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On Camp NaNo, Worldbuilding, and Rain

April is over, somehow. I did not meet my Camp NaNo goal, ending the month with only 25 of the 75 hours I was aiming for. But that’s still 25 more hours than I had on April 1st, and so I’m pleased with that, even if a bit disappointed that I couldn’t just get my butt in gear and finish up that last 50 hours. Because I pretty much didn’t write/edit most of the last half of the month.

The main thing I worked on for Camp NaNo was revisions of my A-Zs of Worldbuilding workbook (that I’ve been hinting at since I wrote the original blog series). I have made a lot of progress toward getting this ready to publish this summer, though I’m not putting out a firm date yet until I’ve finished getting my last bits of feedback and have implemented what is necessary.

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In other news… we’ve had some rain.

So. Rain much? Ugh. My poor chickens. #rain #thunderstorms #oklahomawx #okwx

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You may recall when we had 15″ of rain in May of 2015.

We finished out April of 2017 with more than 10″ of rain. And most of that was in the last half of the month. Counting the first weekend of May, when it was still raining, we definitely came close to hitting that 15″ mark again over the course of a few weeks.

I’m just glad for a sunny weekend right now.

And lastly, I’m back on Twitter.

Almost two years to the date when I gave up Twitter. (Ironically.)

You can follow at @rebekah_loper.

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The Thing About Camp NaNoWriMo…

… is that it tends to sneak up on you.

Somehow, it’s April. I sat down mid-March, just before my visit to The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow (more posts coming about that in the near future!), and realized that my co-ML and I needed to figure out some write-ins for Camp NaNoWriMo. (We did, though they’re all in the last half of the month. Oh well.)

And I needed to figure out what on earth I was going to do for Camp. This post, coincidentally, is totally counting toward my Camp NaNo goal.

So what am I doing for Camp NaNo?

I’m focusing on making progress on several different projects, so I’ve decided to make my goal a set amount of hours vs. a number of words, though I am still keeping track of the words I write, just for posterity.

My goal, overall, is a minimum of 75 hours devoted to my projects. I’d like to hit 100 hours, but that’s if I get the first 75 done in a timely manner.

The projects I’m working on are:

Catalyst – it’s high time I get this thing polished, but I’m adding in an entire plotline for Zareja, and it’s been well over a year since I last re-read this sucker. So I’m re-reading, and writing down my outline and marking what changes need to be made, especially when it comes to adding scenes.

Blog Posts – I need a back log here, and to stay on top of other blogs that I contribute to. I have my assigned posts for the next several months for the Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society, so if I can get them written well ahead of time it’ll be fantastic. I also want to get back to contributing regularly to Fantasy-Faction, because I honestly don’t remember the last time I submitted an article there right off-hand.

Plotting – I have an idea for my November NaNo project. Potentially. But I need to start playing with it now, because the past couple of years where I didn’t have a firm outline well ahead of November… well, I’ve paid for at the end of the month. And I don’t want to do that again. Worst comes to worst, and this idea doesn’t pan out, I’m just going to pick up one of my Gyti stories again, or maybe even start on the next book of Undoing.

Shorts/Novellas – There are two specific works that I want to finish. One of them just needs some revision and polishing (and I need to decide which ending I want to use – because I wrote two), and the other needs a plot hole filled. As long as I finish the first, and make progress on the second, I’ll be happy.

The A-Zs of Worldbuilding – The book. I’m getting so close to making some announcements about this that I can almost taste it. But that’s all I’m gonna say for now, but mostly, I just need to keep chugging away. If you want to be in the know a little sooner, go sign up for my newsletter.

And just for fun, because I’ve started bullet journaling, here’s how I’m keeping track of my progress on each different project:

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Not yet finished for April 5th… but yes, I’ve already logged 4 hours of writing time.
Are you participating in Camp NaNo? What are you working on, whether you’re doing Camp or not?

A Weekend Away

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Entrance to the Writer’s Colony at Diary Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

It’s been a while since I last blogged, and I’m sooo sorry, guys! Other than sharing things from the Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society, I think my last actual post here was back at the end of NaNo. Oops.

I just haven’t had the mental energy to do so, and the one time I did (sometime back in February), Mr. Loper startled me and I accidentally deleted my entire post and WordPress autosave hadn’t caught the most recent part, which was a significant portion of the post I just… couldn’t find it in my brain again.

Right now, though, I’m not at home. I’m in Eureka Springs, taking advantage of a huge opportunity I got through the Oklahoma Women Bloggers group. I’ll be blogging more in full about that later, but let’s just say that I get to spend the weekend with four other lovely ladies (three of them are also Oklahoma Women Bloggers) at the Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow.

So far, it’s been very productive. I’ve finished reading through my A-Zs of Worldbuilding manuscript, and am now going back and doing the revisions and edits that I noted on the computer. This is hopefully my second-to-last draft. I’m planning to send out a newsletter in the next few days, so if you want to be an advance/beta reader for this thing, go sign up (if you’re not already on the list.)

Tomorrow, I’ll be tackling Catalyst. Because it’s about dang time I finished those revisions. Sadly, all I’ll probably get done is reading some (hopefully most or ALL) of my manuscript over again, because I haven’t touched the thing in at least a year. Oops.

Hope you all in the blogging realm (my dear readers, whether you blog or not) are doing well! Let me know what’s up with life in the comments!