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!!!! 🙂

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April is Looking Up!


April started optimistically for me. I was looking forward to CampNaNoWriMo, I didn’t have many doctors appointments scheduled, nor anything else complicated. And I wrote a lot for the first few days.

It went downhill from there for a while. I almost had an Adrenal crash, though not quite an Addisonion crisis in the supermarket after running errands all day. I picked a really bad time to go back on Facebook because it kept draining my time and energy. I got into a disagreement with someone on there over something I posted. Unfortunately, it’s something important to me and I tried to discuss it with them. But eventually I had to stop. It was taking up a ton of my time and energy and stressing me out. SJ and I have spent most of the month worried about an old friend of ours who is going through a really rough time. We had no idea because the only way we had to contact him was Facebook and we’re so rarely on there.

The phone company had a computer error and turned off our phones, even though we paid above what we needed to for the payment plan this month. SJ sorted that out. In the gross department, I had diarrhea from the last two weeks in March through the first two weeks in April and I had a really hellacious period. I wound up spending a night in ER due to low blood pressure, headaches, severe cramping, nausea, and slight dehydration. And while most of that rough stuff was going on, I went two weeks without writing for CampNaNoWriMo. I only entered two contests for gift cards this month.

But things really started improving since then. I decided to largely stop going on Facebook until after April, except to check on our friend and to enter contests. I also started cutting out some of my groups and turning off notifications for most of them. When I return to it, I plan on mainly just posting to closed groups, to cause less problems and deal with less time consuming notifications.

I joined enrolled in two courses from Coursera. Coursera offers free courses and many, many subjects from leading universities and colleges. Alternatively, you can pay about fifty dollars and gain a certificate from them.

I got a new issue of The Writer magazine and my mother was kind enough to gift us with more files for the filing cabinet.

I also only have about four thousand words left to write to make my word count goal for this CampNaNoWriMo.

I’ve been practicing music frequently and I’ve been very productive in general for the past several days.

And…drumroll, please…I’m applying to college! I am SO excited by this! I couldn’t have done it without lots of help. SJ and Phire helped and supported me, as did my mother. A friend of ours is loaning me the money for the application fee and letting me pay him back slowly a little at a time. He also stayed on the phone with me while I applied for financial aid and helped me through the rough patches. AND he’s one of two people who is writing me a recommendation letter.

So far, I’ve applied for financial aid, filled out the application, asked for transcripts to be sent to them, talked with my application academic advisor, and written and uploaded a personal statement. I can send the application without them having received my transcripts yet, so I’m just waiting for one more person to send them a recommendation letter and for my friend to loan me the money for the application fee. I think the letter will get written this weekend and I have until May 15th to submit the application. So I should have plenty of time.

I’m applying to Berklee Online, which is the internet arm of Berklee College of Music for a degree in Music Business. I am SO excited! I’ve wanted to go to Berklee for years and I think that now my health and my life are stable enough that I can go. I’m nervous about getting in, but I really, really hope that I do. I should find out towards the end of June or the beginning of July, so I’ll try to update here. Phire is applying as well, so I’m also really excited about that and hoping that we both get accepted. 🙂

I think that’s it for now.

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.

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.