Friday, March 30, 2012

Locke Lamora Read-along: Week One

Even though I'm four weeks behind, here is my addition to the Gentleman Bastards read-along. This discussion covers from the beginning of The Lies of Locke Lamora through the Interlude entitled “Locke Stays for Dinner”. The host for this week's discussion is Little Red Reviewer, where you can find the discussion questions and all the other blogs and commenters participating.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Currently Reading

I just started reading The Lies of Locke Lamora on Monday. Yesterday, I discovered this read-along. It looks like all kinds of bitch-nasty awesome, plus the author has been pitching in background stuff that's always interesting. Click the link for reading schedule, links to the other posts, links to the author's posts, AND the other blog that are part of the read along.

Since it's already week 4 of 5, I have a lot of catching up to do. I'm am going to repost some of the information here, but please be aware that this brilliance is NOT my brilliance, and I am bowing down to the geniuses of Little Red Reviewer, Dark Cargo, SF Signal, and My Awful Reviews. Also, Scott Lynch, because he wrote the damn thing.

It is going to take a mighty bout of link-clicking to get caught up on everything, and I don't want to do too much of that until I have read more. I don't want any spoilers! I discovered this read-along when I was bored and looking for more book review sites, and found Little Red Reviewer. She reads the same kind of stuff I do! LRR is also madly in love with The Name of the Wind, so we can be friends. I'm excited for Locke Lamora!

Find all of my posts with the LLL read along tag.

Reading Schedule:
Week 1 Read prologue thru end of Interlude called “Locke Stays for Dinner”. Discussion questions go out on March 8, posts go up on Saturday March 10. - Wk 1 discussion
- My post
Week 2 Read Chapter three thru end of Interlude called “The Boy who Cried for a Corpse.” Discussion questions go out on March 15, posts go up on Saturday March 17. - Wk 2 discussion
- My post
Week 3 Read Chapter five thru end of Interlude called “The Half Crown War”. Discussion questions go out on March 22, posts go up on Saturday March 24. - Wk 3 discussion
- My post

Week 4 Read Chapter nine thru Interlude called “Orchids and Assassins”. Discussion questions go out March 29, posts go up on March 31. - Wk 4 discussion
- My post

Week 5 Read chapter 14 thru end of the book. Discussion questions go out April 5th, posts go up April 7th. - Wk 5 discussion
- My post

Monday, March 26, 2012

Musing Mondays

Have you ever found a book out of the blue, read it, and then had it be surprisingly good — one that stuck with you for years? If so, what book was it? — From Should Be Reading.

For me, this book was The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. Back in college I worked at a B. Dalton (good times!) and we'd received an ARC of this book. It was completely unknown, and sat on the break table for months with all the other unwanted ARCs. I picked it up on a whim one day, probably because of the stunning cover.

I was awed. It took me a long time to read it, partly because I was studying for exams during a hectic semester and partly because I didn't want it to end. It truly was my escape from real life. I gave it to my mom and Phil's mom, and they both liked it as well.

I also think I'd consider this the first book I read as an "aware" reader. I'd always read books and enjoyed the surface story and then moved on. But with this book I was finally seeing the tricks an author used to tell a story, and started to see what was happening between the lines. The ending blew my mind, that it could be so simple, explained right from the beginning, and yet had me convinced it would turn out differently until the very end. And I don't know if this happened to anyone else, but most all of the books I read in high school or earlier I've completely forgotten the details by a few months later. Characters, settings, plot details, just poof. All I remember from LotR is whatever's in the movies, and I worked my ass off to get through those in middle school. It wasn't until college that I started remembering details from the books I'd read.

This was also my first foray into adult fiction. I'd read fantasy books for years, but they'd always been fairly bloodless and clean. This book had a violent accident on the first page, followed by sex and drug addiction. It opened my eyes and took me away from my prudish reading list. But most importantly, it is a beautiful love story. It showed me that there are Magical Realism gems in the mainstream fiction section, books that just wrench around your emotions. It's still one of my favorites.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Irrepressible Library


Thus ends my dramatic presentation that exists only to tell you that I'm reading it again. And it is still... so amazing. Just today, I got all teary when Kvothe was accepted into the University, and then, a mere 16 pages later, I got shivers when Fela appeared for the first time. And I'm noticing things. Like how Ambrose never tells us his name, we get it from the narration. It's just a little thing to remind you that this is not a first person viewpoint, but a story within a story. My friend Kyle (who I forced to read this book) described Kvothe as "super good at everything, handsome, smooth, and never loses, p.s. learned sex from the goddess of sex." I would like to make it known that I have no problem with any of that.

This is my sixth time reading the book. If I'm going to ever be a writer, I need to learn how to branch out at some point. Just not yet. It's not like my TBR pile is getting any smaller...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Note From the Writer's Desk

Since my last update on the seventh, I've been steadily writing enough to get back into the story, even if it hasn't been as much as I'd like. I'm definitely behind for the month, but I don't think there's anything wrong with giving yourself a break. I spent some time adding outline things to my mannuscript, which makes the headings show up in the Document Map and there's a little blurb underneath each to get me started. Mary Robinette Kowal gave that advice in one of the Writing Excuses episodes, I can't remember which one.

When I was working on my first Merpeople manuscript I made my entire outline, complete with character backgrounds and photographs, settings, and detailed outline. The headers were all different levels and everything showed up beautifully, but I think I took it to the extreme and I went too far, to the point were it was distracting. Everything was colorful and formatted and if I decided to change something I would have to go through the entire thing and make it all consistent. I spent too much time formatting. Not to mention the outline wasn't very good to begin with.

This time, the headings are simple, with a main level for each POV and a second level for the individual scenes. It also made a huge difference that I wrote several scenes first, and then when things started to slow down in my brain, I added the headings for several more scenes that I was beginning to think about, but wasn't ready to write yet. By adding a paragraph of notes under each unwritten scene, I was able to get my thoughts in order again and continue writing. I still have several scenes on the outline that aren't included in the manuscript yet, and I'll need to brainstorm even more than that.

I'm realizing that brainstorming really helps me, sometimes for crafting the nuances of the story as I write, and sometimes just for keeping my ass on track. But if I start thinking too far ahead, things get far-fetched and ridiculous and always end up changing, but it's good to have a general idea and to have that WRITTEN DOWN so I can refer back to it as I go and use it as a starting point.

Lately, it's been really fun writing! I now have several scenes in each POV, so all of the characters are finally starting to have some life and some consistency. I go back and forth between which is my favorite, but this is something that can be handled in revisions and tweaked, to make sure each character is interesting and can carry their half of the story, and that both POVs carry the tension. I've realized that tension is all handled in revisions (or will be) because my first drafts are always noodly. Having several scenes outlined in the manuscript makes it easier to write out of order, which makes it easier to keep writing.

Friday, March 16, 2012


I needed to share, here's a really great interview with Patrick Rothfuss at the Denver Post. Then again, all of his interviews are great because he's a really great speaker. And he curses like a dream, so with his uber-proper Midwesterner/English professor accent that's always really funny. And did I mention I started reading NW again? Yeah, last night. Not from the beginning, but from a random place in the middle. One of the really great parts about rereading books.

Update 10:42 am: The Bossman is back today after a trip to Bolivia. He said the food was awful and miserable but he got to see Machu Pichu, which was amazing. He ended up seeing some friends by coincidence: they are taking a scenic tour around the world before moving to Sydney, and were in Bolivia to hike the Inca trail. (Amazing!) Here's the link to their travelogue:

Which reminds me, I never posted pictures from our hike last weekend! We did the Yost Run section of the Chuck Keiper Trail, and it was amazing and beautiful. The original plan was to stay in State College Friday and visit with people from college, hike Saturday, and then drive to Williamsport to be touristy and visit the Bullfrog Brewery. Turns out, we were at Penn State during spring break, so the town was empty. We ended up staying in State College for both nights as well, and hung out at Zeno's. Good beer, live music, and epic chicken fingers and fries. *happy* I ended up ordering this book from paperbackswap as soon as we got home because our hike was featured in it, and we'd like to do others in the area. It hasn't been accepted yet though... hoping I can get it!
Phil and I. We were all bundled up, but it was the perfect temperature for hiking. Mid 40s. Able to warm up and cool off quickly.

One of the many waterfalls along the hike. It was beautiful. Cold enough that there were icicles everywhere. I want to go back in the fall to see all the colorful foliage.

Update 11:26 am: This is also my hell: Near-Miss Asteroid Will Return Next Year, Even Closer

On a happier note, I really wanted this shirt to print from this week's WootShirt derby: The seven sigils of the seven houses from Game of Thrones.

Update 12:31 pm: A good revision technique. Listen to this episode of Writing Excuses where they explain all the reasons The Dark Knight was such an amazing movie. (For another Dark knight podcast, listen to Lou Anders in The Hollywood Formula.) Then go through your dialogue, and take everything up a notch. it must say the same thing, bring the reader to the same conclusions, and end up in the same place as before, but make it BETTER.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

One year

As I work on my own writing, it's hard to stay focused on what I'm working on and not dwelling on the fact that all my favorite books are so much better. Because really, I can't compare myself to those other books, but I do it anyway. I can't help myself. They're my favorites because I keep thinking about them, keeping wanting to go back to them and just immerse myself completely. The kind of immersion where the room around you disappears and the words on the page become a part of your mind, and you're no longer reading the story, but living it.

That's a hefty goal for a beginning writer, and pretty goddamn pretentious. I've been writing semi-seriously for exactly one year today. I've had exactly one creative writing class. I've attempted NaNoWriMo exactly once and only wrote 17k words. The authors I love have MFA's, several manuscripts under their belt, teach, go to regular writing groups, and have worked their asses off just to get their first contract, let alone where they are today. Brandon Sanderson wrote nine 300k books in five years. Dan Wells wrote six books. Howard Taylor spent six years posting a new strip online every day for free before he finally quit his day job to focus on it full time. Jessica Corra wrote seven books before getting an offer for After You.

It's not a job, it's a passion. A passion that requires isolating yourself from the world for hours on end and subjecting themselves to emotions only rightfully earned by schizophrenics and cocaine addicts.

Every week I'm slapped in the face with how stupid my book is. How I'm wasting my time doing this and should just sign my soul over to the cubicle now, save myself the emotional pain. But that wouldn't do anything to help me. The characters would still be stuck in my head, and I would be torturing them, because I'm keeping them trapped in my brain-prison without letting them realize their full potential. At that point I've become the villain, sticking pins into my heroes' fingertips and laughing while all the small children die.

I can't expect myself to be a literary genius right off the bat. That will come with lots of blood, sweat, and tears, and probably not for another ten years at least. I haven't even finished a complete manuscript yet. Once that happens, I can revise until the cows come home and it's been transformed into a completely different story if I want. The important part is that the story gets told, and the characters have become the best they can be. Then I write something else, gives some other characters a chance to shine, and make it even better than the previous attempt.

I have so much work ahead of me before I can ever consider myself a serious or decent writer, I'm positive I can't even fathom it right now. I might as well enjoy my beginner's ignorance while it lasts, and just tell the best story I can. Laugh with glee at my adverbs and cardboard characters and cliched action scenes, and then furiously and obsessively revise it to death, until it's something I can be proud of. And then move on to something else. It's only the first draft. And if I'm not enjoying the journey, there's really no point to it, is there?

Here's to another glorious year of floundering around and drowning. One day I'll have my own boat, in the meantime, I'll stay in the shallow end and enjoy the sun.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Irrepressible Library: Overwhelmed

Prince of Thorns - Mark Lawrence
Cry of the Newborn - James Barclay
Shadow's Son - Jon Sprunk
The Dervish House - Ian McDonald
Zoo City - Lauren Beukes
Nights of Villjamur - Mark Charan Newton
Gardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson
The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi

I'm drooling and crying all at the same time. And these don't even get into the later books in their respective series... I can't stress enough how there isn't enough time in the world. And I'm supposed to fit in writing as well? O_o

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Note from the Writer's Desk

I've hit the "it's getting hard" point in my WIP. I told myself I have to keep chugging through, no matter how painful, at least until I get to 40k. Then I can stop to reevaluate. To be honest though, I just want to finish this no matter how awful it is. I can't keep writing just the beginnings of books for the rest of my life. I need to learn to STFU and just write the damn thing.

It helps that there are two viewpoints in this book, because when I get bored of one I can switch to the other. And I want to follow my whims more. I tend to write chronologically, because where else is a better place to start than the beginning, but if I have a scene in my head, there's no reason to keep forcing out that other scene I was working on earlier. Write what I can see, what I'm most excited for. And don't worry about transitions or any of the crap. Start with the framework, get out those scenes most important, trim away the irrelevant crap, and fill in the spaces later. It's a constant cycle of trimming and adding.

I really liked this tweet from Lev Grossman: I'm beginning to think that most of writing a novel is just not losing your nerve. That is the only thing I need to be thinking about while working on this zero draft. Well, also this (wallpaper here). And this.

My definition of zero draft: all of my word vomit that occurs before I have a full arc. This includes the scenes I know I'm going to trash. First draft: all discarded scenes have been discarded, remaining scenes in shifted order, add a few transitions or new scenes. Then the first round of real edits can start, moving the manuscript into draft two.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Way We Fall

I can't really believe I finished this book. I haven't read anything as scary since The Coming Global Superstorm back in high school. This book is basically my worst nightmare and personal hell, all tied up with a black bow and speckled with blood to give it character. Save for the first 30 pages, I read the whole thing today. On the train ride home from work I spent half an hour in teary-eyed horror. I'm glad I finished it. I'm also glad it's over.

A synopsis, from BN:
When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.

Because how will she go on if there isn't?

Megan Crewe crafts a powerful and gripping exploration of self-preservation, first love, and hope. Poignant and dizzying, this heart-wrenching story of one girl’s bravery and unbeatable spirit will leave readers fervently awaiting the next book in this standout new series.

Seanan McGuire gave this book a glowing review, and I reserved it at the library that day.

The worst part of the book was the middle. Naturally that was the part I was reading on public transit with a stranger right next to me. But the book became more tolerable after that. Less personal hell, more typical dystopia. That was a bit unfortunate for the book from a storytelling standpoint, though I was glad for the break.

I'm not happy this book is a series. It should have been one book, and I can tell you now the next books in the series are going to be sappy teen love triangle, and I'm not interested. The strongest point of this book was the main characters fighting for something important, and not chasing down love interests. It was great to a book that was different and smart, with multiracial and multisexual characters. (I'm pretty sure multisexual isn't a word. I'm leaving it in anyway.) It was packed with facts about science and animals and information that will surely be valuable if our world ever devolves into biological warfare. Or if the chances are just right and Mother Nature decides our race just isn't worth fostering. Did I mention how this book is my personal hell?

As scared shitless as this book made me, I'm glad I was able to finish it. I would definitely recommend it, with the warning that it'll be quite the trip. I wouldn't have been able to read this book a few weeks ago, and I need to hunt down something light-hearted to read next. This was a good book to read after The Night Circus, because it's always hard to find something you can get into after a really amazing book. And The Way We Fall really was a good book. But it's going to take some recovery. I wish bookstores had Discount Armageddon on the shelves early, even though it doesn't come out until tomorrow I was hoping to get it early since it's only a mass market paperback. I was hoping. Among Others would be really nice right now, but it hasn't arrived yet.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Night Circus

It is quite the unfortunate event that a book so good could leave me so depressed. This book, in a word, is beautiful. You could also call it timeless. It is the kind of book that I hope to someday write, the kind that makes the reader want to flip right back to the first page as soon as they close the back cover. I mean, how is an aspiring writer supposed to compete with this stuff? O_o

A synopsis, from BN:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

This book was beautiful and heart wrenching. Unlike most books, the main character is the circus and the game, and the two lovers Celia and Marco are the ones caught up in the plot. I cried at the end when Bailey closed his eyes and made his wish. There really isn't much I can say that's new, except that you need to read this book. It will appeal to fantasy fans the same as general fiction fans, and there is just the right amount of love and romance to be balanced perfectly by the action. The love is pushed back for so long that when the story finally gets to that point, it is a relief to see the characters together.

I've been struggling through a year-long reading slump. For every book I finish I'm abandoning four or five other books. Some of those abandoned books I've really been looking forward to, and it's sad I got to them when I was in such a wrong frame of mind. That being said, all the books I've stuck with have had one thing in common: good writing.

Before you fall in love with the characters, before the plot threads start weaving themselves into their complicated braids, the only thing to keep you going through the first few chapters is the writing. Words have a voice to me, and the rhythm and feel of the writing is everything. Every once in a while I read a book that really resonates with me, and I mean that in the most literal sense. A book will have a tone of voice and pattern of speech just like any person. I could hear the narrator's voice in my head (and if you must know that voice is the narrator of the Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente audiobook) and that gave the book so much more depth.

The only complaint I had is that I was a fan of the second person POV to take you through the circus. It was distracting, and everytime one of those sections came up I was immediatly pulled out of the story and reminded I not, in fact, a member of Le Cirque des Rêves. Thankfully, these sections were usually only a page or two, and it was easy to fall back into the story again.

I could have read the middle of that book for another week. Just watching the characters interact and build on the circus and watch how the circus became this living organism of it's own was fascinating. The ending felt rushed, however. The climax of the book came suddenly, and just as suddenly it was over in a flash. I would have liked a bit more build-up and to draw it out longer. Besides, there were about fifteen pages of wrap-up, which is my absolute least favorite part of any book, and that was too long.

Don't let either of those things turn you off to reading the book, because it was amazing. It is definitely one to go back to over and over again, and I'm sad it's over. Do I need to say it again to convince you? YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.

Reading Next: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe. Though honestly anything I pick is going to be lacking after The Night Circus. Either of the Seanan McGuire books sound appealing right now because I'm not in the mood for YA right now, but I don't have either of them yet.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Irrepressible Library: The "I'm so behind" Edition

It is a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as I get into my writing a bazillionty-eleven books will pop onto my radar that I absolutely HAVE to read, and I will inevitably never get around to 75% of them because I read too slow and that makes me sad. And the worst part about it? I don't WANT to read faster. I want to keep tasting the words and hearing the music that exists only inside my head, and it's like I'm willingly depriving myself of all sensory perceptions good and lovely.

After another string of abandoned novels, I now have a list of them that I can't wait to get my hands on. Where were all these books three weeks ago when I was surly and had nothing suitable on my bookshelves? I'm currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and there's really only one thing to say: It's amazing. I was wary at first, because I'm always wary of books that come out and become huge hits, especially by a new author. With my luck I'll buy it and then it will be out the next week with an Oprah stamp and they'll be discussing it on The View. Ugh, I'm annoyed just thinking about it. In any case, this book is different. It is beautifully written and it's easy to get lost in the world. She tantalizes you with the characters, and I am just steeping myself in the words. It's amazing how much of a difference beautiful language can make. I can fall into this book and forget I'm riding the train, which is everything. I was a little thrown off at first because she takes you through the circus in a second person POV, and I couldn't get into that. I got over it quick, though, once I was in love with the characters and the circus itself. Definitely one for the rereads shelf. Of course, I still have half the book to enjoy before I need to put it down. I ended up buying this on the Nook, 1) because the hardcover was huge and expensive since it's shelf in the general fiction section and I could buy the e-book half price, and 2) I'll be able to bind my own copy to flip through when I inevitably fall in love with it. Here's a link to a wordy interview with Erin Morgenstern, that I admit I haven't read yet but I can't wait to! Part 1, Part 2.

Two teen books that sounded super awesome and I was able to get both of them from the library (really loving that library these days): The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston and The Way We Fall by Meghan Crewe. Woolston was interviewed on Nova Ren Suma's Turning Points blog series and the Crewe book has a glowing review from Seanan McGuire, who I'm thinking is a friggin genius and I'm super excited for Discount Armageddon that's out soon. It has a cheesy cover but sounds oh-so badass. Speaking of, read this interview of Seanan McGuire on Terribleminds. Don't be turned off by the porn-ish picture at the top, because it's actually a really great interview.

This post is getting out of hand very quickly. I'm just too excited for organization!

I also want to read One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire because it goes underwater and it would be good research, but it's the fifth book in the series and I don't want to skip the first few, because that would ruin the rest of the series, which I hope to read someday. By the way, did you know Seanan McGuire is Mira Grant? The Feed series is AWESOME, and I can't wait for the last one, Blackout, which is out in June. I listened to Feed and Deadline on audiobook, and I haven't decided if I'm going to continue that and go out of my way to get it or if I'll just buy the paperback. I don't have a subscription to Audible anymore so the audiobook will be expensive, but the recordings were so good and their voices so engrained in my head that it will be sad not to have them.

I also want to mention Hyperion by Dan Simmons, the first book of the Hyperion Cantos. This book won the Hugo award for Best Novel in 1990, and it's been mentioned or recommended several times by the Writing Excuses crew. It's a fantasy (science fiction?) retelling of The Canterbury Tales, essentially. Seven pilgrims are travelling together to find the monster Hyperion and kill him, and they trade tales as you slowly find out more about the characters and why they are all going to Hyperion. It's supposedly awesome. I saw that it was available on paperbackswap, so I got a really awesome beat-up mass market copy. I mean that seriously. When Phil buys used books for me he always chooses the best copy. I buy the copies that are beat up from use, the ones that are loved. That's probably why I loved Among Others so much. It's like those books are still connected to the people who've read them, and that makes them magic. Interesting that I feel this way about people through books when I'd really rather stay away from most.

And finally, Partials, by my dear favorite Dan Wells. It's the first book in his YA trilogy, where most of the world's population has been wiped out by the soldier-robots who were supposed to protect humanity. After the John Cleaver books, I will read anything by him, including his forthcoming adult novel The Hollow City. This just came out on Tuesday, and I have it on reserve at the library. Hopefully I'll be one of the first people in line to get it when they are released. I would love to buy a copy, but since I'm FOLLOWING MY BUDGET DAMMIT like I'm supposed to, I'm going to wait for the paperback.

If all goes well, you'll be seeing reviews of some of these books soon.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

February wordcount

Here be the numbers for February. I was so close to my goal it's sad I didn't make it, but not the end of the world. March is going to be even harder, with a goal of 20k!

Goal: 15k by February 29 (715 words/wkday)
Feb 1 = 2703 (9090) !
Feb 2 = 0
Feb 3 = 0
Feb 4* = 0
Feb 5* = 0
Feb 6 = 0 meh.
Feb 7 = 665 (9755)
Feb 8 = 708 (10,463)
Feb 9 = 2108 (12,571)
Feb 10 = 0
Feb 11* = 0
Feb 12* = 287 (12,858)
Feb 13 = 0
Feb 14 = 0
Feb 15 = 2173 (15,031)
Feb 16 = 988 (16,019)
Feb 17 = 603 (16,622)
Feb 18* =  2430 (19,052)
Feb 19* = 0
Feb 20 = 0
Feb 21 = 0
Feb 22 = 43 (19,095) 2.3k left to goal!
Feb 23 = 172 (19,267)
Feb 24 = 733 (20,000)
Feb 25* = 0
Feb 26* = 0
Feb 27 = 527 (20,527)
Feb 28 = 0 burst pipe in basement
Feb 29 =  532 (21,059)

GOAL = 97.8%
WFR TOTAL = 21,059