Caffeinated Convo: Camp NaNo or Time for a Vaca?

Hey guys! Guess what time it is? You guessed it–Camp NaNoWriMo! With July 1 just around the corner, it’s time to prep for that once a year writing camping trip a la internet! The only question is: Are you joining me for camp, or is it time for you to take a vacation? 

If your answer is no, I totally understand! I hadn’t actually planned on doing NaNo camp this year, simply because I feel like my brain is going to explode (some days) and I was really looking forward to summer break. Buuut, then I got a great idea for (another) book and a friend invited me to join. So in, I am! I’m ready for meeting new cabin-mates, encouraging other writers, racing to win Word Wars, and meeting my word count goal! Woot!

What about you? Will you be writing with Camp Nano this year? Please leave a comment below if you are–I’d love to connect! And even if you aren’t, feel free to discuss what fun vacation plans you have coming up!

Happy camping, friends!

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Who’s ready for camp?

Many of you may remember my time at Camp NaNoWriMo back in April and how much fun I had! Well, it was such a great time, I’ve decided to ‘go’ to camp one more time! Camp NaNoWriMo begins another month long session starting July 1 and runs through July 31. Once again, this is a condensed version of the official NaNoWriMo, which takes place in November and requires a word count of 50,000. For the Camp version, you set your own writing goal and get to hang out in a ‘cabin’ with other writers. This is a great place to find encouragement and to bounce ideas off other writers when you hit a snag. I met some really great people last time around and just plain had fun!

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So, who wants in? Check it out here if you’d like some more info. I’m thinking of heading up a cabin if enough people want to join. Feel free to leave a comment below or contact me directly to let me know if you’re interested! Don’t miss out on this super fab opportunity to go to ‘camp’ this summer, and to get a little writing done while you’re at it!

Happy reading, friends!

April showers bring… lots of words…

Things have been pretty busy lately, and I’m sorry to say, they will only get busier! The month of April I worked hard to achieve my goal for Camp NaNoWriMo (more on that later…) and for the month of May, we will be preparing for our move across the country! We shall see how much I get blogged this month, but don’t be surprised if it’s not as often as I did in March.

Having said that, I figured I’d give a brief update on where things are in my writing world! As mentioned above (and in this blog post) for the month of April I joined in Camp NaNoWriMo with a goal of 20,000 words. The good news: I surpassed my goal with almost 30,000 words! The not-bad-but-not-as-good news: My plan had been to finish my book, but I missed it by five chapters.

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Which leads me to my next point: I’m almost done writing book two in my YA Fantasy series that I began in 2016! Woo hoo! And further news, I actually came up with a name for the series and each book. (A much bigger feat than one might imagine!) The series will be called The Prophecy Tails, with book 1 titled Arise and book 2 titled Ascend. Like it? I’ve already got the main idea for book 3 (and a name, but I won’t unveil that yet!) which I hope to get started writing by the second week in May.

And the final bit of news…. drum roll, please!…. 

One of my devotionals has been published in the May 2016 issue of Ruby for Women online magazine! Check it out by clicking on the magazine on the right sidebar of my site. *cartwheel and backflip* Yay! So excited to be part of this publication! Be sure to check it out and let me know your thoughts.

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That’s it for now… I’ve got to get back to editing my other book so I don’t get behind. But I’m hoping to get a few more blog posts in this week. (And maybe – just maybe? – I won’t miss Flash Fiction Friday this week! Eep!)

Happy reading, friends!

Welcome to Camp NaNoWriMo!

Who’s ready for camp?? Camp NaNoWriMo is a fun twist on the annual writer’s event that takes place in November. While the late fall commitment requires a word count of no less than 50,000, Camp NaNoWriMo is a bit more laid back with any word count you prefer to set for yourself! The idea is to set a goal you can reach, and to encourage one another to reach that goal. (*happy dance*) 

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This super fun way to challenge yourself comes complete with a cabin of other writers who you can bounce questions off of and who will help inspire you on your journey. There is a message board within your cabin so communication between your ‘cabin-mates’ can flow freely, without the pressure of outside eyes. The only rule is to write!! Your goal is to write every single day for the month of April. You have a camper info section where you can update your daily progress and the website will even break down how many words per day you need to write to meet your goal! Sweet!  Continue reading