A great note to end the month on.

July 1, 2012

Plenty of good news here, yay!

First off, my tooth is much better – found some really great dentists here in Lawrence. I’m not quite sure if the insurance stuff is all squared away, but I’m very happy with the rebuild job they did on my chomper. 😀

I sorta met my rebel goal for June – if you count 2000 words of worldbuilding to be the equivalent of a short story. Plus a 972 word flash scene, and a 425 word start that didn’t go anywhere. And I’ve written over 20000 new words total in June.

Started my rewrite of ‘The Storm Mirror’ for fellow workshoppers. I’ll probably be a little crazy trying to finish that tomorrow, but I like where it’s going so far.

And I’m going to sleep now. See you all in July!

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Story number five is finished!

June 14, 2012

Okay, I was starting to feel like it was the story that would never end, but ‘Land’ (title subject to change,) has been finished. Just three more stories to go in my June ‘Summer of Shorts’ challenge, and I’m actually still a day ahead of pace. Whoo-hoo!

And I’m sitting in Williams Coffee Pub with Fantasy Writer Guy and we’ve been chatting about Ray Bradbury and extraterrestrials exterminating humanity and lots of other fun stuff like that.

How’s your Camp Nanowrimo experience going as we approach the mid-point of June? I hope that you’re having fun at least.


Only hours left until camp!

May 31, 2012

The June session of Camp Nanowrimo is set to start on June 1st, which is just under two and a half hours away by my local time. I’m really excited, and not quite sure what to expect.

Because I’m off to Kansas for the last week of June, I didn’t think that I was up to the 50k challenge, and plus, I’ve been wanting to concentrate more on writing short stories than novels. So, my rebel camp challenge is this: Write eight short stories, (that is, first drafts of new short stories,) in June, with a minimum of 2000 words each.

That isn’t a huge word count target – 16k total as opposed to 50k, but writing shorts is harder than getting into the novel groove, so I felt that this was a good place to set my goal. For one thing, it can be harder to be brief than to write at length, and if all of my stories end up stretching to an average of six thousand words – then I’d be at 48k. I’d be a bit frustrated if that happens, but finishing the count is the important thing.

I completed three shorts in May, along with a lot of other goals I was working on, but I was generally pretty focused on a short story if I had one on the go. “Tough Love” was finished over a two-day weekend, while  “A Prayer for Healing” and “Northward Ho” each took four consecutive days – for Northward, they were all weekdays, and ‘Prayer’ ended on a Saturday.

So… if I can manage to finish off a short every three days or so while I’m in Canada, then I’ll be almost finished when I leave for Kansas on the 24th, and will be able to squeeze in just a little time writing in between workshop sessions, or on Saturday the 30th.

Last August, I did the Camp Rebel thing, (and even gathered a group of like-minded rebels into a cabin, as I have done again this year,) but in terms of rebel progress, it was a pretty big failure. Part of it was that I had a very vague goal, “Rewrite this manuscript and change the character of Ereyu in this way…” and the Storywonk revision class that I was taking, although it was great and I learned a lot from it, wasn’t quite concrete enough to get me on the step by step path that I needed – in fact, my head was swimming with all of the stuff I learned but wasn’t quite sure how to put into practice, and it wasn’t until I discovered the other revision course, the Holly Lisle one, that I was able to find that path.

I thought about doing a rebel Camp session for Holly Lisle HTRYN classes, but figured that it might be tempting some bad juju to declare myself a rebel camp editor again – and anyway, I did plenty of that in March for NaNoEdMo. So June is about the journey of short stories.

Are you signed up for Camp Nanowrimo? If not, do you have other goals in mind for June?


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