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Day 110 of Isolation: Camp NaNoWriMo July Edition

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Well, it’s that time again for Camp NaNoWriMo!

If you like NaNoWriMo in November, you’ll love the laid back user-defined version that appears in April and July. The difference between the main event and Camp is you get to choose your goal instead of being stuck with the 50k words of NaNoWriMo.

Of course, there used to be a nifty fun Camp NaNo site that was themed with cabins to chat with friends and you could actually change your goal, but last year the site merged with the new NaNo site and things aren’t fully integrated yet.

Never fear. You can still choose your own goal of words, hours, pages, chapters or whatever else fits your fancy. You just have to fudge things a little on the goal tracker.

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I decided instead of doing a novel or fanfic this month, I’m going to use the AYearAgo.Today journaling site every day to journal about my chronic illnesses. So I set my goal for the vent to be 31 words (one per day). Sure it looks wonky, but it works.

In April, I originally decided I would try to edit Heaven Can’t Wait and literally did no work on it (didn’t even open the file after the first day), but I did keep up my daily isolation blog here. So I thought maybe I could do something like that instead because of the other unique things about Camp is that you don’t have to write a novel. Anything goes including daily blogs/journals.

I haven’t completed a NaNo of any kind in quite a while so I’m hoping to get a winner’s badge out of this project. And the best part of a personal journal is that I don’t have to plot or plan anything. I’m literally just rambling about what my life is like with all of these health problems. Even on the worst days, I can muster a few hundred words about how much things are sucking and that’s totally legit in the spirit of the journal. I can’t go wrong.*

So who’s joining me at Camp this month?

*knock on wood

Day 15 of Isolation: To Camp NaNo or Not

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So, it’s that time of year again. Time for Camp NaNoWriMo. Things are a little different this year as the Camp NaNo site was absorbed by the new NaNoWriMo site which has some limitations on projects. In the past, the benefit of doing Camp NaNo was that you had a wide range of options for your goal which included choosing your own word count (as opposed to the 50k word goal of the regular NaNo), time working on a project (in case you were editing), lines or pages worked on if you were doing something like poetry or plays. There were a lot of options. But the new site only lets you use wordcounts.

They do have some suggestions on how to make that work for you this year while they try to work out the kinks for next year so you can still have your options, you’ll just have to fudge things a bit.

Cabins are also different this year. I’m not really sure how they work since I’m not joining any, but apparently, you apply through the forums and then the groups are on the main site which is really clunky and hard to use.

I still haven’t decided if I’m going to do Camp this year. I usually attempt it at least in April (there’s another session in July) and usually fail, lol. But I’ve been dealing with this anemia forever now and my energy just keeps going down and down. I can’t get treated anymore because the world focus is on COVID-19–everything else has been pushed to the side. I know it’s for our own protection (less chance of us getting infected or infecting anyone else), but it still sucks that I’m left to suffer and slowly die from this illness. I’m not sure I’ll have the energy or focus to handle Camp right now, but I also hate not trying.

If I do decide to do it, I’m going to set my goals really low so it doesn’t feel like an automatic failure because my energy depletes by the middle of the month. I’m thinking no more than 500 words/day. That’s 15,000 for the month.

My potential projects are:

Anyway, I highly recommend Camp NaNo to any writer out there, especially those that find regular NaNo in November with its 50k word goal too lofty for their tastes. And with a lot of people at home in isolation, now’s a great time to try something new.

Camp NaNo – Day 1

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Day 1

  • Goal: 63 sentences (approximately 882 words)
  • Actual: 0
  • Written: 0
  • Notes: Today was a bust. I mean, I wrote a ton–lots of blog posts, but none of it was for camp. Then before I could start that project, I had to go grocery shopping with the family, and it exhausted me. I was barely able to keep my eyes open the rest of the night, let alone write. So, I’m starting the month off even more behind than I was. Sigh. I did get up from a late nap, hoping to get some writing done, but was still too out of it. Best just get to bed and hope for a better tomorrow.
  • Total sentences for the month: 0 (0%)
  • Total words for the month: 0
  • Actual “days” finished: 0 of 62 (0%)
At This Rate You Will Finish: ??

Camp NaNo Strikes Again

2019-writerfacebook_coverOops, I was supposed to pick a goal before today, wasn’t I? July really snuck up on me this year with the new grandson, hurt cats, and lots of projects to get done. Not to mention still feeling constantly fatigued but trying to get the yard fixed up despite it. No rest for the weary.

I’m probably not in any condition to do NaNo right now, but since I failed in April, I’m going to try again. And probably fail again. Oh well. Can’t succeed if you don’t first try. Amirite?

So I’m going back to my goal from April: get caught up on Uncalled For Actions.

Back in April, my goal was to finish all of my sentences for February, March, and April before the end of the month. Well, I’m sad to say, despite all of that work, and only needing six more days at the end of April, I still haven’t finished those April sentences.

I have 34 left for April 30. Then I decided to take May off because I was burnt out and wanted to work on stuff for the baby. But because I never caught up with April, I also haven’t done any of the June sentences. So I’m way behind again. I could just call June a loss and start with one sentences today, but I’m going to try and get this done.

So the goal for July Camp is 1,925 sentences. 34 for April, 465 for June, and 1,426 for July. That will finish chapters 18 – 24. It comes out to 63 sentences per day which is slightly less than for April Camp.

That is if the story is still going. Based on where I am and what little I’ve plotted in my head, I should have plenty left to write. This story could be going on forever.


And don’t forget, if you’re participating in Camp NaNo or just want some fun motivation with your writing, check out 4thwords.com.

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It’s a great writing site set up like an RPG game where you are a character fighting monsters with your wordcounts. During NaNo events, we run month-long special events with unique monsters, quests, and prizes that are only available for that event. So now is the perfect time to check out the site.

wignow_mdThere’s a 30-day free trial (perfect for doing NaNo), and after that, it’s $4.99/month. A good deal if you ask me. I’ve been a member since December 2015, and my writing and productivity have both increased greatly. I owe my 911-day streak of writing to 4tw. That’s 2 1/2 years or writing every day.

The site also has a forum filled with great writers of all genres and experiences. From the newbie fanfic writer to professional authors that actually make money (it’s a thing). I’m a mod there (@justanotherjen) so I’ll be around.

If you decide to check it out, use this referral code: WVBIY23608 that way if you decide to stick around and buy a subscription, we both get extra c-crystals (currency in the game used to by subscription time and cool goodies for your forum avatar).

Camp NaNo – Day 30 Finale Update

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So Camp is finally over. I didn’t win. I didn’t really think I would, but I’m satisfied with how much I did get done although I probably could have gotten more if I’d put a little more effort in. Or played a lot less Sims.

But every NaNo event teaches me new things about writing and my limits. I’m currently learning to live with this chronic fatigue that eats all the energy I have physically and mentally. I can no longer expect 5k days and 50k months. I just can’t do it. My best day for April was the 27th when I wrote over 2,500 for the story. I did nearly 3k total for the 12th but half of that was rambling blog posts.

The worst part of the whole thing is I didn’t quite catch up with my sentences. I’m still six days behind so I can’t really let up yet. I’m so close I can taste it, though.

Day 30

  • Goal: 380 sentences (approximately 5,700 words)
  • Actual: 37 sentences; 589 words
  • Written: 29 for Day 114 (Apr 24), 8 for Day 115 (Apr 25)
  • Notes: Not much got done because my sixteen-year-old daughter convinced me to play Pandemic Legacy with her on our new dining room table. Board games are even worse than the Sims as distractions, but better because it’s spending time with the kids, I guess?
  • Total sentences for the month: 1,953 of 2,252 (87%)
  • Total words for the month: 29,659 (including rewrites)
  • Actual “days” finished: 62 of 67 (93%)
At This Rate You Will Finish: May 6, 2019

Six Sentence Sample

With a laugh, Gil patted Tarvek’s cheek as he headed towards the door. “I beat you oncce already.” Tarvek shoved him hard in the back, but Gil was expecting it, easily hopping with the momentum and staying on his feet. “See you in the morning, Sturmvoraus–I have a party to get back to that I was very much invited to.”

He waggled his fingers over his shoulder and slammed the oor seconds before something hit it with a dull thwump then fell to the floor.

“You owe me new trousers,” Tarvek shouted from the closed lab.


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More info about my Camp NaNo project here.
To catch up on “Uncalled For Actions”, a Girl Genius fanfic told in sentences, start with Part 1.

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Camp NaNo – Day 29

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Previous totals: 1,836 sentences; 28,034 words

Day 29

  • Goal: 222 sentences (approximately 3,330 words)
  • Actual: 80 sentences; 979 words
  • Written: 54 for Day 113 (Apr 23), 26 for Day 114 (Apr 24)
  • Notes: We had to run some errands including a trip to Ikea for a new dining room table (after eight years of using a picnic table in the dining room only but only in the winter). Love the new table, but the day wore me out so I got almost nothing written.
  • Total sentences for the month: 1,916 of 2,252 (85%)
  • Total words for the month: 29,013 (including rewrites)
  • Actual “days” finished: 61 of 67 (91%)
At This Rate You Will Finish: May 6, 2019

Six Sentence Sample

At the center was a long workbench covered in a microscope, beakers, and about a dozen little bottles. And one familiar feathered dart.

He picked it up, anger flaring along with a phantom pain in his neck. He spun, looking for Tarvek, just in time to get a ball of fabric to the face that nearly knocked him off his feet with the force it hit him.

“Deidrick Lafayette,” Tarvek said. “That’s the name of the designer on Avenue Montaigne, Paris.”


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More info about my Camp NaNo project here.
To catch up on “Uncalled For Actions”, a Girl Genius fanfic told in sentences, start with Part 1.

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Camp NaNo – Day 28

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Previous totals: 1,707 sentences; 26,369 words

Day 28

  • Goal: 183 sentences (approximately 2,745 words)
  • Actual: 129 sentences; 1,665 words
  • Written: 24 sentences for Day 110 (Apr 20), 52 for Day 111 (Apr 21), 53 for Day 112 (Apr 22)
  • Notes: Sims is a very distracting game so not as much got written as I planned. On the other hand, I discovered the money tree in the sims, and then the gardener of the family, harvested and replanted nine more money trees so they never need to worry about money ever again.
  • Total sentences for the month: 1,836 of 2,252 (82%)
  • Total words for the month: 28,034 (including rewrites)
  • Actual “days” finished: 60 of 67 (90%)
At This Rate You Will Finish: May 5, 2019

Six Sentence Sample

“Yes, besides that,” he said flatly even as he slid out of his jacket and brocade waistcoat. The smirk that curled her lips made him pause.

“Those flowers drawn on your butt are probably going to get more than a few laughs,” she said, not even bothering to hold back her own giggles.

“What!” He twisted around to see the back of his trousers–sure enough, a floral pattern covered most of the seat. It looked suspiciously like the design on the chairs in the summit room.


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More info about my Camp NaNo project here.
To catch up on “Uncalled For Actions”, a Girl Genius fanfic told in sentences, start with Part 1.

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Part 11 is now available.
Part 12 is now available.
Part 13 is now available.

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Camp NaNo – Day 26

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Previous totals: 1,456 sentences; 23,051 words

Day 26

  • Goal: 125 sentences (approximately 1,875 words)
  • Actual: 60 sentences; 762 words
  • Written: 30 sentences for Day 105 (Apr 15), 30 sentences for Day 106 (Apr 16)
  • Notes: Life is too distracting. Too many projects to work on and not enough time. Also grocery shopping. That takes forever. And cooking dinner. With my fatigue issues, it just wears me out before I even get started. Sigh. Still got more done than I thought I would.
  • Total sentences for the month: 1,516 of 2,252 (67%)
  • Total words for the month: 23,813 (including rewrites)
  • Actual “days” finished: 53 of 67 (79%)
At This Rate You Will Finish: May 11, 2019

Six Sentence Sample

Heavy booted feet stomped down the hall as Gil’s gaze landed on some barrels just inside the room. He used all his strength to swing one around tipping it on its side as he did.

“Now, you get ready to run.”

Gil wedged himself between a sturdy storage rack and the barrel and waited while Theo stood in the shadows next to the still-open door. As soon as the guards appeared, Gil kicked the barrel as hard as he could, sending it tumbling into the unsuspecting men.

“Go,” he yelled, dashing forward and hurdling both the guards and barrel.


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More info about my Camp NaNo project here.
To catch up on “Uncalled For Actions”, a Girl Genius fanfic told in sentences, start with Part 1.

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Part 10 is now available.
Part 11 is now available.
Part 12 is now available.

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Camp NaNo – Day 25

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Previous totals: 1,429 sentences; 22,726 words

Day 25

  • Goal: 104 sentences (approximately 1,560 words)
  • Actual: 27 sentences; 325 words
  • Written: 11 sentences for Day 104 (Apr 14), 16 sentences for Day 105 (Apr 15)
  • Notes: Just another one of those days where nothing got done–it’s pretty much my MO right now.
  • Total sentences for the month: 1,456 of 2,252 (65%)
  • Total words for the month: 23,051 (including rewrites)
  • Actual “days” finished: 52 of 67 (78%)
At This Rate You Will Finish: May 11, 2019

Six Sentence Sample

“Oops,” Gil mumbled.

“I’m watching,” Theo said, “and I’m learning so much.”

“Stuff it, both of you,” Celeste hissed then shoved them towards the patio where a window sat slightly ajar.

They crawled behind the guards’ backs as they argued and discussed the broken door then one-by-one, lept out the window and scurried through the potted plants and mostly leafless trees.

Back inside the castle, Celeste guided them out of the sitting room. “This way.”


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More info about my Camp NaNo project here.
To catch up on “Uncalled For Actions”, a Girl Genius fanfic told in sentences, start with Part 1.

Part 8 is now available.
Part 9 is now available.
Part 10 is now available.
Part 11 is now available.
Part 12 is now available.

Part 13 is now available!

Camp NaNo – Day 24

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Previous totals: 1,408 sentences; 22,543 words

Day 24

  • Goal: 125 sentences (approximately 1,875 words)
  • Actual: 21 sentences; 183 words
  • Written: 21 sentences for Day 104 (Apr 14)
  • Notes: I wore myself out helping the boys clean the garage (which is now their room after their oldest sister moved into theirs because she’s having a baby soon). It took every ounce of energy to write those few sentences.
  • Total sentences for the month: 1,429 of 2,252 (63%)
  • Total words for the month: 22,726 (including rewrites)
  • Actual “days” finished: 51 of 67 (76%)
At This Rate You Will Finish: May 10, 2019

Six Sentence Sample

“I’m twelve… and a half.”

Gil snorted. “You sound just like Seffie.”

“Who?”

“Never mind.”

“Shh,” Celeste hissed, ducking further behind the sofa and squishing Zulenna into Gil who fell against Theo.


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More info about my Camp NaNo project here.
To catch up on “Uncalled For Actions”, a Girl Genius fanfic told in sentences, start with Part 1.

Part 8 is now available.
Part 9 is now available.
Part 10 is now available.
Part 11 is now available.
Part 12 is now available.

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