Soon time for Camp WriMo

July! The wonderful month of July!
And so there is Camp WriMo!

i o i o i o i o i o i o i o i o i o i o i
(Just a happy crying out loud)

I have already signed up. Have set a goal for 31000 words. I managed to increase the words in April, from 15000 to 24000 and yet finished a couple of days early. So now I’ll start with 1000 words per day on average, and might maybe be able overachieving that setting.

I plan to continue to write on “The Solar Eclipse”, and since I also am about to integrate “The Mechanical Man” in that story, I gather I might have a decent chance to get a full Fantasy novel out of this.

Well! I have to write more than these 31000 words though. Of course!
For the time being, I have a total of 34100 words. With the upcoming 31000 it will only be 65100. Need a bit more to get a good Fantasy story.

I just have to have a nice dragon in there as well, you know. A magic dragon!

Anyhow! I really look forward to July 1, and the challenge. Just the bare thought of it, makes me feel a heavenly thrill of anticipation in me

Concerning the Eclipse and the mechanical man, please do pay attention to the menu. You’ll find a couple of excerpts from The Eclipse under “Short stories”. The Mechanical Man – you also find from the menu, all nine parts.

 

 

Oh, these days…

For ten days, I haven’t been writing anything that could be labelled fiction. It’s a pity – but not horrible. But if this not-writing will continue longer, it will be horrible. I had hoped for more, when I finally began writing again.

Though, I’m not mad about myself. What good would that do? On the contrary. I would only feel miserable. I understand, and accept this hiatus since I know the reason why, and also know I soon will be writing again.

After been suffering from that burn-out for many years, without being able to neither read, write, nor listen to music (and more), it’s brilliant I have begun writing again at all! So what if I yet haven’t got the every-day-writing as a firm habit?

In a little less than two months, 56 days in April and May, I have written 34 100 words! Not counting blog posts!

So what if I have 10 days off?

I had hoped for Diana’s writing prompt for June, though. But due to personal matters she couldn’t do that this month. I understand, and look forward to July.

I also look forward to July months edition of Camp-NaNoWriMo. I obviously need a bit of pressure on myself to continue to write every day. Until I am self-going again, anyway.

And I will be. Self-going. Soon.

 

Sunday, rest-day

It has been a couple of dull days. Weather-wise that is. Been cold and very windy. Today the rain is pouring down and the wind is dancing rock’n’roll with the trees. or at least rumba or something. Also pretty cold. To be at the end of May. But the weather forecast says it will be sunny in the afternoon. Hope so. Wouldn’t mind a biking tour after lunch.

I have been writing today though. Thought I would go back and work on “The Solar Eclipse”. Instead, Andrew showed up again; after landing in the middle of the desert on that hot, sunny planet.  And Kaila disappeared. Where to? How? Did she vanish straight out into thin air? Well, I know. But I won’t tell. I have planned to integrate Andrew Millbourne in that story anyway, so maybe I was working on the Eclipse after all. 😀

Friday my best friend was here. He helped me with what was left of that computer-desk-work. I.E. the Two-factor- something. (Whatever it is called.) Apple security matters anyhow. I just got extremely nervous when I tried to do that myself some time ago. He also made sure everything is connected as it should be.

It was really nice having him here for a couple of hours catching up.  Eating, chatting, laughing, having coffee an so on. We have seen each other briefly, but he hasn’t been here in this flat since I moved in  half a year ago. Nowadays we live too far away from each other. 120 kilometres instead of 40 as we used to have + we worked in the same city, and even at the same workplace for a couple of years.  We do keep in touch though. Always.

And since he is the only one I really trust when it comes to my Apple devices. MacBook, iPad, iPhone… So… nothing will be done with them unless he does it. I don’t even trust myself meddling with the technique matters. But I DID change my AppleID and the password. And deleted the google/gmail – account. All by myself. Now he is going to buy a new battery for my MacBook. It’s high time for that… It’s 6,5 years old, has been in the Mac since the beginning…

When using the devices, though – I’m completely confident.

And now I want lunch.

Finally the final

It has taken me several days to write the last part of “The Mechanical Man”. I kind of struggled. Wrote about 450 words, like I was dragging Winnie the Pooh out from his home after he had eaten too much honey.

I knew something was wrong, but what?

Yesterday morning, finally, while eating breakfast I pondered what and why and how, and there it came! I had not awaited my inner spirit but instead tried to write from my head only. Now, I got the hints I needed, the smile finally reached me and I began writing.

The result wasn’t particularly good. The voice inside me then reminded me of a couple of things I had forgotten. Kept on writing – and ended up with 1766 words.

Satisfying, but still not good enough. Too clumsy. Brain-tired though – and I had other tasks to perform in the afternoon anyway – so no more writing yesterday.

Today! What should I do with the text? Nothing wrong – per se. But still! Something was wrong! At lunch, it finally began to loosen up. I moved the entire first paragraph, which was rather long, to a totally different place. Scrambled it, and deleted a couple of sentences.

That made a HUGE difference!

Then the normal editing routine. Deleting unnecessary words. Killing a couple of darlings. Actually adding a couple of words here and there. Deleting more unnecessary words. You know…

The odd thing was, when finished had this editing I still had 1710 words! Must have added more than I thought I did. But now I felt satisfied without a lot of doubts.

Later on, of course, I have to more thoroughly go through all parts as a whole story. But before I begin that desk work, I have a lot of other writings to do.

Desk work

Today I have read the entire story about The Mechanical Man (7 422 words). There is one last part to write. At least I think it is only one left to be written. Therefore I felt I needed to read it all, to see how it began, and get some hints about what I have to write now. Generally, I know how the story will end, but I also have to tie the beginning and the ending together.

What I noticed – and that is not uncommon at all, on the contrary – is that the beginning does not fit with the rest of the story. On the whole – Yes! But there are details… I am in good company, though. After Stephen King had finished his story about the Dark Tower, seven volumes, he had to rewrite the first volume. I think he wrote “The wind through the keyhole” after doing that revision. Am I right?

(I actually have a copy of that first one. The Gunslinger. In Swedish translation. Lucky me. Yey! 😀 But I have not cross-examined it against the revised one. Too bone-idle to do that.)

I don’t think I have to change much though, in Part One. I would not reveal too much of the story already in the first pages, would I? But here and there, either add something, change something, or delete something.

So! A good deal of desk-work in front of me. Though I have begun to write on the ninth and, probably, the last part.

Apropos desk-work! Last week I deleted my gmail/google account and instead bought a host/domain for my emails. Perhaps I someday will create a homepage there too, but not now. But I will also use it as a storage place for my writings.
I also changed as well the username as the password to my AppleID, and all this took a lot of time and effort. Let me just say – that is not something I long to do. But once in a while, one has to.

Today I have been working with writing and sending a couple of invoices. Not mine, I don’t have that need, No, I help my daughter with those things. I also created a new template from scratch on Excel. Have so far been using one of the templates offered by Excel, and been more and more fed up with irritation over how it is to work with.

Okay! It took me a couple of hours, but when finished I felt really good about it!

And now my stomach tells me to have dinner. I thought I now should keep on writing about Andrew Millbourne. But okey, okey! A bit of new energy first.