Letters from Camp NaNoWriMo — July 15, 2013

I have never been this de-railed this early in any NaNoWriMo event.  I am now just barely ahead of par and we’re midway through the month.

Part of it is work-related stress, but another rather large part is that I am not staying focused.  The NaNoWriMo group on FaceBook is especially distracting, but it’s so nice to have kindred spirits that I can’t seem to (electronically) walk away from it.

But even without that group, my attention is wandering everywhere except where I want it – even when I go to bed.

Bedtime is a prime time to work out plot issues.  I let the scene play out in my imagination, like watching a private movie.  Lately, however, I seem to be watching and working out scenes that don’t belong to this book.

And this weekend there has been a persistent little plot bunny hopping through my thoughts.  He belongs to a sci-fi first-contact type novel that has been kicking around in my head off and on for years.  I only have a couple scenes in place for it, and the characters don’t even have names yet, but it’s been popping up in my thoughts a lot lately.  Maybe when Book 8 is done I’ll take a break and see if I can come up with an outline.  (Hopefully that will satisfy it and it will leave me alone.)

Speaking of Book 8…
Don’t ask.  I’m hoping to get back on track today.   Not much has happened since Friday’s update, except that they found Radenth.  The plan is to get Draethlen and Terhesh both conscious and talking today, sometime between my doctor appointment and a meeting of the local writers’ group.  And sometime this week I’d like to get Brythel and Yhonshel back to the academy.

Word count goal?
I would like to hit 30k by Thursday night/Friday morning, and get to 35k by Friday night.  Ordinarily that would be more than doable, but it may be a bit ambitious given my recent track record, but I’ll give it a shot.  (I’m currently just a hair over 25k.)

But right now the thing I want most is sleep…



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