Well, I started writing Part 2 of my sci-fi fantasy series yesterday. The outline still needs a bit of work, but I think the first half (or at least the first third) of it is solid enough that I can start the actual story and see how things go from there. I didn't have a full outline prepared when I started Part 1 in the series, and I think the end result came out pretty smoothly. My goal is to have the first chapter done in a week, which was about how long it took me to write the average chapter in Part 1.
How I managed to miss all of those things four times, I can't say. Maybe I'm just used to Tolkien's slower and more atmospheric writing style in The Lord of the Rings.
I also didn't realize while watching the movie just how closely it follows the book. The first ten minutes are almost a perfect adaptation of the first chapter, right down to the way the dwarves are introduced and the songs that they sing at dinner. I haven't gotten to the chapter "Riddles in the Dark" yet, but from what I remember, the scene with Gollum in the movie seemed to follow the source material pretty closely as well. I'd say that the movie only covers the events in Chapters 1-6, so it'll be interesting to see if my perception changes while reading from Chapter 7 to the end.
The Golden Globes were on last night too. I usually don't like watching award shows, but my mother had it on, so I overheard a few of the winners. Daniel Day-Lewis absolutely deserved winning Best Actor for Lincoln, and I'm very glad that Adele's "Skyfall" won for Best Song. If I didn't know better, I would have sworn that the song was from a 1970's James Bond film -- very classy.