2014 Year in Review

WRITING TOTAL – 83,490 words

A not-unimpressive number. I’ll admit that I’m not satisfied with it. But I’ll also admit that (a) I’m not likely to ever be satisfied in this department, and (b) this number is actually better than I expected it to be, considering I didn’t write anything for basically half of the year (as documented below).

Unfortunately, my list of completed projects total exactly three, all of which were finished in the first half of the year. Considering I tried to make “finishing things” a goal for the year, this is a discouraging number. But… that’s three more stories I have finished than last year. So that’s still a win of a lesser sort.

As I move into 2015, I now have a baseline to surpass. And that should be a powerful motivating tool, even if it takes me a few more years to build up the writing muscles to actually reach my stated goals.

Here’s the list of completed projects, by the way:

THE RED VAULT — short story, 7,200 words
THE BREMEN STREET SWINGERS — short story, 3,600 words
A TEN-YEAR GOD — short story, 7,650 words

And the list of production-by-month:

December – 0 words
November – 0 words
October – 0 recorded words
September – 11,735 words in 12 days
August – 4,505 words in 9 days
July – 0 words
June – 11,300 words
May – 13,900 words
April – 16,300 words
March – 2,300 words
February – 9,650 words
January – 13,800 words

GEEKERY TOTAL

This list is a bit more challenging for me to assemble, as I didn’t really keep a record of the things I read, watched, played, etc. throughout the year. Moving into 2015, as I track my writing, I will be tracking my geekery more consistently as well.

That being said, here’s what I remember consuming in 2014:

BOOKS

GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green
WOOL, by Hugh Howey
ENDURANCE, by Alfred Lansing
PROMISE OF BLOOD, by Brian McClellan
THE NAME OF THE WIND, by Patrick Rothfuss
WISE MAN’S FEAR, by Patrick Rothfuss
ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
WORDS OF RADIANCE, by Brandon Sanderson
ANNA KARENINA, by Leo Tolstoy
THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir

MOVIES

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
EDGE OF TOMORROW (a.k.a. LIVE. DIE. REPEAT.)
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
GODZILLA
GONE GIRL
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1
INTERSTELLAR
THE LEGO MOVIE
MALEFICENT
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PASTPLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS
KISS KISS BANG BANG
UNLEASHED (a.k.a. DANNY THE DOG)
YOU’RE NEXT
ZOOLANDER

TV (a.k.a. NETFLIX) SHOWS

BATMAN BEYOND
BEAST WARS
BLACK MIRROR (Season 1)
BREAKING BAD
COMMUNITY (Season 5)
DEATH NOTE
DIGIMON (Seasons 2 and 3)
DOCTOR WHO (Season 8)
GAME OF THRONES (Season 4)
HOUSE OF CARDS
LEGEND OF KORRA (Books 3 and 4)
KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA
PSYCHO-PASS
RWBY
SHERLOCK (Season 3)
SWORD ART ONLINE