Camp NaNoWriMo July Session Begins at Midnight!

Camp is for fun not stressCamp NaNo begins again tonight at midnight. Woohoo! I am not going to try to update the blog every night this time. Nope. I’ll update my word count for my progress meter and leave it at that (unless I have something that I just have to share). That way when I finish the day’s word count qouta I can pass out with no more obligations to worry about. Other than feeding, watering and walking the dogs, that is. And, boy, do they ever whine if I forget! And they do not accept updating the blog as an excuse for tardiness, either. Pushy dogs. ;)

My other work-in-progress is on hold while I get Camp going and maybe until Camp is over. I don’t know yet. Not going to stress over it, though. I’m just going to play it by ear and see what happens.

Hope you’re ready for your own novel-writing adventure! Cheers! :)

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 21

Progress MeterI know that Camp NaNoWriMo won’t let me validate the word count yet, but I still did it. 50K words in 21 days. Awright! I’ll probably write some more just to be sure that I really did go over 50K. Sometimes the way their validator works and the way Scrivener and my word count app don’t tally up. So I’ll play it safe and write some more this week before I take my “I can’t look at this any more right now” break. ;)

Now I’m going to shut everything down and go to bed so I can get up in the morning–er, scratch that. I probably won’t get up til noon now. My body wants eight hours of sleep and it does not care what I might have planned; if I stay up ridiculously late, it still wants eight hours of sleep and that is that. When I was young, I could go days without sleeping. Well, not any more! This old gal needs all the beauty rest she can get! And it still ain’t gonna make me beautiful. But it might make me a whole lot less cranky. ;)

Thank you for reading and may your own adventure, whether it be of the novel-writing kind or some other crazy crackpot kind, be filled with joy and blessings. Peace, y’all! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Over 50K. Woohoo!

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 20

I was typing this fast until midnightI know, I skipped the update last night and the night before that, too. That was bad of me, wasn’t it? How dare I? Why, I should open the back door and toss myself out on my ear. And it would serve me right!

Then this happenedOh, who am I kidding. I was completely wiped out by the time I finished typing like the Mad Hatter (did he type?), racing to get my words done and update my word count on my progress meter (see sidebar) before midnight. Maybe if I would start writing earlier, then that wouldn’t happen. Oh, well…

Thank you for reading and I hope you had a Happy Easter! (For Catholics Easter is not a day but a season and it lasts right up until Pentecost, which is June 8th this year. So it’s not over yet, it just got started!) On with the adventure! Tomorrow, that is. I’m pooped! Until next time, happy noveling, skiing, crocheting, bowling, whatever your adventure is, wherever, whoever you are. Peace! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Over 47K. Almost finished! Woohoo! But is the story over yet? No way! I’m still figuring out what it is. Oy. ;)

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 17

This looks nothing like me, I'm using a laptop not a desktop, and her posture is much better than mine.A very brief update tonight because I’m on a roll. I’m in the middle of typing up an idea I got this morning and just now remembered. I meant to write it all day and kept forgetting to do it. Just as I was going to post this update I finally remembered. So I’m going to do that before I forget again, and then I’m going to bed. I’m pooped!

Thank you for reading and I hope your own adventure is exciting and filled with joy. Peace! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Over 43K. Woohoo!

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 16

Sadly, Snoopy's opening line is way better than mine.Oh, my, things are happening in the story that I did not see coming. Things like, a plot! :O Who’d a thunk it? Btw, I finally looked up that phrase and, apparently, I’ve been writing it wrong all these years. Huh. Who’d a thunk that? ;)

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Scrivener, elegant software for writers

Scrivener may look complicated but the trick is to use only as much of it as you need to. I bought my first Mac in 2010 just a few days before NaNoWriMo began, downloaded Scrivener first thing, and learned how to use the OS and the app and was ready to write when November 1 came around. If I can do it, you can do it, too.

Thanks for stopping by and may your own adventure be filled with joy and discovery, the joy of discovery, and the discovery of joy! Peace!

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Under 2K. Total: Over 40K. Woohoo!

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 15

I think I sprained my brain. ;) I’ve crammed so much research into it and made so many notes that I’m trying to remember and juggle and make sure I put into the story and HALP! I’m tempted to take a day off from writing. But I think that would be a mistake. I think it’s just a temptation and that I should resist it.

But I am going to practice what I preach and spend more time praying and less time reading. Oh, I’m still gonna read. I’m a bookworm from way back. (Ain’t sayin’ how way back!) But I have a tendency to put off prayer until late at night and then I’m too tired and I fall asleep. I used to walk the dogs at the park every day and pray my rosary then. But we haven’t been able to do that for a while now, what with Abby’s health problems and mine, too. I need to set aside a regular time and get back to it, walk or no walk, I need to do it. Rosary, Divine Office, something. Lord knows, I have a million and one prayer books. I need to use ‘em! ;)

Found the prayer below today on Twitter.

Prayer before writing: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

And this in a post about Flannery O’Connor, whose letters I enjoy immensely but whose fiction is an acquired taste for which I have not quite acquired the taste…yet:

“Dear God, tonight is not a disappointing one because you have given me a story. Don’t even let me think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for Your story—just like the typewriter was mine. Please let the story dear God, in its revisions be made too clear for any false and low interpretation because in it I am not trying to disparage anybody’s religion although when it was coming out, I didn’t know exactly what I was trying to do or what it was going to mean.”

I’ve been praying before a writing session, but I haven’t done it regularly. That needs to change. Starting now. So be it!

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Not quite 2K. Total: 38,264K. :)

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 14

A long day spent reading. But somehow now that the day is over, it seems like it flew by. Been reading and making notes and writing using my iPad. Have almost forgotten how to hold an actual book. ;) Still waiting for the Scrivener app for iPad so having to make do by syncing external folders containing text files and writing apps that will sync with Dropbox.

Poor Hamster Huey! LOL!
This Calvin and Hobbes comic strip made me laugh out loud. Really. Made me cough and wake the dogs up. I love Calvin and Hobbes. :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Not quite 2K. Total: Just under 37K. Woot!

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 13

beatsheet2

“The “beat sheet” is a way to sequence your story, using bullets instead of whole sentences or paragraphs.
Very quicky, though, those bullets become sentences and paragraphs. And when that happens, you have an outline on your hands.” Beat Sheet Basics via StoryFix.

This will be a short update because I spent too much time surfing the web and chatting with a friend after tonight’s writing session. And now it’s after 1 a.m. And I still have to move the plants off the deck and into the garage ahead of some very nasty weather we’re expecting soon. And the day after tomorrow temps are going back down to nearly freezing. Man, just when I get all used to sitting out on my deck surrounded by my doggies and plants, the weather does this. Well, that’s par for the course in Alabama. I should be used to it by now.

In other news I was able to see some scenes taking place in my mind’s eye tonight. And even managed to get a beat sheet going. Finally. Going to work on that more tomorrow, along with several ideas I’ve had that I keep meaning to focus on, but, yeah, well, focus. That’s my problem: Focus! Or lack thereof. ;) “I’ll think about that tomorrow,” she said, wiping her brow with the back of her hand, forgetting that she was holding a glass of iced tea in said hand, and pouring said tea on top of her widdle pointed head and all down the front of her shirt and on the floor and on the doggie sleeping at her feet on the floor…

Methinks it’s time to shut down the laptop and go to bed. Now that I’ve poured perfectly good caffeine all over my head. Whatta waste. And I barely gotta taste! ;)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Nearly 35K. Woohoo!

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 12

The series bible that ate Manhattan, four hundred small animals, thirty-five large cows, my mind, life and series!

The series bible that ate Manhattan, four hundred and eighty seven small animals, two hundred thirty five large cows, my mind, life and my series!

Once again the novel has gotten out of hand. My epic contains holes of epic proportions. I remember, then forget, then remember again where I was headed with this project, then I forget again. Then a whole new idea occurs to me and I make notes to see if I can work it in. Then I get caught up in doing “research” and have even more ideas to try to work in. And somehow I think I have enough for several separate books (a series of stand alones) and I’m going to have to separate one book’s idea from the others and FOCUS at some point.

But not now. Nope, for now it’s write like crazy and worry about that stuff later. Plenty of time after Camp is over to sort all that stuff out and start new project files in Scrivener and DEVONthink. It’s a good thing I make notes on all my ideas throughout the day, even waking up at night to catch them, recording them as voice memos, using the notes app on all my devices (it syncs automatically and that has been really handy)–doing whatever I can to keep the imagination primed and pumping.

It’s also a good thing I’m writing this because I want to and not because I have a contract because it’s a mess. Sorting all this out after Camp is going to be quite the feat! ;)

Thank you for visiting and I wish you much inspiration for your own novel-writing adventure. Or knitting or kayaking, whatever kind of adventure you’re having. Cheers! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: Over 32K. Woohoo!

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 11

Oh my aching head!A day of reading and viewing videos as part of the ongoing research for the novel. I know I’m supposed to be writing full-tilt on the (exceedingly) rough draft, but I needed help getting into a character’s mindset and world. So I had to take this sidetrip and what a trip it was! Discovered some things that this baddie is planning and as bad as I think he is and his plans are, I want to push it further. It’s like acting on stage. You think you’re overdoing it but the people in the front row don’t even notice, much less the folks way back in the cheap seats. So I have to push further and make him worse than I can even imagine. Wait. Is that even possible?

Anyway… Thanks for stopping by! I wish you all the best on your own novel-writing adventure or whatever kind of adventure you’re having. You are having an adventure, aren’t you? I hope so! Cheers! :)

Word count goal for the month: 50K. Nightly: 1,667. Tonight: Over 2K. Total: 30,514. Woohoo!

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