Camp NaNoWriMo – Into the Last Stretch

Okay, so my Saturday of Epic Writing did not pan out quite as I had planned.


This weekend, thanks to a monumental headache, I only managed to finish part three of The Box of Secrets (which has now also been posted over here on Patreon). Which is a far cry from the 10K I had wanted to write. In my favour, however, is the coming long weekend. Thanks to a day of leave and two public holidays I have five days of what I hope will be Epic Writing Days.

To finish the 25K words I had set as my goal for April, I still need to write 16K words, so I have my work cut out for me. However, should I finish part four of The Box of Secrets this weekend, I will already have about 12K words. Add to that some other exercises, or the beginning of part five, and I may just still make 25K by Sunday!


I am really excited about writing part four — as well as having some trepidation as the one scene is quite a big one action-wise. I also get to introduce a new character and say hello again to two characters who also appeared in Grove of Graves (*does happy dance*).


Other Writing News — In which I forget about a writing course, want to write all the things, and get to work on some articles again

I kind of forgot that I enrolled for a free online writing course that started this week… So during the following weeks I will probably post some of the bits and pieces I write for the class on here and on Patreon.

Also, thanks to The Box of Secrets going so well, I am quite in the mood again to Write All The Things and just write up every idea I have scribbled down in my notebooks. Luckily, so far, I am able to keep my focus on Box first before I go on to write any of the other things! One of the projects I am setting aside for later is set in the world of “The Tree-seller” (amongst others) and will be either a novel or a series of novellas. So you see my predicament in not trying to write everything all at once.


It is also high time that I work on my academic articles again. I put them aside so that I can look at them with new eyes and I really hope that my eyes are now inclined to see where work is still needed before I even give them to someone else to read! These are proper academic articles, mind you, not my satiric stuff I sometimes write for Speculative Grammarian. (For those interested – one of these articles I’ve taken from my MA and the other is from the paper I read at SASMARS last year.)


So… what’s the deal with Patreon?

If you become one of my Patrons on Patreon (it costs $1 per month), you get Patreon-only fiction every month, as well as a look behind the scenes at the creation of The Ruon Chronicles. While there are some Worldbuilding, etc. on Hersenskim, the detail given on Patreon is a lot more in-depth. Maps! Mind maps! Other cool stuff!

And, while you’re on Patreon, why not check out Nthato Morakabi as well? His fiction is simply brilliant!


By Carin Marais

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


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