Summing Up Camp NaNo Jul 2019

1 Aug

I set a goal, and I beat it. I deliberately set it lower than normal as I’d struggled during last camp, and I knew I would be losing at least half a day to an eye clinic visit. This month’s camp wasn’t helped by the crazy heatwave. Fortunately for me, I had built a decent lead before it got insanely hot which allowed me to miss a few days.

What follows are my daily check in posts.


01 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 1. Daily count 2010 words. Total count 2010 words.
02 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 2. Daily count 2560 words. Total count 4570 words.
03 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 3. Daily count 2452 words. Total count 7022 words.
04 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 4. Daily count 2810 words. Total count 9832 words.
05 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 5. Daily count 1830 words. Total count 11662 words.
A real struggle to get going at all today. It was almost a 0 words day.
06 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 6. Daily count 2174 words. Total count 13836 words.
07 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 7. Daily count 3668 words. Total count 17504 words.
08 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 8. Daily count 1336 words. Total count 18840 words.
I wasn’t able to make as much from that idea as I had hoped, but I got over the daily word count.
09 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 9. Daily count 2850 words. Total count 21690 words.
Half way, fuckers! Yes. Downhill all the way from here.
10 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 10. Daily count 2063 words. Total count 23753 words.
11 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 11. Daily count 0 words. Total count 23753 words.
Taking a mental health day so nothing written today. It’s extremely important to care for your own mental well-being, so I decided a day off was exactly what I needed today, being several thousands of words ahead of schedule.
12 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 12. Daily count 4606 words. Total count 28359 words.
A good story, golden age style off a simple title.
13 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 13. Daily count 1495 words. Total count 29854 words.
14 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 14. Daily count 3194 words. Total count 31553 words.
For something which literally only had a title, I did well today.
15 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 15. Daily count 0 words. Total count 31553 words.
Decided against putting unnecessary pressure on me & my body. It was either minor heatstroke or heat exhaustion/severe dehydration causing the light-headedness. Either way, I chose not to write today. I had written something by hand at the hospital but I’ve chosen not to count it as I didn’t type it up.
16 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 16. Daily count 0 words. Total count 31553 words.
It was crazy hot for me again today. No writing done.
17 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 17. Daily count 1002 words. Total count 32555 words.
I can conclusively say this had been the single worst Camp Nano ever for interaction (lack of), cheats, and cabinmates who don’t leave feedback or encouragement. I won’t be taking part in a July Camp again.
18 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 18. Daily count 1506 words. Total count 34061 words.
19 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 19. Daily count 2308 words. Total count 36369 words.
20 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 20. Daily count 1169 words. Total count 37538 words.
21 Jul – Camp Nano Jul ’19, Day 21. Daily count 3133 words. Total count 42166. WIN!
Confirmed win. Somehow I managed to eff up my totals somewhere along the line but I’ve done full word counts & checked, that is my correct total.

As you can see, on several days I didn’t write, and I stopped as soon as I broke 40,000 words, which was my original goal. I chose not to extend the goal any further, mostly due to the heat.

On a few days I got so hot I was having dizzy spells when I tried to stand up. I didn’t write on those days.

And no, I won’t be taking part in another summer camp again. The heat and the general attitude of camp mates in 4 different cabins showed me no-one really cares any more.

I wrote 19 new stories, a few of them are garbage & will probably be deleted. A decent amount have potential for submission.

I’m pleased to say I made a sale during camp which really picked me up at exactly the time I needed it. More about that in the end of month summary!

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