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.

With this chapter, like every chapter of The Dreams, I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters. If you want to support my writing and help my creations go from first draft to maybe someday a real book you can hold in your hands, head over to my Patreon.

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I Finally Signed up for July Camp NaNoWriMo

This might be the latest in the month I’ve ever declared a Camp NaNoWriMo project. I knew I was going to participate, but I couldn’t find the time to sit down and set up my project on the website.

It’s done now and that’s all that matters.

I’m continuing to work on the fourth draft of The Dreams. My writing stamina is still not where I’d like it to be so I’m keeping my goal low. 5,000 words in a month is still going to be a stretch for me. However, if I can manage to write that in July, I think there’s hope that I’ll be ready to write 50,000 in November.

At this point I don’t think I’m ready for Camp. Even with a low goal, victory might still be out of reach. Out of all the Camp NaNoWriMo sessions since the event began, I’ve only won once. Back in July 2020 I managed 10,000 words. I’m not sure I will be able to succeed next month even with my goal only half as big.

Hopefully working on a project I already know so well will make the words come easier. I’d be in trouble right now if I was starting with something new. With my writing muscles in better condition pantsing for a smaller event wouldn’t be such a big deal, but I need guideposts to keep me on track these days.

Maybe I’ll be ready for something new in November. That will depend on how comfortable I am with writing again. I miss being able to sit down and write a ton of words in a single day and feeling capable of doing the same thing again the next day.

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo next month? What sort of goal have you set?

What I Read in May

This month was not destined for much reading. We bought a house at the end of April and spent May getting the house ready and moving in. We’re still not completely settled, of course, but at least in June I can say all my stuff is in one place.

Books are a comfort in stressful times. However, to benefit from their ability to comfort and transport there’s a time commitment required. As much as I wanted an escape many, many times during the month of May, I just didn’t have the time to settle into a book.

Books I finished reading in May:

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

Books I’m currently reading:

  • The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
  • A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers

What books did you read in May? How to you handle wanting to reading during times there just isn’t time to put into books?

April Camp NaNoWriMo was a disaster

My Camp NaNoWriMo participation goes way back. I was there for the first ever Camp NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t tracking my word count back then so I can’t be certain, but I think this might have been my worst Camp ever.

What happened?

Well, I went into the month knowing I would be very, very busy. We were in the process of buying a house. We closed on the house on April 21. I had hoped things would calm down a bit once that happened and I’d be able to get back to writing.

That didn’t happen.

When I set my goal for the month, I’d tried to factor in how distracted I would be by major life events. I severely underestimated how much of my brain power would be consumed by this. I’ve moved before, but I’ve never bought a house. Having the opportunity to make the space exactly what we want it to be has opened up a world of possibilities for us.

I can’t remember the last time I let writing fall to the wayside like this. I don’t like it. I’m just glad I won’t have to do move again for a long, long time.

The best thing I can do at this point is not to dwell on it. Everything will settle down once I’m done moving.

There’s still too much going on for me to spend a lot of time reflecting on my Camp failure. I’m just happy I managed to write a couple hundred words while I barely have time to sit down let alone attempt to write. Instead, I’m going to look forward. May is going to be another busy month. June will almost certainly be better. I should be in a much better place for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo session. I’m looking forward to making up for lost time then.

How did Camp go for you last month? I hope you reached your goals or at least had fun with your project.

Are you planning on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in July? I’m starting my search for writing buddies early so I can have the biggest support group possible.