Summer Writing

For those who don’t know, I am not just an avid reader – I write.  A lot.  Way more than I talk about here, actually, since this is primarily a book review blog.

And with June almost mid-way over, I would just like to take a moment to talk about the two write-a-thons I’ll be participating in over the next month and a half.

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First there is the familiar: Camp NaNoWriMo, sponsored by the Office of Letters and Light.  National Novel Writing Month in the off-season, with adjustable goals (hours, minutes, words, pages; any genre you want, including non-prose).  This goes from July 1-31 and my goal for this will be to write 31,000 words – an average of 1k a day.  This is not a new write-a-thon for me, as those who follow my blog will know, so it is not this one that has my heart pumping a bit.

No.  I am a little nervous about the new to me write-a-thon:

Clarion West

The Clarion West Write-a-thon.  Again, set your own goals.  But this one starts June 17 and runs through July 28.  Six weeks of writing.  This mirrors the length of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop, which is going on during those six weeks.  And for this write-a-thon, my goal is to write one completely new speculative fiction short story a week, just as the writers in the workshop will be doing.

But what has my heart pounding is the idea of ‘sponsorship’.  Clarion West uses their write-a-thon to fundraise by having people sponsor specific writers participating in the write-a-thon, donating in their names.  There’s no onus on the participants to fundraise, thankfully, but that doesn’t make me any less nervous about a new experience.

Overlapping these two might sound a bit crazy, but I am allowing myself to count words for Clarion West written during July to count towards Camp NaNo.  So here’s to writing, writing, writing!

Camp NaNoWriMo

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That’s right, it’s time for 2017’s first Camp NaNoWriMo session!

For those who don’t know what National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Camp NaNo are, they are each a one-month write-a-thon (I hesitate to say competition since you’re writing for yourself).  The ‘main event’ is in November and is meant to be 50k words of a new project while Camp NaNo is a lot more flexible in terms of goals and projects.

More information can be found here.

My goal this month is 1k a day of words for my long on-going WIP, The Lady’s War (title subject to change five million (more) times).  I’d also like to do an additional 20k on a different project (or projects) to reach a total of 50k, but I don’t know where that additional 20k is going to come from just yet.

But that’s the best part of Camp NaNo – getting to set (and change) your goals right up until winning begins.

Good luck to everyone participating in any way, shape, or form.  May we all have more than we did before April 1st, even if we don’t reach our goals (but I’m rooting for you to hit yours!).

NaNoWriMo 2016


It’s that time of year again.  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts at midnight/12:01 am on Tuesday, November 1.  AKA, tomorrow.  Eek!

I am once again going to be participating, aiming to write a minimum of 50k.  The story I’m working on is a continuation of the story I started two years ago but never managed to finish.  I’m being very careful to note down my exact word count at the start of the month (according to my own word processor) so that I can be as exact as possible when I update my word count, even though I know that the NaNo Validator tends to add words to my count (better than my sister, who loses words off the official counter).

And, like every November, I am of course also in the middle of a play.  So don’t be surprised if blog posts slow to a crawl – or even a halt – while I deal with memorizing lines and blocking, Tech Week, the entire run, plus NaNo.  *Phew*

To everyone else participating, best of luck!  And remember, whether you write 50k or 50 words, that’s still more than you had at the beginning of the month!