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.

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?

All These Things

Ah this weekend was a busy one. So much so that I am only just getting around to talking about it now. Of course this week itself is also proving incredibly busy since I leave for a two week vacation in a few days and most of my time is currently spend scrambling to get things done.

On Saturday I headed out for a day to myself, which by the way is not entirely fun when I spend eight hours in the truck to do so. My goal was to do some semi last minute pre-vacation shopping and see the new Pixar movie Brave. The shopping I don’t care about, I never liked shopping so the details are vague at best. But oh man, Brave was an amazing movie!

Ignoring the fact that I was the only person in the theater that did not have a child with them, I was totally excited about seeing this movie. When I first saw a teaser for it about a year ago I knew that it would be good. The CG was amazing, the story was great and the characters I just absolutely loved. I won’t go into details because I would hate to ruin it for people who haven’t seen it yet, and trust me I hate when spoilers are given out. All I can say is if you haven’t already went to see it then go do so now. You will not be disappointed, and if you do find yourself disappointed, well then shame on you.

Now I did make a quick stop at the use bookstore after the movie. A dangerous place to visit after my last experience, but luck was on my husbands wallet side as pretty much all the books I was hoping to get they didn’t have in stock. It was a sad time for me. However, I didn’t walk out empty handed, because honestly I knew there would be something worth picking up. So I ended up leaving the store with two books, Anything for Billy and Buffalo Girls both by Larry McMurtry.

With that trip out of the way we spend a few hours on Monday canoeing and fishing. That was the bargain I struck with my husband, I got to see Brave and he would take us fishing. I’m not a fan of fishing, even less so eating fish, but I was willing to go because our son wanted to go. It was the perfect weather to go as well. Once we drove out to the lake we put the canoe in the water and while we were getting ready our son saw something.

Curious I went over to see what the fuss was. Turned out it was hundreds of tadpoles. He was pretty darn excited about seeing them, and I can understand why, I loved tadpoles as a kid and often took some home in a bucket to watch grow into frogs before releasing them back where they came from.

After satisfying the need to watch tadpoles for quite some time we finally got in the canoe, paddled out and we started fishing. The first cast brought in nothing. The second one got my husband all excited. He felt a tug and was proud to have caught a fish so quickly.

Yeah, not quite the fish he had thought it would be. This was now the new trend in our fishing, cast the line, reel it in, remove plant material from hook, try again. I don’t know if there were no fish in that lake or we just had terrible luck but plants were the only thing we caught that day. Of course our son didn’t seem to mind, he had fun even without catching fish.

The best part of it came after we left the lake. We headed home, put away the canoe and supplies then went for a short walk. We ended up at the doughnut shop and came home with these:

Oh yeah, that is one delicious doughnut. It was certainly the perfect end to the day. So stuffed with all that deliciousness I remembered something and cringed. I’ve been completely neglecting my Camp NaNoWriMo novel. I am normally very diligent about working on my novels but this month has been full of distracts that I have not been able to ignore. So while I panic about not reading my word count goal I am also glad for some of the distractions. Perhaps with some miracle I will reach fifty thousand words before the end of the month, though with a trip looming this weekend and lots of packing and prep still to do I don’t know if I should get my hopes up.

Camp NaNoWriMo Update

With my parents week long visit now over I am struggling to catch up on a few things. The main thing being my Camp NaNoWriMo novel. By some miracle I was able to write just over six thousand words while they were here, but as it sits I am still about two thousand words behind. The good news is I know I can make this up in no time. The bad news is, thanks to an eye appointment earlier today, my pupils are majorly dilated and thus it is extremely hard to look at a computer screen at the moment. Tomorrow will be my catch up on writing day for sure.

I also have a few book reviews to post, but again with the same reason I am not working on my novel I will also not be writing those today. Over the next few days I will be playing catch up on those as well. And for those who are curious about what books I will be reviewing, well one of them is If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) by Betty White. So stay tuned for more posts coming this week. For now I’m going to go find a nice dark room to hide in until then.

Summer Reading And Writing

Though the weather outside lately has more resembled fall, if not winter, than summer I have taken to creating my summer reading list. I know I’m a bit behind on the times, but last month was just terrible overall, even if I did manage to read five books, so I had not gotten around to making my reading list. For the most part my list will be flexible. I do not plan to read them in the order they are listed, with the exception of the first few. Why? Well the answer is simple, while wandering around Goodreads I came across some requests for a few authors who were looking for people to read and review their new, and in some cases older, novels. Well I jumped at the chance, volunteering to do just that. This will certainly help me in my goal to explore the genres I normally wouldn’t read and introduce myself to new authors as well.

So my reading list is as follows:

That is at least the beginning of the list, there are more, several more in fact, but if I list too many I won’t know where to begin after getting the review ones done. As I read books and cross them off I’ll add more to the list so there are always several options for me to pick from. I could list them all right now, yes this is true, however you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of books listed, especially since my to read list looks a bit like this (only much less organized):

Another thing to keep me busy this summer is Camp NaNoWriMo. This is very similar to the November NaNoWriMo, writing fifty thousand words in thirty days, except that with the warm summer weather you might be tempted to go spend time outside instead of at your computer writing. That’s alright, might as well enjoy those summer days while they last. I haven’t decided completely if I will be participating in both Camp NaNoWriMo’s this year, one in June and one in August, but I am definitely doing the June one. Which actually starts tomorrow.

Ah! Panic mode!

Wait. What am I panicking for? I have my novel planned out. A nice outline, timeline, character sheets, map, you name it if I need it for my novel it’s ready to go. Now I can breath a sigh of relief. No more pantsing for me, I learned my lesson after the 2010 NaNoWriMo that I am most definitely not a pantser. I am a planner 110%. The only hitch in my plans, my parents arrive today for a week long visit.

Even greater panic mode!

Though their visit will completely disrupt my first week of writing, since I know they will neither understand what the big deal is nor allow me to sit at my computer to get some serious writing done, I am confident that I will come out a winner. With my outline firmly in place I should be able to make up those lost words in a matter of days and be well on my way to the fifty thousand mark.