NaNoWriMo ….. NaBloPoMo ???

NaBloPoMo 2016 #1

Unfortunately, I won’t be participating in National Novel Writing Month this year. I’ve simply got too much going on to attempt to dedicate that much time to something that isn’t school, even though I’m sure I would have an absolute blast if I did. However, I am going to attempt to post for NaBloPoMo, which is National Blog Posting Month, a spin off of the novel writing challenge.

Now I know its probably kind of weird that I say I don’t have time for NaNoWriMo, but I do for NaBloPoMo, but that’s because there is a huge difference between writing almost 2000 words of a story every day and making a blog post everyday.

Now I probably won’t succeed, I’ve accepted that already, but at least I can say I tried, and at least I can have fun and make learn more about posting regularly in the process. Expect a lot of fun, quirky things this month, that might deviate from what I usually blog about. To me, that’s the idea of this challenge, stepping out of my comfort zone and getting a ton of writing done.

Now, I may use this as a chance to get some writing done on my other blogs – Crafting on Pins and Needles and History Nerd Ramblings – but when I do I’ll be posting a link or reblogging it on this blog on the same day, so you can see whats going on.

Are any of you doing a special challenge this month? If so which one?


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?

I Finally Remembered!

Yep, I’m a little ashamed to admit that I initially forgot about Camp NaNo being this month. I remembered last month – I even wrote a post about it! – but when July rolled around it completely escaped my mind. In my defense I’ve been sewing. A lot.

So now that I have remembered NaNo, I’ve gotten a bit of writing done! Over 3,000 words in fact! Thats quite good, although, I still have a ways to go to reach my goal of 25,000.

Even though I’m hoping to work on two books, I’ve mostly working on my fantasy book, in fact, I’ve not even counted any of the 1000-odd words that I have on the Superhero one because I’m not really feeling sci-fi right now (thats the thing about me, I have a lot of ideas for Sci-Fi, but I vastly prefer writing fantasy!). Its been going well, better than expected, because of something I figured out about myself a long time ago: I do best when writing in multiple POVs. Thats because sometimes I just really want to strangle one of the characters, or one of the story lines isn’t going well for me, so I can just hop to someone else.

Another thing I’m very excited about: for the first time in a very long time I have the most updated version of Microsoft word!! The computer I used for NaNo 2016 was a school issued one that didn’t allow me to download anything, and the only writing software on it was Word 2010. I don’t know if you ever had the misfortune to use Word 2010, but it sucked (I had, I believe Word 2014 on a very old computer that died). But since I got a computer for graduation, I’m all good and was able to download the newest, and let me tell you, its amazing!


It was impossibly hard, Artemisia decided, to get oneself out of the bed in the morning.

The princess stood perfectly still as her maids helped her into her dress for the day, and neatly arranged her bright, blonde curls. As they worked she distracted herself by staring out the window, at the great rivers of water that cascaded by. The palace was built into the cliff face around a large harbor, the town on the ground above, and streams ran between the rooms into the sea below. It would be a beautiful sight if much of the water were not so polluted by the city above. But at least their city was clean, according to Artemesa’s father, the King, they had the least disease of any capital city.

But then again, the king was prone to exaggerate and Artemisia had not experienced those other capitals herself. In fact, she had barely experienced her own country’s capital. She didn’t need to know the city, one day her stepmother would give birth to a son, and she would be married off to the first eligible man.

Today was a special day, even for the oft neglected only child of a king. Artemisia was turning 17, and all the cities (and some of the villages!) were sending representatives to offer gifts and blessings. For the cities and the Lords it was a chance to show off their grandeur for hopes of gaining the attention of the King; for their Princess it was a chance to pretend she was wanted. Her maids had finished lacing her into her birthday gown, and she smiled, running her hands over the delicate pink fabric, painted with flowers and birds.

Soon more maids were entering her chamber, bringing with them the young girl’s breakfast, a meal she always ate alone. But today her stepmother was accompanying them. Artemesia drew back, wishing she had stayed in bed and feinted illness (a thought she had briefly entertained almost every day of her young life). It was far too late for that now, and she fell into a curtesy and murmured a greeting to the woman that had replaced her own mother, a woman she could barely remember, who had died when the princess was but a child giving birth to a son who had not outlived his mother by long. (“And a good thing too!” She had overheard her tutor saying, “If the old Queen – may the Heavenly protect her – had outlived her son there would have been hell to pay).

“Greetings stepmother.”

The Queen offered a slightly strained smile. “Come and sit with me Artemesia,” she said, dismissing the maids once they had sat the food on the table on the balcony. Artemesia pulled on a smart coat over her dress and stepped outside, obedient to a fault.

“I thought,” the Queen said, not at all surprised her stepdaughter, “We might enjoy our meal more were there less ears to hear us.”

On the balcony with water from the city rushing past there was certainly less of a chance of being overheard, but there was also the smell of the water and the fact that the princess had no love for noise. But she inclined her head and murmured, “Yes ma’am.”

Another strained smile greeted her words. “Well I’ll get down to business then. I don’t expect I shall be having a child.”

“Father is going to have a son.” Artemisia quoted from countless courtiers and tutors; maids and stable hands; people rich and poor that she had heard from over the years.

“Your father wants a son, Artemisia ,” the Queen corrected, “Perhaps it is time he realize that we don’t all get what we want.

“Why do you know you won’t have a son?” Artemisia was grasping at straws. If the king didn’t get a son, he would throw away the queen and find another wife. While she would certainly prefer her birth mother to the near-complete stranger that was sitting across from her, she would rather not have to go through with meeting a new stepmother and risking that that one might be more like the horrid women in the books the princess held so dear.

The queen was shocked. “Artemisia I shall be frank. There are few people in this world who have children after trying for quite as long as I have.”

“Perhaps there’s something wrong with father.” Her words, muttered darkly under her breath as she bit into a boiled egg, were not meant to be heard. Even if they reflected something the princess had secretly believed for a long time, that there was something wrong with her father and one day the court physician would fix it and he would get better and love her again, it was something she would have to keep to herself. But it slipped out and the queen had heard her.

For a moment the queen was silent, but then she nodded briskly. “Sometimes I think there might be, my dear, but that is not ours to discuss.”

It was treason to even consider it.

Camp NaNoWriMo

Depending on how long you’ve been following me, you may or may not be aware that I participated in National Novel Writing Month last year (you can see all of those posts here). I’ve actually participated in it, and other various NaNoWriMo things, several times. Its addicting, I swear.

For July I won’t be limiting myself to just one manuscript, I’ll be working on getting as much writing done as possible before I head off to college, and also taking a break from my longest working story world (technically, I think I started it in sixth grade). Most of my work will be going into two books.


I don’t have an actual working blurb for this, but it has a princess who accidentally becomes queen and has to flee before her coronation, and then overflow the yet to be decided evil man. But after book one it fades into a lot more political drama.

To Be Named Superhero Book:

The alien invasion came…….. and left the world intact. The only difference, all thats left behind, are a handful of halfers, teenagers born to mixed couples before the Aliens left. Half-Human, half-alien, completely freaky. Now, its up to them to save the world before the next set of Aliens come, and these ones aren’t so friendly as the last.

I’ll also be publishing an update every few days, I haven’t worked out exactly how often yet, and there may never end up an exact rhythm to it.

Is anyone else doing Camp NaNo this year?

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


Nightly NaNo Update: Day 21

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 12.09.04 AM.pngRecent Blog Posts: On TheWritingCrafter:  Review of the book Uprooted by Naomi Novik, an announcement about my bookclub (please join!), and a NaNo Help post about writing backstory. On my craft blog, CraftingOnPinsAndNeedles I posted about my Cheshire Cat tail I made for my car’s rearview mirror, so check that out! Oh, and if you like my writing and my posts, consider becoming a Patreon.

I’ve been falling behind in my blogging, but, thankfully, not too terribly in my writing. I’m still technically ahead, but not as far ahead as I would like to be. Maybe tomorrow I will finally hit 40,000 (I hit 38000 and literally stopped in the middle of a sentence today!) and I would like to get a lot of writing done tomorrow, but since I have homework for both English and Personal Finance I doubt that will happen.

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.

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