Camp NaNoWriMo is Done and Dusted – Now What?

Well, I’ve started on the PowerPoint presentation for the academic paper that was my project for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo! I’m very thankful to have reached the 20 000 word goal as it was a difficult month personally. And, as always at the end of a very busy writing month, you need to take a bit of stock and see if you’re still on track…

The Road To November and NaNoWriMo

Yup, we’re on the downhill slope to NaNoWriMo and before we know it, it will already be November and time to hit the 50 000 word goal!

But first… August…

This month I’m focusing on the conference’s paper, getting that 100% polished and presentable (I only have 20 minutes). I am also doing some spring cleaning before the carpets and tiles are replaced in my place after The Broken Pipe Adventure. Yes, you’ve read correctly – there’s been a snag somewhere along the line with paperwork, apparently, and everything still needs to be replaced. But I am seeing this time as more time to focus on throwing out everything I no longer need or use.

The Ruon Chronicles and Short Stories

I’ll be focusing on Book 1 and 2 of The Ruon Chronicles during NaNoWriMo, and I am still working on doing an outline and structure following K.M. Weiland’s books (which you can check out over here). You can also look forward to some more worldbuilding posts over on Patreon.

During August and September I also want to finally finish “A Mask of Paper and Porcelain”, a short story of about 5 000 words. Let’s just say it still needs a lot of work before I’ll be happy with it. And the best ending for the story still eludes me.

I’m also going to try to enter Cracked Flash Fiction every week (except the weekend I’m at the conference). I know that I’ve really slacked on my flash fiction during the past month.

I’m still playing around with a few ideas about August’s Patreon-only fiction. And will start writing that on 9 August (which is a public holiday here in South-Africa).


Be Awesome. Be a Patron.

Okay, you’re most likely already awesome – but you know what is more awesome? Becoming a patron on Patreon! There are so many writers and artists to choose from (including me – *cough cough*) and most give you awesome goodies for as little as $1 per month. If you’d like to support me (or anyone else – like Nthato Morakabi and Jenny Dolfen *hint hint*) head over to Patreon and have a look around.

Knitting! Crochet! Coffee! Cake!

Last week I started a knitting and crochet group on Meetup and there are already over 30 members! We’ll be meeting up once or twice a month for coffee, cake, good company and, of course, lots of crocheting and knitting. The first meetup is on 13 August and I’m really looking forward to meeting all the others!

If you’d like to see what I’m busy with, you can visit my Ravelry page. If you didn’t know about Ravelry… behold the social media site for knitting and crochet enthusiasts.



By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.


  1. I like how you have trained Tristan to type. I’m assuming you’re dictating somewhere from the couch crocheting? Hahaha!
    Yes onward to NaNo! Hope all goes well with your SASMARS conference. I know you’ll be amazing. Thanks for the mention and happy writing Carin!

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