And — they’re off! Sort of…


Today is the first day of July’s CampNaNoWriMo. Actually, yesterday was because I’m writing this in the early morning hours of July 2nd in the Eastern Timezone. But since I haven’t gone to sleep yet, I’m calling it today. At one point, I still thought I’d get my word count goal in for the day. Now I’m kinda doubtful. But I’ll see. I’m still super excited though, because I’ve been looking forward to this, I completed the last CampNaNoWriMo, and I still have plenty of time. I also think it’s totally understandable that I didn’t get started yet, because I got SO MUCH else done today. Yesterday. Whatever. Anyway, I’m blogging partially because they’re been things I wanted to say, and partially because I feel like I might not get a lot of blogging done during CampNaNoWriMo (and  know I’ve been too busy and otherwise occupied to blog a lot during the last couple of months). But looking back, it seems like I actually blogged a lot more frequently than I usually do these years during the last CampNaNoWriMo. So who knows how much I’ll blog during the next month and in the future after that?

Anyway, we’re off! Good luck to everyone participating, and congratulations attempting what I know is a mammoth undertaking for most folks (myself included). If you’re writing for it this month, may you pen, type, or dictate lots and lots of words! For those who aren’t enjoy watching the ride! 🙂

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The Great Blog Overhaul of 2015 (otherwise titled, “Whoo-HOO!!”)


Right now I have five current public blogs. Count ’em. FIVE. Mind you, most of them still don’t have much on them yet, but they’ve all at least got something. And I spend hours today overhauling and updating them. There’s only one that I didn’t really touch. For all the rest, I did some major work. It may not seem like much, but it was for me. Mostly what I did consisted of creating new pages, including breaking some of the pages I already had down into multiple pages on each blog. I also wrote and posted several new pages. Most of these pages are identical to each other from blog to blog, or at least very similar. But I wrote at least one lengthy page specific to one blog. I now have a separate page on almost all of my blogs that links to the other ones. I have a page on most of them talking about people I mention frequently. And I have some pages that have similar information phrased differently on some of my blogs.

I changed the wordpress theme of “Island, Ocean, Sky” from “Brand New Day” to “Somethng Fishy”.  And even though I still don’t have any posts on that blog yet, I wrote a new page for it expounding on the title, which you can read here. Hopefully, I’ll put at least one post up over there soon, but I can’t promise it. I also changed and edited some of the widgets I have on there.

I tried to fiddle with the widgets on Seaside Symphony too, but I was only partially successful. I remember having problems with that before, and by the time I got to it tonight, I had been at it a long while so I just gave up temporarily in frustration.

I added pages about the other people I write about, one describing a new header photo, pages linking to my other blogs, and an explanation for why and how I cross-post.

Yeesh, even as I’m typing this blog post, I’ve gone back to adjust and fix things.

I also did some editing, almost all of pages, but I did do one blog post. I fixed typos and changed places where I used the wrong word. I also added missing links and I updated some out of date information.

This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a REALLY long time, so I’m uber-excited about it! But I knew it would be a massive undertaking and I also mostly blog from my phone these days, which really in’t conducive to most of that stuff. So I’ve been putting it off. But not today!

There is still so much more that I want to do, for example, adding new categories and going back and putting the appropriate posts into those categories, as well as any new ones, but I think I made incredible progress and I’m incredibly pleased with it.

That’s not all I did today, either. I may write a blog post about that too, but I may not. We’ll see. Honestly, there are SO MANY blog posts that I want to write right now. We’ll see if I get any of them done soon. 🙂

 

CampNaNoWriMo April 2015 (Probably) Final Update


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I finally completed my word count goal for a CampNaNoWriMo! I also took a bunch of screenshots for posterity. Hopefully, if I picked the right pictures, you can see that I wrote 10,1027 words for my novel this month. When I validated my word count, their word counter considered it 10,146 words. In the second picture, you should be able to see the bottom of the little “winner” ribbon they stick on your novel when you validate your word count. It took me a while to figure out how to validate my word count, but I finally managed it.

Also, you can see that I only wrote on nine of the days this month. That isn’t strictly true, and my days for writing are somewhat off because for several of the days I started writing on one day, and wrote until after midnight. But when I did that, I still counted my words as being for the day before, since that’s when I started and it was done in one session.

I’m also kind of torn about it. I’m disappointed that  I only worked on my novel for nine days this month. By the same token, I’m ecstatic that I still managed to get it done, even though I only wrote for it on nine days this month. It makes me more confident about being able to do it again in general, and also about being able to pull it off in the future even if I can’t writ for a lot of the days in some of those months.

I’m so happy and excited! I have been tying to do the NaNoWriMos and CampNaNoWriMos since at least November of 2012. And this is the first one I’ve finished. Hopefully, it’s the first of many.

My confidence was starting to get kind of shot where completing them was concerned. But I also have to remember that I started getting sick in 2010 and got gradually worse until 2012, when I got way worse. I didn’t get a diagnosis until spring of 2013. I took longer than that for me to fully understand what my diagnosis meant. And I didn’t get a good endocrinologist until either later in 2013 or possibly 2014. I also didn’t really start getting “well” again until 2014 and it’s been a long, hard, slow road. I’m still working on it, but I’m doing much better.

So it also makes sense that this one is the first one I’ve completed so far. Did I mention I’m excited and so, so, happy? 🙂

I’m looking forward to doing it again in July. July might be a little complicated. I don’t have any doctor’s appointments that month so far, but Phire’s and my anniversary in July. A friend of ours is going to be in the area twice that month, so in addition to the usual visitors, he may be over, too. And, I might have to attend a wedding with him. Also, if I get into Berklee, tuition deposits are due in July, which means that’s probably the month I’ll enroll and start buying textbooks and supplies.

But I’m really looking forward to both July’s CampNaNoWriMo and Berklee, so I’m thrilled.

Also: YAY!!!! 🙂

I Did it! :-)


I finished CampNaNoWriMo! I completed my word count goal! I’ve been trying to do the CampNaNoWriMos and NaNoWriMos since November of 2012, at least. Eighth time is the charm, I guess. This time, at least. AND I backed up my files and validated my word count. I hope to write a more detailed blog post about it soon, but for right now I’m really tired. It also may or may not have to wait a bit because I have a busy-ish week coming up. 🙂