Moving Out!

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the static these past few days, life has been all kinds of cray cray for all three of us Wordsmiths. But, you know us, we always come back one way or another.

However.

I am here with a tiny update for y’all.

In the midst of all the life drama and the writing, we have all decided to have our own little separate blogs outside of this one. But fear not! The Wordsmiths are not going away! This blog is still gonna be up. It will just be…on hiatus, I suppose? Until we all figure out exactly what we want from our blogs and posts, if that makes sense.

We are gonna have our own main/personal blogs and will keep this as our mutual side-blog.

In the meantime, do consider following us at the new blogs we are setting up!

There’s so many of you here already, and we do not want to miss you!

Harris’s main blog

Thorn’s main blog

Gee’s main blog

Thorn ~ Camp Ends….and the Writing Doesn’t

Thorn ~ Camp Ends….and the Writing Doesn’t

“Looks like I am the only one with sense after all.” Dakira sighed.
“You are getting off topic, ladies.” Vergil said and the three of them let it drop, with only a few glares between them.
“How do you manage that? I try to keep them in line and I get punched.” Julian complained.

Camp Ends….and the Writing Doesn’t.

Or one hopes. Its been a quiet week so far since Camp ended and I’ll admit I have done very little in the was of writing. I type a few words here and there but it was hard to get them flowing.
More so since I am trying to come up with a couple thrown in scenes from scratch.

This is what happens with first drafts I suppose. You can end up putting more in that what that plot calls for and it usually works out.
Usually. Tonight I starts some on one of these scenes and it was being difficult.

Its putting off the end of my second act as well. I was so close but my last scene took an unexpected turn.
Characters: *plot things among themselves*
Me: okay guys…this wasn’t the plan
Characters: *rip the plans to shreds and burn them*
Me: *tears*

Alright, maybe there was no literally ripping, burning , or tears. It still happened. Again not literally. My imagination ran just a teeny bit wild there.

Either way, they changed the course and now they don’t even help me figure out the course or where its going. What is going through? Who is part of it? Well that part isn’t so hard.
Still. They are uncooperative.
Or maybe I am enjoying a little rest and trying to sort out things I’ve ignored since Camp started.
Like organized and buying new coloring markers that I really didn’t NEED. They are double tipped. Sixty markers. I had to. I can use them for other things too.

What yet, I have no idea.
Camp went better in the first week than the rest of the month put together, I’ll say. A decent bit was due to my own procrastination.
Another bit was that my family LOVES to interrupt me as soon as my fingers hit keys.
Even writing this, I was in fact interrupted for a trip to a store.
Got a drink out of it though, can’t complain too much.

So now Camp is done, I am still on the same project, even if I made my word-count for Camp. I need to finish this draft and by November. It’s definitely possible. I know I can do the words, but it’s getting myself less busy to do them.
I just have to myself organized and get on a regular schedule, finally. Which I am working on, I swear. Also the writing. I’ll be working on this as well and figure out what my characters have gotten themselves into now.

What is your plans now that Nano is over? Did you finish up a project or do you still have more work? Are you plotting up new things? Or just waiting for November to get that 50K done? Thankfully we are still awhile off for that one.

Thorn~ Camp Nano 25-30

Thorn~ Camp Nano 25-30

“Confessing your love for me and still being all bossy in the process.” he shook his head.
“Don’t get over your head, I wasn’t confessing my love for you.” she told him and he laughed.
“You didn’t deny there was love though.” he pointed out and she tried not to smile.

As everyone may know, Camp Nano is coming to an end. I see it as a little bittersweet, honestly. On one hand, the bit of stress and pressure it brings I don’t miss. Also the guilt. The guilt of not making my daily word goals or my total word-count.

In all essence, I wrote MORE than enough words to hit my goal. Just not on my writing project assigned to Camp. Well over 30 k. Maybe even past 50k. About 4 to 5 a day maybe, right Harris?

I’m not going to bother myself to count it all up. It would just be a bit of an unnecessary distraction. But I realized today. I CAN do the words, I’m just having trouble applying these words to my first draft.
It may be understandable, or it may just be inexcusable.

No if we are counting words for my current project… I am just shy of 15 k. Which is half my decided goal. I wish I could have done much better but in some ways I am improving. Today I added to that and one this last day of Camp, I’m going to add as much as I can until the countdown ends.

This is 15 k more words than I had before I started, and I am heading into my third act. It’s just so much of a struggle to get this story out. Mostly because I feel like I could never do this any justice. It could be done better. Nothing I write really pleases me.
Actually I just HATE most of it. Then I love it. Then I’m in tears for a minutes, which isn’t all bad once I compose myself.
Then I’m pointed out all the nice, lovely little parts that are so… right. Which has to be two words for every hundred or so, but still. Those little bits get me to carry on, and try to barrel through this whole first draft and then I can rip it all apart as I please.

So even if Camp is over soon, I write on to the end and pray that I don’t start looking back and stalling myself all over again.
I’ll finish this one way or another and when its done, I can breathe easy. Sorta. More work is ahead of me in this. Like working on my language, word-building and plotting out my stories.
This one included of course, the plot holes in this thing are part of what is driving me so insane on going forward. Its been rocky, with me stumbling around and its not super fun.

Writing takes work though, work and practice. Buckets of coffee, fancy pens and notebooks, lovely friends and a cat companion. Or two. Or five. Lets ignore that.
All my point is, you have to keep working at something to get better at it, you can be god awful but with some work and time put into it, it might turn into something far worthwhile.You might not want to talk about it when its all said and done but if you did it, you did.
Even if you didn’t do more than a few thousand words in Camp, you didn’t exactly give up, did you?
So, early congrats to all those Camp Nano winners out there, and even to those that didn’t meet those word goals. Enjoy your last day of Camp and have a nice cup of coffee or something when its all said and done.

Thorn ~ Camp Nano 17 – 24

Thorn ~ Camp Nano 17 – 24

“Are you trying to flatter me?” she asked and he smiled.
“Is it working?” he asked and managed to snatch the tray from her.
“Annoying Thief.” she muttered.
“Stubborn Princess.” he retorted and she tried not to smile.

It’s time for another update, for better or worse. Maybe worse. Its been long and more unproductive than productive. My mood hasn’t been to great. A mix of miserable, miserable how weather and endless laundry.
My brothers wear more clothes in a day than I do in a week. Who needs to change clothes this much? Seriously?
I have the answer. My brothers, the both of them, the older and younger.
I’m sure you aren’t here to hear me complain about laundry and brothers though, you are wanting to hear about Camp and writing and how it is going.

Can you hear me screaming? Are you sure? I thought Harris did, all the way from Greece while I am all on my lonesome in the US. I’m laughably behind on NaNo but the last few days have been better. I don’t have a word-count for you because I am scared to see my lack of progress.
Tonight I have don’t some and I am regretting that I stopped. I give myself so much trouble starting after all.
No-one argues with me other than myself. I have all the good arguments on both sides and lately I am figuring out that my procrastinater is the boss.
Far too much. She needs to stop and let me get writing, I tell her.

Now I’m not out of hope yet, with six days left. I can get somewhere if I work on it more. It’s not likes I don’t have it in my head what to write after all. It’s just the actually writing that seems to be put off.
In a minute? I can’t tell myself that because I get distracted easily. I really do.I just don’t have a lot of focus, especially when other people are involved on interrupting my focus.
Late at night, when I should be sleeping, like now, is when I actually get the focus to write. No-one bothers me, not my family, not my cats. Not even the internet really.
After midnight is the best times because I am getting too tired to deal with other things and I get my urges to out my fingers to the keys.
That’s all I really need to do, even if it’s for a few minutes here and there, I just hate leaving things unfinished. If I can sit and finish writing out a scene I’m dissuaded from trying.

Which is funny cause this whole novel is unfinished and THAT bothers me. I just wish I could do this story more justice. It’s my first draft though. It’s allowed to be a frightening mess that I get to beat into shape later.

I want this dont before NaNo in November after all. It’s only July, so even if this drags into August, I have time.
For now.

How is Camp going for the rest of you? We are heading into out last week? Does that pump you up or just make you panic and get frantic like me? I am a little both honestly but if I want to make an attempt to be an early bird, I need to head to bed soon.
So sorry, Harris. I know I didn’t give you nearly enough to read tonight.
We are making more crawl dates tomorrow? Today? In the morning?
Try to enjoy the rest of Camp everyone. Have a good rest of the month and let me know how your July project is coming along.

~ Thorn

Thorn ~ Camp Nano 6 – 16

Thorn ~ Camp Nano  6 – 16
“Yes but, I still think he hits like a girl.” Dakira said and they laughed.
“Oh thanks, Dak.” Julian grinned at her.
She glared at him “That isn’t what I meant. You don’t get it.”
“Oh I get it, if I hit like a girl, I hit like you.” he explained.
“I only know one girl who can hit harder.” he added with a glance at Rayne. 
Current Word-count: 10839
Hello again everyone. How are you? How is Camp? Hopefully going good. It’s the middle of the month and we are halfway done with the month. Can we say the same about our word counts?
Me, not so much. I have to admit I’ve slacked off in that area far too much the last few days. I last wrote on the ninth and as you can see I am a little over ten thousand into my Camp goal. Thirty thousand is my goal this month, and I know it’s not impossible for me to reach it still.
It might feel like it sometimes, but really I know it isn’t.
Especially I… oh I don’t know, write? It had just been one of those busy, distracting months.
In between valid reason for not writing, there has been a bit of procrastination. I’m sure you have heard of the new Pokemon GO game. Seeing as it is a HUGE obsession right now.
Yes, I’m on it too but that honestly hasn’t taken up a lot of time. I’m in an isolated area when it comes to Poke Stops and all that.
Games are still to blame for my lack of writing, namely one on my computer and I really… really need to stop. Diablo 2 is a bit of an older game but more of a … classic favorite that I drift back into every once in a while.
It was a bad idea to install a game for my mother shortly before Camp NaNo and now I’m stuck on it a bit. I’ve even names my game characters after actual characters from my writings.
So it’s a big distraction on the hours I’m not busy, namely after a long day of shopping or chores and all that not so fun stuff.
If you are trying to convince yourself that you can just play an hour and get down to working, don’t believe it. I can’t trust myself anymore. I need to take my Neo and get settled in bed early. Earlier than usual. My late nights are partly to blame for this.
I am wholly to blame for it all, I know but I’m working on it and seeing as this is my official first draft of this book, I’m struggling to put it to paper… or well, keyboard.
Also I have a little fear of finishing it. Also of everything being so after I want to burn it and act like it all never happened.
Harris says it’s all great, she loves some parts, but these characters are favorites of hers as if they were her own. She is like my character godmother, so to say. Which is great and terrifying for them, if you know Harris any.
Just teasing! No need to go and kill anyone now.
In her books I mean, no panicking now.
One thing I really struggle with is the write and move on part. I am itching to delve into the story and rip it apart and make improvements. Things needed remodeling. I am aware that I can’t make everything perfect on the first go, but being aware of it doesn’t make it bother me less.
I feel like everything could be better, mostly because I have so many holes in my story plot that  I’m tripping over them. Though I’m working on pushing through the issue and make note of my problems with things as I go.
I’m only a couple good scenes away from the end of my second Act and things are really about to get interesting with all that goes on. Armies, battles, deaths, all these fun things. Things won’t be going that well for my characters, some at least. Some have a few nice things going for them.

I hope the month has been kind to you and your word-counts sky-high. Mine aren’t high up there but at least I am getting some done and will get more done in the future. My odds will improve once I get in bed with Neo, one of my most favorite gifts from Harris, and have no distractions. Just me, Neo and Pandora.
Try to have a good month for the rest of Camp. After this we can assess the damage we have done to our characters lives or go outdoors and chase down some Pokemon.

~Thorn

July NaNo Update 1st-5th

July NaNo Update 1st-5th

“You need to stop acting like you don’t like me.” Julian told him.
“And you need to stop acting like I won’t knock your head off your shoulders if you keep being too annoying. Get going.” Vergil answered, but he wasn’t fooled, he caught the smile as he turned away.

Word-Count Total: 6824

Camp NaNo is getting into full swing this month. Even for me, shocking, I know. 😛
Though honestly my friends are crushing my word-count a bit. As you all can see, I am just shy of 7000 and I am exceeding my goal of 1000 words a day, for the most part.
This month I’ve set my total word-count goal for this month at 25k , just to give myself some breathing room if I make it past that, I’ll simply add to it.

Though the point of NaNo, either Camp or regular is to make a habit of writing and that’s what I have been doing, I have yet to miss a day, cause yeah there is every chance of that.
So far, so good and maybe I can get into writing more and more EVERY day.
Do you think my odds are good so far? It’s only the fifth day, still in the first week.
As long as I stick to getting some words down each day, I’ll be good.

My main issue is…I want to go and rip my outline apart and piece it all back together. The urge to outline and fix plot holes and issues, is strong. Each new scene I am writing I see all the issues but… I am accepting it and pushing through this first draft.
I am using a new notebook and started a list on things I need to include, remove or change and so far I have a page.
That was just some quick notes from the latest scenes. Maybe before bed I can read through my scenes down and add to it. Or I can write. The latter is probably what I should be doing. If I can finish this scene, it will be great. It was going smoothly earlier today, before  distractions.

Camp NaNo aside, I have little else to discuss. It’s been a quiet start to the month, hence why my writing is flourishing a tiny bit.
You could argue that it would be even better if I wake up before noon. Also maybe If I hit the bed before three in the morning.

I used to be such a night owl, ask Harris. Given our eight-hour time difference, she is often waking when I get in bed. I used to be up on my phone for hours talking to her. That still happens… sometimes.
All nighters don’t agree with me so much anymore. I can’t start off with good intentions but…nope. Doesn’t work.

It sounds tempting sometimes, because I end up missing so much writing time with Harris and the rest because I am too lazy to get out of the bed. Sometimes it takes as far as my cat nipping at me to get me up. Which he really does, he thinks they are love nips.
Though it works out for him, aside from the fact that I wake up yelling at him and he just does it again. Until I am out of bed and can give him his allotted love and attention.
He is a cat, what do you expect?
He even helps me out… sometimes. Yes he is here, watching me. So I have to put in a good word for my baby. He IS cute.

So I believe this is it for my update, its been a quiet week. Oh! Except for the 4th of July. Yes I forgot. Though me and my family aren’t that big on holidays, we did have a nice dinner and at night I shot off some fireworks with my mother.

Later in the night this resulted in my slipping up and hitting myself right in the cheek with one. No worries! No flames were involved and I only have a bit of a red mark on my face from it. Lesson learned, but ouch.

So hopefully the rest of you, the ones that do celebrate 4th of July, enjoyed the weekend and are enjoying the start of NaNo. Or maybe you are sitting at your computer and banging your head on the table like you could knock the words out. I don’t envy you but you have my sympathy. Those days are as common for me as anyone else.

Good luck to all of you this month and if things go well I’ll have more updates on my Nano progress, hopefully with numbers hitting higher from now one.

~ E.C.Thorn

Camp NaNoWriMo July!!

Camp NaNoWriMo July!!

Hello everyone!

Camp is here again and like most people, I am pretty excited this time around. More so since me and three other friends are participating. Excitement kind spreads among friends after all.

While I know two of them got some high numbers today, I was less fruitful, with just around 1,000 in my starting word count.
Perhaps if I didn’t have to go do some shopping today I might have fared better, but I did write and that’s better than nothing. Much better seeing as I am looking forward to writing more.
Now I still have some planning to sort out, and since I finally set up one of my lovely journals in a way that pleases me… it should be easier to handle.
I need to go through my plot and play with my scenes some. I may need to add, expand or alter some things. Isn’t this always the case? Since I am working my way through the story I know more and more how I want things to be. So its easier to put it down to keep track of.
I do hope to finish up this draft in Camp this month. I made my word goal 30,000 and a 1,000 a day should cover it.
Now of course, going OVER that, I won’t mind. I won’t mind at all. If I get into a decent routine I might bump up my word-count as I go. Going over 30k? That would be awesome, or terrifying if you consider I will have to edit and possibly rewrite so much of that.
I honestly don’t now how long this novel will end up. I hope it to be part of a series of books, in my world.
Just don’t ask me how many right now. The ideas in my head are all endless and need to be worked out. Which I should work on a little during Nano…. maybe. Maybe after would be better. Safer.
Depending on how well this years NaNo in November goes, we will see. I just hope to manage myself better in the time being and get some well needed writing done. Also plotting and world-building if I get inspired.
It’s just so so difficult for me to put ideas down in a way that appease me. Sure it makes sense in my head but I put it down somewhere, either Evernote or one of my notebooks and then when I read it later I just….get confused with myself.
Did I even write in English? Sometimes I don’t remember much of what it was meant to be and have to set it aside again.
Then of course, when I’m NOT trying, it gets crystal clear. Like when I am busy and can’t do anything about it.
I’ll admit it, my mind is a mess. Few people have been exposed to it and can understand or even like it. Can’t blame them, its weird in here. I talk to myself, I talk to my cats, I talk to my FISH. I can’t help that, they kinda grow on you.
Also there is the talking to fictional characters. Which is more understood from my fellow Wordsmiths and campers, right? We talk to them, we baby them. Sometimes we ruin their lives.
Sometimes we take away everything they hold dear and sometimes…we even enjoy that. Then we try to make it up to them. Just a little. Just a teeny little bit.
Each of them is like a little part of us though, right? You can find little doses of yourself in them if you put enough time in there and sometimes so much of you is in them, you can’t part with them.
You can mess with their heads a good bit, but can you ever really just throw out a character that is so near and dear to your heart?
Now I am drifting off into possible nonsense. I always seem to do this when I work on this late and its either brilliant or horrific.
No complaints yet, right?
So anyways, I am exhausted. In addition to shopping and being outdoors in the above 90’s heat, I ended up rearranging my bedroom again.
For more… convenience reasons. I may still be moving things in the future this month. My desk might be in need of relocation. As well as my books….so many books. Not right now though. Ive already had to deal with my shopping, moving furniture, and fish tank cleaning.
Yes I have fish, four hungry goldfish and one gorgeous male Betta. Sometime I’ll get a picture of them up for you guys. Instagram maybe? If you like fish, maybe?
Or maybe my five cats. Huh. Five cats and five fish. I just noticed that.
It’s been a busy day though and its hardly over. I have tormented myself by washing my only set of sheets and blanket I have available and I have to stay up to let them dry. Perfect time for some writing you say?
You might not be wrong.
Happy first day of camp everyone! I hope you all did as well or better than you hoped and if you didn’t, relax. We have a month, don’t stress, have fun and most importantly, WRITE.
Whether you put in on hundred words or a thousand, you did it.
~Thorn