Win the Day and Finish Book 2!

WTDI have a new goal!

As many of you know, I am a proud alumnus of the University of Oregon. I earned both of my degrees from that school and I am still involved with Oregon Athletics as a photographer for

I know this seems very tangential, but I’ll bring it all together in a second.


The Oregon football team lives by a mantra devised by their coach Chip Kelly. That Mantra is “Win The Day.” It means play your game for today; today is the championship. Every day is a one-time opportunity to own it. The concept is super simple, but, in my personal life, I have found it to be one of the most powerful motivators I have.

Well, here and now I’m setting up a Win The Day goal. I need to finish book 2 of the Immortal Light series, and with family, work, exercise, and shooting Oregon sports, I find that writing takes a back seat all too often. So I’m making a goal and documenting it right here for all of you to see.

I will finish book 2 on or before April 18th, 2013 (my 34th birthday)

Book 2 is currently at 39,618 words. My word count goal is 115,000 words. That gives me 99 days to write 75,000 words. If we do the math–39…115…carry the one…divide by pi—I have to write approximately 750 words per day to reach that goal.

Now, let’s put this all together: If I want to Win the proverbial Day, I will not sleep until I’ve written at least 750 words each night. That’s about 3o minutes if I’m on a roll and 45 minutes if I need a prescription from Dr.¬†Pepper.

So, that’s the plan. All you have to do is check on me every once in a while. I’ll be updating my word count ticker in the side bar and I might even add a WTD calendar to the website.

That’s it, that’s my goal. Book two will be finished and ready for editing by April 18th, 2013!

WIN THE DAY, Everybody!!!

2 thoughts on “Win the Day and Finish Book 2!

  1. That is so totally doable John!!! Good for you. Seven hundred fifty words a day is what, a 2-3 page essay? You can do it!!! And if you do, I will take you out for dinner for your b-day! How about that! I’ll even drive to Springfield to take you out:) Win the day, John. WIN THE DAY!!! And thank you for the inspiration.

  2. If I can read your first book in 8 hours I think you can finish your goal by April. I look forward to reading it, I loved the first and can’t wait for the second, thanks to Laura Cherry for getting the word out!

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