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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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.
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.
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:
Are you participating in Camp NaNo? What are you working on, whether you’re doing Camp or not?