Power Outages & Pokemon

My NaNo keeps being pushed back by all kinds of things….

As I mentioned in my last NaNo update, I’ve been doing a lot of sewing recently, and I still am, although, I’m not working quite as much on my machine, instead I’m doing some embroidery while watching television (I’m watching Agents of Shield for the first time). Then add to that the fact that Pokemon Go was just released and you’ve got a pretty busy person….

Of course, we’ve also had a lot of storms, so my power has, annoyingly, been out several times already this month (we’ve had a lot of storms and I live in a heavily wooded area). Its hard to write when the power goes out and you run out of battery.


Your Average Per Day: 422

Target Word Count: 25,000

Total Words Written: 4,225

Words Remaining: 20,775

Current Day: 10

Days Remaining: 22

At This Rate You Will Finish On: August 29, 2016

Words Per Day To Finish On Time: 945

I do still want to write my 25,000 words, but unfortunately I’m falling farther and farther behind. Not to mention I have another job interview tomorrow, and college orientation in a week.

How’s your novel going?


Final NaNo Update & The Nutcracker on Ice

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 10.14.20 PMSo I did win NaNoWriMo!! Which is great, but I didn’t post about it on here, which isn’t so great. However, I have a really good excuse, wanna see?

No? Well to bad, you’re not getting a choice.

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I’ve been in the Nutcracker on Ice and it’s almost finals week, so I’ve been very busy.

There have been some downsides of course, but over all it’s been a blast. There are still two more shows tomorrow (there was one Tuesday, one Wednesday, one Thursday, and one today (Friday). Not to mention a “dress warm rehearsal on Monday.”

Do you see why I like the Nutcracker so much? It means a lot to me, which is why I’m writing it how I think it should happen.

So soon we’ll be back to our regular programing, WRITING!


Nutcracker on Ice selfie!!! #Christmas #iceskating #Nutcracker

A photo posted by Camryn (@camryn.daytona) on Dec 2, 2015 at 4:15pm PST


Back to the Beginning

You’ve written, and written and written, and now you can’t. So what do you do next?

My favorite is to roll back, to start fresh and write a prologue. Now, some people will tell you to never have a prologue in your writing, are they correct? I don’t know. However, keep in mind that not everything you write will make it into your book, it’s totally okay to write things that don’t go into your finished manuscript. This is something to help you get to know your characters, and their back story. Write thousands of words of backstory if it helps. Even if it doesn’t make it into your finished work, there’s no reason not to write it. If you’re one of those people who insist that you have to use it, if you’re going to write it, you can provide it free on your blog, as a teaser for people to read your book, or as an extra treat for people who read your book then hunt down your blog.

I'm Stuck Now What

Nightly NaNo Update: Day 17

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 10.46.51 PM.pngI’m doing really well. Freakishly well. I’m scaring myself (and my friend who says, ‘you’re not human.’)







A forewarning to my twitter followers; this will be continuing for a few days because A.G. Howard, one of my favorite authors, is doing a book giveaway. (not to mention the book comes with the uber adorable Cheshire Cat tail keyring!)

Nightly NaNo Update: Day 16

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 10.40.41 PMRecent Posts
The Chemo Cap: I made a hat for my father, since his hair has fallen out.
Flub Your Wordcount: Recommendations for getting to 50k

Recommendation: My blog was recommended by Stories by Sherry, and you should go check out her writing if you’ve got a while, its certainly worth the peek!
Reblog: Brickley Jules reblogged my post about widgets!

Today’s been an eventful day, and I haven’t even gotten to the writing part yet. Can I hold your attention for one moment longer to tell you a wonderful thing that happened to me today? No? Too bad, I’m in charge here. On my post about the Chemo Cap, I mentioned that our server tried to buy dinner for my father and I:

We went to a restaurant for dinner, and because of the Chemo he can’t eat much. So our server found out he was a chemo patient, and when my dad asked for the check she said there wasn’t going to be one. We were (understandably) confused, and she said she was going to cover it. My father and i started crying (I’m crying now while typing this), and even though we didn’t let her cover the bill (my father told her to donate the total to a charity) it still meant the world to us. Thank you, whomever you are.

I’ve beaten the week two struggles, and I’m coming out on top.

Nightly NaNo Update: Day 12

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 9.48.49 PMRecent Blog Posts: A review of the book The Farmerettes, which I won through a Goodreads Giveaway and a NaNo Guide about Staying Hydrated (Please stay hydrated. Please).

As I said yesterday in my nightly update, I’ve started writing flashback sequences, to help flesh out my characters, and because I was getting bored of the section I was working on. Why am I bored, you might ask (some people say that being bored while writing it makes it boring for your readers). Not true, says I. I’m bored because it’s NaNoWriMo, I write almost 2,000 words a day, and I am simply burnt out. I don’t want to be that way, so my solution was that I needed to find something else to work on. Because the point of NaNo is to write a single book, I resisted the urge to start typing on another work of mine, (I’m not saying you can’t do that, you absolutely can) and instead started working on some scenes I had plotted in my head.

In the process of writing my flashback, I’ve completely changed the story from what I had planned, but thankfully this doesn’t change the middle too much, just the beginning and – possibly – the end (which I’ve not written yet anyway!). So here’s to hoping it all works out in the end!

Today I was on the website of one of my favorite authors, Jessica Day George, and I came to this heart wrenching conclusion:



Claire was ten years old when she began to ignore her imaginary friends. Snowflakes, she told herself (and ice crystals too) could not talk, and it was quite silly to imagine otherwise, because there was nothing life-like about them. She imagined little as she once had, her focus was on Fraulein Trutchen and Miss Louise, not on the objects outside her window.

Fritz grew into a healthy young boy, an odd boy, but healthy, and Claire wanted nothing more than to be rid of her annoying brother by the time she was eleven. It was when she was thirteen that she first heard it, a faint calling from out in the snow. Emily said that she was hearing spirits, and that she absolutely must ignore them for her own sake, and slammed the door, leaving her standing in shock and confusion.

Claire followed her advice, and ignored the strange sounds she heard, pretending not to notice when small voices echoed at her from the darkness, or when she heard singing from the woods, or imagined she could hear the voices of the fishes in the pond outside.

This version of the waltz scene is a bit odd, because it has no male characters, just a bunch of women dancing together, which is great, but different from what I expected.