“Oh dear, maths” — J K Rowling

English: J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter ...

English: J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ready or Not it turns out is not going as quickly as I estimated.

As J K Rowling has said in more than one interview I’ve read:  “Oh dear, maths …”

It’s gong well, but I am not always a world class mathematician.  It would seem that there were some flaws in my calculations.  First, would you believe that 13 ≠ 20?!  It’s true!  I checked with a friend of mine who has a math degree, apparently they do use maths sometimes where 13 = 20 is true, but that wouldn’t be ordinary arithmetic, who knew?  Next I got the page count of a modified margins, font size, and page dimensions I’d done to conserve paper for an editorial print out stuck in my head and was doing my math against that.  Needless to say, even if I knew how to count to 13, my calculations would have been off by a day or two … forgetting the real page count, however, means that the whole thing is off by something more on the order of weeks.

SO!  New estimate:  I’ll let you know when it’s half way.  Seriously, that point usually — barring disaster — is a better estimate since I can go “well, we’ve taken sixty five years to get this far … but the last thirty five pages have only taken a month … Book’ll be out in Fall 2237”.

Sorry.  I really should never ever ever do division before coffee.  Division is not my friend at the best of times, without coffee it’s a mortal foe.

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