Monday, March 25, 2013

Break Time (Or Maybe the Opposite)

Spring Break has started for all the local schools, elementary through college, so all of my tutoring students and many of my teacher friends are off on vacation. Sounds like a good time to be RIDICULOUSLY PRODUCTIVE. (If I type it in all caps it will totally happen.) This past weekend was monopolized by job applications and pet issues (okay fine and hours and hours of March Madness but COME ON did you see some of those amazing upsets??), but now I’m ready to rock the reading and writing. 

First I rounded up some books (because they're due back at the library soon, or on my Off the Shelves list, or high priority for some other reason) that I’d like to finish over break:

Hahahahahaha just kidding. I’d be thrilled if I got through a third of these. But it’s nice to dream (and to show what a strange, strange variety of books I read).

I also plan to outline and draft my WIP like a fiend. First because I'm finally rolling on the fresh draft with 12K down but the quicksand of the not-really-plotted middle looming, and second because I gave into one of my addictions yet again… Oh, NaNoWriMo and your shiny Progress Bars. 

Check out Camp NaNoWriMo. It's like normal NaNoWriMo but in April with fewer rules and more marshmallows.

April seemed like a good time for an enforced writing boost, plus one of my local writing friends had never tried NaNoWriMo and this was the best way to trick break her into it. Camp NaNoWriMo is a bit more flexible than the main event, and I’m taking advantage of that and setting my word count goal to 30,000 words, or 1000 a day. Sure, I’ve successfully hit the full 50,000 all three years I’ve done NaNoWriMo, but man did that involve some delirious nights, blind stubbornness, and incomprehensible hot messes of thrown together words. I’m hoping that a less insane word goal will be better for me and my book. But I still need to improve the rest of my rough and holey outline during this RIDICULOUSLY PRODUCTIVE week so that I'm ready for April 1st. 

The final item on the list: I also have two short stories that need to be re-polished and re-subbed, and I'm not sure why I'm dragging my feet when they're so close to being ready.

I'm trying to keep myself publicly accountable as always, so you can see my progress on various projects under the Reading and Writing tabs. Feel free to cheer/goad/heckle me, and let me know what you’re up to and if you’re joining Camp NaNoWriMo!


  1. Good luck with all your projects! I did Camp NaNo the first summer they had it and it was fun doing it in the summer - I almost like that better in terms of timing.

    I'm slowly making my way through my 100 Books Challenge on Goodreads. I've read some great books so far this year. Right now I am loving DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor.

    1. Thanks, Madeline! Good luck with your reading and writing as well. I'm so glad you love Daughter of Smoke and Bone! And hey, I might end up doing Camp again in the summer as NaNoReviseMo or NaNoRewriteYetAgainMo depending on how things go :-).

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