Camp NaNoWriMo Day One

What I accomplished on day one of Camp NaNoWriMo


Progress: 1721 words

I managed to get some rewriting done in my epic fantasy novel late last night. Right now I’m focusing on rewriting the story and not worrying so much about grammar. I’ll save that for when I finish the novel.

So far the beginning of the prologue has been greatly expanded and I tried to slow the pace and make one particular scene a little creepier. I haven’t succeeded with the latter, so I’ll spend some more time with that today (after I start my math homework for college).

One thing I should note is how I do my rewrites. I count the number of words in the new draft rather than hours spent rewriting the story. I have two Word documents open and I write a line at a time, usually reworking it completely. It takes a while, but I’ve seen great results between my drafts in the past.

That’s all for this update. I’ll have a new video on YouTube today about my first week of Spring Quarter classes at the university, which you can find on my channel at 11am PDT.

Edit: the video is now live here: 

How did your first day go?

World Building Like Crazy

I spent the last two days doing some major world building for my novel. There were a few details that I had neglected to figure out and I realized that having those details would make it much easier to piece my world together.

I figured out approximate populations for countries and major cities and created maps for two of the kingdoms where most of the story will be taking place instead of just having a world map.

I also changed a few place names around and created distinctive regions in each country.

I also did a little bit of writing in A Clash of Crimson and I was able to add about 1000 words to the story. If I can keep this momentum up I will be looking good for NaNoWriMo.

As a quick side note, I’m attending a diversity journalism conference in Oregon next week. Because of this commitment, I had to refuse an offer for two $50 tickets for row 17 to see Def Leppard in Tacoma on October 1. Ugh. I really want to go to that concert.

In the mood

I feel in the mood for writing.

I tried writing in Clash of Crimson again last week and I failed. I got some stuff accomplished, but then I went nine days without even looking at my novel. I knew that I needed some inspiration and something to get me going.

So, I decided to spend yesterday watching the entire extended edition Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu Ray. There’s honestly nothing like those films to get me in the mood for writing high fantasy.

Now I’m hoping to get some writing done today and maybe a little bit of revising my outline so that my path ahead is clear.

Then maybe, just maybe, I’ll be ready to write part 2 for NaNoWriMo in November.

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 5 & Fireworks Video

Happy day 5 of Camp NaNoWriMo!

I haven’t done any writing yet today, but I’ve finished some very important world building to assist in my rewrite. It partly had to do with reorganizing the main country’s government and actually drawing the capital city so that I could keep everything straight.

Now I’m hoping to get 2,000 words written today.

Chapter Two is really just a big mess. It’s my least favorite chapter in the original draft of my novel, and I’m starting to see why.

  1. Even though there’s a really good hook to start off the chapter, it quickly loses steam. There’s plenty of big events in the chapter to keep it interesting and to build the plot, but it just doesn’t seem to work.
  2. There’s a lot being introduced to the readers here
  3. It’s 17 pages long, which would be fine if it was better

So, I’ll be trying to work through that chapter or at least figure out how to make it better.

In the meantime, I also uploaded a new video to the YouTube channel. It’s just some of the neighborhood fireworks from last night’s Fourth of July festivities. Now you can see why I’ve been annoyed by people letting them off all week. There’s just so many people in the neighborhood lighting them off.

Until next time,


Camp NaNoWriMo Word Count: 8004

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 2

It’s day 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo. I haven’t done much today because I spent a few hours at a party for the college newspaper. Our long-time production manager is retiring and we threw him a party.

So, I’ll be working on my novel for the rest of the night as I delve into rewriting/revising Chapter 2.

I hope everyone is doing well. Let me know how your writing projects are going in the comments.

Until next time,


Current Count as of 10:05 pm: 4838

Creative writing and why I feel dead inside

Hello, hello!

Winter quarter has started at the college and that means I have three new classes: Intro to Computer Information Systems, Creative Writing I, and the Documentary.

Yes, I am taking a creative writing class, and it’s not going as I expected. It’s an online course, which makes it difficult to adjust to. I’ve never taken an online class and in a way having it online is more difficult that going to class every day.

The class is also a lot of work. I’m used to writing fiction when I feel like it, not when I’m ordered to.

So far this week I’ve had to read a chapter from our Writing Poems book and a chapter from our Writing Fiction book. I also had to free write a journal entry every day that was at least a page in length and write 2 short stories based on the assigned subjects.

The course is just difficult. I don’t like writing on demand and I especially don’t like that we have to SHARE our writing with the entire class. I have to share my bad writing that I’ve only had a day to write with the class? No, no, no, no!

I might develop some of the short stories further and share them with you guys, but for right now I’m busy with school.

I didn’t forget

I promised you guys some flash fiction yesterday. I haven’t forgotten, it’s just not done!

I’m not sure when I’ll have it for you guys,  but I will.

I’m still having some problems with my laptop’s network adapter so I might have to take it in to Costco and have them look at it while I’m still under their warranty. That way they can get me a new one if need be.

I’ve tried uninstalling it and reinstalling, updating the drivers, and diagnosing it. There does appear to be a DNS server error, but it won’t go away when I “fix” it.

I’ll keep you guys updated.

December 15

I spent the day reorganizing my room (I do that a lot. I just always feel the need to change things) and working on my new laptop. I’m having some internet connectivity problems that need to be fixed.

I should be getting 170 Mbps download speeds and anywhere from 10 t0 14 Mbps upload speeds, but with enternet cables I’m only getting 30 Mbps. It’s not a problem with my internet because the other computers work fine with the same cable.

My wifi is getting 80 Mbps at least, but that’s still not right.

I did some troubleshooting and it looks like a DNS server error with the IP address, so that should be an easy fix. There’s also a disk problem just like with my old laptop which leads me to believe it’s a Windows 10 error because my hard drive is fine and my computer is not freezing.

Assuming I can get this all ironed out I might have some flash fiction for you all tomorrow. I hope you’re as excited as I am.

I will leave you (or I guess you probably started with it) with the song that’s stuck in my head: Crazy Lixx’s amazing cover of Mans Zelmerlow’s “Heroes.”

Announcing a new project

As promised I want to start writing a fiction project exclusively for this blog. I’ve tried to start one a few times but they turned into novels instead.

Sometime this month I will start a series called The Curse of Me, a supernatural romance-thriller based off a piece of flash fiction I wrote in September for the Story a Day challenge.

I don’t think it will be a weekly segment or anything, but it will be exclusive to this blog. I may not actually get to it until January, but it will happen.

Winning NaNoWriMo, Again

10 minutes before midnight on November 28, 2015 I validated my novel to finish my third consecutive quest for 50,000 words in a month.

This year was my most stressful National Novel Writing Month yet. I had to balance my first quarter of college, my first job, and writing a high fantasy novel in one month. It makes me never want to do it again (jk).

I clocked in at 50,055 words but I’ll probably keep adding more throughout December. I made the mistake of quitting on this day last year when I won NaNoWriMo and not going back to the novel until July. Whoops. I need to keep writing while the plot is fresh in my mind.

Not having NaNoWriMo hanging over me means that I can gradually return to blogging! Yay for free time.

Congrats to all of the other winners.