Well, its July 31st. The last day of Camp Nanowrimo for this year.
How did I do?
I won, but barely. It was by the absolute skin of my teeth, let me tell you.
July was hard, you guys. I really struggled from the first week on. The holiday at the beginning of the month tripped me up, and I had multiple weekends where I ended up traveling or out of town, dealing with personal things. And last weekend, I even missed posting up a blog post because my husband surprised me with a weekend getaway. So when I tell you that this win was hard-freaking-fought, it really was. There were plenty of times when I was up late into the night, pounding away on my keyboard and trying to keep everything moving.
That being said, I really love how my word tracker turned out! Look how pretty she looks, all filled in and colorful. Just absolutely gorgeous, through and through. I've already started brainstorming what I want to draw and fill in for November when Nanowrimo rolls around again. For something as simple as coloring in flower petals, it really was a nice motivator.
For what I was writing, I have been dividing my time between working on episodes for my Kindle Vella serial, 11 Rules for Dating Your Mortal Enemy, and the third book in the Thistlewood Witches series (title coming soon!). And when I haven't been writing, I have been working on the line edits for To Cross a Dark Witch. I am so excited about the work I have been doing lately. 11 Rules is starting to get really good, hot and heavy, and my third Thistlewood book has started to ramp up with a little bit of a mystery woven in with the romance.
And now, we're on the last day of July and let me tell you, I am so tired. This was a hard month for me personally, and I am glad to see the back of it. August has so many new possibilities opening up for me, and with the normalcy of the school year gearing up, I'll have more time to put my nose to the grindstone and get some real, serious work in. I have a lot of plans for novels, with many of them being in the Thistlewood Witches series, and I think I am ready to start dabbling in projects like Tiktok and audio books!
Camp is over, friends! Let's take a breather and start fresh tomorrow!
August is upon us!
It's July 17th and we are a little over 2 weeks into Camp Nano! July is over halfway over, and how am I doing?
I am slowly but surely catching up to where I need to be. I've had some really high highs, with one day ending with 2.7k+ words, and low lows, where I ended one day with a paltry 706 words for the day. But either way, I've kept on and ended up at 23,653!
Not too bad. I'm slowly chipping away at the deficit and I am hoping to be back on track to win Camp next week.
So, I guess you are wondering where my time went this week...
Well, when I wasn't writing, I was working on a new story that's hit Kindle Vella this week!
If you're new here, 11 Rules for Dating my Mortal Enemy has been a side project that I have been working on for a few months now. I originally intended for it to be a trilogy of magical novels, something outside of the world I am building in Thistlewood. But when I heard about Kindle Vella, the brand new program for serials, I figured that 11 Rules would be a GREAT starter story! I love serials and have always wanted to toy around with one, and now I have my chance.
You can find my story here.
New chapters/episodes will hit every Friday, but you can read the first three episodes for free right now!
Wanna know what 11 Rules is about?
The story is about a princess named Lailah who is from a magical town called Soland, a town that is always at odds with Veilside, its magical brethren to the south. When the good people of Soland hear about a coming eclipse, the Kings of both cities agree to a magical marriage between Lailah and the prince of Veilside, a young man named Mikhal. This marriage will solidify a peace treaty between the cities and usher in a new era of unity.
The only problem is... Lailah hated Mikhal! Loathes! Despises! He's not too fond of her, either, if he was to be honest.
The pair have to work together to make this bond work, or they risk all out war breaking out between their beloved towns.
So, while I've been lagging behind in Camp Nanowrimo, it was for a very good cause! I am excited about where Kindle Vella could take readers and authors, and with Lailah and Mikhal's journey just beginning, a whole new world awaits us all!
And now, we can get back to the writing!
With week 3 beginning, I am ready to set my nose to the grindstone and get this story back on track!
Its July 10th and week one of Camp Nanowrimo is behind us!
And let me tell you, it was a week of struggles for me!
I was a very busy bee for most of the first 10 days of July. I spent two days driving 6+ hours, one was spent during a holiday with lots of family, and one of them was spent celebrating my wedding anniversary! Add in a couple of yucky-feeling days and you've got me clocked in at 12,779 words out of my goal of 50,000.
That's not to say that I am not enjoying myself! Those 12k words came pretty easy when I was able to sit down and put fingers to keys. The rough draft of my third novel is flowing wonderfully. I'm three chapters into the work in progress and I am completely, totally enjoying myself. Savannah has always been a character that I find myself completely in tune with, and being in her head is just lovely. And I've even introduced her love interest, she just doesn't know it yet!
My word tracker is looking gorgeous!
I love how my flower is looking so far! I've got each row of petals assigned with 2-4 different colors, using one color a day to fill in my progress. There will be no clear pattern, no rhyme or reason in the end, and I think it is going to be beautiful!!
You know, I have really grown to love these monthly word count trackers. I got the idea from watching folks who make bullet journal videos on YouTube, and it's been a blast to fill out with each camp. Next year, I am considering using a bullet journal instead of a yearly planner, and if I do, you better believe that I will be drawing one of these a month!
For now, I'm focused on July's camp and getting as far into my work in progress as possible. Week 2 may be a little bit of a struggle, but I get a big break from life during week 3, which is very exciting! Either way, as long as I am writing a little bit each day, I am incredibly happy.
Fellow writers, how was week one of Camp for you? Are you still on track?
Have a wonderful week and let's catch up again next Saturday!
July brings about a lot of things for me! Not only is it time for CampNanowrimo... Not only is it time for me to start the rough draft of the next novel in the Thistlewood series... But it is also time to reset my Kanban board!
We are currently 2 days into Camp Nanowrimo, with this blog post going live on day 3. I started off strong on day one, racking in over 2,000 words, which was well above my daily goal of 1,613. Day 2 saw some of the same successes, leaving me to start Day 3 off with a word count of 4,282 of 50,000.
As much as I would like to say that I am knee deep in the rough draft of Green Witch, these first few days have been dedicated to my old WIP, finishing up the last few chapters before moving on. The piece, which is tentatively titled Novella #5, is a quick read about a young witch in training who falls for a master wizard, and the only way that they can be together is if she finally passes her magical test in front of the Assembly. I've been working on it off and on for some time, and I really would like to get it finished and put to bed before starting in on Savannah. With the rate I am going, I should be done by the end of week one, which gives me the rest of the month to enjoy my time with Savannah Inola.
And let me tell you, I am dying to get into that story! I have pages and pages of notes about Savannah, her family, and the strange man that she finds injured at the edge of her cottage's clearing. While Sydney's story was spent learning about magical craft and overcoming outsiders, and Alexis's story was filled with a demon learning how to live life on earth, this one is going in a very different direction. It's going to be full of love, intrigue, a secret society, family mysteries unravelled, and an outside force who's threatening to strip the forest of its most precious resource: life.
See? It's going to be AMAZING.
But before I could do all of that, I spent two full days working on my Kanban board.
At the end of Q2, I was kind of shocked to see how much I had accomplished in just a little bit of time. It also showed me how much I needed the Kanban board. I was able to keep myself on track, releasing multiple Novellas and my first novel during Q2, and seeing all of the tasks move to the bottom box filled me with a lit of pride. Pulling down every sticky note at the end of June was cathartic, and holding those little papers in my hand and feeling their weight made me realize just how much I had accomplished.
And then, I got to spend the rest of my time putting up NEW tasks!
Look at all of that work!
I learned from my mistakes with my old set up, but I dont know if you can tell. I've started using small sticky notes exclusively, giving myself much more room to work with. And on top of that, each project is color coded, marked, and they are all set in rows going down. When I finished and stepped back to get a good look for the first time, the amount of work sent a little ripple of fear into me. But that was gone quick. I like work. I like seeing the progress I make and I enjoy the rewards from working hard and being determined.
Q3 is going to be a great one!
Well, I am off to get my words in! Happy Camp and happy writing!
Just me, a paranormal romance author with big dreams and even bigger crushes!