Writing Achievements (this month)

Hurrah! I did it! I managed to make my word count goal for this month’s CampNaNoWriMo. My goal was 24,200 (the number for which you can read about here), and today I reached 24,537 – and just 19 days in.

Though I should note, that I wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped to be–I wrote more than enough words, but I didn’t complete the projects I’d hoped to complete. I wrote lots of blog entries, but I fell short with my interview I needed to write up, I only got two pieces of flash fiction done, and got half way through the two series I hoped to complete. However, it was a learning experience, something I’ll write more on, later.

Also, the digital edition of the Summer 2017 issue of Carpe Nocturne was released, with three of my pieces came out yesterday. It features the debut episode of my horror series, “The Wall”, my article on the Denbigh Asylum, and I also have a tarot/astrology as well. The digital copy is available on Magzter, though the print copy takes a little while to be available. However, when it is, you can find it on Amazon, Barns & Noble, and Waterstones websites. You can also keep tabs on the magazine in general at www.CarpeNocturne.net.

Denbigh Asylum sUMMER 2017

Making Independence Day About Me: A Writer’s Declaration

With all my time off, I’ve been able to focus on my writing, which has been a really productive thing. I’ve been participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, setting my own goal to be 50,000 words in July, and writing 15,000 in two days.

And today, as it is Independence Day, I’d like to celebrate not by chugging beer and barbecuing things and causing things to explode, but rather by focusing on my writing and celebrating my own Independence.

When I decided to go back to school, it was because I was tired of being laid off from jobs because I was disposable or the business flat out died. I also wanted to get out of video production, since that was just not my passion. I wanted a job that revolved around what I love: writing. So I disguised my education as something thoughtful and smart: a very useful and versatile English degree. But really, I just want to write, and have something to help me get my foot in the door of a publisher.

For two years I worked hard in school and took on two jobs outside of school. All my time went to studying and working. Sure, I wrote, and tried to participate in any of the NaNoWriMo events. But it was an activity divided between other obligations and distractions. As soon as I graduated from the community college in December, I picked up a job as well as kept my other two jobs, giving a grand total of 70 hour work weeks, leaving me too exhausted to even contemplate writing of any form.

Now I am down to two jobs again, one giving my only 4 hours a week while the other job is just on weekends. This has left me with ample time to think and discover what it is I really want. The answer to that is simple: to write.

And I have so much time to do it!

So this is my writing Independence Day. It is the day that I know my life needs to revolve around writing to get to be where I want to be. It’s the day I make sure to schedule time for my writing every day. It’s the day that I know that it is what is important for me to grow and to put that growth first. It is the day that I separate myself from the working world and the obsessive manner to which I participated in it. I am a writer, and thus my life will be about writing, from here on out.

Camp NaNoWriMo

On a spur-of-the-moment-I’m-bored-and-on-spring-break spur, I think I’ll participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. We’ll see how well this works.

So Camp NaNoWriMo is slightly different than the main event in November in that you set your own goal for the month, instead of working toward the 50,000 word goal (unless that’s what you’re actually wanting to accomplish in April). You could set the goal to write a thousand words a day for the month, to finish editing and have ready to send off to publishers within the month, or you could set the goal to have a series outlined and ready to start being written the following month. From my understanding, this is Camp NaNoWriMo.

My first thought was that perhaps I might write a sequel to what I wrote in December, but now I’m considering that I should either a) finish editing what I wrote in December and try and have it peer-read by two other people or b)write a couple short stories regarding the characters in the piece I wrote, so that I can better understanding them and ensure that they are portrayed in a manner that does them justice.

I only just realized there was an April camp. I knew they happened, but I thought it was only in August. This one took me by surprise.

Having stayed up fairly late last night, I was surprised at how readily I woke at six this morning…well that’s not true, I woke at six then when back to sleep for another hour. But still, I rose not only with the breaking of the April dawn, but with an idea of the story I was going to start on. If everything goes well, and I’m able to keep to it, I think I’ll be writing a prequel to the novel I wrote in December. So far, I have written 1,300 words of it, though 1,700 if you want to count the words in this blog entry.

Since I’m in school during this camp, and the farmer’s market is starting with weekly regularity this weekend, I’ve set myself the challenge of 20,000 words, instead of 50,000 – which is only 667 words a day. We’ll see how far that gets me. I’ll keep you, dear reader, posted.

Word count Update Again

I’m shocked that I’m keeping up with my delayed NaNoWriMo. There was a day or two where I was lagging a bit, but I’m slightly – ever so slightly ahead of the game.

I started on December 5th, seeing as I was needing the quarter/finals to end before I got into any project requiring my attention. And now, 7 days into it, I should be at 11,669 words. Not only have I reached that, but at this moment, I have just entered in my 11.901st word, putting me around 250 words into tomorrow’s goal.

Now, if we want, again, to count the words that I’ve been writing altogether that don’t necessarily go towards my novel-in-the-making, then I’ve got some 14-1500 words just in blogging, which really does get me past tomorrow’s word count goal.

However, it is National Novel Writing Month for a reason – the word count is meant to go towards writing a novel in 30 days. So onward I continue – simply being pleased that I’m writing so much at all!

Who knew that I could find satisfaction in a five-week vacation during my most loathed time of the year!

One week of winter break down, four more to go.

Indecision and an Update

Starting word count of the day: 5,327
Current Word count of the day: 7,707
Goal for end of the day: 8,335
And for those of you following my plot direction quest (I need your Help!) – I still haven’t decided if she’s remembered or not. I’ve started writing both to see which one inspires me more, but I’m still struggling as there’s a lot of good directions both can take.