Okay. This is impossible. Last week was so freaking hard to finish Downbelow Station, I am literally trying to figure out what kind of magic worked in my favor. Still, I won't have the review up until tomorrow and I have already lost a staring contest with Cyteen. For a second I thought, if I try real hard, I can read anything in a week. Then the nuts and bolts and dry beans rattling around inside my skull were kicked into life by my wife when she saw the my future tombstone sitting on the bedside table.
So I google'd that online stopwatch thing that professors use to freak the crap out of their students during tests and set to figuring out how long it will actually take me to read this book. Trying to read Downbelow Station at a frantic pace ruined it for me as you'll see tomorrow, so I determined myself to read at a reasonable enough pace that I could make some sense out of this tome.
It turned out it would require about 4.5 hours of reading each day to finish Cyteen by Saturday. This is physically impossible for me. After work and trying to be a dad, husband and maintain at least some of my friends throughout this challenge, there is no way I could read that much every day. A couple of days, maybe three, yeah I could keep that pace. But this would cause not only a loss of face time with my family, but a loss bed time, in which my idiot brains leak from my mouth to my pillow.
So then I thought I could get the audiobook and listen during my 1 hour commute every day. Alas, the math still does not add up. Not only is 3.5 hours exactly .5 hours more than Downbelow required of me, but the audiobook is actually longer than it would take me to read it, so I wouldn't even get the full hour worth of reading time. Shit. Now what. Okay, brain, make this work.
Alright. I think I know how this can work. As you have probably noticed, apart from last week, the trend was becoming that Monday was the new Sunday and then Tuesday became the new Monday. Last week got be back on track and I was excited to stay on time this week when car trouble sucked my day away. So, I haven't been exactly studious at keeping each book within the precise week allotted to it, but I have been able to make up for it eventually. While I've been disappointed about shifting my weekly goals, I would be absolutely heart-broken to not be able to finish this challenge on time.
With all that in mind, I think the way this works is to take two weeks to finish Cyteen. I know that is terrible. There are no words for how disappointed I am, BUT the silver lining is that next week, when I am supposed to read Foundation's Edge next week, I can listen to that as an audiobook on the way to work and read Cyteen at night. That doesn't give me quite enough time for the audiobook, but hopefully I'll finish Cyteen a little sooner than 14 interminable days from now so that I can still finish Asimov next week. How I'll do that and crank out 2 reviews AND all the retrospective shtuff I normally go through, for the 1970s which I'm behind on, I don't know. At least I'd be on the right side of my 64 week goal.
What do you all think? Is there some magic pill I can buy to make this work better?