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

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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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My April CampNaNoWriMo Plans

I’ve put off making my announcement post this year because I’ve made this same announcement before. My plan for CampNaNoWriMo is the same plan I’ve had for many other Camp sessions.

I’m working on The Dreams. Again. Still. It’s a big story. It’s also a third draft which is a strange experience.

Now that I’ve actually reached my Camp goal once, I want to do it again. I’ve set my initial goal at 10k. It’ll be a stretch. The past few months haven’t been the most productive. My brain needs to get out of this rut. Hopefully Camp will be the kick in the pants I need.

The last year has been a mess. I barely remember the Camp session from last April. It feels like it happened much longer than a year ago. Thankfully, NaNoWriMo keeps stats from previous events. Screenshot_2021-03-21 NaNoWriMo

Last April I definitely aimed too high. I thought a higher goal would be a good distraction. I was wrong and now I know better. There’s too much uncertainty and stress in the world these days and can’t push myself too hard or I end up miserable because I always fall short.

This year my goal is only half as high. It will still be a stretch. I’m not sure I can make it and I’m usually overly confident in my abilities the month before a Camp event.

I’m looking forward to pushing myself to write more. Having a community of people all racing to the finish line with me always makes the extra effort worth it.

Will you be writing for CampNaNoWriMo in April? I’d love to hear about your project and your April goals and cheer you on!

Writing Progress March 8–14, 2021

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March 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,226
  • Today’s word count: 238
  • Thoughts: I had another decent writing day! If I can keep this up, I’ll actually get somewhere with my 3rd draft this month. I’m getting closer and closer to the end of the story and I want to build up momentum. Getting my writing muscles back in shape before CampNaNoWriMo isn’t a bad idea either.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: All I want to do is keep writing. I’m getting back to a place where I don’t feel bad about the amount of progress I made in a day. I’m not there yet, but I’m much closer than I’ve been in months.

March 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,504
  • Today’s word count: 278
  • Thoughts: Writing went really well today! I still don’t know what changed but I’m not complaining. I just wish I understood so I don’t accidentally change something important to making writing work. For now I’m going to take advantage of everything just working in my favor for once.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to keep the writing magic alive. I don’t know how to do it, but I’m not going to let it go away.

March 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,673
  • Today’s word count: 169
  • Thoughts: I didn’t write quite as much today. I think I know why I lost some momentum though. I wrapped up a scene and started another one. A lot of the time I would normally use for writing went to sifting through this part of the story in my old draft to get an idea of what I want to keep and what really needs to be changed to fit the new draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Can I get back on track? I hope so! I don’t think I lost too much of the momentum I’d built up over the last few days. I did the hard/non-writing work today so tomorrow should be easier.

March 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,901
  • Today’s word count: 228
  • Thoughts: I’m back on track! I’m glad I was able to keep moving forward after stumbling yesterday. I just needed some time to get reoriented. I’m adding a lot of little details to this part of the story so I feel like I’m doing a mix of revising and writing and it is using more of my writing muscles than I have in the past few months.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe I’ll have a good writing day on a Friday for once. I still have errands to run. That usually throws me off, but I’m not going to despair. I have to try to write. We’ll see if I get anywhere.

March 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 205,929
  • Today’s word count: 28
  • Thoughts: I can’t think of a more typical Friday writing session than the one I had today. My intentions were good. My execution wasn’t so great. Fridays scatter my focus so much. I don’t know what I can do to change that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to get back to writing. I hope I can have some peace and quiet to do it, but I can’t quite guess what will happen on Saturdays even if they do tend to be less chaotic than Fridays.

March 13

No writing progress made.

Circumstances sent my anxiety through the roof today. I decided pretty quickly to take a mental heath day. No regrets. I hope I can come back stronger tomorrow.

March 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 206,035
  • Today’s word count: 106
  • Thoughts: I was jet lagged all day. I’m sure a lot of people were. I had a terrible night’s sleep on top of it. It was the left over effects of the anxiety I was dealing with all day Saturday. All I wanted to do was nap. Then I wanted to stay awake until my usual time so I didn’t completely mess up my sleep schedule. There was a brief window of time between fighting a nap and struggling to stay awake long enough to keep my routine where I managed to focus on writing. It was the best part of the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Maybe things will start to get back to normal tomorrow. I hope so. I could really use some normal right about now. This novel needs some normal so I can finally get this draft wrapped up.

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Writing Progress March 1–7, 2021

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March 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,409
  • Today’s word count: 128
  • Thoughts: This day had so much potential. I started writing in the afternoon which is rare for me these days. I lost my momentum pretty quickly. Life is just too distracting. I could do a better job of blocking distractions out but I get anxious about missing important things. I know I can do better. I just need to come up with a better strategy for managing my anxiety so I can do the work I need to do.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t know if I’ll have a better strategy by tomorrow, but I want to write more. We’ll see what happens.

March 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,554
  • Today’s word count: 145
  • Thoughts: I thought this day would be great. Then I had to live the day and it wasn’t nearly as great as I expected. Writing didn’t come easily. I really thought that things would go smoothly today and I started to despair when it didn’t work out that way. I trudged through the muck and managed to write something.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: A good writing day would be nice. I haven’t had one in a while. I want to make it happen.

March 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,643
  • Today’s word count: 89
  • Thoughts: Today was a start and stop writing day. I wrote a sentence or two. Then I stopped. I wrote another sentence or two and I needed a break. It wasn’t ideal. I do so much better when I can focus on writing for a decent length of time even if I don’t write a lot during that time. The best possible day would probably be multiple writing sessions at least 30 minutes long, but I’m not in a mental place to make that happen consistently these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I can spend more time on writing. Getting at least one solid writing session in would feel like a huge win at this point.

March 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,702
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: Today was a chaotic day. I was away early. I went on a walk. I came home exhausted and never got the lost energy back. I don’t regret the walk, but I need to plan better. Going on a walk in the morning isn’t a bad idea, but it doesn’t work out well when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before. I’ll probably go on more walks after getting a proper night’s sleep now that the weather is starting to improve. Hopefully those walks will have a positive effect on my writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Right now I don’t even feel like setting a goal. I want to just see what happens if I let myself do whatever I want after I wrap up my errands.

March 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,708
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: Was having no goal the problem or was the day in general the problem? I don’t know. I struggled to get any words down and I have no confidence in the few words I wrote and kept.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’s going to be wintery cold but I’m going to go out and walk around for Pokemon Go community day anyway. We’ll see how the affects my ability to write. I’ll have less time but will I have less inspiration?

March 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,767
  • Today’s word count: 59
  • Thoughts: I was outside for a long time today. It was cold and windy, but it was really great just to be somewhere else for a while. There’s still some piles of snow trying to thaw out, but around the park there were plenty of signs of spring coming soon! Eventually I did come back home and I tried to write a bit before going to sleep. It wasn’t much, but I didn’t delete the same sentences over and over. In fact, I added a bit here and there to the latest scene because I’ve been too hard on myself and cutting things I shouldn’t.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll write more. I can tell there was a shift in my mindset today so I’m optimistic about seeing change in my writing habits. I doubt it will be drastic, but a small change can make a big difference when dealing with this monster of a project.

March 7

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 204,988
  • Today’s word count: 221
  • Thoughts: Wow! I hoped and hoped for a day like this and I finally got it. I wrote without deleting the same sentence multiple times. Getting some momentum behind my words worked just like I knew it would. I’m still not writing very quickly, but managing a net gain hundreds of words over the course of the day is a huge step in the right direction.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Obviously I want to build on today’s success. I’m in a part of the story I really wanted to build on and expand in this draft. These parts are the most exciting for me. Maybe part of my problem is trying to give as much attention to parts of the story that are already strong as the parts that I know need a rewrite. I need to get better a revising my drafts.

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What I Read in February

There was so much snow in February this year. I feel like I should have read more books because of it. I’m still ahead of schedule with my 2021 reading goal though!

Books I finished reading in February:

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  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire
  • Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Books I’m currently reading:

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  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance – Tomi Adeyemi
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire

What books did you read in February? Are you on track for your 2021 reading goals?