Camp NaNoWriMo: Update 1

In which I write, outline, and knit and crochet a lot

All right, I’ll admit it, it is a bit late in the month for an “update 1”, but bear with me. If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that the past month has been quite a whirlwind of happenings.

The first happening

The biggest of these happenings — a new job — I spoke of in my previous post. As you can very well imagine, it kind of took my mind off of writing a bit, though I did end up doing a lot of stress-crochet and -knitting. I finished nearly a whole scarf on the day of my interview!

The second happening

The second of the happenings is that, though I am finished with the fiction writing course I did through FutureLearn, I then started some other short courses as well. The ones, though, which have been taking up most of my time, is writing and editing courses by Shani Raja. And, boy, can I recommend them if you are at all able to take them through Udemy. (You can also check out his website over here.)

A stork tea — not mine!

Added to the whirlwind — though I cannot say that I mind at all — is that a friend’s stork tea/baby shower (I got a really weird look the other day when I said “stork tea”… is it really such an odd term? But I digress) has been moved earlier, which meant that I needed to get a move on if I wanted to finish her gift in time. Good news: the gift is almost finished!

If you’d like to see what I’m getting up to for the gift, you can check out Trebles on My Mind, my crochet, knitting, and crafts blog and my Instagram feed.

Writing — The Box of Secrets

First off — if you have not yet done so, go on over to Patreon and check out part one to three of The Box of Secrets. It is, like Grove of Graves, a story that forms part of The Ruon Chronicles. You can also check out the The Ruon Chronicles website over here.

(You do not have to be a paying Patron to read them [nor do you have to pay to follow me — there are many public posts as well].)

I’m hard at work on parts five and six of The Box of Secrets, although it is going slower than I had imagined. This have led me to believe that I may only finish BoS in September and not in August as I have been planning all along. Oops. Which brings me to the other stories I am working on.

Writing — Aidan Wright, grave robbery, and ghost flowers

While outlining what I am calling the “full story” of Aidan Wright (as opposed to “A Corpse and a Ghost Flower”, which is only flash fiction), I decided to mash up this idea with a previous story I had started writing and which had also started out as a flash piece for one of the Friday flash fiction competitions.

Although both ideas takes place in Victorian times, I am undecided as to whether it should be “our” Victorian era or whether I should rather place it in an alternative world’s “Victorian era”. That said, I put the outline aside for a bit, but will pick it up again this weekend to work on it and, I hope, figure it out.

Moar writing — other short stories

The main reason why I ended up changing my word count goal for Camp NaNo this time around, is that I now see that I am doing a lot more outlining and planning than actual writing. I have firmly become a plantser, leaving the old pantser behind…

The short stories I am working on are those which I started during my fiction writing course, as well as two others; one which needs a rewrite and proper edit and one which I am yet to write and plan.

As you can see, I have a lot of writing to do this weekend. Bring out the notebooks and pens! Pour the tea! Eat the cake! Play the writing inspiration music!


By Carin Marais

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

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