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That’s right, folks. Somehow an entire year has passed since my first Camp NaNoWriMo in April 2016. How is that even possible?
I might ask the same about the idea of trying Camp NaNo at this time, this year. How will that even be possible? After all, I’ve been trying to write 10,000 words every month since last time — with the support of the great Project 10K challenge over at Flights of Fancy — and failing to meet that level of writing or editing most months. I barely cracked 5,000 words this month. And yet I’ve set my goal for April at 15,000 words. How nuts is that?
Plus I’ve decided to focus on writing and editing short stories, getting really serious about the idea of sending them off for publication. It only belatedly occurs to me that writing 15,000 words of short stories means wrangling, what, 6 to 8 different story lines and plots and character arcs. That’s going to be even harder than writing 15,000 words of a single novel that I already have a decent outline for. Oh no!
Plus, my work life just went crackerjacks. My big research project, after being repeatedly delayed by a downright Biblical series of plagues, is finally ramping up… And my project coordinator just quit. The one who I’ve been depending on to delegate most of the day-to-day organizing and scheduling stuff. So now all of April, I’ll be doing her job as well as mine, until I’m able to hire a new person and train them. Oh, and did I mention that we’re hosting a big workshop at my center next week?
No, that’s enough pluses for now. No more whining, or making excuses, or feeling sorry for myself. I’m heading off to camp with my head held high and my heart filled with positive vibes. I’ve got a wonderful cabin set up with some of my favorite fellow writers, including most of the people in my cabin last year and a couple new folks. I just know we’re going to have a good time.
I apologize ahead of time to the rest of my blogger friends out there, because I won’t have much time at all to post stories or participate in flash fiction challenges, or to read and comment on all of your blogs. But I’ll do what I can here and there, and I’ll be back full force on May 1! Well, I might take a long nap first. May 2nd, let’s say. Or maybe… Well, some time in May, definitely.
Good luck to everyone else participating in Camp NaNo. And to all of you writers and poets and photographers and other creative types out there —