camp nanowrimo, rebekah loper, camp nano, writing

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.

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.

A Weekend Away

writer's colony, dairy hollow, eureka springs, arkansas
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!

2016: The Good, the Bad, and the “What? Why? UGH.”

I’m still alive! I think… It’s been a year. It’s been a DECEMBER. And in some ways I’m floundering, both creatively and non-creatively, but I’m taking steps to rebuild my foundation. Please forgive me if I’m a bit absent on the blog for a while.

In the meantime, here’s our end-of-year round up from the Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society…

Here we are. We made it. December 31st. That shiny midnight that heralds the dawn of a new year is so close I’m pretty sure I can reach out and touch it, but don’t tell 2016 I said that…

Source: 2016: The Good, the Bad, and the “What? Why? UGH.”