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Over.

Over.

      Yeah, Camp NaNo 2013 is over.
      I “won”, barely, and really – to be totally honest – I may have estimated a teensy-weensy bit high when I was counting my hand-written pages from the trip. There was just no time to transcribe them all, plus deal with the move and unpacking/repacking/storing, my sick husband, a teething puppy, and all matter of financial drama!
      Anyway – this is a short note to complete my Camp NaNo month.
      Its over.
      Its over… until November! YAY!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Like a Boss!

Like a Boss!

      Today, magically and with no real concept of how it happened… I kicked NaNo’s ass.
      Booyah!
      I think I topped out at just shy of 3k for the day, which considering how busy work was and how little I *felt* like I was getting done, is pretty much a miracle.
      Alas, my cabin is pretty much dead.
      Only three of us have posted word counts at all – one updated last on 7/1 and the other on 7/3. I just overtook SJ (who had 8k on 7/3) as top of the cabin! Muahaha…hah…hollow victory.
      Anyway – off to see what tomorrow will bring.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Day 9

Day 9

      Ugh.
      I survived Day Nine, barely.
      I didn’t make my goal for the day (2000) and I didn’t complete enough to get back on-track. I’m a couple hundred shy and I just can’t care tonight. Ever had a night like that?
      Work was a bitch (specifically, some uppity bitch was a bitch) and I am oh-so-fed up that I can’t even enjoy writing a fun confrontation scene between Isaac and Alexander’s new squeeze. Muahaha!
      Anyway – I’m sitting at 6800 words for July. I have a long way to go to finish “Inferno” and if I’m lucky and dedicated, I’ll make it!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

“No Time Fer Talkin’…

"No Time Fer Talkin'...

..let’s get to the action!”

      That was one of the voicesets in the 2002 version of Neverwinter Nights, a PC game. She was so cute – often used by halflings, rogues, and bards.
      Anyway – Its nearly 11 and after the day I’ve had, its no surprise I’ve added 2 words to my book. So… off to the races I go!
      Will update tomorrow if not again tonight.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

The More You Know…

The More You Know...

      Did you know…

  • …a castrated (male) pig is called a Barrow?
  • …a tumulus (or tumuli) is a mound of earth or stone raised over a grave?
  • …juvenile turtles are generally quite carnivorous as protein is essential to their development?
  • …there is a section of the Gobi called the Nemegt Formation and it is a vast trove of fossils?
  • …there is a group of sauropod dinosaurs named “Titanosaur” after the Greek Titans. Because they’re, like, big. BIG.

      Ah, the things you learn while randomly researching things. It all started with a burial scene, which led to my looking up how deep, historically, graves were dug. That lead to cairns and barrows, which lead to tumuli, and then – how random is this? – to turtles, the Nemegt Formation, and various dinosaurs I’ve never heard about but now TOTALLY WANT TO READ ABOUT! *ahem*
      Research is awesome.
      The internet, no matter how I may curse its distracting properties (Facebook, Tumblr, IMDB, Wikipediae, I am looking at you), is freaking amazing.
      Sometimes I think our Grandparents’ heads would explode if they had access to all this?
      I wanted to write more, but Jack just turned the fan off me and toward the bed (that dirty bastard) so alas, I’m taking my hot, steamy butt to bed.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Family Day!

Family Day!

      I have not written a single word today.
      But we have a lovely day in the hot sun with Jack’s Dad, stepmom, aunts, cousin, cousin’s husband, cousin’s husband’s brother (also, Jack’s BFF), their sister & mom, a couple of random friends of cousin & husband…
      Its still early (ish) and Jack has some studying to get done, so I have time. Whee!
      Oh, hey! I was clicking through some FB stuff and saw this:

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      I imagine that could almost be Hannah – if only her hair was a little shorter and darker. But still – watching that on-coming storm, her hair whipping in the wind… Yeah. I dug it. I could not find the official artist, but I did a Google Image search and I believe its from a forthcoming movie with Jessica Chastain.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

//Edit: 11:53 – I made it with a dozen or so words to spare. Whee!\\

Busy Days

Busy Days

      Why is it, that when I finally make a firm writing goal and really set out to kick its bony ass, suddenly my boring, mundane, plan-having-less life gets super crazy? UGH!
      I’m sitting at about 2400 words so far. Which for the end of Day Three during a 50k NaNo, is bad. But for a 25k NaNo, its not awful. Not great, but not awful.
      Anyway – I wanted to check in daily and thus I have…
      Now technically, I have 50~ minutes to keep writing, but I have phone calls to make, plane tickets to buy, sleep to get… *sigh*
      Tomorrow will be better. Work will be slower (I fervently hope) and there will be less running around to do beforehand.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Itchy Fingers

Itchy Fingers

      Well, I didn’t make my goal on Day One (work was BUSY), but I’ll try to make up for it today. I’ve got itchy typing fingers and its time to get this novel done!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

//EDIT: Okay, so this entry was intended to be much, much longer, but I was in a hurry to update before my husband dragged me out of the house to the ER since I was feeling weird heart palpitations. Thankfully, I’m fine. Unfortunately, I have many, many words to write and very little time between now and midnight. So… I guess I oughta get working to catch up for Day Two!\\

Mosquito Netting

Mosquito Netting

      Oh man! The humidity here at Camp is already killing me and there are so many bugs-
      Er… wait, my imagination is running away with me. But today is July 1st and thus, the beginning of July’s Camp NaNoWriMo. Its a virtual cabin-in-the-woods in which a whole slew of crazy would-be and already-are writers take on the famed November challenge (to write a novel in 30 days) in the dog days of summer.
      We’re all insane.
      But that’s OKAY! Camp is more relaxed than November – you can set your word goal down and spend more time at the lake if need be – but it is still a wonderful ‘tool’ for writers like me, who seem to work best under specific ‘goals’ or time constraints.
      This year, Jack and I are both attempting it and he’s actually signed up for a cabin on the CampNaNo page and interacted a bit with the ladies we’re bunking with. He’s also going back to school so, he’ll be a busy boy this July.
      My secondary goal, is to update the blog here each day in July (though likely not from July 14-22 as I’ll be travelling and probably away from a computer) with my progress – though, as long as I’m writing, if I forget to splash it here I won’t stress too much about it.
      Now, Day One blog is complete, but guess what? Day One writing is not… so I’m off to my bunk to apply pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, in this case) and write, write, write!
      Wish me luck!
      And someone send me some sunblock SPF +1000, I’m fair and its sunny and I’m DYING out here!

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.

Technically…

Technically...

      …a win.
      I counted up all the hand-written bits and pieces I’d done, feeling super sad about bailing on Camp NaNo this session and found my mind BLOWN when it turned out that I squeaked by and got a win.
      Somehow, some way, despite having a really terrible month as far as finding writing time and concentration went, I eked out 30,661 words. Yes, I lowered my goal to 30k early in the month because between the two blogs, regular correspondence, gaming RPs, and work – I knew 50k was going to be a rough goal.
      Anyway – by some miracle I “won” but it doesn’t feel like much of a win. Most of this draft of “Going Home” is going to need serious re-working, I didn’t hit 50k (the real goal), I’m going back to “Incandescence” and “Inferno” and a little depressed by that, and its nearly MAY already. Eeek!
      But, May will be a busy month. I’ve got lots of RPs and stuff to work on in addition to “Inferno”. I’m so excited to get that one finished.
      Still, for all the April felt like a lost cause, I came away with a “win”.
      …woo.

Love & Rainbows,
P.P.