April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Week 1.5

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

First off: While I, personally, am not doing the A to Z Challenge this year (obviously), I am doing it along with the other Ferrets at the RRFS blog.

Here are the posts we’ve written so far for the challenge:

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris

We’ll keep the rotation going all month. My next letter is K. 🙂

On to the updates!

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
Word count goal: 67,000
Current word count: 42,434

I’m making much faster progress on this goal than I anticipated. The word count is misleading; 67k is roughly how long draft 1 was, and I set it as my goal since I’m trying to edit draft 2 in its entirety before the end of the month, incorporating the paper edits I’ve already made along with the suggestions from my CPs.

Basically, the word count means I’ve completed editing on 15 chapters out of 23. Huzzah!

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
I have written all of 500 words on this, since I’m spending most of my time on goal #1 at the moment. But every word is progress, yes? I will finish this dadgum story, I swear.

Hope everyone else is having a good start to the month so far!

July #Writemotivation – Third Update Ahoy!

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.


Blah. This last week was not of the good, in terms of getting things actually accomplished. However, it was very good in terms of family time!

This past weekend I went south to celebrate my mom’s birthday, which meant spending most of Saturday on the lake and then Sunday visiting family. Which was really nice, especially since I haven’t been out to the lake since the summer of 2006. Amazingly, I did not get sunburned! Though I now realize I think I left my sunscreen at my mom’s. Oops?

I had every intention of getting some words in on Camp NaNo Sunday evening, or maybe finishing up a blog post…and then halfway through my 2.5-hour drive home I started to get a headache. By the time I arrived in Tulsa, I was sick enough that it was all I could do to drag my suitcase inside, and I was in bed by 9:30 p.m. So yeah. Not so much with the “getting stuff done” this weekend.

But next weekend I don’t have travel (yay!) and we have a Camp NaNo write-in (double yay!) so I’m hoping to use this last weekend of July to really knock some stuff out.

To the goal updates!

Mmm, s'mores and writing.

Mmm, s’mores and writing.

1) Camp NaNo! Write 30,000 words on the urban fantasy.
Word count goal for July 22: 21,290/30,000

My official word count: 16,824/30,000 (Hey, just over halfway, WOOO!)

Your unedited excerpt:

“Hey, Devan!” I called. “Can you come here for a second?”

He ignored me. I knew he was ignoring me, because there was no way he didn’t hear me.

I raised my voice and tried again. “Hey, wolf! Get your fluffy little ass over here.”

Mick snickered. Sarah looked appalled.

Devan rounded on me and stalked across the store, eyes flashing yellow. “What did you just say?”

I chose not to pay attention to the underlying threat in his voice and handed him the reports. “Go ask your new girlfriend what these ingredients do.”

Devan glared at me with some combination of irritation and incredulity. “Did you just call my ass fluffy?”

“And little,” Mick added with a wide grin.

I shot Mick a “you’re not helping” look. “No, I just asked you to find out what the hell Lisa stole and why,” I said to Devan.

“Why me? Why not you?”

“Because I’m not the one who’s been flirting with the store clerk for half an hour.” I tapped the folder. “Now go.”

2) Complete upcoming posts for RRFS blog.
One is completed! I just have to find a picture and post it. The other is in the same place it was last week.

3) Read at least 2 books.

4) Post to the BNC blog at least twice a week.
I…kind of bombed at this. Here’s hoping to a better job this week?

July #Writemotivation – Second Update Ahoy!

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

This week was not quite as productive as last week…or well, it was (kind of), but just on different goals.

I wrote about 2,000 words that, sadly, I can’t count toward my Camp NaNo goal because they’re outside the timeline of the novel. Kind of frustrating, but I am trying to make myself focus on actually finishing the draft and not hopping around writing whatever scenes flit through my head.

And I didn’t get quite as much writing time in this weekend as I would have liked because my brother graduated paramedic training on Saturday! I’m so very proud of him, and it was totally worth the four-hour round-trip drive to see him graduate.

(Okay, so I also got to make silly faces at my niece as well. It was a bonus, all right?)

On to the goal updates!

Mmm, s'mores and writing.

Mmm, s’mores and writing.

1) Camp NaNo! Write 30,000 words on the urban fantasy.
Word count goal for July 15: 14,516/30,000

My official word count: 12,500/30,000

Your unedited excerpt:

Something sparked out of the corner of my eye, and heat seared the side of my face. Instinctively, I squeezed my eyes shut.

“He was with us when we left,” George insisted.

Son of a bitch. I knew George was a fire mage, but I’d never known him to actually use it against somebody. “So he left with you and then came back here on his own?” I pushed, because apparently I don’t have any idea when to shut up. “Without telling his partner?”

“He was with us,” George repeated, his voice thick, and the heat at the side of my face increased with each word. “He was with us.”

Oh God, my face was going to get burned off. And what was worse? Nobody around here seemed willing to stop it.

Suddenly, the heat ceased, and the pressure on my chest lifted somewhat. Tentatively, I opened my eyes.

Devan was standing there, hand resting on George’s shoulder. Well, resting until you noticed that his fingernails had extended into claws that bit into the white fabric of the Retriever’s robe.

“I really think you should let him go,” Devan said smoothly.

2) Complete upcoming posts for RRFS blog.
One is in the editing queue (having a friend look over it), the other is nearly ready for editing!

3) Read at least 2 books.

4) Post to the BNC blog at least twice a week.
Woohoo, three updates for last week!

How are you guys doing with your goals? Still keeping on track for the month? If you’re doing Camp NaNoWriMo, how’s your word count?

July #Writemotivation – First Update Ahoy!

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

A week into July and things are moving along quite swimmingly, though admittedly this has been helped by the FOUR-DAY WEEKEND I had, courtesy of Independence Day falling on a Thursday.

I know this will not happen again for awhile, but oh, how I loved it.

I spent the Fourth itself with my roommate’s family (which was fun), an impromptu write-in at a friend’s house on Friday (wherein I actually accomplished things!), and then Saturday night, I went to Lissa’s with most of the Ferrets for a cookout and fireworks on Saturday night.

Overall, I’m kind of surprised at how fast the weekend’s gone. On the plus side, things were accomplished.

On to the goal updates!

Mmm, s'mores and writing.

Mmm, s’mores and writing.

1) Camp NaNo! Write 30,000 words on the urban fantasy.
Word count goal for July 8: 7,741/30,000

My official word count: 7,896/30,000

Your unedited excerpt (Devan is teaching Connor how to punch, and has just asked Connor to hit his jaw. Warning, cursing ahead!):

Devan laughed. “Hurt me? I’m a werewolf. Even if you managed to break my jaw—which you couldn’t—it would heal in, what, an hour or two at most? There is literally nothing you can do to hurt me.”

For some reason, his dismissive tone set something off inside me. “I could hurt you if I wanted to.”

He snorted. “Not with a punch like that. I’ve seen five-year-olds with better coordination.”

Heat raced up the back of my neck. “Let go of me, asshole.”

“Make me, wizard.” He smirked. “Or can you?”

I don’t know what came over me. The edges of my vision blurred, and I punched with my free hand as hard as I could, a right cross that connected solidly with Devan’s jaw.

Pain exploded through my hand. It felt like I’d just slammed my fist into a brick wall. “Fuck!”

Devan staggered and dropped my left hand. I pulled back and cradled my right, which was throbbing and bleeding from the knuckles where I’d hit him. “Holy…fucking…”

The bastard laughed. He laughed and rubbed his jaw, and I saw where his lower lip was busted open. “Damn!” He sounded almost impressed. “You’ve got a hell of a right cross when you’re pissed.”

God damn it, if my hand didn’t hurt so much I’d punch him again.

2) Complete upcoming posts for RRFS blog.
I have two started, one of which is nearly complete, but both need some editing.

3) Read at least 2 books.
This week, I finished Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett and The Wind Merchant by Ryan Dunlap.

4) Post to the BNC blog at least twice a week.
I didn’t get to that last week, alas, but I’ve already got another post scheduled for this week!

How are you guys doing with your goals? Still keeping on track for the month? If you’re doing Camp NaNoWriMo, how’s your word count?

June #WriteMotivation Wrap-Up and July #WriteMotivation Goals

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

1) Write 30k on the urban fantasy story. (And really, I should think up a title while I’m at it…)
Well, ultimately, I wrote 34,208 words on the story this month. And close to 15,000 of that was in stories that take place outside the timeline of the novel. A problem, I has it.

An unedited excerpt:

“Before you run off, we should exchange phone numbers.” At Devan’s look, I clarified, “So we can keep in touch. You know, if you’re going to be on the opposite side of the lake.”

He still looked puzzled. “Just yell if you need me. I can hear you.”

This is going to help find the book. Don’t strangle him. I raked a hand through my hair. “Yeah, well, we can’t hear you, genius.” I pointed at Mick and me. “Melusine and human, remember? Super-special wolf hearing isn’t exactly part of the package.”

The puzzled frown remained for a half-second longer, and then melted into exasperation. “Seriously?”

When the hell was the last time this guy had been around someone who wasn’t a werewolf? I tried to stamp out my own exasperation and dug my phone out of my pocket. “Look, dude, just give me your number.”

Devan narrowed his eyes and grabbed my phone. “What, I don’t even get dinner first?”

2) Read at least 4 books.
Now I’m halfway through three books instead of just two! 😀 Though I need to finish these soon, because I’m pretty sure I have to clear out my reading queue for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Otherwise Jess will beat me with her Narnia boxed set.

3) Revise first 3 chapters of TSB.
Same place it was all month. Maybe I should just acknowledge I’m a one-WIP-at-a-time kind of gal?

4) Post 2-3 times/week on the blog.

5) Finish crits on Cloudy for Eris. (NEW)

July #WriteMotivation Goals

Mmm, s'mores and writing.

Mmm, s’mores and writing.

1) Camp NaNo! Write 30,000 words on the urban fantasy.
I’m handicapping myself on this. If I write anything outside of the book’s timeline, it doesn’t count toward my word count goal. As you noticed above, that would kill quite a bit of the word count.

There’s a part of my brain that’s whimpering about this.

2) Complete upcoming posts for RRFS blog.
3) Read at least 2 books.
4) Post to the BNC blog at least twice a week.

Onward and upward, through July! And good luck to everybody participating in #WriteMotivation and Camp NaNo!

June #WriteMotivation – Week 3 Update

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

1) Write 30k on the urban fantasy story. (And really, I should think up a title while I’m at it…)
I just broke 23,000 words on it this weekend! It’s coming along nicely, though I’m about to the point where I’ve run out of outline.

An unedited excerpt:

“Breakfast,” Devan said.

“What?”

He raised an eyebrow. “I need breakfast.”

“You just had breakfast. Apparently by eating half the food in my fridge.” Not that there was much food, but…

“No. That wasn’t breakfast. That wasn’t even a snack.” He took a step closer to me. “I am starving, and I am starting to get much less picky about ways to fix that.”

I did not like the hungry gleam in his eyes, and my certainty that he wouldn’t eat me started to evaporate. “Okay, okay, we’ll go to IHOP or something.”

“Awesome.” He clapped me on the shoulder and slipped past me into the living room. “You’re buying.”

2) Read at least 4 books.
Pretty much the same place it was last week.

3) Revise first 3 chapters of TSB.
Same place it was last week.

4) Post 2-3 times/week on the blog.
Still doing good on this. I have another couple of posts scheduled for later this week, too, plus I’ve got one up on the RRFS blog today.

5) Finish crits on Cloudy for Eris. (NEW)