500,000-page watch: July 24, 2022

The impending, self imposed deadline to reach the first half million pages, that, of you remember, is on March 20, 2023 , has only 239 days to peak it´s ugly head and with it the completion of the first leg of the journey, and while we are here, I’ll give you a quick run down of this year’s numbers so far.

Starting with how things are going in the fifteen year of reading. Well, fortunately, I’m right on track to reach the 64,942. My current total is 9,119, and my average is 190 pages per day, that’s 12 pages above daily average needed to achieve this year´s goal.

Things are progressing as they should, as you can see from the Goals App image, what started with 77,554 pages to the coveted 500,000-page mark, it now has a 4% progress, not the flashy number but a constant movement in the right direction. As the other four tasks in my tracker, things are right where they should be, in some cases, a little ahead of schedule . You can see a full run down of my challenges in the image below.

Using the Goals app to give quick track of my progress.

Now for the main concern is the 74,505 pages left, and according to my projections, I will be arriving to this milestone on December 22, 2024. This date puts me 635 days behind schedule, 33 days earlier that the last projection of this particular goal. The challenge now is to read an average of 311 pages, which I have done some in more that one occasion in the last 10 days, but it has to become the benchmark of each and everyday for the foreseeable future.

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.

First Blank Day of the year

Yesterday was, and hopefully the only one, the first day with zero pages read.

But fear not, this didn’t kept me from achieving this week’s quota and then some. With a few hours still left in this lazy Sunday, I have a total of 1,479, and 596 pages of surplus.

The passed three weeks my quota has been surpassed, and I intent to keep this steak going. Not to be cocky, but my aim is at the lower part of 70K of total reading pages.

Speaking of total pages, with 9 days left to the first 50 days of my year of reading, and to keep my superstitious mind at ease, I’m glad to say that there’s only 923 pages left to make officially this year not my worse one.

Off to read.

azr.

The Forgotten Realms stories keep on rolling in

I have just finished the four volumes of Forgotten Realms Classics, they quite the treat, some old school , simple art with some adaptation of how the actions work in the table-top game, they call the name of the spells in runes, and you can see the translation in the footer.

Now I’m moving on to some more recent series, yesterday I read Shadow of the Vampire, that much to my surprise, has integrated some of the horror modules from the seminal campaigns of Ravenloft.

Right now I’m working on the next chapter, The Frost Giant’s Fury, and browsing thru what’s available in my Kindle Unlimited membership, I found two other volumes, they’re not directly follows my current read, that would be Evil at Baldur’s Gate and A Darkened Wish.

But I see no problem in reading first Infernal Tides and At the Spine of the World, and then going back to the previous volumes.

In between these amazing graphic novels, I’ll tackle the fourth book of the cataclysmic event known as The Sundering , with Richard Lee Byers’ The Reaver, we follow Anton Marivaldi’s incursions with some unsavory characters, that could have world-changing consequences.

The main for the weekend is to overtake my worst year of reading, I need only 1,602 in the next 13 day. It has become quite the superstitious tradition that if by the first 50 days of reading, if I haven’t reach said milestone, the itch starts to get a hold off me.

With that in mind, Off to read.

azr

500,000-page watch: July 14, 2022

Keeping a close watch to the impending, self imposed deadline to reach the first half million pages, that, of you remember, is on March 20, 2023 . These leaves me with 249 days to complete the first leg of the journey, and while we are here, give you a quick run down of this year’s numbers so far.

Starting with how things are going in the fifteen year of reading. Well, fortunately, I’m right on track to reach the 64,942. My current total is 6,548, and my average is 177 pages per day, just a little under the daily average needed to achieve this year´s goal, but nothing major.

In order to keep a better tally off how things are progressing I added a new challenge in the Goals App, in addition to the the total pages for the year and month, and the total hours of the year a month, a new countdown to the coveted 500,000-page mark. It starts with a total 77,554 pages. You can see the run down of my challenges in the image below.

Using the Goals app to give quick track of my progress.

Now for the main concern, right now I still have 77,076 pages left, and according to my projections, I will be arriving to this milestone on January 15, 2025. This date puts me 668 days behind schedule. The challenge now is to read an average of 305 pages, not impossible, but mind you, quite the gargantuan task.

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.

More adventures in the Forgotten Realms

Going thru my digital reading logs, I came to realize, and to be quite serendipitous, that I didn’t finishing reading the line-wide Forgotten Realms event of cataclysmic proportion, in this case, I do mean literally.

I’m talking about the six-part series if The Sundering, following the events after the destruction of the Tablets of Faith, where Chaos ensues, and reality itself becomes unstable.

Each novel is a stand-alone story, but do contain some Easter Eggs making reference to the other stories. This keep roaming in my mind, because it is mentioned quite a lot during the events off my current book, Hero, being Drizzt one of the heroes in those unsettling days.

I will finish reading this book, and I’ll jump into the three volumes left, The Reaver, The Sentinel, and The Herald, just by seeing the authors in charge of each one it’s a guarantee that this will end with a bang.

Off to read.

azr.

Into strange lands

As another adventure starts alongside the heroic Drow Drizzt Do’Urden, with the thirty third book of this amazing saga, Hero, the last book of the Homecoming trilogy, I feel the urge to find some graphic novels to complement the already amazing journey.

Luckily, I found four volumes on my digital library of the classic series of the Forgotten Realms, penned by the legendary Jeff Grub.

Let’s see how the weekend plays out, while a trek alongside this unlikely heroes thru the treacherous lands of the Forgotten Realms, maybe there’s some hoard of gold to be found, or better yet, some pages for my bounty.

Off to read.

azr.

500,000-page watch: July 8, 2022

With 256 days left for my left imposed deadline, March 20, 2023, I tough that was a good time to see how things are shaping-up for the first 500,00 pages of this journey, and while we are here, give you a quick run down of this year’s numbers so far.

Starting with how things are going in the fifteen year of reading. Well, fortunately, I’m right on track to reach the 64,942. My current total is 5,626, and my average is 181 pages per day, just a little over the daily average needed to achieve this year´s goal.

In addition to the total pages, this year I added a new challenge, read at least 2 hours per day, so far, there are 48 hours tallied since the year started. You can see the run down of my challenges in the image below.

Using the Goals app to give quick track of my progress.

Now for the main concern, right now I still have 77,998 pages left, and according to my projections, I will be arriving to this milestone on January 21, 2025. This date puts me 674 days behind schedule. The challenge now is to read an average of 305 pages, not impossible, but mind you, quite the gargantuan task.

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.

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