I swore I’d never do it again, but here I am, signed up for another round of Camp NaNoWriMo. I think I’m in the right frame of mind for it to work out for me this time.
I’m trying to take a more proactive approach to my writing. Working on it during the time I’m babysitting my granddaughter just doesn’t work. I can sneak in other writing/blogging-related tasks around the pre-schooler activities that don’t require so much focus, but writing must be done when I have time to fully concentrate on the story.
So I’ve started getting up earlier to make time to write. I’ve also recognized that I’m easy to distract with the internet and social media, etc., so I don’t allow myself to even open any other apps except for Word until after I’ve accomplished my writing goal (be that a word count or a time commitment) for the day. As before, I’ll still try to get a little writing done in the evening, but I’m not at my best later in the day, so making time early is the key.
So what projects am I working on? I’ve got two, since the first one should (better!) be finished before the end of the month.
First is my active WiP, The Best-Laid Plans, which is the sequel (2nd in a trilogy) to The Contingency Plan. Our heroes, Princes Marcelo and Efren will finally make it to Zioneven at the end of this installment, but interactions there will have to wait until the third/last book (novella) in the series.
The working blurb in this teaser image will give you a better idea what the story is about:
If you’ve been following along, you might notice the stock image in this teaser features the same model as the stock image in the teaser I included with a recent excerpt, but uses a different photo of him. I liked the wind blowing through his hair in the other one better, but this one is shirtless, and allows for more torso to show and probably a better overall aesthetic balance. The story is a fantasy, so modern clothes are a no-no in the images. The expression I loved in the other one is very close to this one. Either works to represent Marcelo’s attitude in the story.
The second story, which I’ll work on once completing The Best-Laid Plans, is titled Weekend at Bigfoot’s. I’ve got a few hundred words written on this one, but otherwise it’s early in the all-in-my-pantser-head planning stage.
I do know this much…it’s about a tabloid journalist assigned to write another (*sigh*) story on Bigfoot. He’s sent to interview some folks in a rural town where there have been some sightings. He expects to do the usual kind of hyped up story. He doesn’t expect to actually discover, let alone fall for, a Bigfoot shifter. My plan is to give the story a comedic spin.
So that’s what’s up with me this month. Who else is doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month? What are you working on?