I have been head down and busy in preparing for Camp Nanowrimo, which begins on Monday. I have an aggressive goal and hope to complete the first draft of the novel-length piece of fiction that I’ve been working on by May first, or at least get it close enough that I’m filling in pieces, not missing major scenes. I have about 40,000 usable words already written, with a total word count of about 110,000 as a goal. Camp Nanowrimo should get me a lot closer, but is going to be demanding all of my attention in April.
I’m looking forward to it. I’ve successfully completed two Nanowrimos in the past, but this is the first time I’ve gone into it with such a mature project. I didn’t do Nanowrimo in November, since we had no electricity because of Hurricane Sandy, and trying to write it by hand in a freezing house was just too much to deal with at the time. I am thrilled at getting an opportunity to try again without having to wait for November. The setup of Camp Nanowrimo is a little different too, as you’re paired with a small group of writers, so I’m interested to see how that’s going to play out.
I’ve been considering whether or not to give up the photography while I’m focused on writing, but my inclination is to keep the challenge going. I’m now nearly ninety photos into it and the challenge of putting a photo out into the world every single day has been an inspiring one. I can’t say that I think of the majority of my photos as necessarily very successful, but every once in a while, I manage to catch one that really pops and makes it all worth it. It does take a certain amount of time, but I’m learning how to take better pictures, and how to visit the world with a photographic eye. I am worried about being able to manage with the writing and my music going on, but it might provide a nice mental break. Trying to write without any other activities to fill the brain often leads to uninspired writing.
Art, art, art, art. There’s a few other things going on that normally I’d be obsessed with worrying about, but thinking about making art and creating it is helping to mitigate the anxiety that’s associated with it. It’s such a healing force in my life. I really don’t know how I manage to get through the days that don’t incorporate it in some way.