April, as you probably already know, marks the first Camp NaNoWriMo for the 2014 calendar year. Camp will repeat in July (no word yet as to whether or not I will be joining in) and the classic NaNoWriMo will take place, as always-always, in November. I write this March recap from one week into April, and I am happy to say that this time I am keeping pace. In fact, after a rough two days, I actually beat my words written in one day personal best, with 4,000. I will update you further once the whole fiasco is over and The Journey of Clement Fancywater is 50,000 words heavier.
I have set aside The Family Elephant’s Jewels–at half-written–because I simply can not write thousands of words a day on two different books. It would muddy my mind-space. I have also set aside The Night of One Hundred Thieves, at least mostly, while I let some first readers catch up to me in the editing process. They say its best to let a book mellow here and there, anyhow. Consider it mellowing until April is over. Then, the priority will be: update Benevolent cover; The Journey of Clement Fancywater finished; Night of One Hundred Thieves published; The Family Elephant’s Jewels finished and edited; and The Journey of Clement Fancywater edited. Is there a problem with three titles all beginning with “the?”
I spent most of March preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo. I wrote detailed notes about the plot, characters, and setting, did a ton of thinking and even brainstorming with my husband, and read The Writer’s Journey. Watch later this week for the review of that book.
Otherwise, I am still stuck reading Parade’s End by Ford Maddox Ford. I am nearing the end of book two, but still have a third (!!). I have been distracted by reading for work and with the kids, sure, but I am also just finding Parade’s End a very difficult read. Look for that review, hopefully, before the end of the month.
Thanks for listening.