Camp NaNoWriMo, July 2013

Another Camp NaNoWriMo in July! ^o^

This July I am not going for 50,000, not 80,000, but 100,004 words! *faints* I’m not asking you to do that though. Because you can change your word-count to whatever suits your month, even 10,000 words count.

For some people who follow my blog, you’re used to skipping any post with a mention of “NaNoWriMo” “novels” or “insane”, but take another look and and give it a second thought. This is for normal and notnormal alike. ^_^ Even if you’ve never liked writing before, you can always try.

For other people, maybe you skip every post but the ones that mention “NaNoWriMo”, and in that case, gear up for another month of noveling!

For visitors who don’t yet know what Camp NaNoWriMo is, I’m only too happy to explain.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is an exciting challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Camp NaNoWriMo is the same challenge, but adapted to fit the Summer months. In July, you can change your wordgoal, choose cabin mates to be partnered with, but basically do the same thing–have fun writing!

This month, honestly, I’m not going to try to get something wonderful this month. In fact, not even something I would dare to show people, I did that last month. This month, *sigh* I’m just writing for the fun of writing. I’m not planning, not paying attention to the plot, I’m just not. That may disappoint some people, but it’s just been too long since I wrote that kind of story. (November 2011 to be exact.)

Tell me what you are doing! Do you know yet? If not–IT STARTS IN THIRTEEN DAYS!

Good luck, peeps! ^o^

Electric Bubbles

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CHEF conference–just a truck load of pictures

This past weekend, May 8th through May 11th, I was at the Christian Home Educators Fellowship conference, and I cannot say enough good things about it.

I was guided in reevaluating my life and how productive I am being in my family. (Answer: not very productive–yet!) The talks, lectures, sermons, messages, workshops, it was all amazing! And not only that, I got to reunite with long unseen friends and meet several new ones, many of whom I have heard much about but never met before.

My dear friend Meghan took a lot of pictures of the short times I got to spend with my friends throughout the four days.

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These are the two friends I was most excited about seeing, Leah and Meghan. Leah I had not seen in almost two years and it was the first time Leah, Meghan, and myself were all together.

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And you will probably see a lot of pictures of Leah. 😀IMG_9920

Jessica, Milly, Bekah, Leah, and myself. Don’t ask me why I look so much taller….

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And that’s us goofing off. Leah is so funny!

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“Do you like my naturally curly hair?”

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Claire, Meghan, and Catherine
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I’ve seen Mathew in way more pictures than in real life, but his pictures always crack me up.

IMG_9961Same with this guy, he cracks me up too. I’m gonna pretend like I don’t know his name. 😉

On the second day of the conference we all wore black and white and we played around the big ol’ fountain.

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And we stuck flowers in each other’s hairIMG_0022IMG_9995

Gennie and Ruff just watched us

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It seemed like a good idea to run around the fountain
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And to run after Milly

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Baby girl also ran around the fountain! She was my pleasant and ever-welcome shadow and she was infatuated with the escalators. We are homeschooled, after all….XD

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On the last day I felt a tremendous urge to get wet, more than dipping my feet in the water like I had a few times. I decided poor little Thea on a wheelchair must be thinking the same thing and I flicked a bit of water on her. And hour later our little showers were still going back and forth. In an attempt to end it all I sent a small tsunami (no, not really) at Thea. (Leah and Michael got wet too, but I did tell them to lean forward.) Thea’s ankle was broken, so she couldn’t follow me, (mwahaha) but when I was running around the fountain again and great gusty hurricane got me for her. The wind blew, the water flew and totally soaked my left side. My legs were numb because it was so cold and I had to sit through the next session all wet–but it curbed my desire to play in the fountain and I’d hug the mad fountain if I could. IMG_0026

Beautiful Leah….IMG_0012

Simply beautiful!

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And this is how I look when I’ve been sitting down too long and finally get to run around.

Crazy as I was, I think you could safely say Billy was a bit more so. I must admit I was pressing him to do it, but he rode his unicycle around the lip of the fountain and didn’t fall in. We did get the hotel security on us, but not before the video was taken with evidence that he did it!

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Again, don’t ask why I look so much taller than everyone….but you can guess.

For those worried about Alexa! She’s right there in the middle and perfectly safe….and she didn’t go to Canada….*blinks and shakes head* So confusing….IMG_0173
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“I love you!”
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I’ve heard bunches about this family! I finally got to meet them and their bro….

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Michael who has his own blog, young-christian-artist.blogspot.com

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Speaking of blogs, Leah’s is at optimisticworldview.blogspot.com.

I think Meghan liked taking portraits around the fountain.
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Claire

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Catherine
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Matching redheads! Meghan and Lizzy

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And Wy-*ahem* Leah’s brother.

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She’s probably saying, “Seriously?” To quote Jeremy, “It’s so much fun to tease Leah.”

IMG_0305“Yay! Let’s go tease Leah!”

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Makes me wonder if they are laughing at Leah in this picture.
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Drink the melted whipped cream, or not drink the melted whipped cream? I gave it to Jimmy; little boys will drink anything that’s too sweet.
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When the time came to say goodbye I simply had to tell myself that I finally got to see her and would hopefully see her before another two years. Otherwise, I probably would have cried. And if you haven’t guessed by now, yes, I’m that much taller than Leah. (And it looks like I’m hugging a ball full of hair. She is under there and pretending to cry.)
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“Tootles!”

Electric Bubbles

Invites are out! Camp NaNoWriMo is Next!

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Come one, come all and join in the insanity! As I have long mourned, National Novel Writing Month only happens once a year, but Camp NaNoWriMo happens twice:D Once in April, again in July. I’m planning on doing it in April and if enough of you join me for July, I just may go for that one too. :D

I’ve chosen the story I’m going to use in April already, and I’ve already done a large chunk of planning and deciding things. However! You know my rule, I won’t write the outline until a week until April. (I’ve decided lately that I am a strict outliner who is getting every detail made before the draft–because I hate revising.)

What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.

Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.

Why:  The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.

When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster. Writing begins 12:00:01 AM on April 1, and again on July 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by 11:59:59 PM on the last day of the month. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins!

Come join us in the land of the bold, the ambitious, the relentless; come spend a month of wild literary abandon at Camp NaNoWriMo 2012!

Click the picture and zap to your writing camp where words get written and books come out!
Camp NaNoWriMo - An idyllic writers retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.
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-ELBUB55CLGRL22LELUVSfun, camp, marshmellows, writinggloves, singingaroundthefire, tinwhistles, deepcharacters, burntwood, rain, grassafterastorm, freshnightair, huggingpeople, dancing, bangingpans, stomping, andsleeping.
P.S. I want to know who is doing it! I won’t let you quit that way.

Beat Sheet

I’m in Wisconsin right now with our friends the Brandons. And having a lot of fun. This morning I got up at 5:30, because we had decided to go on a walk together at 6. Well, no one would was getting up and I didn’t know why until us girls discovered that the clock in our room was a whole hour fast, so I actually got up at 4:30. haha. So then us girls went on a walk, and then the whole gang of kids went on a walk. And then people started complaining because I walked too fast, haha, so I showed them right, I walked the whole way back backwards! Yes I did. I bumped into a parked car, got weird looks, had to jog backwards across the streets, and everybody wanted me to stop, not to mention my calves were aching. But I kept on going and it was worth it, not that I’m going to do it again, just that I did, I walked backwards on the way back.

So! I promised to help out as much as I could in the rewriting, revising, editing part of this whole novel thing. During NaNoWriMo you only got your first draft, and chances are, there’s going to be a lot of changing. But don’t worry about changing yet! Think about what you have, and what you want, not about how to change it to get what you want. What I mean, is make a beat sheet. I learned from the book Nail Your Novel how to use a beat sheet, so here’ how.

Solemnly swear that during the beat sheet you will not edit or revise, nor will you despair. Good

Now read through your first draft and write a brief, preferably one sentence, description of each scene, and perhaps a one word exclamation or such. Like so, “Westby sees Adofo accused–disturbing” “Hurlee and Hanson talk–sad” “Westby alone at night–very sad”

Your beat sheet could also be called, “At a Glance.” Once you have your whole story on hopefully one piece of paper, maybe two, you can review. Your first draft will have things like

Scenes that are too long or too short
The characterization is rough and varies wildly from start to finish
The pace is inconsistent, either relentlessly fast or monotonously slow
The timeline is random and one week has several Thursdays
The themes don’t come through
The writing doesn’t sparkle
The dramatic scenes lack impact
The dialogue is obvious
Irrelevant nonsense has crept in
Characters have run away with certain scenes or threads
The tone is uneven and seems to belong to several separate books, and then there are the unexplained madrigals
(List from Nail Your Novel.)

With your beat sheet you can check things like

Has my novel got enough highs and lows?
Do I have too many scenes on the same emotional note?
Should I slip in a quieter scene to give the reader a breather from the tension, or perhaps a bit of humor?
Do I need more tension or suspense?
Is the opening gripping and true to the story? (Don’t write a thriller-type opening if the rest of the novel is going to proceed at a much quieter pace)
Is the ending satisfying? Is it surprising yet inevitable?
Does it properly answer the question set by the story? Do I need to plant more seeds to make it work?
If it’s a thriller, is it pacy enough?
If it’s a comedy, have I got enough laughs?
Have I given the prominence I want to the characters who are most interesting?
Does one character monopolize the story, and do I want it that way?
Has a subplot taken over or dried away completely?
Are there any other loose ends?
Does my subplot relate to the main plot or has it drifted away?
Are my themes coming through?
(List also derived from Nail Your Novel.)

Also, write down each scene’s intended purpose, whether to intensify the story, explain a character change, or whatever. Every scene should have a purpose, and if there isn’t one, italicize that scene for later when you rewrite.

Then write a mission statement for your story, and you are ready to being the rewriting process. But frankly, the beat sheet was hard enough, we’ll do the rewriting tomorrow.

signed

-Electric Bubbles