Just finished Episode 71+72. I use Toggl to track my time so am able to do some calculations on how fast I write, and make some projections about how long it will take to finish Volume 3.
My plan has been to finish Volume 3 (so far no working title) in the autumn and publish it on Crystal Day 2017.
I recorded the writing of these 2 episodes under the same heading, Together they contain 5443 words. (I normally plan on writing about 3000 words per Episode, so that if somebody reads the book before going to sleep it will take them no more than about 20 minutes.) They took 35 hours 48 minutes to write, and this work was done over 21 days.
Likewise I kept a record of writing Episode 70 and obtained very similar figures, so I’m pretty confident of my figures. Before that, I wasn’t recording which Episode I was working on.
I write at about 160 words an hour, just slightly more than one would normally read in 1 minute! This is equivalent to wrote 449 words per day. I am happy with that rate.
Assuming Volume 3 will have about 30 episodes, of which about 10 have so far been written, if I continue at the current rate it will take another 134 days, or 31 weeks to finish. So I am track to hit my target, to finish writing Volume in the autumn and then begin the publishing and marketing process (my Achilles heel)!
Furthermore, I expect to be spending less time on the United Nations Association Coventry Branch (which I have been working on starting over the past few months).
Last month (February 2016) I spent 1/3 of my time on Time Crystal (pale blue in the pie chart) and 1/3 on starting the UNA Branch (dark blue). I don’t expect that this will take so much time in the future, since I was planning the first event (which will take place the coming Friday), and the first time you do something it always takes longer than subsequent times.
The rest of my time was divided among my other projects, mainly Hotu365 (brown). This involves telling the history of the universe in 365 five-minute videos. Originally I had planned to create one a day, but I found that each video was taking at least 2 hours, and sometimes up to 5 hours to prepare, record and edit, so it was simply impossible to stick to that plan. And nobody was watching the videos anyway, so now I am producing about one per week. So that too should take less time in the future.
So I will be spending less time on my other projects, so I should have more time for Time Crystal and comfortably hit my target. Unless, of course, I follow my normal procedure get involved with some totally new, unanticipated project. I must resist!