*scratch scratch*

*scratch scratch scratch*

Danged mosquitoes!  Serves me right for getting into the weeds.  But there were blackberries there and I just had to have some. So sweet and juicy.

So how is Camp Nano going, you ask?  Quite well, actually.  This past week I was able to take two separate scenes and finally get the transition between them in place.  Since I’m writing this novel by breaking my own rules, I wasn’t sure whether I”d ever get to this point.  I wrote one of the scenes a couple of months ago, and the other one a few weeks ago, and this week, was able to transition between.  It was a really great feeling to have put them together – like finding that last edge piece on a jigsaw puzzle that brings the whole thing together.

Of course this is just one transition out of dozens that need to be written, but still, I proved to myself that it could be done, and I’m feeling better and better about where I’m going.  This week’s goal is to get the party scene written.  This has been hanging over my head forever, and I know how I want it to end, but can’t figure out how to get there.  I’ve been scratching some notes in the dirt next to my cot, but then I step on them and they are gone.  I should probably use a pen and paper, but when I light the lamp so I can see, the skeeters get me!

If you’re doing Camp Nano, let me know how you’re progressing!  This is the first year I’ve done camp that I feel like I’m actually getting something accomplished!

Off to Camp!

I packed my bug spray, my sunscreen spray (smells like coconuts!), my can of bear mace (you can’t be too careful!!) and some granola snacks.  I’m off to camp!

Camp NaNoWriMo is similar to NaNoWriMo (and put on by the same organization) yet different.  You join a “cabin” of friends or strangers, set a goal, and get to work.  Projects can include editing a previous work, finishing up an existing work, trying something different like non-fiction or short stories, or really anything you can think up.  I have chosen to put my nose to the keyboard and finish writing the draft of my second novel, Without a Net.  My stated goal is 20,000 more words, but I’m hoping for more than that.  I’m hoping desperately for a complete story!

As can be seen by the fact that I haven’t blogged in two months, I have been so busy doing other things that I’ve let a lot of the writing stuff slip.  That’s not good for me, or for my readers!  So, I’m back at it, trying to slog out this story.  It’s not like I don’t know what the story is; it’s been rolling around in my head forever.  But the details are not clear, as usual.  I’m letting the characters write the story, and sometimes they are as distracted as I am!

On today’s agenda:  get the laundry going, and write between loads.  I’m hoping for a good 5,000 word day. I should be able to do it – I have no kids at home today and no need to fix dinner.  I shall have no excuses!

Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year?  If so, what is your project?