Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2015: Week #2 — Whoa-oh, We’re Halfway There!

Goal Word Count: 10,000
Current Word Count: 5,911

Oh-OH, living on a prayer! Today is April 15th, known to many as “Tax Day” but known to me as halfway to April 30th and therefore the Camp National Novel Writing Month halfway point. I’m a little bit ahead of goal, and I’ve written 13 out of 15 days. Yes, the goal was to write every day, and that is officially still the overall goal. Sometimes life happens though. The important thing this time is when I missed two days (Saturday and Sunday) I wrote again on Monday. Last month, when I stopped writing, I didn’t write again until April.

My strange little couple that decided to impose themselves on my “different short story every day plan” did not stay on the back burner. I’ve found that it’s easier to throw them in a situation and see what happens. Being as I’m still pushing myself to write every day, I’m okay to go with whatever comes out. First drafts aren’t supposed to be good, and no one will ever see it, so if I want to write paragraphs and paragraphs of this weird couple I made up, I can do that right? I’m a writer. I do what I want.

I think it may be time to return to my Pinterest prompts and see if I can spark something new and creative. This funk is killer, but I’m dedicated to pushing through this time or at least through to 10,000. I once wrote 50,000 words about zombies overtaking Huntington, so I think I can manage to write 4,089 words about whatever I want. I have to tell you though. Sometimes I feel like Daisy on Spaced who cleaned her whole apartment as an excuse not to write. When she did finally write….well, this happened…

I sit down, and I write. I write out my heart and soul. Hours seem to fly. I’m really onto something. I look at my word count….189 words. The goal is at least 250. And then I realize I’ve only been writing for four minutes.

I guess when it comes right down to it, right now, I’m just a little blue fish, and I’ve got to just keep swimming….or writing…something like that.



Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2015: Week 1

Goal Word Count: 10,000
Current Word Count: 3,955

I’m a week into the current Camp NaNoWriMo session, so I thought I’d stop in with an update. I have managed to write every day for seven days straight. This blog will actually count toward today’s word count, so I guess I can say I’ve written for eight days straight.

My original plan for April was to write a different short story every day. I tried this in March, and when I was writing every day, it worked out well. I even planned ahead for April by using my Pinterest to make a whole board of writing prompts in case I needed them. I had set some writing prompts aside to use in March too, but I’ve found that writing begats writing. I used one prompt to get me started in March, but then the ideas came from there. So far, I haven’t used them at all in April, but I know they’re there. You know, in case this happens….

Oh, New Girl's Nick Miller! My spirit animal

Oh, New Girl’s Nick Miller! My spirit animal

Friday, I randomly wrote about a couple who are driving each other crazy. It’s kind of a melancholy piece. I’ve continued to write about this couple every day since Friday. Next I wrote about the day they met, and then I devoted three days to writing their first date. I’m not sure what happens next with them, if anything. I may put them on the back burner and go back to my random short stories. I’ll let them simmer a bit and see what happens.

Incidentally, I’m pretty sure they went on my dream first date, and I’m kind of jealous. I guess it makes sense that if I’m writing about a happy first date that some of what I like would work its way in there.

Ways to Woo the Writer, Loner, Rebel:
1. Cook for her. In this case, it was pasta.
2. Give her wine. I’m not a big drinker, but we’re having pasta. I’ll have a glass or two.
3. Listen to Otis Redding records

That’s not asking too much is it?

So where were we?

I think when we left off, Wicked Words, my writing group anthology was coming out in September. It was a weird time for me, ecstatic over the release of our book, but simultaneously dealing with the death of my maternal grandfather.  My pawpaw Elton battled cancer for sixteen years, and he was ready to go. I could never quite be ready, but I made it through.

October brought about my first book signing as a contributing author. I made arrangements to get off work early, bought candy, and invited friends to come out to Empire Books at Pullman Square in Huntington, West Virginia. All day at work, I was buzzing on excitement, and it wasn’t until I got to the bookstore that the nerves kicked in. I was more nervous seeing familiar faces in the crowd than strangers. I guess it’s the fear of being judged by people you’ll see again rather than people you’ll probably never see again. Here are some pictures from that night:

The flyer

The flyer

The Writer. Loner. Rebel.

The Writer. Loner. Rebel.

The Wicked Wordsmiths of the West

The Wicked Wordsmiths of the West

Before I knew it, the holidays rolled around. I never really understood why people would say “Ugh, the holidays again! It’s so stressful…” Now that my day job is with a large online retailer, I see where the stress comes in. To put it simply, I’ve been in a funk. I come home from work and go to bed until it’s time to go to work again. On my two days off, I spend time with family, namely that adorable not-quite-two year old niece of mine, and I binge watch Netflix and Hulu. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing. It fell by the wayside.

The Wordsmiths are planning the next anthology. I have three pieces I’m working on for it. It’s been slow going and difficult. Time will tell if all three pieces ever actually see the light of day. The Wordsmiths are also keeping up a “magic spreadsheet” to encourage daily writing. I randomly decided in March that I was going to start participating, and I would write every day in March. I wrote every day for about the first two-thirds of the month. Then the funk kicked in.

It’s officially forty-eight minutes into April 2015. I’ve signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’ve committed to 10,000 words in the month of April. The goal is to recreate the goal from March: write at least a short story of at least 250 words every day. I got a lot farther in March than I really thought I could, so I have high hopes that I’ll make it in April.

Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming anthology! In the meantime, I got myself some writerly business cards. I’m so set for the next book signing!