My 500th recorded day of writing

I began writing sometime in December of 2003, and my first recorded day of writing was 1500 words on August 24th, 2004. I’ve always been very happy about the fact that my records begin very close to the very beginning of my attempts at writing (thank you eighteen year old Rahul, for having the foresight to expand the functionality of your totally sweet submissions spreadsheet). Even though I totally sucked for a long time, both in terms of quantity and quality, at least I am able to measure the suckage very accurately.

For instance, it took me 2,156 days of living to reach 500 days on which I’ve written, meaning I wrote on slightly more than 20% of the days that made up roughly the last six years. But for this year, so far, I’m at 61%, and last year I was at 37%. Which is just another way of saying that half of those 500 writing days were in the last 19 months.

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  1. Ben Godby

    I recently made the climb down from head-held records, which were… unsatisfying. Now they exist on computer databanks spread across the known world–or, possibly, exclusively in North Carolina. I figure this kind of makes me analogous to JC in that one alternate ending from Deus Ex where you become the Internet. Only without the deific powers of omniscience and omnipotence.

    I’m pretty easy, though. I can settle for omnipresence. At least I can say: “I was there.”


    1. R. H. Kanakia

      I have to confess that I don’t really understand what you’re talking about.

      Well, except for Deus Ex, which was a super-great game. Although I always preferred the Illuminati ending. The anarchist ending was just totally insane. I figured that if the status quo gave us the super-sweet noir-tinged Deus Ex world then it couldn’t be that bad (and I was proven so, so right by the quality of Deus Ex 2).

      1. Ben Godby

        I cannot blame you. I am… unfortunately unclear, occasionally to frequently. Hark:

        Someone told me they just finished this thing. I did not verify this truth-claim, but took it for granted much as I take for granted that bread bought at the store is made of flour and not, say, the ground bones of children. Apparently this data center is very large, and since I am overreliant on Google applications–viz., Blogger and Gmail–to store reams of my electronic information–including backups of megabitties worth of writing–I made a poorly-planned, poorly-executed, thoroughly unclear joke. I… do not understand, either. But that was me several hours ago.

        And I sure am glad you responded with enthusiasm to a Deus Ex reference!


        1. R. H. Kanakia

          Oh, for my backups I use DropBox, an external hard-drive, a USB key (that I leave at home whenever I am travelling) and CD backups every six months or so. That’s alot of backing up. But I still can’t shake the feeling that it could all fail, somehow. I’m trying to figure out how to backup all my emails and google chats. I kinda trust Google to be around next year. But I do not trust it to be around in twenty-five years.