Summer Camp is Over

I spent the month of July writing 50,000 words on a novel. And, as of today I’ve written 50,560 words. So close to writing the end of Whispers of Wisdom, which is set in 1747 Chenonceau, France! Then, I will have my first draft ready for a serious edit.

IMG_E5165This is the third time I’ve joined National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! I’ve wanted to see how many hours a day I need to write to complete 50,000 words which is the length of a novella. There is a reason for this as I determine my next writing endeavor. I have an idea for a novella series that I will begin next month. For this I’m also considering a time split option. I’m not ready to reveal any more information at this time. I just know it will be fun to research and write something new.

As you wait for any new releases, I hope you will read all of the Revolutionary Faith books. The final book in the series will be released early 2021! Amazon: Revolutionary Faith Series

4 togetherMy other summer projects include painting rooms in a flip house and working in and expanding my garden.

Any accomplishments you want to share?

July Camp–NaNoWriMo

KPOQ8333July is here, and I’m so excited about summer camp. Well, a different kind of camp. I’m participating  in the NaNoWriMo Camp where I join other authors on a vigorous journey through the writing world, the highs and lows, the ravines and hills, and hopefully a mountain or two. Each camper has his/her own goal. Mine is a rigorous 50,000 words–new words.

National Novel Writing Month is one of my favorite things to do. I will admit I’ve only done this twice before with success. Why? This is a place I can be held accountable for my goal and my words. That might seem silly because it’s a completely online environment. There are other “people” lurking just like me who need a place to record their words and progress. Each region has a cheering squad where we encourage each other to push forward.

IMG_5960I will post my progress occasionally. As of this moment, I’ve written 2210 words! Woo Hoo! But it is a start, right?

My goal is to complete Whispers of Wisdom (#3 in Gardens in Time) and begin a fun new series yet to be announced. I have my items of inspiration: books, pictures, maps, and vision board. I love the destination, Château de Chenonceau in France. Set in 1747 with the beautiful gardens and the River Cher as the background, my characters are experiencing some interesting scenarios with scheming and intrigue within the grounds they tend.

As I enjoy camp each day, I hope you have some of your own goals and projects for this month. Please share!!!

 

NaNoWriMo recap

IMG_4729I want to give a little shout out for an awesome group: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Before COVID19 attacked, I had signed up to participate in the April Writing Camp. I set my goal at 30,000 words on my new work in progress, Whispers of Wisdom. I didn’t know if I could meet my goal, since normally I teach full time. I will add that I did meet the November NaNoWriMo 50,000 goal for 2019. Yet, I knew I’d have to adjust to add new words every day in the spring.

IMG_4437Then, I had a lot of help. No more full time teaching for the school year. I treated my writing as a job. I researched in March finding resources in French and English to support my plot. The topic: 1747 France, Chenonceau Château, Enlightenment, Salons, Rousseau, gardening, Madame Dupin, Madame Pompadour, King Louis XV.  I’m still researching even though I have written 30,000 words of the novel.

IMG_4756On April 1, I began the first chapter of Book Three in Gardens in Time: Whispers of Wisdom. I’ve finished six chapters and will keep writing another 60,000 words until The End.

The times are difficult for the nation, the state, the individuals, the family but hopefully you can find the extra time to do something you thought you’d not have time for in the normal day.

For the month of May, I will be sharing about the little things I’ve added to my day during these simpler times.

What is something you’ve had time to do?IMG_4757

NaNoWriMo

IMG_2782 (2)NaNoWriMo is not gibberish. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. Taking place every November, it gives writers a fun environment to write, write, write! I decided I’d join the movement this year. It’s addictive. I write some everyday on my new novel, Wait For Me. I wanted to share my progress with you.

IMG_2781 (2)IMG_2783 (2)I will say that I might not meet the 50,000 words mark due to Thanksgiving, but I am trying and making progress in my novel, which is under a strict deadline. I’ll check back in a few weeks with my word count. Right now it stands at 32,311!

IMG_2779 (2)If you are a writer this would be a great place to commit for a month. Any words are important words.

Happy writing.