Camp NaNoWriMo, Again, Apparently

So, I’m doing it again, apparently.

My word count goal is much lower this time, however, because July is a very busy month for me this year.  This is the first year I’m doing both summer NaNos, too, so I thought I’d go easy on myself.  For now, my goal is 15,500, so about 500 words per day, which is pretty reasonable.

I started on July 3rd, though, so I’m a little bit behind, but not by too much.

I am also writing by hand for the first time, which should be interesting.  So far I’m having pretty good success getting something onto the nice crisp white pages, and I hope it continues this way.  I dread the hand cramps that are in my future, though.

You can find my project here:



Once Upon a Time… (2)

The girl’s name, often to her consternation, was Doris Sanderienne, and she was tall for her seven years, with short fluffy blonde hair and pale sensible eyes.

She left town with only the wind for company, her companions standing where she’d left them, uncertain what to do about her, and was so far down the trail by the time they had come to the decision that her foolishness was not their affair that she could no long see any but the tallest building in the town.

By the time she was approaching the wizard’s tower, the sun was already beginning to set, and she had had enough time to begin to regret her impulsive decision to visit the wizard.  The air was chilled, and the light was going fast.  She was much too far from home to go back, and her parents surely would be worried. But she had accepted the dare, and so Doris went up to the tower’s rickety wooden door, reached for the heavy iron knocker, and knocked as hard as she could before she had time to think better of it.

Once upon a time . . .

March 21st, 2013

Once upon a time there was a kingdom by the sea, and in a tower on the cliff there lived a wizard. The people of the kingdom knew he was there, but they were afraid because of how close the tower was to the cliffs’ edge and of how high the tower rose into the clouds above. Because of their fear, no one could remember when the wizard had last been seen, but because the tower still seemed to be in good repair from a distance, everyone was sure that he was still there until one day a little girl asked her friend the fateful question,
“But what if he isn’t there? Shouldn’t someone check?”

To which her capricious friend replied, “If you care so much, why don’t you go?”

Another child smirked and said, “I dare you!”

And because she was so young, and a little foolish, she said, “Well, okay, why not? I’ll go right now.”


Next part:

NaNoWriMo and Me…

The challenge of NaNoWriMo for me isn’t really to write 1,667 words a day.  The challenge is to open that word document each day.  Once it’s open, and I’ve put the first word down, it’s more difficult to stop long enough to get other things done during the day than it is to work towards 1,667 words.

I feel like opening the document is taking time away from the things I really should (have) to do- the things I’m being paid for at work, the laundry, changing the pets’ litter, giving them the attention their short little lives deserve…

Each day is so short, but if I have the document open while I’m doing everything else, the words slip away from me and into the document- they stop distracting me, and making my head spin.  It feels more like as the words are appearing on the page, the tale is revealing itself to me as if it had always been there, just waiting for me to get my act together and let it do its thing.  I still feel like I’m being naughty each time I switch to the Microsoft word tab on my screen, but there’s no way I have the time to sit solidly working on it in the evening after work, when I’m exhausted and trying not to snap at anyone because I’m hungry and tired and really would rather just go to sleep.

But I think I’m over the slump.  I didn’t write at all for three days, and hadn’t written enough for a few days before, and now the NaNo site tells me I need to write about 2,000 words a day to make my goal on time, but I think it’s going to be okay.  Even if I don’t finish on time for the first of December, I’ll still have written a whole lot more than otherwise.

I’ve moved Syracuse 7

Onto its own blog, since I feel it’s bogging this one down a little.

If you want to see it, it will be over here at: Syracuse 7

I’ll still keep you updated with my progress with NaNoWriMo from here, though, so that page doesn’t get all clogged up with things that aren’t actually the story.

: – )  Just 3 more weeks of NaNo to go!  I’m way behind, but I’ll keep going, even if I don’t win, I still want to be proud of what I’ve achieved by the end!