The following excerpt follows on from Word Count. This is a work in progress and there will be more to follow. I’d love some feedback on the piece in general. Please feel free to comment, and share if you enjoyed it! Thanks. Pete
5:49 p.m. everyday, I stop. Carefully lay my bookmark. Same time everyday. Carefully close the book. Clickers into the box. 5:49 pm. Everyday. Mid line. Mid page. Mid chapter.
5:50 p.m. everyday, I lock the door. I have nine pounds forty in my pocket. I carry the book and clickers.
5:53 p.m. everyday, I arrive at La Tasca. My table is at the back. I say hello to Enzo. I take my seat. I place the book on the table and resume reading.
5:55 p.m. everyday. Enzo puts Lasagne on the table. I read and I eat.
There are one thousand, four hundred, and forty minutes in a day. I read three hundred and twenty words per minute.
I am awake sixteen hours a day. Discarding time spent toileting, washing, and lost in brief exchanges with customers, this leaves on average fifteen hours, and forty minutes. This is a total of nine hundred, and forty minutes to spend reading.Three hundred thousand, eight hundred words per day is the optimum.
Eating, and making decisions are time consuming.
At 6:05 p.m. everyday, I have finished eating. Three thousand, two hundred words.
At 6:06 p.m. everyday, Enzo has cleared my plate. Three thousand five hundred and twenty words. He immediately brings me coffee.
Enzo does not waste my time. He does not ask me questions.
At 6:15 p.m. everyday, I have finished my coffee. Six thousand four hundred words. I leave my nine pounds forty on the table.
At 6:15 p.m. everyday, I stop. Carefully lay my bookmark. Same time everyday. Carefully close the book. Clickers into the box.
The King James Bible has seven hundred and sixty-three thousand, one hundred and thirty-seven words. Between March the fourth two thousand and two and March the fifth two thousand and two, I read for forty one hours and twenty three minutes. No sleep. No food. I used the toilet twice.