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The End of April Camp 2019 – Success

I met my goal of 75 pages and then some, for a total of 80 pages.  The beginning started out fairly well, the middle stagnated, and the end I pulled through because of my cabin member’s exhortations to fulfill the cabin stats!

I worked on Spectra at the beginning…


…and then ditched it and most of camp for a long while.

Until about the last week I caught up by sketching a lot of pages each day.  Pages that were no longer Spectra.

But this instead:


A fairy tale.

However, these last couple of days I edited Spectra 1 enough to share with friends, so I did write for it here and there.  I’m excited to share it and figure out the best ways to revise it.  I typed 1,319 words for it, and one of the middle weeks I had to write and draw by hand, so I need to add that to my revision document.

This version of Spectra 1 is only 11,490 words so far.  It’s so tiny because I took only what I wrote from Sheyla’s perspective, I call it Just Sheyla for now.  Meanwhile, Spectra 1 as a whole is at 39,763 words.  Still small, but definitely possible to turn into a novel.  If even after adding more to Just Sheyla it’s still too tiny, maybe I’ll work on the other POVs till they’re shiny and sorted out and I’ll combine them all in one, big novel.

I suppose writing the POVs one at a time makes sense.  Each character’s tale can be tight and clearly laid out, and then I can see if they’re able to stand alone as novels, or if they need to go together, and it’ll be easier to see how to put them together.  And it’s extra nice, because I can probably get a novella length story polished up and ready to show the world, even if the others will be worked on a bit longer…

All in all, the month ended on a pretty good note and I hope May will be even better now that I have this clear goal in mind.

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Camp NaNo: Week 1

I’m 12 pages in so far and I need about 6 pages to catch up.  Which will be fairly easy tonight.  Also, yesterday was my blog’s 2 year anniversary, so that’s cool.

Here are two of the nicer pages I drafted this week:


I need to work on the look of the magic a bit more…and this is why I’m rough drafting the art layer of the story!

Except I plan on tweaking the beginning a bit, skipping a lot of stuff that’s unnecessary in this iteration, so…I’m gonna have to novelize that part.  Which is good because I’m going on a little trip and I won’t have access to my computer so it’s all about paper and pencil!

Good thing my goal is a page count, nice and flexible that way.



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Gotta Keep the Boredom Out of Camp NaNo

Camp has been going pretty well for me in terms of page count, I’ve managed to stay ahead most of the days, and had an easy time catching up today.

Except that I got very bored.

I’ve been drawing stuff like this:



The real problem is I have no music suitable for the normal, everyday life of a family needing to enroll a kid into mage school.  I’ve got dramatic music, sad music, battle music…

Not family discussions over school issues music.  And I gotta have music playing while I work.

So I just drew something to match what I listen to instead:


This is so far away from the beginning of Spectra, it’s ridiculous.