Looks like the A to Z April Challenge is going well. I try to keep tabs on a a couple of regulars like Alex J. Cavanaugh and April J. Moore and then wander through the rest of the list, picking one here and there to sample.
I opted out of participating in the A to Z this year (for the first time since the beginning) but jumped into a Cabin at Camp NaNoWriMo to give a boost to my word count. I’m way under the quota but so far have posted the most words in my cabin. Of course, they might be holding out for the end and then will post their total instead of daily updates. I doubt I will make 50,000 words, but I’m thrilled to have written more scenes in my nearly finished first draft of the sequel to Dead Wrong plus started a brand new story I’ve been thinking about for a long time.
Today I saw a reminder that the deadline for the Tom Howard/John H. Reid contest deadline is April 30th and I checked to see if I had any short stories on the closest flash drive that I could edit and submit. One of them might work. Do I have time? Ten days…maybe.
While I was thinking about that, I remembered I’d signed up for Giles Hash‘s Facebook Write-In/Virtual Write-In so I checked in there and hurried off to work on my Camp NaNoWriMo project. Wrote 1,265 words. I could have done more, but I got stuck on what to name the two guys in the bunker on Wasp Island. I could have just typed XXX1 and XXX2, but no, I had to dwell on it, agonize over it, waste time on it.
I mean, they’re not even main characters, so I could have named them Brown Eyes and Blue Eyes . . . or Guy One and Guy Two. I plugged in the names of my brother and my husband, but it wasn’t working. Finally I got it. Gordon and Ken. Two of the gentlemen in my critique group are named Gordon and Ken. Now that was something I could work with. Writing was speedy after that because I was playing with the dynamics between the two…one wanting to go rogue and the other playing by the rules.
The dumbest things bring me to a screeching halt when I’m writing.
Anyway, I feel I’ve been using my housebound time well most of the time. The biggest bonus is that I have time to read. And that’s what I’m going to do this evening. I’m about halfway through Bobbing for Watermelons by April J. Moore. April makes me laugh, and that’s always a good thing.
So how are you doing this month? Sailing along in the A to Z April Challenge? Participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? Reading a really good book? Suffering from spring fever?