Thursday, March 28, 2013

Going Camping!

While a lot of my fellow bloggers will be cranking out daily posts during April in the A to Z blogging challenge, I will be at camp.

Ah, camping...A whole month of bunking with other campers, making friendship bracelets and gimp keychains, applying calomine lotion to a multitude of bug bites, and sharing ghost stories around the campfire while downing a few smores.

Truth is, I've never really gone camping. The closest I came was spending the night in my friend's grandparents' trailer on a mattress after having a few beers and laughs. We were warm, dry, and  managed to fend off most of the mosquitoes on the way to the showers.

But I'm not talking about that kind of camping. During April I'll be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time. I'll be trading a sleeping bag for my rolly chair, bug juice for coffee, and archery for tapping out words on a keyboard. If you're not familiar with CNNWM, it's similar to November's NaNoWriMo without the crazy pressure to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, which for me is one of the most difficult ones to write in every year. Camp NaNoWriMo occurs twice a year: in April and July - and you can set your own goal.

Want to add 30K to finish a current project? Go to Camp.
Need to revise your novel? Go to Camp.
Want to start a new ms? You guessed it...go to Camp.
Want to go on a scavenger hunt, play Capture the Flag, and short sheet your cabin mate's cot? Well, this camp won't satisfy those needs, I'm afraid.

Me? I've been working on a Young Adult Ghost Story for a while. I'm about 17,000 words in and hope to add between 20-30K to my word count during the month of April. While the blogosphere is busying A to Z-ing, I'll be concentrating on reaching the 3/4 mark of my WiP.

What about you? Will you be "Camping," participating in the A to Z blogfest, or doing your own thing during April? Have you ever participated in Camp NaNoWriMo?


  1. I'm going camping too! I want to finish up the novel I started rewriting last NaNo. Plus, I'm participating in A-Z on two blogs. It's going to be a busy month. :)

    1. Wow, Cherie! You're very ambitious. Good luck reaching all of your goals :)

  2. Go Suzie. Go Suzie. You can totally do this.

    Hmmm, April, let me see. I will be doing my first ever A-Z. I will (probably) be going out on submission with my agent. I will continue to prep THE SPIRIT OF NIMUE for May release. I have my paperback proof now of SEARCHING FOR ARTHUR to check for September release. I have a first draft of the sequel to my agent book to finish. I have another project that I'm keeping secret about to finish, and I have six interviews lined up to do.

  3. I'm exhausted just thinking about what you have planned! Good luck with everything. *sends chocolate*

  4. That sounds like something I ought to do. But as my goals are changing on a daily basis at the moment I'd just be setting myself up to fail. Maybe something to think about in July though. Good luck with your goal.

  5. I'm in too! I'll be doing both; A-Z Challenge and Camp NaNo. Also, I'm querying one of my novels at the same time! April is gonna be a crazy month! Good luck to you!

  6. Good for you! I've heard of a couple other friends who are camping this month as well. I have been writing more since April started. Maybe all of you are rubbing off on me. Best of luck!