Writing Retreat Update & December Recommendations

I did not meet my goal of writing 2,500 words each day during my two-week break from work. I had a migraine one day, and was fighting a cough a few others. Plus, I took some time off to just relax with Jen on the days she had off from work.

According to my tracking, I wrote for 8 hours and 5 minutes total on my break. And, my Scrivener word count stands at 15,720 words written during that time. (My WordCounter.app tracking gives me 18,717 words for those 8 hours.)

Those eight hours of writing were done in six days, which gives me a daily word count of 2,620 words per day. That exceeded my daily goal, but it wouldn’t be a pace I could sustain for every eight hours of writing. As many writers know, writing isn’t just a word count. It’s the time spent thinking about your project while washing dishes or mowing the lawn, as well as time with your fingers on the keyboard.

During our time off, Jen and I watched a few shows and movies that I think are worth mentioning.

For starters, we finally saw Top Gun: Maverick. It was entertaining enough, but not one we feel we’ll need to own. (Unless someone runs a deal on both movies.)

We saw The Woman King as well and loved it. Viola Davis is, in our opinion, the best performer Hollywood currently has. I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.

We also saw Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery on Netflix. Janelle Monáe deserves all the praise for a fantastic performance.

We finally started watching Dark Winds via the AMC+ app. We’re about halfway through the first season, and I’m excited that it sounds like a second season might be coming.

We blasted through Dan Levy’s The Big Brunch on HBOMax. We both loved what he did with Schitt’s Creek and have been awaiting the next show he was leading. We’re also a fan of competition shows like Blown Away, Drink Masters, The Great British Baking Show, and The Great Pottery Throw Down, so this fit within our “comfort viewing” wheelhouse. I hope he gets a chance to do more seasons of The Big Brunch.

We also blasted through A League of Their Own on AmazonPrime. I hope more seasons of that are planned too.

I finished reading Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and I’m about halfway through Wayward by Chuck Wendig. As much as I enjoyed Wanderers, I’m glad he got a deal for a second book in this series. I hope it sells well enough that a third is an option.

Those are the highlights from our viewing and reading activities. What did you see that you recommend?

And, by the way, Happy New Year. May 2023 bring joyous days and good health to you and your loved ones.

Photo by Siniz Kim on Unsplash

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