Camp NaNoWriMo officially starts tomorrow… or tonight, if you want to get technical.
Are you ready? Because I feel like I’m not.
April is going to be a busy month for me. I have to take my Spanish final exam today and then my Spanish class is all done. So, I’ll only have three classes to worry about during the month of April. Yet, I’ll still have work six and half hours a day, plus that small bit of homework, plus blogging, reading, critiquing for my writing group as well as editing my own stuff to send in… oh, and I’m getting my wisdom teeth out towards the end of April.
That will certainly put my life at a stop for a couple of days.
Also, that doesn’t even include Easter, my cousin’s birthday, and my dad’s birthday.
April is going to be ridiculously busy when it’s usually not. But I can’t worry too much about it.
Aside from my Spanish exam, I already finished all my homework for this week. So starting tomorrow I won’t have school to worry about so I’m hoping to get a great head-start on NaNo.
Friday: Friday seemed like a long day. I was anxiously awaiting to get out of work not only for the weekend, but so I could get to my friend’s house. My friend had a baby about a month ago and I was just meeting the baby for the first time. It was a good afternoon because I got to hold a baby (it’s been a long time) and I got to see my friend. I haven’t seen her since her baby shower back in November. I have school and work to thank for that.
Friday night I came home and worked on my writing group’s critiques. They were due Saturday morning, so I naturally left them until the last minute. It’s funny how deadlines creep up on you.
Saturday: I had my first writing group meeting. Technically was the second one, but Kris and I missed the first due to a prior commitment. We were nervous, but it went really well. Including the two of us, there’s seven of us total. Small, but I like it that way. It was good to have my work being read and critiqued by others than family. I got great feedback, both positive and negative. The next step is to edit that part again so I can edit the second part and send that for next month.
My cousin had a birthday party to go to so I went with my mom to drop her off and then we were food shopping. For once, we finished shopping in a timely manner and then had an hour to kill while we waited for my cousin’s party to be over. Once we got home, my mom thought it would be a good idea to go out to dinner. Kris and my dad didn’t feel like going, so Mom and I went to Panera. I was barely home on Saturday and wasn’t able to get anything done I originally planned. However, I spent the majority of the day with my mother (and we don’t get a lot of time to do that often) so it was good.
That night we gave my mom her birthday gifts early. We got her a Blu-Ray player and a new iPad. So I think she was pretty content.
Sunday: It was my mother’s birthday, plus Palm Sunday. So we went to church, which was extra long because the service was an extra half hour and then the Sunday school kids had their annual Easter egg hunt. We ended up being at church for an extra hour.
I took my Spanish quiz (that again, I left until the last minute) and then we went out to dinner. There was 11 of us for dinner and the waitress was slow and not very good, so we were there for a little while. We went to The Outback, so I can’t complain–the food is always awesome.
Then we went back to my house for cake for Mom’s birthday.
Overall, it was a great weekend. Busy, but relaxing at the same time.
This Week: I need to outline a bit more for my Camp NaNo novel. Camp starts in two days. With that being said, I need to finish my homework in a timely manner. Plus, I need to work on my Detective Florence manuscript for my writing group.
April is going to be a busy month; especially when it comes to writing. I hope I’m able to get a routine down and stick with it–even if it’s just for the month.
So remember a little while ago I told you guys that Kris got a Writer’s Digest magazine subscription for Easter? It had a list of the best 101 websites for writers. I mentioned that I was going to go through those websites bit by bit and pick out the ones I truly like and share them with you guys. I haven’t made a dent in looking at the websites thoroughly yet, but one kept catching my eye.
It’s called Critique Circle. I’m sure many of you have heard of it before. I kept wanting to go on there, but never got around to it with everything else going on in my life right now. Then I was reading other blogs and came across a post by Skye Hegyes. In her post Seven Step Editing she mentions Critique Circle.
I’m really glad I came across her post because she posted her editing process. I actually wrote it down so that I could give it a try and see if it works for me as well. One of the steps in her process is to post a few chapters on Critique Circle.
I’ll be honest, I had forgotten about the site for a little bit. So the other day I finally went on there and made an account. It’s a little intimidating at first because there is just so much the site has to offer. I didn’t know where to start. However, after exploring a little bit I can pretty much figure out the site.
All my writer friends on here should go check it out if they do not already have an account on there. You submit stories to be critiqued by others and you critique stories by other members in return–that’s the basic gist of it. There are also forums, all sorts of tools to use for your writing, a bookshelf, and so much more. I won’t do it justice by describing it to you; you’re going to have to go check it out for yourselves.
My username on there is Rachel3. I don’t have the premium membership, so I can’t be buddies with anyone, but at least you can look me up and if you have an account on there, I can look you up as well.
I hope you all give it a shot. I’m sure it’ll prove to be very useful once I get the hang of it.
Hey everyone! I hope we all had a wonderful Easter yesterday. It was a good day and great weather, too! The Easter Bunny brought me an army of Ninja Turtle Beanie Balls which was awesome, a new SD card for my 3DS, and the Kalos Pokedex as well as the Kalos game guide for the X & Y Pokemon games. I also got bark for Raph so I can finally clean her tank. I’m sure she’ll be happy. In addition to that, Kris got the movie Frozen. Best Disney movie ever!
A lot has been going on. One of the preschool teachers has been out for three weeks straight (plus more) so I’ve been working a lot. I also have school…school has been interesting. I just signed up for classes for the Fall semester. I’m taking a class called Selected Authors…guess who the authors are! J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien. I get to read Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings for school. How awesome is that?! It’s pretty awesome, yes.
In addition to work and school, I’ve been busy planning my sister’s bridal shower, which is in August. Plus the bachelorette party, which is in September. Then we have the wedding in October. So that’s been holding my attention a lot. I’ve been babysitting a lot, as well. This week is April vacation so I get a break from work, right? No…stupid me agreed to babysit for four different families and before I realized what I had done, it was too late. I babysat for about four hours today, tomorrow through Friday I have another family for about five hours in the morning. Tuesday night I’m babysitting for a third family and Thursday night I’m babysitting for a fourth family. Wonderful stuff.
I’ve also been slowly trying to clean my bedroom. Kris and I don’t go in there much anymore unless we’re sleeping because now we have our office that used to be Lisa’s room. You guys should have seen all the dust and yuckies in the room. It was terrible. But we’re going to be painting and organizing it soon so it needs to be done. Of course, it should be done regardless, but…whatever. I bought the extended editions of the three Lord of the Rings movies so Kris and I have been pretty busy with those. We’ve been addicted to the series since I had to read The Hobbit for my Science Fiction & Fantasy class.
Well, that’s what’s been going on in my life. I’m sure you all noticed writing was not mentioned at all. Yeah, no. I’ve been failing at my writing recently. I can justify it because I have been really busy (except I guess watching three movies that total to over 12 hours probably doesn’t count as a good excuse), but it doesn’t look like I’ll be winning Camp NaNoWriMo this month.
I started off Camp strong and then I crashed and burned. In between homework and babysitting this week I’m going to really try to kick it into gear, but it’ll be difficult. I’m only at 16,000 or something like that. Kris and I are planning on going to Barnes & Noble on the 27th to write as much as we can though. So can we all keep our fingers crossed for both me and her? That would be much appreciated.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and are writing each and every day unlike me! 🙂
Happy Easter everyone! I hope that you all had a nice, relaxing holiday. I know that I did and I have to say that sitting in church with my father is quite comical. Neither one of us can sit still in church, which is one of the reasons as to why I’m one of the Sunday school teachers…I can’t sit for a full hour listening to a lecture. I love my parish and minister, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t consider myself too religious which makes it kind of hard to listen to that topic for very long. It’s kind of like my math class.
Last night I wrote 6,861 words for Take Over. I am now up to 64,520 words and 100 single-spaced pages. I was hoping to finish the novel today, but I haven’t really gotten a chance to work on it. I am going to try to finish it during Camp NaNo, though. I’m going to cheat a little and add those words to my NaNo word count. I’m still going to try to get to 50,000 words on Saving Each Other for Camp, but I thought I could boost my word count a little and add Take Over. It will make me feel extra accomplished.
I am going to try to write as much as I can on Take Over for the rest of the tonight. Then, when midnight strikes, I’m going to start on my Camp NaNo novel. I may or may not post on here again at two in the morning or whenever I decide to go to bed, but I will definitely post tomorrow. I’m going to try to update every single during April. I always update when I write something and if I update that means I must have written a little that day, right?
I also decided that when I finish whole novel, that’s when I’ll add the excerpt. When I start a novel, I’ll add the summary. Of course, since I just thought of this, I’m going to post both the excerpt and the summary for Take Over at the same time when I finish the novel. I’m not going to worry about the summary for Saving Each Other. Since I already wrote it technically, I already posted the summary on here before. It’s under the Summaries category…or it should be, anyway.
Today I have been working on polishing my children’s picture book Asking Bobby. I wrote a synopsis and sent it to one publisher so far. Wish me luck!
And good luck to everyone who is participating in Camp NaNoWriMo! 🙂
2013: 79,716/365,000 Words Written
2013: 1,749/18,250 Pages Read