Numbers: August 1, 2022

Welcome to this installment of Magic Monday, also known as my weekly update, not to jinx it, but 4 weeks in a row actually being must be a record.

I can feel just things are falling into a rhythm that reignites my hope to get to my coveted goal just in time . There´s no better example of this than my perpetual challenge of reading 52 books on 52 weeks. Just as the ninth week starts, I’m working on book number nine of the year, The Herald, the final chapter of the Sundering series, the cataclysmic event that reshaped the Forgotten Realms, the book follows the fight of legendary wizard Elminster for the future of Faerûn, as the Goddess of magic withdraws from existence, our hero faces the Shadovar for the faith of all existnez

For this week’s in-between reading, and with the excitement of the premiere of The Sandman series on Netflix, I see no better way to get ready that to read the whole ten volumes of this game changing comic book series.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 10,827 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty awesome progress of 1,500 pages for the week, with this, the second milestone has been achieved, the 10,000-page mark. Still, the 3,000 plus week, eludes me, but there are glimpses of hope, there’s only a matter of time that this too shall fall.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is an amazing five days ahead, this gives me the focus to keep the pace and make the 70,000-page year a reality.The mantra for every morning will continue to be:, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week nine with a whopping surplus of 1,212 pages, given my breathing room to hit the upcoming week’s quota a little more relax. The quota for the month of July was met .

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 72,797 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is December 8, 2024 that’s 11 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 238 days to do so.The gap narrowed from 641 to 631 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,476 with a daily average of 211 pages, one daily pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 6,764 days away, a 33 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is February 6, 2041 that’s 3,534 days after the original plan, 26 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 59 years 8 months, and 1 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 72,797 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,764 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,534 days

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: July 25, 2022

Welcome to this installment of Magic Monday, also known as my weekly update, now starting it’s third week in a row being in the right day.

The year progressing quite beautifully, being hitting my mark, and everything is clicking just right. This includes is my perpetual challenge of reading 52 books on 52 weeks. Just as the eight week starts, I’m working on book number eight of the year, I find that it has become a bit easier to keep this rhythm as the weeks progress.

The book on the plate right is The Sentinel, the fifth book of the Sundering series, the cataclysmic event that reshaped the Forgotten Realms, this particular book follows the quest of paladin Kleef Kenric to fight the evil forces from The Sundering, the quest will take him to the Underdark to face the rise of a very powerful Goddess.

I took a slight detour from my adventures on the vast world of Dungeons and Dragons, this, to tackle some of the graphic novels that have been sitting on my to read shelf, literally on a physical shelf were I put what is next on the queue. This includes my current favorite on-going series, Justice League Dark, The Dawn of X Volumes 6 and 7, Skottie Young´s second volume of the highly entertaining Strange Academy, an original graphic novel written and illustrated by the amazing Jeff Lemire, and to top things off the first two volumes of the second season of Grant Morrison´s Green Lantern run.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 9,327 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty awesome progress of 1,253 pages for the week, with this, I broke the “worst year jinx”. Still, the 3,000 plus week, eludes me, but there are glimpses of hope, there’s only a matter of time that this too shall fall.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is still three days ahead, this gives me the focus to keep the pace and make the 70,000-page year a reality.The mantra for every morning will continue to be:, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start the week eight with a whopping surplus of 1,036 pages, given my breathing room to hit the upcoming week’s quota a little more relax. The quota for the month of July sits pretty comfortably at 96%.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 74,297 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is December 19, 2024 that’s 10 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 238 days to do so.The gap narrowed from 651 to 641 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,482 with a daily average of 212 pages, one daily pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 6,797 days away, a 25 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is March 4, 2041 that’s 3,560 days after the original plan, 18 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 59 years 8 months, and 27 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 74,297 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,797 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,560 days

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: July 18, 2022

Welcome to this installment of Magic Monday, also known as my weekly update, now starting it’s second week in a row being in the right day.

The year progressing quite beautifully, being hitting my mark, and everything is clicking just right. This includes is my perpetual challenge of reading 52 books on 52 weeks. Just as the seventh week starts, I’m working on the seventh book of the year, this kind of rhythm is hard to maintain, and keep it up for seven weeks in quite the accomplishment .

The book on the plate right is The Reaver, the fourth book of the Sundering series, the cataclysmic event that reshaped the Forgotten Realms, this particular book follows the quest of Anton Marivaldi of finding some ransom, but what he doesn’t know that the person in question could bring ill consequences to the existence of the world.

To keep my adventures on the vast world of Dungeons and Dragons, right now on my queue there are three graphic novels from the modern-era of this vast universe, starting of with an event that has repercussions in all the planes, The Shadowplague, the dark are determined to reduce the world into shadows, being left only a few beacons of hope from which new heroes arise.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 8,074 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty awesome progress of 2,004 pages for the week, and fast approaching, with only 656 pages left, the breaking of what I like to call the “worst year jinx”. Still, the 3,000 plus week, eludes me, but with this pass weeks results, two days with 400 or more pages, there’s only a matter of time that this too shall fall.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is finally looking-up, right now I’m three days ahead this gives me the focus to keep the pace and make the 70,000-page year a reality.

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

I start the week seven with a whopping surplus of 959 pages, given my breathing room to hit the upcoming week’s quota a little more relax. The quota for the month of July sits pretty comfortably at 70%, also ahead of schedule by around 600 pages.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 75,550 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is December 29, 2024 that’s 23 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 245 days to do so.The gap narrowed from 673 to 651 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,489 with a daily average of 213 pages, two daily pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 6,822 days away, a 47 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is March 22, 2041 that’s 3,578 days after the original plan, 44 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 59 years 9 months, and 17 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 75,550 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,822 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,578 days

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: July 11,2022

Welcome to this installment of Magic Monday, also known as my weekly update.

The year progressing quite beautifully, being hitting my mark, and everything is clicking just right. This includes is my perpetual challenge of reading 52 books on 52 weeks. Just as the sixth week starts, I’m working on the sixth book of the year, finally, everything is clicking just right.

The book on the plate right is Hero, the third book of the Homecoming trilogy, and book number thirty-three of the long-spanning saga popularly known as The Legend of Drizzt, in which, we find the legendary Drow fighting his inner demons.

As always, Mr. Salvatore doesn’t disappoint, this gave me the sudden urge to get back to the Forgotten Realms and go hunting for some adventures, this include the two remaining volumes of the 80’s comic book series published by DC Comics, and three books to close-out the world-changing events of The Sundering

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 6,070 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty decent progress for the week, and finally passed the second milestone of 5,000. Still, the 3,000 plus week, eludes me, but it I´m on a roll, with two days on a row with 300 or pages.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang,is,not to my surprise, one day behind, this gives me the focus not to fall extremely behind, for the meantime,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 six with a surplus of 363 pages, given my breathing room to hit the upcoming week’s quota a little more relax. As the middle of the month fast approaching, my monthly quota is about to hit 50%, just exactly where it should be.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 77,554 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is January 20, 2025 that’s 5 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 252 days to do so.The gap narrowed from 678 to 673 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,502 with a daily average of 215 pages, same as the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 6,869 days away, a 23 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is May 5, 2041 that’s 3,622 days after the original plan, 12 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 59 years 11 months, and 1 day old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 77,544 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,869 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,622 days

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: July 4,2022

Just barely made it to post my weekly update on it’s rightful day .

The year progressing quite beautifully, being hitting my mark, and everything is clicking just right. The only thing that needs to catch a better rhythm is my perpetual challenge of reading 52 books on 52 weeks. Just as the fifth week starts, I’m still working on the fourth book of the year, but with a little push, it should be done by tomorrow. But with such a special series, of course I’m talking about the legendary tales of the rogue Drow Drizzt Do’Urden.

The book on the plate right is Maestro, the second book of the Homecoming trilogy, and book number thirty-two of the long-spanning saga popularly known as The Legend of Drizzt, which has all of our favorite heroes, and their nefarious supporting cast, battling with the forces of the Underdark.

As always, Mr. Salvatore doesn’t disappoint, my plan is to finish the trilogy by the weekend, and ponder if I should dive right into the next book, or savior the thrill that the anticipation of reading some more of one of my favorite characters. Much to consider

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 4,919 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty decent progress for the week, and just a few more steps to reach the 5,000-page mark. Still, the 3,000 plus week, eludes me, but it will fall, eventually, I hope.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is surprisingly, right on time, this gives me the focus remains in not falling behind, for the meantime,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 five with a surplus of 90 pages, given my breathing room to hit the upcoming week’s quota a little more relax. As I didn’t made a post summarizing how the month June ended, let me just say that it ended with 137 pages above the monthly quota, being the first time that my first month of reading for any year, starts with numbers in the plus column.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 78,705 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is January 25, 2025 that’s 10 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 259 days to do so.The gap narrowed from 686 to 678 days behind schedule. As I posted a few days ago, this particular number will be the main focus of the months to follow, there´s some special events surrounding the journey, nothing better to get things done than some wacky activities to boost my morale.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,506 with a daily average of 215 pages, 1 page less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 6,892 days away, a 18 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is May 17, 2041 that’s 3,634 days after the original plan, 12 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 59 years 11 months, and 12 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 78,705 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,892 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,634 days

Off to read.

azr.

Numbers: June 28, 2022

Welcome to the another episode of why in the hell did you not update the numbers on Monday, I’m your host, the procrastinator extraordinaire .

Being this year’s goal the gargantuan sum of 64,492 total pages, I must confess that this is turning up better that I could ever expect. The only thing that hasn’t quite gotten into the groove of things is the updating of my ultimate bullet journal for manually tracking my reading, well that and the fact that my reading didn’t hit quite the mark, but things are right on schedule.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 3,969 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a pretty decent progress to start off the year. Still, the 3,000 plus week, eludes, but it will fall, eventually, I hope.

My reading schedule, the Achilles heel of the whole shebang, is surprisingly, 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 four with a deficit of 158 pages, not that much, considering that I haven’t got that much free time to get those massive reading sessions, I’ll quicken the pace, and make special efforts to make some space to unwind.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 79,655 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is February 2, 2025 that’s 22 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 266 days to do so.The gap narrowed from 708 to 686 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,511 with a daily average of 216 pages, 2 pages less than the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 6,910 days away, a 89 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is May 29, 2041 that’s 3,646 days after the original plan, 44 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 59 years 11 months, and 24 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 79,655 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 6,910 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,646 days

Off to read.

azr.

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.

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

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.

Numbers: May 2, 2022

Welcome to another Magic Monday, the first of May, and now I have officially enter the last leg of this year’s journey. Let’s see how things are shaping up for the season finally.

My challenge of 52 books in 52 weeks challenge is still way ahead of schedule, starting week number 46 , although I’m still working on what will be book number 52, The Chronicles of the Black Company penned by Glen Cook, this should be done between today and tomorrow, this to make way for the start of my yearly Star Wars marathon.

Kicking off, as tradition dictates, on May 4. To start off the festivities, I’ll be reading Charles Soules’ Light of the Jedi, the first novel of the highly anticipated exploration of the High Republic era.

The neglected one short story a day challenge will be reignited, putting aside the famous tales of the famous Barbarian, to make way for some tales in a galaxy far, far away.

Now let’s talk about MY NUMBERS, the current total is 58,102 of the 64,952 pages of this year’s goal, a underwhelming progress of 754 registered pages since the last update.The next step, and the whole focus for the remaining 35 days of reading, is to surpass my 64,000 plus pages goal. 6,840 pages stand in my way to success.

The end of the year projection of total pages had a bit of a set back ,currently is at 64,479 pages, 504 pages less than the last update. My reading schedule, is as always playing with my emotions, now it stands 4 days behind, nothing catastrophic, but I really thought that this week will be the one to put me back on schedule .

I keep on sticking to my mantra, one step at a time, one page at a time.

I start week 46 with a deficit of 885 pages, and a total 2,131 pages to get back to balance, I came short of this week quota by 225. The total for the month of April was 7,909 pages, which represent around 148% of the projected total, leaving only 197 pages, plus the 5,518 of the quota for the month of May, to get back on track for the entire year, inching ever closer to a step those reading badges.

For the first 500,000 pages, I have only 91,321 pages left, and the new date of reaching that goal is May 13, 2025, that’s 2 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, 323 intense days of reading.The gap narrowed from 789 to 787 days behind schedule.

The second part of the journey, or the other 500,000 pages, my weekly pages needed are now 1,579 with a daily average of 226 pages, this stayed pretty much the same as the last projection.

Now for the golden prize of 1,000,000 pages, to my delight, the projections puts it 7,167 days away, a 12 day gain from the last projection, making the end date is December 15, 2041, that’s 3,846 days after the original plan, 5 days less that the last projection. For the busy week I had, this small push forward is quite surprising. 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 6 months, and 10 days old.

To summary the numbers from my Journey Back.

  • Pages to reach 500,000: 91,321 pages
  • Days to reach 1,000,000: 7,157 days
  • Days behind schedule: 3,846 days

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

Off to read.

azr.

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