Camp NaNoWriMo Ends – A Late Update

Ignoring the fact that this update is just a few days late I figured I’d give you the final breakdown of how my July Camp NaNoWriMo experience went.

I think I set an all time record low in word count this year.

But you know what, that’s okay because I was super busy and I know from past experience that I am far less successful during Camp NaNoWriMo than NaNoWriMo. So how badly did I do?

Well remember the last two updates where I said I was sitting at 2303 words? Yup, that would also be the word count I finished with. Do I wish I had written more? Of course! But I got other stuff done during the month so in the end July was a productive month even if my writing was a bit lackluster.

Results will be much better during the November NaNoWriMo to be sure. And now I must scamper, I’m off to vacation land for the next two weeks so hopefully September will see this blog getting a bit more attention again.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Update 3

Ignoring the fact that this post is a day later I am none the less giving you another quick update on my writing…or should I say lack there of. Summer and writing for me just don’t get along. So needless to say I once again got nothing done for my novel.

Oddly enough I did do a bunch of writing this weekend, and if it had have been for my novel I’d probably be almost done by now, but since it was typing up posts and reviews for my other blog it doesn’t count. So yes I did have a productive week of writing, it just had nothing to do with my Camp NaNoWriMo project. Ah well, any writing done makes me happy so I can’t complain.

Also fun random fact. Thursday July 18th was apparently my two year Anniversary for this blog. Wow, I can’t believe this blog has been around for two years, I feel kind of bad for not giving it the amount of attention that it deserves.

Camp NaNoWriMo Update 1

Well it’s been a little over a week since Camp NaNoWriMo started, and I’m a bit behind on my word count. Not only did I lower my initial word count goal from 25k to 15k in the first couple of days but then I got super busy and feel behind on my writing. I am currently sitting at 2303 words written, when I need to be at 3870 as of today. I’m not too worried since I know when I do have a chunk of free time I can easily get that word count up to ¬†where it should be or beyond it. I’m also trying hard to go for quality words in my writing, which is why I reduced the word count earlier in the month.

I will have another update next week and hopefully by then I will be well above where I need to be.

Return To Writing

Well it has been far too long since I posted on this blog, and about just as long since I’ve done any actual writing. Why the lack of it all? Well I don’t have a very good answer for you. Mainly I needed a break from writing after the last round of NaNoWriMo and then a lot of my time and effort went into my book review blog. But now I’m getting the itch to write again, and with some gentle pushing by my husband, I have decided to dive back into it.

And what better way to return to the world of writing than to participate in the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo. Starting July 1st and going to July 31st writers are given the chance to write as much or as little as they want! Unlike the November main NaNoWriMo, that has a word count goal of fifty thousand, Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own word count goal.

Since I have a number of other things happening in July I have set my writing goal at twenty-five thousand words. Anything I get over this will be great and while I wish I could go for a full fifty thousand I just don’t see that happening. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to getting back into writing and having a word count goal and a set end date is just the pressure I need to get it done.

Are you participating in CampNaNoWriMo?If so are you going for a full fifty thousand words? Or perhaps more or less?

The Ever Growing Bookshelf

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am a bookaholic.

I have a problem, a book problem. Though when you think about it, is being a lover of books truly a problem? No, I don’t think it is. There are far worse things to be addicted to in this life. Reading is such a great activity that I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t read. But, I’m getting slightly off topic here so let’s focus. As many book lovers will know books tend to pile up faster than you can read them some days. Vacation, house responsibilities and other tidbits of life can cut into reading time. And that is just the books you currently own. Then there are trips to the book store, both new and used, garage sales and libraries that can further increase the size of your to read piles.

In a way having that many books is a good thing. This way you know you will always have something to read no matter how fast or slow you are able to work through them. So in a way having all these books around the house isn’t so much a problem at all. The problem is finding room in the house to put said books.

A solution was found to this the other day. On a shopping trip where I managed to pick up yet another armful of books at the used book store I also made a second stop which was just as important. This stop helped me acquire two new bookshelves. Why two? Well they aren’t all that big, but given the space I have to work with I couldn’t have gotten big shelves even if I wanted to. Yesterday was spent putting them together and placing some of my new additions on them as well as some books that I have had for some time now. I’ve still got a few piles of books to sort through and add to the shelves but then are looking pretty darn good so far.

 

I’ve also been busy writing up a backlog of book reviews. There is one and half left to type up. Once they are all done I will be posting them. I had considered posting them as I finished writing them, however I know that would have made me want to pick up the next book in the pile and thus fall further behind on reviews, so I’m doing them in one big lump. This will give me the freedom to do a bunch of reading and reviewing after they are done so I can focus on the current book instead of being distracted by the books that I read in the past and am trying to remember all the details for an accurate review.

Also since today is the first day of August that means the official start to the second round of Camp NaNoWriMo. I didn’t fair so well in Junes round, so I’m really oping to pull through and hit my word count goal this month. However I am not starting until I get these last two book reviews done so I had best get to it before I fall to far behind on my word count again.

The End of The Vacation

Just a small update today as I have much unpacking and laundry to do. My vacation has come and gone. I’m sad that it’s over as I really didn’t get the opportunity to do as many things as I had wanted to, but at the same time I’m glad to be home. In the next day or two I should be posting a overview of my vacation, though it might not be as impressive as I had originally hoped for, and then I’ll be playing catch up with some book reviews I did not have a chance to post before leaving.

Also I’m working on plans for my August Camp NaNoWriMo novel. Here’s hoping this one is more successful than Junes version. Are you participating in August’s Camp NaNoWriMo?