all I can say!
Well, actually I can say a lot more... For one thing, if my target is 1,000-words a day (which I invariably reach + some), how did I arrive at four months to write a book? Four months = 120 days (approx), which in turn = 120,000-words (approx). I mean, if I finish a book in 80 days + one week for editing and back-patting, that's still only 87 days, which is three months (rounded up to the nearest penny), what am doing for the other 30 days?
I can think of a few things! Some of the more printable ones would be 1) Go on a Caribbean cruise; 2) Join an archealogical dig looking for proof that we're the progeny of aliens - well, me anyway; 3) Go on a bender in Salisbury and have a pint in each pub - there's quite a few pubs in the town centre from what I recall when I was doing my geriatric nursing at Odstock Geriatric Unit.
So, let's hypothesise! If I've written 20,000-words in 17 days, could I write 40,000-words in 31 days? And, if I duplicate that, it means I could write a book in two months! Now, that's a bit scary. Well, it throws all my calculations out by two months. I've told all my fans that Quigg 3 will be published in June, but it could be ready at the end of April. Also, working with the same abacus, Stone & Randall 2 (The Gordian Knot) could be published at the end of June, and Parish & Richards 6 (The Breath of Life) - at the end of August!
Okay, let's calm down, and stop that canoodling in the back row you two. We can be rational! There might be other explanations, such as my abacus may be knackered - Yeah, that's a technical term, Toady. The word-count thingy in the wordprocessor could be having a laugh at my expense. Oh, I'm sure there are lots of other explanations for the extraordinary situation that has presented itself, so don't go getting your hopes up, let's see what happens. If I've written 40,000-words by the end of March, then E might very well equal MC2!
Hi, I'm Tim Ellis - I write a lot and I hope you enjoy what I write.