10 Random Things I Had A Chance To Learn in July.

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.

  1. If you decide to join Camp NaNoWriMo,  prepare ahead of time, you won’t be sorry.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Speak up in chat.  It is basically a virtual support group.
  5. Vacation is a lot more fun when you are not feeling like trash and worried about your health.
  6. It’s ok not to go away for Vacation, it’s still a Vacation.
  7. Doctors like to take your blood.  If you let them, they will take all of it.
  8. Writing a book is hard and takes a lot of work and dedication.
  9. Writing is a lot of fun when you write for yourself, but a bonus if somebody else wants to read it.
  10. 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.




2 thoughts on “10 Random Things I Had A Chance To Learn in July.”

  1. Thanks for the shout! The squirrel thanks you as well😀 Glad to hear you learned so much from nanowrimo and hopefully we can start our weekly flash fiction story swap again. Have a good one. Hope you feel better.


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