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 And here I thought I'd be keeping a running total all during Camp. I haven't, so I really need to update then move on. Camp NaNo was a success for me. I started with a goal of 40,000 words with the intention of writing the entire novella. This was a little unreasonable for me, so I knocked it down to 25,000 words midway. I was still writing slower than I intended, so I dropped it down to 20,000 words, and I made that goal. It's half of my original goal, so I'm still pleased with myself. The story isn't finished yet, but I'm still tinkering with it.

Now it's midway through May, and I'm starting to look toward writing again. I'd been focused on editing these past two weeks, and it's been taking a toll on me. I still have editing projects to do--three of them--but I've been craving writing time too. So, here I am. Also, in the beginning of May, I decided to write what I've called the A-Z writing challenge, which is writing a short story a week with the theme that starts with the letter of the week. It starts in June. I created a Facebook group for people who wanted to participate, and I thought I'd rope in maybe 5-6 people, but there are nearly 80 participants already and it's only be open for ten days. We start in June, so I've been writing down ideas of potential themes with synopses if one comes to me.

One of my synopsis for a theme morphed from a short story into a six-part novelette collection, which was a little surprising but fun to watch grow.

Even though I want to focus on short stories for the rest of the year to practice writing entire stories--and boost my writing skills--I don't want to let my other projects just sit. My goal each week is to write one short story between 2,000 and 5,000 words, with an average goal of 3,500 words, AND to write 500 words for my current WIP. In this case, I'll finish my Camp WIP, the first in a cozy mystery series, then move on to another, which will probably be the novelette series since those are shorter than novels (and novellas). Ideally, I want to finish the six-part series before the end of the year and look toward publication. [Each priced at $1.99, but bundled together for $5.99 or so.]

Elzu and I have also started our literary magazine too, which is awesome. We're still in the beginning stages, so there's not much to report. I'm woefully behind on my tasks to write the permanent pages for the website, though. I'll have to add this to my monthly + weekly update posts.

Which are coming soon!



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 January was a trying month. I seem to always struggle in the beginning of the year. Last year, I had a baby in January, and this year I started working in January. While it isn't a full-time job by any stretch of the imagination, it does encroach on my post-midnight writing and editing time since shifts start around 4am, which means I can't stay awake until 3am writing and editing. During the day, I'm a single mom of two young children, so time isn't easily found.

I try, and I think that's what matters.

In January, I
  • read 8 books and wrote reviews for each.
  • wrote 10,713 words.
  • secured five manuscripts to edit in the next two months [2 novels, 3 short stories]
In February, I want to:
  • be more realistic with my time and goals.
  • read 5 books and write reviews for each.
  • write 500 words a day for RB to develop a writing habit.
  • edit SS manuscript for client.

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