CampNaNoWriMo April 2015 Update Number 1


I don’t know how many of these updates for Campnanowrimo I’ll manage, but here’s a quick one:

I’m working on finishing a fantasy novel I started a few years ago and hadn’t done much with since.

My word count goal for the month is 10,000 words, which won’t finish the novel, but which I think may be manageable. And if I pull it off, it’ll be a lot of progress.

I wrote 1,075 words today.

My total word count so far is: 2,662 words

That means I’m just over a quarter of the way towards making my word count goal.

I wrote seven days worth of words in four days.

I have three days of “buffer” for days when I can’t write.

I made my word count day all but one day so far. It was a Hell of a day. Read my post “Hiss” to find out all about it. (Also, there may be a “Hiss, Part 2 for the day following that one).

Even on the day that I didn’t meet my goal, I still wrote. I didn’t start until after midnight, but I counted it towards the day before since I was still awake and I didn’t want to confuse myself when I wrote for that day after I got some sleep and woke up.

I also only missed my journal writing for one of the four days so far (today). Though my entry on the first was just a small paragraph. But that makes sense. The two days I wrote the least in my journal are also the two days I wrote the most for CampNaNoWriMo — in fact, more than double my word count goal on each day. Over triple it today, and almost triple it on the first day, in fact.

Starting Tuesday, SJ and I have to call utility companies and I have to call a bunch of doctors. Sometime in the next few days, Phire, SJ, and I have to pay the bills.

Also, I know there will be at least two days, and probably at least four days this month that I doubt I’ll be able to write at all, let alone meet my word count goal.

So, bearing that in mind, I’m trying to use today, tomorrow, and Monday to essentially marathon and build as many buffer days as possible.

The next two days I may not get as much done, but I hope so. There’s all the regular stuff, meds, food, etc. Plus, tomorrow I want to call a bunch of family members to wish them a Happy Easter, including a family member who is long overdo for a call from me. So we’ll see.

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Writing Stuff


I have a draft in progress and another blog post I want to write, both of which deal with more overtly Pagan topics. This one is more about writing.

The April CampNaNoWriMo for 2015 is starting in a few days. I’m going to attempt it again. I’ve tried it several times, and I’ve gotten things written, but I’ve never completed a book length manuscript or a novel during it — nor have I ever met my word count quota. I signed up for it today. I’m going to be working on the main work in progress of three novels I have going right now, and the one I have the most written for right now, I think. My word count goal is ten thousand words, which won’t complete the novel, but I want to shoot for a goal I might reach. That means writing 333.3 words per day, which I think I might be able to manage.

I’m nearing the end of my current “daily” journal. The last one lasted four months, I think, and this one has covered six months so far, and may stretch to seven before I run out of pages. I was writing very irregularly there for several months. I’ve gotten better again this March, but it’s still not every day. I’ll have to restock my supply of Black ‘n’ Red notebooks soon, as I’m on my second to last one.

I want to get a few more other notebooks soon too, and I want to get a copy of The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, I believe.

Most of the notebooks and the book may have to wait, unless I win more gift cards soon, especially because there are also other Pagan books I want to get soon and a magazine I have to renew my subscription too. We are WAY behind on bills, due to a variety of circumstances:

1. All four of the cats needed to go to the vet one month.
2. The dog has needed to go to the vet almost every month for the last several months.
3. We got slammed by third party energy providers.
4. The gas and electric companies estimated our bills for a few months instead of doing readings.

We are in the process of fixing the hemorrhages now, but it’s going to take a while and we’re on a very small, fixed income.

I’ve heard that The Artist’s Way is very good. It takes three months to do the plan in it.

The best three months for me, personally to do it would either be:
1. November, December, and January
2. December, January, and February
3. Or January, February, and March

I go out less in Winter than the rest of the year, and even less now since the chronic illness and since we moved. Our old home town was and island and if you lived in the north or middle of it, you could walk to pretty much anywhere you needed to go on the island. Here, though, there’s a lot less within walking distance, and while we live in a safe part of town, it’s a shady city, especially after dark. I also can’t walk as far as I used to, and my body deals worse with extreme temperatures than it used to. The winters lately have been even colder than normal. Being a resort area in New Jersey, the region comes to life in summer, and if you don’t get out then, there’s not much to do the rest of the year. So winter seems like a good idea.

I’m leaning away from the first one because NaNoWriMo is in Novemeber and I don’t want to do both at the same time. The first two also seem kind of bad because I don’t want to attempt it during the secular and Christian holiday crazies. The nice thing about the first one is that it only has one Sabbat in it, whereas the other two groups of months have two. A further hitch is that most of the people I know have birthdays between January and April. But no one has a birthday in February. So, I’m leaning towards on of the last two, probably the later, because even with more Sabbats and birthdays, it’s better than attempting to do it during the holiday season. I also like the thought of starting it with a New Year. And it’ll lead right into the April CampNaNoWriMo, which will hopefully put me in a more creative and productive frame of mind for next years CampNaNoWriMo.

Last month, my grandmother paid for a subrcription to Poets & Writers for me. I still haven’t gotten the first issue yet, but I’m really looking forward to it. My mother also normally pays for a Subscription to The Writer for me as present, which I’m immensely grateful for. Most years she also gets me The Writer’s Market, and a few associated books. This year she might not, but I’m still very appreciative and hopefully most of the stuff from last years editions will still be current.

This month’s edition of The Writer has contests listed and I went through and circled the free ones, as well as a couple other that I want to enter. I’m hopeful of marking them down on my calendar soon.

I looked up work in progress meters and am hoping to add one to at least one of my blogs, probably this one.

There’s another big writing thing I want to blog about, but since it’s different and combines writing and Paganism in a more obvious way, I’m saving that for it’s own post.