Day Jobs and Bootcamps

I’m so sorry I’ve been neglecting you, my loves.

And also you, my followers and readers. (You know I love you all too though, right?)

It’s the busy season for me. Not only do I write, act, perform improv comedy and generally not sleep, but I run a business making costumes and stuff. And it’s the busy season. My “day job” as a seamstress has been eating up all my time. I’m sorry that I’ve been neglecting you all, but I gots ta’ pay da bills, as it were.

All right, now that my apologetic self is satisfied, I can ramble for a minute.

Camp Nano is happening in June (and August, but let’s just focus on June for now.)

I am so not prepared. At all.

I find that I have a lot of difficulty writing in the summer. I don’t know if it’s because I wanna be outside, or if my Muses are all dormant or if it’s just for some other crazy reason. (Not counting the seamstressing or working at the geek store.) Whatever it is, I have a lot of trouble figuring out writing when the weather is nice.

So I’m a little torn about what to do for Camp Nano.

I REALLY need to write something. Something new and shiny. I need to get away from the projects bogging me down during Camp Nano 1. I just need to create something for myself. And you know, something awesome to submit later.

And that’s really where I’m struggling. I know that during NaNoWriMo, I can pump out a lot of words, but then the editing part kills me. KILLS ME. I hate editing. As I’ve mentioned.

So instead of competing with myself (and certain others) I think what I wanna do is write my 50,000 word novel (and then however many I need to write additionally to finish the story) and then edit for the rest of the month. I don’t really have that many other things to do during June, which is nice. And the other show preparations aren’t on a major short time frame like the ones I’m doing right now, so it should be a little more laid back. Right?

In theory, anyway.

But that’s my goal: to write a novel and edit it during June so that it is ready for beta readers/2nd edits with the intention to submit to a publisher before the end of the year.

That’s not too lofty is it? If I have editors who are fast?

Oh right, and I should PROBABLY get those Spec scripts finished because I wanna flash ’em at people soon too.

No rest for the writers.

Who all is doing Camp NaNo this year? Wanna race?

Kai needs to sleep. No seriously.

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About kaikiriyama

I'm a writer. I write everything from shorts, to novels to screenplays and then some. I like comic books, ponies, zombies, pokemon, monsters, demons, vampires and mythology. I walk a fine line between badass, scary and girly. View all posts by kaikiriyama

2 responses to “Day Jobs and Bootcamps

  • Wicked Julia

    You should be sorry. We have been languishing without you. Still think you're insane for the writing schedule but, I'm rooting for you.

  • Kai Kiriyama

    I'm not planning on doing 300k words in June. I'm hoping to hammer out a single novel and edit it by the end of the month, and then do it again in August. It's the real kick in the arse I need to keep me going. Otherwise, I would just slow down completely. Also, I am sorry. I miss you.

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