On to December’s Wordcount

And so, December has arrived. Two more weeks of the semester until Fall 2014 comes to a close, and I can begin looking at the Spring semester and all it will hold. As I type this, it is twenty-four days until Christmas, which means that it will be about twenty-two days until I get to use my “sorry, studying” excuse to run away from extended family and find insane comfort in my notes and textbooks.

As I type this, I am editing more audio to finish an overdue project, inserting corrections and retakes after spending a few hours on math homework with my eldest and trying not to lose my mind over lazy work. As I type this, I am wondering how early I can get up tomorrow so I can do another retake that I missed, edit it into the audio file, and upload those corrections. I’m wondering how this will affect my recording schedule for my other projects. I’m wondering when I can make the time to exercise so I don’t lose my cool when working with students during a very stressful time of year.

In anticipation of this crazy season, I’ve dialed back my quota on the Magic Spreadsheet to one Pomodoro (20 minutes of uninterrupted writing) or 300 words. Given the priorities of recording projects and comprehensive exams, I think that seems fair. Most nights, I handwrite pages and it takes me 20-30 minutes to put down a page in my tiny handwriting. From here on out, one page of handwriting will be one Pomodoro. If I typed up those pages, I would likely see somewhere between 300 and 400 words, so that seems to be a fair trade. A few weeks ago, I saw a concern that Pomodoros were exaggerating word count… so hey, I’m dialing back. It’s more about consistency and craft than the numbers at this point. Coming up on seven hundred days by the end of the year, I think.

I’ll make it. They’re just words and time.

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2 Responses to “On to December’s Wordcount”

  1. Anne Elizabeth Baldwin Says:

    I hope for their sakes that the folks who are fussing about Pomodoros exaggerating word count have less difficult schedules and other commitments than you do. I’m still quite impressed at the way you’re balancing things. Because you really do have a lot of other responsibilities and commitments, and you’re continuing to meet them with surprisingly few compromises. {Impressed Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. Doc Coleman Says:

    I’m impressed at the chain you’ve got going. That’s impressive.

    I think the protests about Pomodoros exaggerating word count are a bit ridiculous. They’re a much more effective way to measure edits and revisions than any of the games with word count. If someone takes an hour to edit a 2500 word chapter, they should get credit for writing.

    Best of luck with your studies.

    Doc