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.

What I Read in April

April was a chaotic month! We bought a house! We spent the first two thirds of the month stressing and completing all the necessary steps to finalize buying the house. Then we started working on making the house the way we want it to be and moving in. As you can imagine, reading wasn’t top priority.

However, I still managed to read some this month! I don’t think I’d be able to go a whole month without reading at all.

Books I finished reading in April:

Books I’m currently reading:


Have you ever had periods in your life where you just can’t find the time to dedicate to reading? How did you get through it? I feel like I’m missing out on so much when I don’t read much for an extended period of time. It also drives me up the wall when I don’t get through books and I have so many left waiting on my to be read pile.

What I Read in March

March was a deceptive month reading-wise. It felt like I didn’t read much at all. However, my Goodreads says something different. I did a decent amount of reading in March.

Books I finished reading in March:

  • The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  • Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir
  • The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex – Tamsyn Muir
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill

Books I’m currently reading:

  • Heaven Official’s Blessing (Volume 2) – Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
  • The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

What have you been reading lately? Are there any books you are looking forward to reading this spring?