Camping is a Novelty

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for several years now, but the new and novel Camp NaNo is something I’ve never been brave enough to try. Camping has always sounded kind of scary. Wild animals. Bugs. Cold nights. Did I mention bugs? Of course, Camp NaNoWriMo isn’t actually a camp. You get to stay at home in your cozy writing nook.

Since I’ve made almost no writing progress all winter I’m going to give camping with my WIP a shot this year.

For those of you who are too intimidated by NaNoWriMo to give it a try, I think Camp NaNo might be more your pace. Here’s why:

1. NaNoWriMo has always been all about encouraging writers to be productive. They have every tool imaginable to make sure you have what you need to stay motivated.

2. Camp NaNo has a Cabin feature that allows you to bunk with other writers. This is something I’m very excited about as it includes a message board which will allow me to spam my new friends with favorite inspirational writing quotes, cheer them on as they make progress, and share my own milestones along the way. You can, of course, opt out of joining a Cabin if this social aspect doesn’t appeal.

3. Unlike regular old NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNo allows you to pick your own pace and preferred method of progress. You can select Pages, Words, Lines, or Hours and you also get to pick the ultimate goal for the month. This makes it easy to use as a tool to get through an editing pass, train yourself to write daily, track your usual slow-and-steady progress… whatever you like! And since you get to set everything up yourself, you’re pretty much guaranteed to win!

4. NaNoWriMo is technically social media, so if you’re trying to up your online presence this is a really easy way to show up on the radar. Just be sure that you set it up under your penname if this is your goal.

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Sharing – Current Reads


If you really, really loved the movie does reading the book ruin it? As much as I loved the Dreamworks version of How To Train Your Dragon, I’m so excited to get to know the Hiccup and Toothless that Cressida Cowell wrote in her middle grade series. Be warned! These books are almost nothing like the movie, but that’s okay. Many of my favorite books were introduced to me through a movie, but usually it’s the book that ends up making a difference in my life.

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Artsy Fartsy – Lettering

1 day until Christmas! Best wishes to you and yours this Christmas Eve. When the angels sang at Jesus’s birth, I like to think that all of creation was joining in some way. It takes ‘smile and the world smiles with you’ theory to an extreme level, but hey. It’s a pretty thought. And maybe today, in some way, the earth is still aknowledging Christmas day as something special. Give it a try. I’m sure you’ll see something if you take a good look.


Question of the Day: Make a list of five small things you’re grateful for this Christmas.
My Answer: Heated blanket, double-sided tape, mint flavored lip balm, dark blue nail polish, and a (mostly) completed To Do list.

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Artsy Fartsy – Lettering

2 days until Christmas! Every Christmas there’s always that one song. The one that no matter where you go, it’s playing. I always figure that it’s my theme song for the year. I laugh, shake my head, and give props to the Powers That Be for conspiring against me… or maybe just reminding me that Someone’s still around keeping an eye on me.


Question of the Day: What song keeps popping up wherever you go?
My Answer: This year’s song is Sleigh Ride. It feels a little random, but it reminds me to relax and have fun wherever I am and no matter what I have left on my holiday To Do list.

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Artsy Fartsy – Lettering

3 days until Christmas! The Nutcracker is a Christmas staple for me. I love humming along to Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and other sweet-sounding classics. My favorite thing about Tchaikovsky’s work is the storytelling through music. As a writer, I’m inspired by his creativity, and energized to chase my own crazy ideas. Maybe someday they’ll turn out to be as classic as Clara and her little soldier.


Question of the Day: What is your favorite Christmas beverage?
My Answer: I love anything mint during the holidays. Mint tea has been my go-to this year, but a splash of mint in coffee is pretty amazing, too.

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