That’s Camp NaNoWriMo, specifically.  You probably know that the NaNoWriMo set-up encourages everyone to write a novel, or some other variation in this theme nowadays, in a month, specifically November.  It also runs the project in the form of a Summer Camp in April and July. The past two years have been helped enormously by joining in; it forces me to concentrate on writing a book (Talent Seekers) or rewriting a book (Bravo Victor).

I have a number of projects on the go that could do with the concentrated effort that comes from the NaNoWriMo set-up.

  • Viridian System book 1 – the Pete and the Swede story, which currently gets most of its progress when I do another part of it for flash fiction Fridays
  • White Water Landings – my father’s memoir which I have had ready to publish since January, but needs another edit (comment by a potential publisher) and the photos fixed and the whole thing published in a new way I’ve already identified
  • The European printed version of the Princelings series to date, which I hope will make it eligible for UK high street bookshops.  It’ll make it cheaper for me to give copies away, too!

My problem, mainly is setting myself down to do it.  Other things get in the way – like blogging, or reading, or looking after guinea pigs.  Since Victor died, I find I have another hour in the day – one that was spent administering to his health and comfort.  Maybe I should bite the bullet, set myself a goal for the first or second project above, and discipline myself to achieve it in that extra hour every day.  Then I can do the same through August with the second project.

Great!  Decision made. Now, which of the projects shall I do in July?

Should I go camping in July?

8 thoughts on “Should I go camping in July?

  • 16 June, 2014 at 7:40 am

    That is a difficult one Jemima. Perhaps the book about your Father would be an interesting one to publish. It might gain a more ‘grown up’ audience, who may then go on to read the books about the Guinea pigs. Good Luck. 🙂

    • 16 June, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks, Julie. It’ll definitely be one for branching out, anyway. 🙂

  • 16 June, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I had no idea Victor required so much care, and I’m sure the released time has come at a heart cost.
    I hate to make a suggestion, but the book about your father seems so close to being finished that maybe that should be NaNoWriMo. How nice to have a choice! My July is doing a final rewrite – wish I could do the camp!

    • 16 June, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Well, mine is a tidy up and re-edit and re-process the photos, really – NaNo have become much more flexible in what you do as your challenge. Check it out, Noelle, and if you sign up look for me as Jemiima (with an extra i since I made a typo in my signup!)

    • 16 June, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      PS Part of Victor’s hourly care was a half-hour cuddle, since I knew I wouldn’t have him much longer. The rest get ten minutes each 🙂

  • 18 June, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Tough choice. Oh, heck. Do them all!

    I, of course, am going camping in a more literal sense and won’t be writing.

    Hug those furballs as much as you can!

    • 19 June, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Yeah – I might as well. Have fun on your trip:)

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