to camp or not to camp?

The time of Camp Nanowrimo is upon us again.  I wasn’t planning on attending, but then again, my 2014 goal of writing 500 words a day hasn’t exactly panned out, and of course now that I’m nearing completion on Dreamwalkers, my mind is having slutty new ideas.  Such as a Wolf Point prequel novella called The Beast of Gevaudan, which would be the story of Geo, oldest living werewolf and alpha of the enemy pack (I can’t remember if I mention him in Hitchhikers, but he is definitely discussed in Dreamwalkers).

So of course I’ve been spending more time lately gathering information on Gevaudan and Soissons and other areas in France that were beset by wolf attacks thought to be werewolves, instead of finishing Dreamwalkers.  But I’m so close!  It’s just hard.  Really hard.  I have the final sentence of the book in my head, it’s just a matter of getting there.  Seriously, I feel like there are only a couple of scenes between me and that ending.

And yet, slutty new idea.

Perhaps if I decide to do camp, I will crank out the end of Dreamwalkers in the next 4 days?  And since The Beast of Gevaudan would be a prequel novella, I wouldn’t have to go full-force for a 50,000 word goal.  I’d try for only 20-30,000 words, and that would give me time to edit Dreamwalkers?

Hmmm…

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in other news…

In self-publishing news…

My very first novel, Bethany Caleb, is now available!  So is The Art Kids!  It’s ridiculously easy to publish a book on Kindle.  Too easy.  Have I made a mistake?  Are there typos?  Probably…  It’s a scary thing to send your creations out there.  While in the privacy of my own home I love them and feel so confident, then I hit the “publish” button and I get worried.

Both books will be free on June 1st… I’m working on the actual print editions via Createspace which is a bit longer of a process, but I will run another free promotion once I have print copies in hand!

In writing news…

I started a new story about the aftermath of a nuclear war, and as I was describing the plot to my brother he informed me that it sounded exactly like the video game Fallout

Also, I finally got over the hump in Dreamwalkers where Daniel’s story ends and intersects back with Kayla’s story… now maybe I can make some headway with it.

In reading news…

photoI was about halfway through Joe Hill’s new book, NOS4A2, when I saw that he was going to be here in Nashua for a book signing!  I was psyched to get to meet him, since the last time he toured around my area, I was on vacation in Jamaica (don’t worry, I sent my parents down to the Toadstool Bookshop with my copy of Heart-Shaped Box and a gift certificate to buy Horns and had them get both signed!).  He was fun to listen to and I read about a quarter more of the book while waiting in line… NOS4A2 is really good and I highly recommend it!  I think every book I’m in the middle of right now is approximately 800 pages long (the Anita Shreve book just FEELS 800 pages long) so I feel a little like I’ve been in a reading slump of late, but I haven’t really.  I’m just in the middle of four 800-page novels…

In circus news…

I caught my new trick in flying trapeze last week – it’s called a full twisting straight jump.  It’s pretty hard, and I’ve been working on it for, oh, a few months now.  Finally I was ready to try catching it, and got it on my second attempt!  No video yet, but I’ll be throwing this trick in the show on June 8th, so perhaps then…

In aerial silks, I’ve been working on putting together a routine to Bjork’s “Hyperballad.”  You can see a video or two on my Youtube page.  Last class I was also able to do several meathooks in a controlled way… If you don’t know what a meathook is, Google it – the pictures are mostly on trapeze because it’s not commonly done on silks.  But it is definitely a power move and I feel pretty badass that I can do it!

Camp Nanowrimo Fail, or What I’m Finally Writing After Not Writing for a Month

I had such high hopes for Camp.  I had a story I wanted to write, two writing buddies, it was going to be glorious!  Unfortunately, I only lasted 10 days at Camp Nanowrimo.  June is not a good writing month for me.  My birthday is during this month, for one, and I was still doing trapeze classes on Tuesday which left no time at all to write at least 1 day a week.  Plus I could not do any sneak writing at work, because I had to plan the summer reading program.  Alas.

The month being so busy, I never even got together with the writing buddies (Janina & Jen) until mid-July.  I began working on the apocalypse story, which was basically just reading what I’d already written and editing a little bit, and watching some videos on YouTube.  Sometimes I think what I write is really just a very detailed outline that I then need to add many more details to.  Along those veins, I recalled a story had begun during one of my teen writing club sessions at work.

The writing exercise was to write someone’s secret diary.  Basically, you had to show how keeping this secret was affecting their behavior.  I, of course, went to a dark place with that, and the 5 or so diary entries I’d written were really brief, but I hauled those two pages out and got to thinking.  I could do this.  I could turn this idea into a very short YA novel circa 1993.  I’m talking 30,000 words.  Then, as I began fleshing it out, I thought it’d be cool to put other stuff in the diary.  Receipts, photos, etc.  Evidence.  I wanted the diary not to be a confession, so she skirts around the issue of what actually happened, but the evidence could lead the reader to certain conclusions.  

I’m thinking this might be a very cool story to do as a blog.  I’m not sure if I could make it work, unless there’s a blog template that really looks like turning pages or a scrapbook… I’m going to write a little more of it, and consider a blog design.  If I do decide to head in this direction, I’ll be linking it up.