Mixed feelings about CampNaNoWriMo


I wrote 1,114 words last night, giving me a five day buffer and — I think — a total of 4,187 words for this years CampNaNoWriMo for April so far. That also means that after I get three more days worth of writing done, I’ll be more than halfway there. The closest I’ve ever gotten to completing a CampNaNoWriMo was 8,459 words — also with a 10,000 word goal. But I was working on a bunch of stuff then, as opposed to one manuscript.

So before the BIG goal, I have two little goals to shoot for surpassing: 5,000 words (the halfway mark) and 8,459 words (the farthest I’ve gotten before).

Naturally, I’m ecstatic about all of this. And yet.

I haven’t missed a day of writing completely yet, though I did miss meeting my word count goal for one day (though I more than made up for it), and it’s getting exhausting.

Almost every day I’ve finished my writing after midnight. And by the time I save all of my documents, usually in two formats, back them all up, and update my word count on the CampNaNoWriMo webpage, it’s even later than that.

Lots of stuff is dropping by the wayside. I went several days without calling a family member that I should have called sooner. They didn’t seem to mind, and it worked out okay, but I feel guilty about it.

With the exception of one day, my journal writing has been pretty slim. I only missed one or two days of it, but my entries have been short and I’ve left out a lot of stuff I wanted to write about.

I’ve walked the dog again now that we have a new gentle leader, which a dear friend of ours ordered for us, after she ate part of her old one. But I’ve been letting housework slide. I’m deeply appreciate of Phire, who did a bang up job with a lot of housework and decluttering today.

I haven’t been knitting. I started a blanket last year with needles and yarn donated by family and friends. It’s three panels, and I’m on the last one now, but I haven’t touched that panel since March. Knitting is soothing and meditative for me, and I also try to do it as a devotional act for Brighid.

I’m hoping to give the blanket to my mother, and I was hoping to have it ready in time for her birthday, but that’s unlikely, as her birthday (and Phire’s) is only ten days away.

And I think I mentioned in another post that I’ve barely been reading.

I also haven’t practiced bass for at least a week. SJ and I have a system set up where I try not to go more than three days without practicing — bass, guitar, or vocals, though bass is the main thing. But I just haven’t been managing. I love making music and listening to music. I don’t want to forget what I know, and I want to improve and learn new things, and bass will also qualify for the Bard path in AODA, so that’s upsetting.

I’m doing things like balancing checkbooks, budgeting, and paying bills and dealing with utilities companies today, and I’m just taking a break from that to write this. I was hoping to have all that stuff done in one day, but it’s late enough that it looks like it might stretch into two.

Also, my body has decided that today is a perfect day for me to deal with LOTS of pain, for some random reason, so I’m dealing with that too.

I’ll try to get more adult stuff done and then I’ll see about writing some more for CampNaNoWriMo if I can.

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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.