sylvia plath, submissions & camp updates

Note: This is an update from my Patreon, it’s a few days old but I liked it so I thought I’d republish it here. 

Last night I finished reading the Journals of Sylvia Plath. It was a long read and at times hard, but it was also very interesting because I found myself relating to her so much. It was like looking into a mirror. Like Plath I’m also married to a writer, like her I have depression and anxiety, I write poetry and want to be known as a writer. I loved reading her honesty, it was somehow comforting to know that even a well known writer like Plath could get writer’s block and fall into depression after rejections came in. I loved her life and vitality, I loved her love of people. It was such a great experience to read her journals, I recommend it to you all.

Because I was reading about Sylvia Plath I was inspired to write a few poems this week, and I even sent two into a magazine. Fingers crossed! I hope that at least one of them gets in. It’s been awhile since I’ve sent poetry out, but I have hope that my writing is getting better.

Camp NaNo is now in it’s 5th day.  This weekend has been crazy. I had no time to write, save a few hundred here and there. It was kind of depressing, but at the same time I was too busy to be bemoan it too much. I am now at 18k, and I have high hopes that I’ll make it to 20 before the week is done.

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Mini Camp Update: Day 3

 

Today was my first good writing day.  Day 1 & 2 of Camp I wrote very little new words on my stories, mostly I was just reading them and adding words here and there. Today though I sat down and forced myself to write continually.

I worked on A Siren’s Tale today.  I hit 8,490 words on it! Which was good. I had been stuck for so long, so it felt good to get so many words out.  Here’s a small snippet for you. 🙂

I had been dreaming of the water for a week now. I told my mother of it but she only hushed me saying,

“We live in a fishing village, what do you expect?”

But it wasn’t the normal sort of dream, not a recurring theme save that the water called to me. In one dream I was swimming for hours, but I was in the body of large whale. The water was life brushing along my skin, I could feel the gentle push of the waves in my gut and I sang. Alongside me swam other whales, and I could hear them singing as well.   In another dream I was a seagull, flying along the coast. The sky was misty, and the salty sea air crashed through my lungs and made me giddy.  With a cry of joy I turned three loops in the air and then landed in my nest. There in the rocks other seagulls sat in their cozy nests, when I arrived they looked up and I immediately felt I was home.

Each morning I awoke in my normal body, and each morning I wept. The sea was calling to me.

My mother said to stop thinking of dreams, we had no time for such things. So I went back to washing clothes and tried to ignore my dreams.

This morning I dreamed of a cave, right on the sandy beach, jutting into the green coast of my land. The water was quiet as it lapped at the blue-brown stones, I stood on the edge of the opening. The water to my ankles, it’s touch like a lover’s and from within the blankness of the cave I could hear singing. Singing like that of the angles, I rushed forward, running as fast as I could but no matter how hard I tried I could not find the source of the song. I was devastated.

Anyone Doing Camp Nano?

I realized just the other day that Camp NanoWrimo is happening next month! Is anyone else doing this? I’m hoping to be in cabin with lots of active people, so if anyone knows of a cabin or is putting one together, you should let me know! Cabin assignments happen in 6 days!

Tentatively my plan for Camp is to write 30,000 words collectively on the stories I’m already working on.  Miracle, will hopefully be one.  My second short story, Sheep Of Many Colors, should be another. As well as my siren novel, A Siren’s Tale.  And maybe, just maybe, a NA fantasy novel that I have some ideas for.  I know it seems like a lot, but basically I want to work on a project till it’s finished and them move on to the next. Obviously starting with the short stories.

What are you doing for Camp? 

July Wrap-Up

I wrote this post and decided it was a bit boring so I spiced things up with gifs. You can all applaud me on how amazingly techy I am. 😉 Just kidding.

July kind of ran away from me.

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Now its August 2nd and I’m realizing I need to write a wrap-up for last month.  Looking back at my post in the beginning of last month I realized I only had two goals. So I didn’t do as terrible as I thought.

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My goal for reading was to tackle my NetGalley books and to stay on track with my 200 book goal for the year.  Sadly I did very little reading this month and only one of those was from my NetGalley requests. On top of that I’m now 11 books behind on my reading goal.

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Looking back at my Goodreads list I realize I read 4 books total this month. 😦  All of which I’ve reviewed on here, save one. Which I’m super excited to review tomorrow.

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The good news is I made half of my writing goal.  I did win Camp NaNoWriMo! With 12k extra.  I didn’t finish the novel, but I came to about…eh I think it’s 1/3 of the way done.  And I am so close to finishing A Mad Woman’s Voice.  I think 3 more poems should finish up the first (ish) draft. 🙂

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That’s all for me. How did you do last month? 

Camp NaNoWriMo Update

It’s been hard for me to write the past few days.  The last time I updated my wordcount I was at 32, 626. Which is over my goal of 20k but far below what I had hoped I would be at by now. By the end of July I was hoping to be at 60k and have King,Hunter and Outlaw finished.  

I’ve been slacking for a number of reasons. One being that I’m having a hard time juggling five different POV’s. Another being I’m at a point where my characters just won’t work with me. Everyone is tired of listening to me and just wants to sit and glare. 😉  And the last reason being a close relative died recently and it’s been hard… I feel like I shouldn’t be writing something as trivial as a fantasy adventure novel. 

Needless to say I’m all blocked up and I’m tired and I don’t really know what to do about it. 

How’s your writing been going? 

Camp NaNoWriMo Update

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I’m super excited to talk about all the work I’ve gotten done for Camp NaNoWrimo. Today I made 20k, which is my entire word goal for the month. The bad news is I don’t think I’ve even got 1/4 of the way through my novel. Everything still feels really early in the story.

Unlike some people I am an panster, which means I don’t plot out my stories.  Usually I have ideas about two or three chapters ahead of the current chapter I’m writing. Currently I’m 19 chapters and 47 pages in.  My fingers hurt and my brain hurts too. I’ve got pages of character ideas written out a notebook and I’m super happy with how my story is going.

How is your Camp story going? Anyone else meet their word goal, or are close?