NaNoWriMo Update

As of today, I’ve managed to type 16,800 or so words, 8,000 of them for A Study In Magic. Not the 23,333 words I’m supposed to be at but close enough. I’ve churned 3,500 fully usable yesterday and 1,800 today. I call that a victory.

What about the other 8000 words? Half of them is the for the next story of Memory Chasersmy first original novel. The other half is self-indulgent garbage no one is evil enough to deserve. My interest veers from esoteric to downright geeky. I mean, just look at my November reading stack:

I don’t expect to read a lot this month since I’m busy churning out words. But do plan to read the Hadoop book. I’ve been reading too much fiction lately, thus I’m in the mood for facts and logic. “Value Averaging” is economics, the dismal science, and I have to be the right mindset to grunt through the math.

What I’m Reading Now

A Splendid Exchange
by William J. Bernstein

I’ve been interested in economics and finance since 2012, and history since childhood. So a book that covers the history of world trade is clickbait for me. The author is also well-known finance writer. His first book, The Intelligent Asset Allocator, is a favorite of mine in the genre.

It’ll put most people to sleep, though. I mean, my other writer friend glanced at the title and said: “Only you would read stuff like this.”

I read/listened to this one over two weeks and found it absolutely absorbing. It covers trade from the Mesopotamia, Rome, China, India, the Islamic nations and Europe. It covers the spice-silk trade, the Deutsche East-India Company, and English East-India Company. The Opium wars. The American War. I’m studying Stolper-Samuelson theorem because the book mentioned it. The graphs and formulas still look like gibberish to me, but once I get a better idea how it works, I’m going to use it for world-building in a future story.

That’s all for this week. Cheers!


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