Inbetween: Chapter One


Here it is! Welcome to Inbetween, my second serial novel and my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel. I’m so excited to start sharing this with you. I hope this novel will be as well received as The Dreams.

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April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap Up

Last July I won Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time ever. Going into Camp at the beginning of last month, I felt the weight of that victory on my shoulders. I’d finally won once. If I didn’t do it again, I’d be sliding backward.

Looking back over the past month I think I hoped for too much. I’ve lost Camp NaNoWriMo a lot more times than I’ve won.

I set my goal at 10,000 new words on my 3rd draft of The Dreams. I knew it would be a stretch compared to my word counts from recent months, but I really thought I could reach it with a little extra motivation.

It turns out I couldn’t stretch my energy and motivation that far.

At the end of the month I’d written 4,049 words. That’s less than half of what I’d wanted to write. I’m a little disappointed in myself. The past 14 months or so have been absolutely awful for so many reasons so I don’t think anyone can expect to maintain the focus and drive to do better than they did before the pandemic. That said, I’m still going to beat myself up over this. I can do better.

There were so many factors in play over the course of the month, I don’t think I could begin to pin down the main reason I failed to reach my goal. There’s just too much to worry about and not enough keeping me in a routine.

Hopefully things will be better for me in July.

Did you participate in Camp NaNoWriMo last month? Were you able to reach your goal?

What I Read in April

I was prepared for April to focus much more on writing than reading. It didn’t turn out that way. I really needed reading to get through certain days.

Books I finished reading in April:

  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi
  • In an Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire
  • Come Tumbling Down – Seanan McGuire
  • Binti – Nnedi Okorafor

Books I’m currently reading:

  • Across the Green Grass Fields – Seanan McGuire
  • Home – Nnedi Okorafor

What books did you read in April? Have you ever intended to do something else only to discover you needed to read to get through the day?

What I Read in March

March wasn’t a big reading month for me. During the second half of the month my attention shifted to CampNaNoWriMo. I can either focus on reading or writing. Doing both at once is really rare.

Books I finished reading in March:

  • Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire

Books I’m currently reading:

  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi
  • In an Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire

What books did you read during March? Were you distracted from reading by writing too?

Writing Progress March 15–21, 2021

daily writing progress

March 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,091
  • Today’s word count: 56
  • Thoughts: I wasn’t feeling it today. I’m still trying to get my brain back in order after the clocks changed. Whenever I sat down to write, I felt like my thoughts were floating away. It was great for daydreaming, but terrible for actually writing words down. Hopefully the words I managed to write aren’t terrible because of my daydreaming.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: The obstacles between a good writing day and me aren’t that big, but I won’t be able to get over them unless I address them directly. That’s what I want to do tomorrow, but I’m not sure I’m ready for it. I just want to write. Overcoming obstacles wasn’t part of the plan.

March 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,147
  • Today’s word count: 56
  • Thoughts: I’m really frustrated with myself. The amount of effort I put into my writing today isn’t reflected in my word count. My focus wasn’t great, but I spent a lot of time trying. I’m just tired and stressed out this week. I need a vacation, but there’s no where to go and sitting at home and trying not to work is actually just as exhausting as doing the work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: If I can’t take a vacation, I guess I’ll try to find a fun way to get the work done. It might be time to take the laptop to an unusual corner of the apartment and use that different perspective to get the work done.

March 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,207
  • Today’s word count: 60
  • Thoughts: I’m afraid I’m falling into another rut. The pattern hasn’t quite formed yet, but I’m still afraid of what I’m going to find over the course of the next few days. I was doing so well and then responsibilities outside of writing had to go and stress me out and here we are again. I’m so sick of it. I wish I could just push off all my other responsibilities and obligations for a month just to get caught up on my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I can just pretend I don’t have any other responsibilities and if I pretend hard enough I’ll actually convince myself it’s true for a little while.

March 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,240
  • Today’s word count: 33
  • Thoughts: Oh boy. I haven’t been having much luck with writing lately. My focus is all over the place. Other obligations are definitely part of the problem and I think I need to accept that I can’t pretend them away. Unfortunately, a lot of what’s on my mind is stuff that can’t be resolved in a few hours to unburden my mind. It lingers and distracts.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to keep my expectations low. Fridays are full of errands and my mind is usually unfocused once I am home and settled again.

March 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,262
  • Today’s word count: 22
  • Thoughts: My word counts keep getting smaller. I don’t like that, but I can’t pretend to be surprised. Today was pretty chaotic. I didn’t get much sleep (thanks, cats) and I was out of energy after my errands. I tried to nap and that didn’t work very well. My creative energy was very low.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to refill my creative well. Tomorrow is the first day of spring. I want to go outside and enjoy the change of season. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Of course I’d like to write too, but I think getting back to a place where I can be more productive later will be more beneficial in the long run.

March 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,273
  • Today’s word count: 11
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write much today, but I did something to help recharge my writing energy. I really needed it. I took a nice first day of spring walk with my boyfriend. We checked out the work that’s been done on the walking trail the town has been improving. I didn’t make much time to use my recharged energy today. Hopefully it will stick around.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s supposed to be an even prettier day tomorrow, but I don’t think I’ll be heading back to the walking trail just yet. I might grab my laptop and write by an open window for a few hours in the afternoon to see the sun and get some fresh air.

March 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,430
  • Today’s word count: 157
  • Thoughts: Am I getting back on track? Probably Is it too soon to tell? Probably. I thought I was going to have another terrible day of writing. I actually got ready to go to bed with almost no words. Then for some reason I don’t really understand I sat back down and wrote more. I’m not complaining.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Tomorrow looks like it will be a lot like today. I hope that means I’ll be able to write a similar amount or more. Unless something big happens I shouldn’t have any distractions other than the ones I create for myself.

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