It’s here, it’s almost here! Camp NaNo is almost upon us!
Has the terror set in for you yet? It has for me.
I’m so excited AND terrified because I adore my projects, but Camp NaNo has never been kind to me. I honestly can’t explain how I can do 50k in 30 days around all my school and work responsibilities in November, but can’t manage 30k in the summer when I’m unemployed and not writing any essays at all.
Life’s weird like that. Writing’s weird like that.
BUT WE PERSIST. And that means I’m ready to tackle not one, but TWO whole projects, doing a double Camp in July AND August. For this coming month, I’m going to be tackling my untitled witchy WIP. It has rune magic, girls who love girls, storms, family drama, metal magic, and really cool forests. Oh, and it’s a witchy school. Think a darker Little Witch Academia tbh. OH. And there’s murder. Fantasy murder.
And then my August WIP with a secret title and the affectionate code name Sea Gays really suits that end of summer vibe, since it’s mermaids and pirates versus literal gods in the heart of a desert, all with a healthy dose of luck magic, stubborn defiance, more girls who love girls, and the possibility of a terrible joke that starts out “so a pirate, a princess, and a sharkslayer walk into a bar,” which delights me to no end even though there’s no punchline, whoops. Also, no one can dance but they try anyway, bless them for giving it a shot.
At the moment, I have a bare outline for Sea Gays, plus a fun little guide to the setting that’s inspired by the way Pokémon games lay out their regions, while the witchy WIP has only the region guide and some general notes. I’m hoping to finish setting up outlines by the end of the month, but the nice thing is that both of these WIPs have previous drafts that I can consult, so I’m not totally in trouble if my outlines aren’t done, because I know what work during the last draft and what really didn’t. There’s trial and error ahead, I’m sure, but I have a little comfort knowing that these are both in round two.
I also have almost all my characters figured out except for that pesky Sea Gays princess, who refuses to tell me her name and insists on being called by a placeholder name instead. She’ll give in eventually, though. Everybody needs a name. EVERYONE.
Oh, and my goal for both months is…brace yourselves…I bite off more than I can chew like this very often…
50K FOR EACH MONTH!
Which basically means my social interaction is going to plummet, send help. But then again, I’ve done 50k in a month three times now, so this isn’t too out of line. It’s just a matter of sticking to it. It also means I have a stretch goal of finishing the drafts (which should clock in closer to 80k when complete) this summer, which would be amazing if I can pull it off. I’m not banking on it, but I’m certainly not discounting it.
Good luck to anyone else doing NaNo, and if I’m hard to find for a couple months, now you know why! I’ll see you all on the flipside with two shiny new drafts, and once a week, I’ll also provide some updates on where I’m at (and maybe some fun behind the scenes content oooooh). Happy Camp NaNo, everyone!