DSB: 2014 Blog Projects Round Up


Hi folks. Leah here, otherwise known as Da Shared Brain (DSB). So far Ileandra and Raven have told you a little about their targets and achievements for 2014, so now I’m going to talk about last year’s blog projects.

2014 Book Goal

This was a great challenge, one I fully intend to repeat in future. Twenty-four indie published books from authors I’ve not read before. Twelve from the erotic genre and another twelve from anywhere on the speculative fiction spectrum (sci-fi, fantasy and horror). I wrote a review for each book and posted them to the blog monthly along with links to where I bought/downloaded each one.

A lot of fun. I’ve been exposed to a bunched of awesome authors, exciting stories and fascinating characters. I’ve read serials and series that I’d love to stick with and will be looking up as my TBR list eases off (it will ease off, promise).

That’s a great deal of books to tackle in one year. I hope the reviews are useful too. I know at least four authors have found my write-ups and contacted me about them. Which is nice. ^_^ No one likes to feel like they’re talking to the air.

2014 Word Count Race

300,000 words split between Raven and Ileandra.

I’m fascinated – but not too surprised – by just how far ahead Ileandra came out. 259,775 words over 365 days. That averages as 21,648 words a month, 4,996 words a week and 712 words a day. Raven didn’t do quite so well, reaching 140,923 words in total which breaks down to 11,744 words a month, 2,710 words a week and 386 words a day.

Either way we hit an incredible total words in 2014over the course of the year. Not to be sniffed at. And that’s a combination of blog posts, non fiction articles, short stories, flash fiction, novels and novellas in first draft. Only first drafts mind you, so none of the editing which formed a lot of Raven’s work in 2014. I want to say that’s the reason her figure is so low (ha, low?!), but to be honest, it’s mainly because all the extra stuff (like Caladria, Creative Frontiers and all the non-fiction stuff) was attributed to Ileandra rather than Raven.

Meh. No biggie. It’s an incredible achievement and, if I continue to speak as me for a moment, I wasn’t sure I’d manage it. It’s something of a relief no longer having to count every word I write, too. It wasn’t hard, but still, just writing for the hell of it is going to be great. šŸ™‚

How did you guys do with your goals? I hope you’ve got as many successes to celebrate as I have. ^_^

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About Da Shared Brain

I am the mind behind Ileandra Young and Raven ShadowHawk. They call me da shared brain (DSB) and I quite like it, so I thought I'd make my presence here known. You won't hear from me much, but enough to remind you that I'm here.
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