Writing Throughout the Years

I’ve kept track of how many words I’ve written each day since November of 2009. These started out as .txt documents with the number of days, target word count, and words I actually wrote. From 2012 onward, I started keeping track of my daily writing in a spreadsheet. Over the years, I’ve been refining these spreadsheets into what I hope is their final form.

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This is what the spreadsheet currently looks like. If I work on more than one project in a day, I copy the columns (Project Name, Task, Goal, Written) to the right and fill in the information. That way I know exactly how many words I wrote for each story each day.

Additionally, everything I write, whether it’s prose, worldbuilding, or even blog posts, gets copied to a document created specifically for that month. They’re named 01_January, 02_February, etc. and I delete them at the end of the year. This is what I use to figure out my monthly word count, which is what inspired this blog post in the beginning.

Originally, I was wondering if 2020 was worse writing year than previous years. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my monthly word count in one place. I spent way more time than expected compiling all this information and putting it into one place only to find out that 2020 was actually a better-than-normal year:

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I wrote 237,601 words in 2020, which is more than every preceding year except for 2013. It’s one of my best writing years. All I did in 2020 was write and edit The Book of Immortality and The Land of Two Moons, and I’m pretty sure that’s why I did so well. I didn’t have to come up with anything new!

Any other writers following me? Do you keep track of your writing on a daily or monthly basis?

Nostalgia Time: Neopets

This morning, I woke up from a dream about…Neopets. In the dream, I still had an active Neopets account – which I don’t! I deleted all of them something like ten years ago. The email I used for all those accounts (my childhood email) doesn’t even exist anymore. And there’s no way I’d remember the password for an account I created in 2004 or 2005.

I don’t remember anything else about the dream, just that I logged into an account that I’d ignored for twelve or so years.

Neopets was such a large part of my life in elementary/middle school. I guess it helped that this was when Neopets was at the peak of its popularity. A lot of my classmates had Neopets. There was a trading card game. You could get mini Neopet plushies at McDonalds for a while.

It’s probably the whole reason that the word “plushie” is part of my vocabulary.

I spent quite a lot of time drawing my Neopets (on Oekaki and in MS Paint) and equally as much time in Warrior Cats roleplay guilds. About half my Neopets had some kind of Warriors-inspired name: Fallpaw, _Golden__Paw_, & Darksweep are the ones I can remember.

I had a lot of Neopets. At one point, I had five alt accounts – just for extra Neopets. That’s six accounts in total, so if I had a maximum of four per account, I would’ve had 24 Neopets.

I don’t actually remember if I had that many.

Neopets is where I first learned how to code. I saw interesting HTML and CSS on other peoples’ petpages and user pages, and wanted to learn how it worked and how to do it myself. That actually led to me coding not just my own petpages and user layouts, but also my own websites – on Freewebs. I’ll go into Freewebs at a later time.

It also let me to Deviantart, which I’ll also go into at a later time.

It was such a large part of my life, and I remember so little. I used to have a list of every single one of my Neopets and petpets, and their personalities and ages and what they did, but all of that seems to be gone. I genuinely don’t know what happened to any of it.

I do have all the artwork I drew during that time period, and I’ll end the post on this: the first picture I ever drew on a computer with a tablet instead of a mouse (on an Oekaki, of course). It’s dated February 24, 2007.

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