‘Twas a misty, rainy day at Camp NaNoWriMo

Well, I don’t know about you folks, but the last couple of days here at camp have been rainy and drizzly and down right overcast. Not the most conducive weather for writing if you ask me. Fortunately, I persevered both yesterday and today and got some serious word count in.

On Monday, my original lunch plans were to take a break and play some Magic: The Gathering with my non-writing friend (for the sake of camp, let’s call him a counselor) were thwarted by his new schedule, so that actually freed me up to sneak in my daily word count goal. I didn’t have any plans for lunch today either, M being busy with a visit by her hubby, but didn’t relish spending another day trapped alone in my cabin at my desk. So I headed out into the sprinkles, got myself some food and took a moment for myself and headed back to the cabin. I had to tuck my glasses underneath my sleeve and slip my phone in my pocket so they would be safe from the now-drizzle that accompanied me back.

The Fates were also very kind to me in that they gave me a shorter than usual drive to meet M at the cafeteria for another work session, so I had a little time to relax before diving back into my story. As happens sometimes, I got to a good stopping point but I was just THAT MUCH shy of not only another 500 increment but another 1,000 mark that would also allow me to color in another of the 15 books tracking my overall word count goal.

It’s becoming clear to me that having not only a writing plan but also a writing schedule really does work. This bodes very well for the retreat M and I are planning in July, as we’ve already got that all worked out. So stay tuned for more from Camp, and as M’s husband said, “Good writings!”

Camp Stats

Days written: 7
Daily word count/goal: 1,510/500
Word count to date/target: 8,263/15,000


NaNo 2013 ~ Day 11

I don’t know about you, but Week Two is often the toughest. This year, W2 was further complicated by my trip to Denver. First there was the Avalanche hockey game (Colorado won, and it was a blast!) on Friday, then there was the conference and a chance to play Magic for the first time in years (it didn’t take long to remember how to play, that’s for sure) on Saturday. Sunday morning was packing and waiting at the hotel to leave for the airport because I woke up way too early. That was followed by the waiting at the airport, the flight and finally the drive home to collapse in my very own bed.

Tamzyn Aurelius
Tamzyn Aurelius

Needless to say, not a single word got written for three whole days.

Fortunately, with the planning that I’ve done ahead of time (thank you, M!) and my notes in Scrivener, I knew right where to pick up the story and get to work. I wrote one scene and cranked out almost 2,500 words in one sitting. That definitely helped gain some ground on where I should be, so that bodes well for the week I think.

I also got to introduce one of my important secondary characters, the sorceress Tamzyn Aurelius. She’s powerful enough that she’s sent my main character Kaia a vision via telepathy, trying to warn her of impending danger. Of course as is the way with magic sometimes, the message isn’t clear and our characters don’t know what it means or who it’s from. On the plus side, I got to have my hero show my heroine how he feels, and I had no idea it was coming and it got me a little mushy inside.

I love it when that happens.

That little surprise planted by my apparently mischievous and secretly romantic plot bunnies will up the ante later for one of those many complications those same plot bunnies insist upon happening everywhere. What will Fitz do when the stranger they meet makes a move on his woman? What will Kaia do?

Heh. I can’t wait to find out.

BTW, don’t forget to check the sidebar for the running totals so far. By the end of the 12th, I should be at 20,004. Only 5,278 to go…