My Writing Life #5: Camp NaNoWriMo+Focusing

Hello! So, what I’m working on now.


I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of update type posts recently, but I’m working on some more how-to type posts. Which do you prefer?

Project One: Editing My NaNoWriMo Novel

Mission: Prodigy, to be exact. Turns out, it isn’t as awful as I thought it was. Sometimes it’s a pain to read through things I know I’m just going to delete. There’s not too much left to do before I start rewriting it. I’m planning on doing a major macro edit (where I do the rewriting and plot mending), a minor macro edit (fixing anything not plot relevant, anything I missed, how to make it better, etc.), a major micro edit (where I fix the typos, dialogue, etc.), then I’m going to send it to one or two people for their opinions and use some of their suggestions (minor micro edit).

Project Two: Halfway to Fourteen/14

This is in the developing/outlining stage, and I’m hoping to make it easier on myself when I’m writing (as in, not stopping halfway *pun not intended* because I can’t remember where the plot’s going) and editing (as in, actually giving myself something to work with). You’ll probably be hearing more about this in the next few months of Camp NaNoWriMo. Speaking of which, are there any cabins looking for members? This is my first time, so I don’t have one.

Grammar people, should I do Fourteen or 14? Not sure yet, but the “Code name”, so to speak, is 14.

Project Three: Fantasy Gossip

I’ve just developed the idea and characters for this one. I’m really excited about this (although, I’m excited for all of my ideas once I first have them). You saw Kaelin and Trey for the first time here (as well as Kamri and Mason for the first time in a while) More on this to come!

I’ve been thinking about doing two Camp Novels in one session, along with a draft of Mission: Prodigy editing. Is that crazy? I don’t know. My 2017 word is doubtless, so this kind of goes along with it. If it works, it works, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t, I guess. Since I also wanted to do NaPoWriMo, it would be a lot of writing and making sure I’m caught up on school *cue groaning*. I may save Fantasy Gossip for July, if I’m not doing any camps or whatnot.

Are you doing anything for Camp NaNo? Am I too ambitious? How are you surviving through edits? Do you like updates or how-to and informational posts?

Posts to Expect Soon:

A Camp NaNo help post

3 Acting Tips to Help Your Character Come to Life

Photography things

Beautiful People #22: Couples Edition (ft. Competitive People)

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the part of the show when I bring in two couples, each from different books, each claiming not to be a couple, and each saying that Valentine’s Day is long over. Please give around of applause to Kamri/Mason from Halfway to 14 and Kaelin/Trey from Fantasy Gossip! *better titles may be coming soon* *click names for pictures, not mine (I wasn’t able to show the web links without spamming up the page with random images, so if these are yours and you would like a photo credit let me know)*

10928109_595959117172101_1450331761_n1. How and why did they meet?

Kamri: *glares at Kaelin, realizing that Kaelin goes better with Mason* Well, me and Collin–

Mason: Collin’s not here.

Kamri: I know, but he’s part of that story. Besides that, me and Collin–

Trey: You mean Collin and I.

Kamri: Stop it! I don’t even know you! Fine, Collin and I were in the tree house, long story short, it broke and along with it my ankle and then–

Mason: You broke your ankle?

Kamri: Yes! Now let me finish. So, Mason had just gotten home from smart camp or whatever and then was really shady to Collin. He introduced himself, but didn’t really talk to me. What did happen to your tree house?

Mason: We’re rebuilding it. Anyway, it’s Kaelin and Trey’s turn.

Kaelin: Oh, I have to talk now, don’t I?

Trey: You’ll be fine.

Kaelin: Well, it was our first year, a few months in. We had seen each other a few times in classes, but we never really talked until he sat down at my table in the cafeteria and bet me that his dragon could beat Steve’s in a race. Apparently he’d given it a speed drink thing.

Trey: Sounds about right. But for the readers who don’t know, the dragons are teeny tiny, and everyone has one. They fit right in your palm.

2. What were their first impressions of each other?

Trey: Well, I’d noticed her around, and she was bored, and I was bored, so…

Kaelin: Some kid who was a little out of it.

Mason: Some pretty blonde who was at my house alone with Collin.

Kamri: Collin’s uptight brother who looks nothing like him. (Turns out, Collin’s adopted.) And you called me pretty again…

3. How would they prove their love for each other?

Kaelin: I… I didn’t know this was going to get all mushy.

Kamri: It is couple’s edition, apparently.

Mason: I say we skip this one.

Trey: Agreed.

Kamri: Of course, you know, it was our idea. ‘Member us, from the original Camp NaNo Novel?

Trey: Best for last. Besides, we’re plot driven. You’re character driven.

Kaelin: What’s wrong with character?

Kamri: *rolls eyes* Even the enemy agrees with us.

4. What would be an ideal date?

Mason: Not that I’ve thought about it, but I think all we ever do with just each other is study.

Kamri: Very true, but since this is COUPLE’S EDITION and we are the closest thing our author has to a couple *glares at Kaelin/Trey* what would it be?

Mason: Bowling.

Kamri: *laughs* Alright.

Trey: Dragon racing.

Kaelin: I would’ve said a nice dinner in the real world.

Trey: Well, since none of us are couples, and there are some obvious problems going on between us, how about we switch? You know, pretend to be in love and make up all these fake stories?

Kamri: Bad idea.

Kaelin: What if there was an escape question we didn’t want to answer? Like the previous one, which we already decided to skip?

Mason: That sounds good– just don’t tell anyone.

Kaelin: Wow, you got really rebellious really fast.

Kamri: That’s what he does.

5. Is there something they emphatically disagree on?

Kamri: Off topic, but turns out your story was partially inspired by our old one.

Kaelin: Just answer the question… seriously.

Mason: We disagree on a lot of things. Like, how much work should go into our homework projects, whose house to go over…

Kamri: *whispers to Mason* What does emphatically disagreeing mean?

Mason: Strongly.

Kamri: Oh, not much, not till later in the novel. Over stupid things, anyway. Your turn.

Trey: I dunno. Clara?

Kaelin: Shush! You know I like her too. We’re roommates, I kind of have to.

6. List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)

Mason: What? Not fair.

Kamri: I eat at your house all the time!

Mason: Right. You will eat, like everything, you’re always hungry but you don’t have a big appetite, you hate grape juice, love raw butter, and string cheese.

Kamri: You just made the last two up. Besides, I hate soggy pancakes. If Collin was here, he would have known that.

Mason: He’s not your fake boyfriend, though, he’s my brother.

Kamri: Yeah, but we’ve known each other longer.

Trey: You love fruit, and chocolate, will only have tea with a lot of honey, contrariwise only coffee without creamer, and enjoy throwing food at my face.

Kaelin: I didn’t know you knew what contrariwise meant, but yes, correct…

7. What’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?

Kaelin: I know that your parents died.

Trey: I know about your real secret writings. The ones you hide so Clara doesn’t push you to publish them and get you in deeper trouble.

Kaelin: *blushes* You’re not supposed to.

Trey: Yet you never write about me for that reason.

Kamri: I can see how you struggle to fit in. When we’re disagreeing, it’s so obvious you feel you have a standard to live up too.

Mason: I know where you live.

Kamri: One, that sounds creepy because no one will understand it, and two, Collin knew about it first. Pick another one.

Mason: Seriously? I know you keep the fact that you’re bilingual from your Spanish teacher, if that counts. And you’ve told me more boarding school stories. Along with the whole “not caring act”, you really do care, even if you don’t know it.

8. What’s one thing that they keep a secret from each other?

Trey: About all the drama that goes on with my friends.

Kaelin: *muffled* That I like you even though there’s a reason we’re on couples edition and I think you like Clara instead.

Mason: I don’t have many secrets, but sometimes I keep a diary, if that counts.

Kaelin: Really? That’s literally the center of my story.

Kamri: My turn now… the same thing I keep from everyone, about my family life.

9. How would their lives be different without each other?

Kaelin: I would be really bored all the time.

Trey: I wouldn’t have an escape from the drama. With you, that’s just… gone. Despite the fact that you know everyone’s drama.

Kamri: I probably wouldn’t trust anyone. Ever.

Mason: Kamri… makes me think and feel in ways I didn’t know were possible.

Wow, that was really poetic, you guys… except for Kaelin’s–and she’s the writer.

10. Where do they each see this relationship going?

Trey: Relationship?

Kaelin: Relationship?

Mason: Relationship?

Kamri: Relationship?

Kaelin: We should use our escape question.

Kamri: Agreed. Kaelin/Mason and Kamri/Trey.

Mason: Alright, Kaelin, let’s do this!

Trey: Hey, Kamri… will you fake go out with me?

Kamri: Why not?

Trey: Well, Kamri and I have been fake dating for a long time now, so I suspect when we’re of age we’ll marry.

Kamri: What?!

Trey: We’re pretending.

Kaelin: I don’t know anything about you…

Mason: Just pretend.

Kaelin: I have a feeling we’re going to break up after this so we can each go back to our own stories, because it is way past Valentine’s Day.

Mason: Fair enough.

That’s it, guys! Did you enjoy seeing my April Camp NaNo characters fight, or was it just me? There were a lot of inside jokes in there that you would only get if you’ve read the books… that don’t exist yet. Anyway, I’ll posting around the first week of March the official descriptions of these novels. I also have realized that except for Mission: Prodigy, I’ve never really explained what my books are about. Whoops.

Writing Prompt #8.5

So apparently like 3000 people have saved my writing prompts on Pinterest which is exciting so here’s another one!

If this inspires you to write, share your story with me in the comments below! I really do love reading them.

(In case the image isn’t showing up, etc.: The Mona Lisa’s smile is the start of a secret code hundreds of years old. You are one of the only two people that know this.)

February Goals 2017

February Goals 2017

So it turns out I am very behind on posting goals. I’m pretty sure my only goal for November was NaNoWriMo, and I must have forgotten by December, then I posted my resolutions in January. So, the last time I posted my goals was in October. Here’s what happened to those:

Finish Crossing Galaxies


Decide on my NaNo Novel


Finish with Plot {For Said Novel}


I actually accomplished all my goals…. huh. This is so new. You can check out the original post here. Anyway, I’m going to be posting about all of my goals this time. It seems more motivational.

Writing Goals

♥Begin plotting out Halfway to Fourteen

♥Begin developing other Camp NaNo Novel (What? More on this in a future post)

♥Finish reading through Mission: Prodigy, and for bonus points, start on draft two

♥Finish Dragon’s Fire

♥Work on the collab novel with Heidi

Blogging Goals

♥Post all the random drafts I have (thanks to Kellyn for inspiring me to create a schedule for my drafts and series. It is a very happy feeling.)

♥Brainstorm a new writing series

♥Work on my Bloglovin page

♥Go for quality over quantity


♥Continue to attempt to practice my instruments more often

♥Learn my new ukulele! (I played my cousin’s uke for a bit a couple summers ago, but I finally ordered my own)

♥Be involved in the activities at the new acting workshop I’m going to

♥Make fair projects

♥Work on writing the play for my school project


♥Get in the habit of using my bullet journal

♥Take more pictures

♥Print out more pictures

♥Bake a new recipe

♥Read more books

♥Do at least one thing on the bucket list I made with my friend

♥Read my Bible every day

♥Survive the greeting card class that I’m teaching

If you made a goals post this month, I would love to read it! Or, if you don’t have a blog, comment some of your main goals. We’ll all hold each other accountable.