Numbers: October 11,2021

It’s Monday again, the most misunderstood day of the week, for me is becoming one of my favorite.

Now, in the spirit of last week’s mantra of getting my ass reading again, let’s see how the magic mystical numbers fair. My 52 book in 52 weeks challenge is the one thing that’s working like clockwork, I am about to start book number 19, The Voice of the Dead, the next installment of the classic Science Fiction series by Orson Scott Card.

I’m not completely sure of the order of the books, but as I said last week, what concerns the Spanish version of the Enderverse, this would be the continuation of Ender’s Game.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 19,702 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, that’s 820 registered pages more than last week, one step closer to the next milestone, 25,000 pages, and a very special bottle of Mexican Red Wine awaits for the mandatory celebratory drinks

The end of the year projection of total pages suffered a setback, right now is at 56,779 pages, close to 1,000 less than last week, not where it should be, but I’ll see how this week fairs, and hopefully there will be some forward momentum. My reading schedule is now 16 days behind, fingers crossed that this week I can reached 20,000 pages, my intentions of doing this by the time of the anniversary of Lost in a Million Page, which was on Saturday October 9, as you can see, was a bit of target.

The biggest challenge is to get the weekly schedule back in balance, I start this 19th week with a deficit of 3,645 pages, I couldn’t reach the mandatory 1,246 pages for this week, not only that, I left 426 on red numbers, must work on improve my consistency.

Now, for the first 500,000 pages, I have only 129,724 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is May 2, 2026, 4 days sooner than the last projection, still my sights are pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, that gap narrowed from 1,144 to 1,140 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, the weekly average needed is now 1,880 with a daily average of 269 pages, pretty much the same as my last projections, fluctuating between 2 or 3 pages on the daily average.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 8,080 days away, a 17 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is November 25, 2043, that’s 4,556 days after the original plan, 10 days less that the last projection. In spite of everything, I managed to stay in 2043, with my eye on the prize of the coveted end date of 2031, and the very special trip to close-out the final pages of my journey.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 129,724 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 8,080 days
  • Days behind schedule: 4,556 days

Now ,if you’ll excuse ,those 3,645 pages aren’t going to read themselves, Spooktober, don’t fail me now.

Off to read.


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