Numbers: June 13,2022

Welcome to the first Magic Monday of year number fifteen and the first of the month of June. I haven’t made a proper report of my progress since May 23, and it’s about damn time.

This year’s goal are pretty similar from year fourteen, read one book a week, get at least 64,492 total pages, and more importantly, have an amazing time doing so.

The first week went by in a flash, between celebrating my birthday, preparing the proper digital files to keep track of the progress, and created what I expect to be the ultimate bullet journal for manually tracking my reading, my reading was subpar, but not awful.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 1,169 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty decent progress to start off the year.The upcoming, and as mention on my last post, I’m shooting for a 3,000 plus week.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of last year, is right on schedule, this gives me the incentive to not fall back, as long as it is right on time, that will suffice.

The mantra for every morning will continue to be:, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start the week two with a deficit of 101 pages, as I said it’s was a blur this week, and the results were good, but I’ll quicken the pace.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 82,455 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is February 24, 2025 that’s 79 days earlier than the last projection, my sights are still pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, now I have 281 days to do so.The gap narrowed from 744 to 708 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,526 with a daily average of 218 pages, 3 pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 6,969 days away, a 93 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is July 12, 2041 that’s 3,690 days after the original plan, 72 days less that the last projection. I have to keep reminding myself that my goal is to reach my goal by my 50th birthday, right now, I would be 60 years 1 months, and 7 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 82,455 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,969 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,690 days

Off to read.

azr.

Results of the 1,500-page weekend

Not the way I was wishing to start of my fifteen year of reading, but the important thing is, that all in all, there was chocolate cake.

This weekend, my very ambitious plan, was to try and do two things, read a total of 1,500 pages, as per the title above, and possibly one of those day could be a 1,000-page day, well, neither of those things happened.

My total was 491 pages, being Sunday the best day with a total of 316 pages. This result does not dent my enthusiasm to tackle the next challenge, which start today, read 3 times the minimal weekly amount of projected pages. This means that, starting today, and finishing on Sunday, I’ll try to read a total of 3,738 pages, quite the chunk of change.

To help me along this gargantuan task, I´ll read some of the graphic novel that where part of my birthday bounty. I’m particularly excited to read Polvo by Antonio Malpica, at a quick glance, it looks right up the alley of the fantastic movie The City of Lost Children directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Off to read.

azr.

Day One Results: 1,500-page Weekend

Not the best outing for the first day of the first challenge of the year.

Finish with 142 of the 1,500 pages, although this wasn’t quite result , I did enjoyed some breathtaking illustrations by Alan Lee, personally, he has shaped the vision I have of Middle-Earth, more than anything else, this include the movies, which I love.

For today’s menu, a couple of Red Sonja’s graphic novels, and two volumes of Jim Butcher’s comic book adaptation of his famous series The Dresden Files, and obviously keep on reading The Fall of Gondolin

Off to read

azr

First challenge of (Y-15)

Here come the impossible tasks that keep me on my feet, and pushing every forward to reach, firstly 500,000 pages, and eventually the coveted 1,000,000 pages.

So, to close-out the week long celebration of my birthday, I’m shooting for a 1,500 pages weekend, with the possibility of a 1,000-page day.

To start the binge reading, I’ll go back to the origins of Middle Earth with the tale of The Fall of Gondolin, the mythical elvish city.

Off to read.

azr.

This is how (Y-14) ended

Year number fourteen was quite the outstanding one, not only did I hit every single one of my milestone, but also had the good fortune to decrease, just a little bit, the minimal total for the upcoming 9 years.

My total was 65,799 of the 64,942 pages projected to achieve. For year 15, I plan to keep the same amount of pages as my goal, in the subsequent years, as long as the total surpass my projections, there will be an adjustment of said total, probably around year 17.

On my the 52 books in 52 weeks, I more than pleased to say that my total were 58 books, as listed below.

My total of items was 324, distributed as followed:

  • Books : 58
  • Comics: 79
  • Graphic Novels: 187

My reading was pretty much as projected, expect from the months of August to October of 2021, in which my pace dropped dramatically, but with months like April of 2022, being the best of the whole year with a total 7,894 pages, helped me pick-up the slack.

In all, it was my most successful year, not only as you can see reflected in the results, but in what this result reignited, the future is indeed, bright.

Off to read.

azr

Pure Bliss

I did it.

I finally crossed the final milestone of the year, 64,942 total pages.

Actually, my current total is 65,150 pages, and with some days left on my year of reading, which ends on Monday, with my 41st birthday.

There’s still a full fleshed update of how things are moving along, but for now, my mind is fixed on other challenges.

Now the challenge is how many more pages I can rack up until then.

For starters, there’s one more book left on the list, Children of Blood Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, just a few pages in, and I’m hooked.

In between, there’s a whole bunch of graphic novels that I’m eager to read. I’ll say that maybe another 1,500 are in order to close-out the year with a bang.

Off to read.

azr

The last breath before the plunge

With exactly one week to go in my year of reading, and 1,037 pages to get to the ultimate goal. I must remind myself to.

Take a deep breath.

Remain focus

And, most of all, DO NOT FUCK IT UP.

With this motivational speech, I’m bound to get pass the magic number. But you might ask, What are you reading to get pass this monumental milestone?

Well, let me show you.

I’m about 100 pages into the first story, chronologically speaking, of the now known as Star Wars Legends, in Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, we follow the steps of the ancient padawans in their quest to become adepts of the Force.

To help along and motivate this final week, I went out and got some pretty interesting graphic novels.

This just fits perfectly with the 14 hours, of the 62 left for the month of May. I’ll push the envelope to get pass this year quota before the weekend.

Off to read.

azr

23 hours 16 minutes and 12 seconds

With only one week left in May, there’s still the gargantuan task of finishing the appointed 62 hours of reading.

That leaves me around 3 hours of reading per day, and the perfect recipe to close-out the 2,000 pages left to reach the total pages for the whole year.

I have a couple of books line-up, including the extension of my Star Wars marathon, which will continue with the premiere of Obi-Wan, and the first, chronologically speaking, story of the Jedi.

Off to read.

azr

As always,scheming and reading

So, this is it, at least for the present year of reading, the final 15 days to get, what I started a day after my 40th birthday, done.

Knowing quite well how my mind start acting when this type of deadlines come knocking at my door, I get what can be describe as the restless jitters of do everything else but read. So I have device some tasks to help me get rid of my nervous energy, and get some reading in between.

First and foremost, there’s the tiny task of reaching the first 500,000 pages.

Seeing the bigger picture, I have 302 days left until my desired end date of the first half of this project, that’s March 20, 2023. In those terms, there’s a minimal of 262 daily pages from today up until March of next year, taking in account that my global average is 83 pages per day, there´s some stepping up to do. The thing that gives me some hope is that for the last three years, (Y-12), (Y-13), and (Y-14), my daily average has gone up exponentially, from 107 in (Y-13) to 179 in (Y-14).

The task is to finish my reading for the month of May, the goal were 62 hours , there’s still 29 hours left, and 9 days to get it done, this is a great complement to get my ass reading, and progressing in a much faster pace.

The third and final task, is a possible extension of my Star Wars Marathon. This, with the crazy idea to get thru every single novel in the Legends subset of the now non-canon stories that made me get into the Universe even more deeply.

I have read quite a bit of novels from the New Republic era, set 5 to 25 years after the Battle of Yavin, or the end of Episode IV: A New Hope. Now my focus is to fill in the blanks of the story, but get this, in chronological manner, if this isn’t the most OG shit you read today, don’t no what I’m doing wrong.

To start off, I´ll go back 25,793 years before the heroics of Luke Skywalker, to the world of the Pre-Republic Dawn of the Jedi: Into Void written by Tim Lebbon, and following, a bit more modern story, only 5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, with collection of short stories by John Jackson Miller Lost Tribe of the Sith, in which he explores the misadventures of the Sith mining ship Omen.

Now that I have things mapped out, let´s go do them.

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: May 23,2022

It has been three weeks since my last Magic Monday report, has I enter the last leg of this year’s journey, there´s only 15 days left, there´s a strong tendency from my part to get over focus on the reading tasks left, and not enough on writing how things are progressing. But in its imperative for me to share how things are shaping up for the season finally.

My challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks it’s in the bag , starting week number 50 , my total is 54 books, this pass few weeks where dedicated to dwell on a galaxy, far, far away, from which, I read three books from the non-canon Legends section of the Universe, this part of the Star Wars Universe is one that I intended go get thru in it’s entirety, but more on that later.

The fore mentioned book where: Legacy of the Force: Betrayal, Rebel Force: Target, and The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which I just started this morning.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 62,686 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty decent progress of 4,584 registered pages since the last update.The next 15 days of reading are solely focus on the 2,266 pages to reach the ultimate goal.

Judging from my end of the year projection of total pages ,currently 65,365 pages, the finally tally of pages will be more that satisfactory, there can be potentially some surplus pages to help out the upcoming years. My reading schedule, is as always playing with my emotions, now it stands, I believe for the first time since the very beginning of the year, 1 day ahead of schedule, and it couldn’t come in better timing for the final push.

The mantra, one step at a time, one page at a time, is paying off some dividends.

I start the reading week with a deficit of 928 pages, and a total 2,174 pages to get back to balance. I achieved this week quota plus 26 pages. The total for the month of May is 4074 pages, which represent around 74% of the projected total, leaving only 1,444 pages for the month, inching ever closer to a step those reading badges.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 86,737 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is May 13, 2025, that’s 43 days earlier than the last projection, my sights are still pointed at March 20, 2023 as the desired date to reach the first half of the challenge, 302 intense days of reading.The gap narrowed from 787 to 744 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,550 with a daily average of 221 pages, 5 pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 7,062 days away, a 105 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is September 22, 2041 that’s 3,762 days after the original plan, 84 days less that the last projection. I have to keep reminding myself that my goal is to reach my goal by my 50th birthday, right now, I would be 60 years 3 months, and 17 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 86,737 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,062 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,762 days

Now back to work on the final goal of the year.

Off to read.

azr.

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