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Thursday, March 22, 2007

At the end of the day.

It has been one interesting week. A woman who was beloved in the community where I work and live passed away suddenly this week. I didn't know her well, but she affected many lives and her loss will be great. It reminded me of the fickleness of life and how we are not promised tomorrow.
The book is slowly coming along. I know I have a long way to go. The hardest part will not be in the writing of the book but in the editing process after. I am hoping to have 20,000 words by the end of the week. It is the largest single writing job that I have ever done. It is challenging to me both as a person and as a writer.
Several years ago, I worked as a security guard at a factory. During an 8 hour shift, I was busy maybe an hour and a half at the most. So I had a lot of downtime in between. My supervisor told me to bring books to read since I was waiting on trucks to be signed in and out. With nothing left to do other than listen to the radio, I got to read a lot of books. One day I got curious and kept track of how many pages I had read during a shift. It was something to keep my mind occupied. Then I wondered if I could read 1,000 pages in a week. It went on from there to see how many pages I could read in a month, a year, and so on. So beginning with the first day of January of 2005 I began what I call my Million Page Project. To see if I could read a million pages of literature. I have hit my yearly goals so far. As an added bonus, I get to read a lot of great books. Let me know what you think.

9 comments:

Nonblond said...

Wow, a million pages. That's an ambitious goal! Will there be anything left unread? You'll be like a walking encyclopedia.

Michelle said...

Wow...pretty ambitious! I love reading, but I don't know if I could do a million pages. That's a lot. Are you going to post some sort of counter or something to track your progress? Good idea! You are going to be one busy man trying to read all those pages AND get a book written. Good luck! Keep us posted on how it's going.

Sandy T. said...

That sure is a lot of reading... I just can't seem to find the time to read as much as I'd like to. Good Luck with your book.... I, too, hope to publish some of my work someday.

amy said...

It was neat to read how lives of people and their deaths can affect you. I have lost 2 patients to brain tumors since Christmas and its been on my heart for a while. Way to go on challenging yourself

The Bass Player's Wife said...

That is a cool idea.
And a counter would be cool, tool.

Michelle said...

Holy toledo, a million pages! I think that's great. Reading is beneficial in so many ways. I don't have the time to read that much, but I do enjoy reading. You should post some reviews on the books you read.

Allie Boniface said...

I love the Million Page Project! What's the book about that you're writing?

Shelly Kneupper Tucker said...

I started reading from the Friday Feast where you said you count stairs...and I told you I understand it. But, I don't see how you can count pages and comprehend what you are reading. I could never do that, for sure. But, that's a lot of reading, which I think translates into the ability to write better. I like what I'm reading on your blog!

Kathy said...

I love that idea! Reckon I have passed a million already. Never recorded it though. Since having kids I'd be lucky to have read 10, 000 ( unless of course you count the words that are written by children in my class.........