SO….. my goals I had posted at the beginning of the year haven’t really stuck. My goal to read a book a week has not been successful. Probably because I’ve been reading through the Outlander series and each book is about the size of a Bible. That and I tend to read a bunch of stuff at the same time, so I’m halfway through a couple other things right now as well.
Writing goals… well, they’ve languished a bit as well. I had been writing on my iPad with a keyboard, then there was a green tea incident and then a kombucha incident and well, let’s just say the keyboard never fully recovered. I had another bluetooth keyboard, but it was not nearly as good as the other and the time had come to get a laptop and I’d been putting that off and blah blah blah.
Anyway. I have a new MacBook Pro and it’s delightful. I have a keyboard cover and I’ve been very very careful about any drinks around it. The mother in Just For Kicks is named Sylvie and she’s all WASP tiger mother. I named the laptop Sylvie. (I have a thing for naming inanimate objects. Well, animate objects, too. The ficus on my desk is named Bigus Figus a la The Life of Brian.)
Anyway. I’ve signed up for the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo. My goal is 65k words. Which, I’ve done before. I wrote Cop Drama for last year’s July Camp.
It feels good to have a goal like that set up. I’ve been pretty slackadaisacal with the actual writing lately. Sure, I’ve been editing and revising the dickens out of Just For Kicks but as far as the raw writing goes… little to none.
I’m going to be working on the fourth installment of LuLo. I know it’s a bit presumptuous to assume anyone would want to read more of their madcap exploits, but, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I write for me and I like to read about them. Well, except for Just For Kicks. I am so fucking tired of going through that manuscript I could spit.
I think my prize for winning this upcoming NaNoWrimo is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while. I’m going to go take pictures of places in my books. And I know, I know, they aren’t even out yet, but I think my beta readers would get a kick out of seeing where things happened. I love seeing that kind of stuff for other books. Although, that might just be because I’m a huge nerd. God, you shoulda seen me in Philadelphia a few years ago. I had a marvelous time. And my idea of mega-fun is driving down the East Coast and checking out Revolutionary War sights or going on a Laura Ingalls Wilder road trip. And since I’ve been reading Outlander, I’m itching to get overseas and explore Scotland.
Anyway. Camp starts on Wednesday and I’m just tickled to begin. I’ve been scribbling down notes. I’ve got my conflict. I need some motivation behind the conflict, but I have an inkling. At least I know the bones are there. All I have to do is fill in the rest and I am just excited to do it.