Thursday, October 18, 2007

SCHEDULE FROM THE OFFICE

Well, now that I've begun a new issue of EMAW, it seems like I should also continue a tradition I started ages ago:

The creation of a schedule! This time, I'll be hitting dates. For real. Seriously. I'll do it.

I decided to create an arbitrary page count of 50 pages. More pagesthan #8, fewer than #9. I have no idea how many pages it will actually entail, since I've only actually written 7, and one of those has already been appropriated for the cover. But 50 seems like a nice round approximate guess. Of course 50 pages means about 3 pages of backmatter, but it's best not to think about that sort of thing that early in the game.

Anyway, I've created seven schedules based on a worst-case scenario page/day average,a best-case and two middle-cases. It's a page/day average because there will be days when I get multiple pages done and days when I don't get any done. Nature beast.


1 Page/5 Days = Page 50 finished on July 15

1 Page/4 Days = Page 50 finished on May 3

1 Page/3 Days = Page 50 finished on March 14

2 Pages/5 Days = Page 50 finished on Feb. 15

1 Page/2 Days = Page 50 finished on Jan. 23

2 Pages/3 Days = Page 50 finished on Jan. 1

1 Page/1 Day Page = 50 finished on Dec. 6


Assuming I finish page 1 tonight, I'll have already begun on a Feb. 15 pace. That's appropriate, since around that time I'll be marking the end of my Year of Getting Better.

The last book took 6 months to complete. The book before that took about 6 months to complete. Six months from now, it will be the middle of April. BUT #9 was about 33% longer than #8. So, that's a reassuring sign. However, the Holidays are coming like Redcoat Pornos, and that's sure to be debilitating. Already people are finding things to distract me from the WORK (none of which I'd do if I didn't want to), when I really need to be focussing.

I've been asked to do things on 4-5 days of the next 9. Half my days. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that 2 Pages/5 Days requires 5 days of full work (as it already HAS). That means I might only be ACTUALLY WORKING 5 out of 10 days. Which would mean I'd finish 2 PAGES in 10 DAYS. That's 1 page/5 Days.

THAT'S FINISHING THE NEXT BOOK ON JULY 15. That's 9 MONTHS of work.

I think I've just cancelled at least two days worth of tentative plans.

7 Comments:

Blogger Marcos Perez said...

you'll do it!

5 months! take bets.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Marcos Perez said...

u should adapt the longsteth subway method.

or bring pages to the park for lunch!

11:12 PM  
Blogger Justin J. Fox said...

They're not filling enough.

Work is for digitals and writing.

I made my first beat sheet this afternoon! The first 25 or so pages are planned.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Justin J. Fox said...

Beat Sheet!

Linens for Squeezing One Off. Part of the Martha Stuart Collection.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Justin J. Fox said...

And as for the Longstreth method, 1 word:

Basewood.

2:12 AM  
Blogger Marcos Perez said...

many words.

he does basewood at home! it was "me and comics two parter" he did on train.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Marcos Perez said...

dont forget how did this happen!?

11:37 AM  

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