Camp NanoWriMo

this one time, at writing camp…”

I have an issue with challenges.  I take them on (as long as they don’t include jumping off bridges or parachuting) with a zeal and determination so strong I’m often looked at as being crazy.

Translation: I’m stubborn and driven.

In November 2011 I joined Nanowrimo and, after several sleepless nights, brain fatigue, and–according to staff–a car that continued to roll as I jumped out each morning (I ALWAYS managed to make it to the clock on time.  Well, almost always), I completed a draft.  My first, somewhat flawed novel!

2012 found me struggling to make it pass 3,000 words.  If you’re familiar with Nano, you know that the goal for National Writing Month is more like 50K.  I forced my way through a couple of chapters, wrapped my hands in ace bandages and splints, and eventually listened to that other voice in my head, the voice of reason.

Now it is 2013 and, after receiving an email about CAMP Nanowrimo, I’m in the trenches again.  Well, not really the trenches.  More like…a retreat?  That’s what the web page says.

So, as I pack up and head to the cabin, I hope that my cabin mates are as eager as I am, that they don’t snore, that we don’t get eaten by bears, and that we all reach our writing goals.

Happy camping.


How about you?  Are you participating in Camp Nano this month?  If so, what are you working on? Do you plan to collaborate with someone or go it alone?  And, if you’re looking for a partner, would you care to join me?


Now That It Is Over

The wild euphoria of completing Nanowrimo (I am sure the neighbors heard me screaming and clapping around 11:45 on Nov 28th) has diminished to exciment.  The exhaustion that was ignored on countless occassions is finally saying, “Hey, look at me; I am that sane part of your brain that you should have listened to.”  And the rest of life has gone back to its regular, somewhat boring pattern.  What do I do with my  nights now?  How do I spend lunch breaks at work?  You mean I can actually go to bed and…eat?

This was  my first year participating in the challenge and I must say that it wasn’t easy.  Maybe that is what makes winning feel so grand.

Until next time, fellow writers…

Congrats to those that have  made it, and for those who haven’t yet–“To The Finish!”

And Best Wishes