Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 – The Best-Laid Plans & Weekend at Bigfoot’s

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?

6 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 – The Best-Laid Plans & Weekend at Bigfoot’s

  1. Wishing you lots of luck with your Camp exploits & I hope your new proactive approach proves fruitful. I think the blurb is fabulous & love the new pic of Prince Marcello…those eyes remain every bit as compelling as the last pic. ❤

    1. So far so good. I’m ahead of the curve on the goal I set for myself and making progress daily (which is a great relief). I’m glad you like this image, too. I’m leaning more toward this one, now. 🌺🌸

      1. Well done ❤I’m so chuffed you’re ahead of your goal and making such progress.🥂 I do, very much, he’s retained his intensity and the shirtless effect makes him look even more…ethereal ❤🌹

  2. Yay!! Can’t wait for the bigfoot story! 🙂

    I’m glad you joined and your method sounds great! I’m a huge believer in changing things up if the way you’re doing stuff doesn’t work. That’s why I’m doing my writing longhand. I realized sort of by accident that it worked better for me, when I brought a notebook for a flight instead of taking out my computer. It’s like I turn on the overly critical and analytical part of my brain and just let the words flow. Before, I could get hung up on finding exactly the right word for hours, now I just write and in the instances I don’t know an English word for something, I just write the Swedish word in brackets and look it up when I transcribe my writing.

    I’m also easily distracted by internet and social media, so I don’t even turn on my computer when I write. Also, I’m the complete opposite of you: I’m a late night writer. I very rarely start writing before 10PM 😀

    My projects for NaNo are finishing the bunny story (I’m at 19K words, and I managed to figure out something that has bothered me about how to end it for awhile last night when I slept, so I gotta rewrite some parts of what I’ve currently written, but then there’s like 2 chapters before I’m done. Or 2 chapters and an epilogue, I guess.) After that, I’m writing for the Autumn Love submission call 🙂

    I have lots of projects planned out. Lots of ideas! Which is great, means that the stress I felt in the beginning of the year is gone 🙂

    1. I’m so glad your stress level has gone down. That’s such a muse-killer.

      Yes, different strokes for different folks. Seems like we’re similar in many ways, but opposite in others! The idea of writing longhand makes me shudder. 😁

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