Hey there fellow book nerds!
I’m back! Miss me? Did you notice that I was missing for the whole month? Did you miss my rants and ravings of things that I find bookish?
Ya, I didn’t think so, but I thought I would take the chance and see if you did.
Well, let me tell you what I have been busy with and what I have learned while I was away.
First of all, I was away at camp. Well, not a real camp, but a cyber camp. You see, I decide to take the month off from the blog to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. The program was introduced to me by G. Edward Smith. He’s a great guy and has been encouraging myself, and others, to write. Plus I bitch to him about the issues I have going on, that just makes him disappear for a few days. (I need ears to listen to me if they like it or not). If you want to check out of his blog, head over to A Writer’s Existence. Don’t let his beard scare you away, let the squirrel that lives in it do that.
Camp NaNoWriMo is a site that gathers all sorts of writers, and it motivates you to write for the month. I set a personal goal of 50K words. I made it to 39,919 words.
I did run into some difficulty writing and didnt’ heed the warnings of preparing before I started. About halfway through, I started my story over. I kept my word count and added it to my total. I am not sure if it’s cheating or not. I did write the words after all. Next time this comes up, I’m going to be ready and nip that story right in the ass!
I could have reached my goal, but for the last few weeks, I have been having some pretty serious health issues. I basically feel like I’m dying, but from what I read, I’m not. Plus all the doctors I have seen seem like they aren’t panicking about it. If you want to hear more about it, hit me up on Twitter. I could use somebody to bitch too.
So anyway, that’s it. Between the writing challenge and trying to keep my wits about me, and during that time, I also went on Vacation. I was pretty busy even if it turned out to be a somewhat shitty month.
(You know, sometimes life serves you a bunch of fuck’n lemons all at once, and it just takes you a while to remember to squeeze the little son-of-a-guns and make lemonade out of them!)
But anywho…as you read at the start of my post, I had the opportunity to learn some pretty valuable lessons.
- If you decide to join Camp NaNoWriMo, prepare ahead of time, you won’t be sorry.
- If you decide to join Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time, set yourself a small goal. Even though, it’s not all that important to reach, as long as you are writing.
- If you sign up for the camp, dont’ be afraid to socialize with the other writers. I found it intimidating at first because everyone seemed to be so much more experienced than me, but after a while, I realized that they all had a first time too.
- Speak up in chat. It is basically a virtual support group.
- Vacation is a lot more fun when you are not feeling like trash and worried about your health.
- It’s ok not to go away for Vacation, it’s still a Vacation.
- Doctors like to take your blood. If you let them, they will take all of it.
- Writing a book is hard and takes a lot of work and dedication.
- Writing is a lot of fun when you write for yourself, but a bonus if somebody else wants to read it.
- To worry about things you can change, and don’t try to change what you can’t. It’s just a waste of time, stress, and energy.
There you go folks, 10 random things I had to chance to learn in July while I was gone.
Todays Challenge: Smile. It’s contagious.
Enjoy this random picture of a snail.