Saturday didn’t really count. Today is the official Day One of Book IV, and Book bounded out of the starting gate and gave me its daily wordage in a little less than 3 hours. The pace isn’t flat out gallop (boy, the first two paragraphs were!) because it’s a long race and it’s better not to push too hard too soon. In honor of its cooperative nature (so far: we all know it’s going to act up in the middle) I folded in the leftover part of Book III. It’s easier to keep track of total wordage while working in one file, and since the leftover bit and the actual first bit are not that far apart in time, it makes sense. That makes its current length in words ~11,200 and its current page count 60. Not all pages are full pages: first pages of chapters have less than half a page of text, and the last page has less than half a page of text. So far.
The daily toll is 2000 words, today exceeded by 112, with a weekly goal of 10,000. Doable in five days if nothing goes haywire. I can always work on Saturday if something does. (Like for instance jury duty next week, starting on the 20th.) Depending on Editor’s reading schedule, if I meet my goals for this week and the two following, I’ll have a really solid start on Book IV and a better idea of how much ground it’s going to let me cover…a little over 40,000 words.
Plot Daemon offered a reward for an early start on the book with a small but very valuable plot bomb today. All in all, a good start.