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Camping Update: Rolling up the Sleeping Bag

I got an extra day in California, and with it, we banged out the last of our goal wordcount for the month. We sacrificed finishing watching a movie, but we had finally found a really strong rhythm for writing that we were having a hard time with the entire week and didn’t want to let go. So we didn’t.

I may not have gotten much sleep because of it, but it was very worth it.

My 3pm flight on Friday got knocked because the plane was having mechanical issues, which I’m grateful for, really, and while I could have taken a flight out at the same time at a different airport, there was no way I was gonna make it. Honestly, I rather liked having the extra time with him and a couple other friends.

So, the 7:30 am flight out the next morning had to do, which was fine, and very productive, because I got a lot of writing done in the span of four hours. I think I knocked out about half of the chapter I was working on, which ended up being just over 4k words altogether, and got an idea or two out of my head and into RTF.

Unfortunately, my next chapter afterward has been stalling for a bit, and we’re being faced with the fact that we strung out the story long, so we may not finish this month. Which is funny, because before, we were having trouble not solving the mystery too quickly.

Technically now, we can hand in our wordcount and get winner’s validation in return, and the temptation to finish the month’s story out slowly is creeping up on us. We still have seven days left! And to be honest, I am quite enjoying it, even if it means I have a giant sized block on the rest of my other writing projects.

Either way, I can’t wait to see what the last week has in store for us!

-The Novice Wordsmith

Update: Not so much Camping

I spent the past six days here in California, soaking up the sun and the heat and the beauty of the land, and I’m just in reach of my 25k goal, with 325 words to go. Mostly, because I’ve been so much more interested in everything else than writing. I’ve had a lot of learning and lessons on this trip, but the writing mojo has been limited because of everything else there is to do.

I have another several hours of travel ahead of me tomorrow, but I’m not sure how much writing it’ll help me get done. Really, we’re kind of at a stand still, where we need to do joint chapters (which feel a lot like roleplaying sometimes), but we’ve been so much more interested in all sorts of other activities to make much headway. Not to mention, he’s had to do work, there have been a lot of naps after coming home from a whole day in the heat, and then there is my need to run at this elevation and without all the humidity.

Still, overall, it’s good for me. I’m ahead of the curve, and this is the first time that skipping days of writing hasn’t super squicked me out. So, progress. In one way or the other.

-The Novice Wordsmith