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April Camp Update: One Third of the Way Through

I am beginning to think that I have set myself up for failure, setting a goal of 60,000 words plus a poem a day this for this month.

I should be at 20,000 words by the end of the day today.  I am currently at just over 10k.  I might get to 15 by the end of the day – if I can stay focused and keep the pain under control.

(I managed to pinch my sciatic nerve yesterday and there is no such thing as a comfortable position.  I might even have to break down and go to a doctor, except that would require getting dressed and leaving the house, neither of which is on today’s agenda.  I have to work the next three days (then have three days in a row off!) so we’ll see how it goes.)

Meanwhile, the writing is crawling along.

Part of me wants to take a break from my current project and write something different, at least for a few thousand words, but another part of me says to stay with the current project because I am so close to finishing it.  (Well, finishing the first draft, at any rate.)

(And by “something different” I mean “start something new” which I am trying really hard not to do this year as I really want to get some things finished.  But there is this science fiction story that has been around for a few years and it is getting increasingly persistent in its nagging.  Maybe in November…)

So far I am doing well at resisting the siren call of the new project, but I feel my resolve weakening.

“You know you want to,” a seductive voice whispers.  Yes, I do want to. But I also want some finished projects to show for this insane challenge I’ve set myself.

“It will boost your word count,” a rational voice insists.  This voice is harder to deny: working on something new and fresh will breathe life into my creativity, make writing fun again – until that book, too, becomes work.

And then where will I be?
Right where I am now, except buried under yet another unfinished project waiting for me to settle down to work.
No thanks.








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Camp Ramblings 7-18-2014

I started Tuesday 8966 words behind par.

I started Wednesday 9767 words behind par.  (Tuesday was not overly productive.)

8380 behind par going into Thursday.  Yeah! Progress!

But as of this writing, I am 9993 words behind.  *sigh* And I have spent most of the day fighting with my computer, finally resorting to a total reboot, which seems to have resulted in a slightly more cooperative piece of equipment.

I was supposed to have 4 days off next week but agreed to go in on Monday, so I’ll be working for the next three days and not making much progress. I’m hoping to get at least 1000 words done each of those days, though.  (And I haven’t started writing today yet.)

And on Tuesday I’ll be spending most of my day downstairs where my computer isn’t, waiting for a delivery.  (I ordered a larger cage for my rats and it’s supposed to arrive then. I will then have to assemble it, and between now and then I need to clear space for it in my room.  In the process I will, hopefully, find my wrist blood pressure cuff…)

So, yeah, it’s going to be tough to get caught up this month.   (But on a brighter note, the new cage will be much easier to clean and care for so it shouldn’t take as big of a chunk out of my day as the current one does.)

On the other hand, if I’m where my computer isn’t and I write long hand, I could get a lot of words churned out.

And I finally worked through a rather rough scene so the rest should be fairly smooth sailing.

So, yeah.  I can still do this…

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