#ROW80 Checkin – Camp NaNoWriMo

I just joined Camp NaNoWriMo (sometimes abbreviated to Camp NaNo – but don’t look that up on the net, it takes you to a site dealing with nano technology, which is interesting but doesn’t give you writing support you may be after).

Camp NaNoWrimo is a sub-website from The Office of Letters & Light – the people who run November’s marathon writing event, NaNoWriMo. Campnano (abbreviating for this post) operates as a support camp in June and August, offering you a cabin group of 6 other writers who are meant to provide a buddy system for you while you push out 50,000 words. I’m not assigned a cabin yet, so await to see. The forums operate out of the NaNoWriMo website.

I just joined for June’s Camp, in an effort to finish the first draft of my A-Z themed short story collection, tentatively now called Blue Daisies. I’m already at 41,000 words, but have an expected wordcount overall of closer to the 70,000 mark, so I’m going to use Campnano to boost those additional writing requirements. It’s kind of cheating, because I know that at any point I can simply put on my current wordcount, and pretty much slaughter the thing. But – I’m after the actual community support. So I’m dropping my real wordcount by 20,000 (in my mind only!) and using that figure to report in wordcount for the camp.

Campnano operates on a weekly basis, with wordcount reporting on Mondays, by the look of @CampNaNoWriMo. As I’ve joined smack in the middle of a Sunday / Monday cross over, it’s pretty quiet in the camp at the moment, so I’ll steal myself some marshmallows and watch out for the darned leeches. It’s Day 4 of the June Camp, so there’s still time to join if you wish.

I also took the liberty of registering a second novel for August’s camp. Blue Suburbia needs another 50,000 words on it, and probably a little more (okay, a lot more, if I consider the cleanup at the front). I hope that August will see me get near completion, and joining November’s NaNoWriMo will see the completion of that first draft. OR – because I can’t make up my mind, I also have another novella in mind in the series, which could be written during NaNoWriMo.That one’s Blue Popcorn.

ROW80 Checkin

I have a bigger post for ROW80 coming up on Wednesday, so this is a brief Sunday (belated) checkin. Technically, it’s still Sunday for most people out there – and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations continue to take place in a chilly British summer’s day.

There is another 3 weeks to go in the current second round of ROW80. I’m doing okay for my goals, although word-count wise, I’m not passing the 2000 average on some days. I’ve hit a slowdown in writing the final short stories, due to a need to reorganise and get my head around the structure and story from a chronological viewpoint – which I managed to do one day last week.

And yeah, I had the damned cold for two weeks. Two miserable weeks. And I still have the cough, and am still having difficulty sleeping. But I’m now in the recovery position, fighting off leeches again (it’s been raining here in Sydney, so they like to make me a wreck by coming inside to dry off and suck our blood), and will actually probably make it to a root canal this week, after postponing it for two weeks in a row. Two miserable weeks.

Right, complaints over. It’s sunny today, 20 degrees (and it’s winter, so there, Britain!) and I’m rocking on with the writing. I’ve been rewriting several shorts also. And more on that on Wednesday.

Here’s the ROW80 Sunday checkin post where you will find others.

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