2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #4

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The fourth week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end and we are nearing the end of Camp NaNoWriMo.

As you can see from the image below, I have been focusing less on Hunters’ Betrayal and more on other projects. I wanted to submit a short story for the third anthology of The Longest Night’s Watch, but the truth is I don’t think I’ll have something ready. I have a couple ideas, and have written on both, but they are both too long for submission and while I could whittle the ideas down, neither will still be short enough without taking away from the individual stories.

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That said, I think I’ll forgo my submission this time – although I won’t stop working on these particular story ideas – and have projects ready for the fourth and fifth volume of The Longest Night’s Watch, should they come to exist. Otherwise, I’ll publish them in an anthology of short stories later.

Day 1: 2,619 (Goal: 1,612)
Day 2: 4,039 (Goal: 3,225)
Day 3: 6,381 (Goal: 4,838)
Day 4: 6,381 (Goal: 6,451)
Day 5: 6,958 (Goal: 8,064)
Day 6: 9,705 (Goal: 9,677)
Day 7: 12,854 (Goal: 11,290)

Day 8: 14,957 (Goal: 12,903)
Day 9: 17,244 (Goal: 14,516)
Day 10: 18,575 (Goal: 16,129)
Day 11: 24,587 (Goal: 17,741)
Day 12: 27,021 (Goal: 19,354)
Day 13: 28,163 (Goal: 20,967)
Day 14: 28,840 (Goal: 22,580)

Day 15: 28,840 (Goal: 24,193)
Day 16: 28,840 (Goal: 25,806)
Day 17: 29,054 (Goal: 27,419)
Day 18: 29,148 (Goal: 29,032)
Day 19: 29,148 (Goal: 30,645)
Day 20: 30,684 (Goal: 32,258)
Day 21: 34,749 (Goal: 33,870)

Day 22: 37,115 (Goal: 35,483)
Day 23: 37,115 (Goal: 37,096)
Day 24: 37,678 (Goal: 38,709)
Day 25: 40,846 (Goal: 40,322)
Day 26: 44,941 (Goal: 41,935)
Day 27: 46,155 (Goal: 43,548)
Day 28: 46,705 (Goal: 45,161)

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Previously on 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo:
– 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Plans
– 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #1
– 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #2
– 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #3

2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #3

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The third week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. I have gotten a lot done, but there is still more to do. This week I worked on several projects, as you can see.

2017JulyCampRecap3I focused, first on the edits for Puck’s Choice. Finished those up in a couple of days and sent them to my editor. They are out of my hands and on their way to being professionally edited.

Afterward, I sat down and had a really hard look at the short story, “Sneeze”, which I wrote for The Longest Night Watch, Volume 2. I wanted to write a submission for the third anthology, and I’d been asked if I was going to stay in that fictional world, but I had no idea what to write about.

Then, I thought about another idea I’d had for a middle-grade story I wanted to write, one that I think “Sneeze” could easily fall into. BAM! BOOM! Got my story idea. I’ve been working on it recently, and my word count has gone upwards again. I still don’t have a name for said story. I’ll figure that out eventually.

Day 1: 2,619 (Goal: 1,612)
Day 2: 4,039 (Goal: 3,225)
Day 3: 6,381 (Goal: 4,838)
Day 4: 6,381 (Goal: 6,451)
Day 5: 6,958 (Goal: 8,064)
Day 6: 9,705 (Goal: 9,677)
Day 7: 12,854 (Goal: 11,290)

Day 8: 14,957 (Goal: 12,903)
Day 9: 17,244 (Goal: 14,516)
Day 10: 18,575 (Goal: 16,129)
Day 11: 24,587 (Goal: 17,741)
Day 12: 27,021 (Goal: 19,354)
Day 13: 28,163 (Goal: 20,967)
Day 14: 28,840 (Goal: 22,580)

Day 15: 28,840 (Goal: 24,193)
Day 16: 28,840 (Goal: 25,806)
Day 17: 29,054 (Goal: 27,419)
Day 18: 29,148 (Goal: 29,032)
Day 19: 29,148 (Goal: 30,645)
Day 20: 30,684 (Goal: 32,258)
Day 21: 34,749 (Goal: 33,870)

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Previously on 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo:
– 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Plans
– 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #1
– 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #2

2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #2

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The second week of Camp NaNoWriMo is completed. I’m still focusing on Hunters’ Betrayal, but there’s been some interesting developments as well.

First, I contacted an editor for the first Shifters & Mages novel, Puck’s Choice. Currently, it is published with Cedar Loft Publishing, but I will be getting the rights back for it and the second novel, Jenna’s Story, by the end of August. Meaning, they will no longer be published.

That said, I have been slowly looking into indie publishing them on my end. I’ve been looking up cover artist costs, editing costs, audiobook costs, etc. If I thought there was a lot to look into with publishing with a small traditional publisher, there’s even more to look up with indie publishing.

So, deciding to put Puck’s Choice did two things. First, it put me a little behind writing schedule because I decided (the moment I booked the editor) to do one more read-through/edit of the novel myself before I send it to her. Second, it allowed me to see that the novel was not as long as I thought.

In my mind, the novels are about 75K in length, and I actually thought Puck’s Choice was too, but it’s not. It was only 72.5K, and I expect it will be shorter after another round of editing.

So… I changed my writing goal on my chart. Instead of aiming for 75K, like I was originally, I’m now aiming for 70K. When I do my first self-edit, I tend to add more description anyway, so 70K for a first draft is pretty dang good in my opinion, and more obtainable than 75K.

I also added a column to my chart that allowed me to track my other writing. Meaning that outside my main project. This can include any side projects, short stories, etc I’m working on. It does not include blog posts (don’t I wish), online posts, etc.

The image below is my chart, which includes my personal project writing totals, not my Camp NaNoWriMo counts.

2017julycamprecap2Day 1: 2,619 (Goal: 1,612)
Day 2: 4,039 (Goal: 3,225)
Day 3: 6,381 (Goal: 4,838)
Day 4: 6,381 (Goal: 6,451)
Day 5: 6,958 (Goal: 8,064)
Day 6: 9,705 (Goal: 9,677)
Day 7: 12,854 (Goal: 11,290)

Day 8: 14,957 (Goal: 12,903)
Day 9: 17,244 (Goal: 14,516)
Day 10: 18,575 (Goal: 16,129)
Day 11: 24,587 (Goal: 17,741)
Day 12: 27,021 (Goal: 19,354)
Day 13: 28,163 (Goal: 20,967)
Day 14: 28,840 (Goal: 22,580)

Above is my Camp NaNoWriMo word counts. As you can see I’m doing much better there than with my personal word counts. Not to say I’m not happy with my personal word counts – I am – but it looks much better when the chart says I’m only aiming for 50K, which is what I always aim for, rather than 70K.

And my personal word counts are going to steadily get worse over the next couple of days because I plan on doing a quick read-through/edit of Puck’s Choice before sending it off.

How’s Camp going for you guys?

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Previously on 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo:
2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Plans
2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #1

2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Recap #1

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The first week of Camp NaNoWriMo is completed. I decided to focus my attention to Hunters’ Betrayal since I have so many ideas for it now. Go me!

Am I happy with my progress? Yes. I can officially say I have more words on this project now than I ever have in the past of working on it. Let me re-phrase that because it’s not entirely true when I go back and look at older files. One of my most recent files I had about 20K in Hunters’ Betrayal, but almost 14K of that was the re-write of the same chapters three different times. If I take the earliest re-writes out, there’s only about 6K in that file, so yes, this is the farthest I’ve gotten with this particular project.

Am I caught up? No. I recently created a file that would help me track my personal word count totals outside of NaNoWriMo months (I love it!) and according to it, I need to write 61,954 to reach my 75K goal. That means I need to write 1,999 words a day to make that goal, which I haven’t been doing… I’m not that far behind, and I will catch up today or tomorrow, but I’m not as of this posting.

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I’m not that far behind… Especially since there have been several days I’ve written. Moreover, I’m proud of this writing chart I’ve got. It’s working really well for me and keeping me motivated to write more and really hit my word counts, which means I get… CHOCOLATE!!!

I’m once again, using a reward system. Every time I hit my daily word count, I get a piece of chocolate for 1K I hit. So, my goal is 1,999 words. If I hit that, I get a piece of candy. If I hit 2K, two pieces, 3K means three, and so on and so forth. I’ve had five pieces of chocolate and they were delicious. Yummy!

That being said, I set up Camp NaNoWriMo with my usual 50K. I could set it higher, but I’m a traditionalist, and the regular NaNoWriMo is all about reaching 50K, so… yeah…

According to the site, I was supposed to be at 11,290 words yesterday, and according to my chart above, I’d written 12,854. I think it’s safe to say I’m ahead there, so there’s that.

Day 1: 2,619 (Goal: 1,612)
Day 2: 4,039 (Goal: 3,225)
Day 3: 6,381 (Goal: 4,838)
Day 4: 6,381 (Goal: 6,451)
Day 5: 6,958 (Goal: 8,064)
Day 6: 9,705 (Goal: 9,677)
Day 7: 12,854 (Goal: 11,290)

Does that mean I get more chocolate? lol

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Previously on 2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo:
2017 July Camp NaNoWriMo Plans

2017 Quarter Three Goals

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This is the second time I’ve set up quarterly goals. My first attempt was this past quarter (April, May, June) and… It didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. Mostly because I forgot I’d set quarterly goals until halfway through June. I was just working on random things as they crossed my mind.

Here’s what I had planned:

– Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo (50K words) – COMPLETE
– Complete Endless Starry Nights (2.25 chapters left) – COMPLETE (1st and 2nd draft)
– Complete untitled dragon prequel (3 chapters left)
– Write untitled dragon book #1
– Outline Shifters & Mages books #3-4 – COMPLETE (in my mind)

Three out of five isn’t bad, and I’m not complaining. I’m just kicking myself that I forgot about my plans. Hopefully this quarter (July, August, September) will be different.

Here’s this quarter’s goals:

– Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo (50K words; Hunters’ Betrayal)
– Finish first on-paper edit of Endless Starry Nights
– Complete first draft of Hunters’ Betrayal
– Create marketing plan for Puck’s Choice
– Complete first draft of untitled dragon prequel (3 chapters left)

Again, not a lot of goals, but something I hope I can manage to complete. We’ll see how this quarter goes. Wish me luck!

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Previously on 2017 Quarterly Goals:
2017 Quarter Two Goals

Do you have quarterly goals? How do you measure the amount of success you’ve had each month? Do you track it any way?

June Reads

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June was an interesting month. I wasn’t as focused on reading as I was writing, so there wasn’t as much reading done, although there was still a lot. All of the reading I did was in the later half of the month. It was… interesting. I finished two trilogies and read a couple other books.

  1. Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
  2. Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox
  3. Damned if I Do by Erin Hayes
  4. Damned if I Don’t by Erin Hayes
  5. Damned Either Way by Erin Hayes
  6. White Raven by J.L. Weil
  7. Black Crow by J.L. Weil
  8. Soul Symmetry by J.L. Weil
  9. Twisted by May Sage
  10. Lingerie on the Floor by Amanda Aksel

I’m actually proud of what I read this month. By the halfway mark, I didn’t think I was going to finish almost any books. Then I took off and finished ten? Yeah. I’m good with that.

Disclaimer: All images pulled from Goodreads.

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