Hey everyone, I hope you had a good month 🙂
I spent March buried in plotting and planning for Camp Nanowrimo, which was ideal as here on the coast it’s been foggy and rainy and I’ve had little desire to leave my writing cave!
It wasn’t all smooth sailing though: My partner had trouble at work again, and I spent a week in a slump of stress and inactivity. It’s also getting harder and harder to be productive the longer we’re in lockdown, and I really hope the UK government’s plan to unlock society stays on schedule.
Anyway, here’s what happened in the Writing Cave last month!
I wrote three blog posts in March, an updates post, a quiz post on the type of reader I am, and a post on why I don’t want to write scripts, even though I love TV. This month I’ll write a TV review post. There might also be extra posts in April with Camp Nanowrimo updates and sketches!
MA Creative Writing:
As a final parting gift, my diploma listed an incorrect grade. I had to contact the university to sort it out, but thankfully it was easily corrected! I still intend to review the course at some point, but I’m leaving it for a while so I can be more objective. At the moment I’m still too focused on the negatives!
I finished planning 34 chapters for Merlin: Second Chance in the first week of March, with my new twist, but my plot was scribbled on scrap paper and a bit of a mess. I decided to write it up neatly and list all the scenes, characters and locations for each chapter before I started writing.
This month I’m planning my locations, sketching out maps, and making character sheets for all my characters. The reason I’m planning so intently is I don’t want to get stuck halfway through a draft again. It’s happened twice before, and it makes me lose momentum.
Speaking of momentum: I’ve signed up to Camp Nanowrimo as a motivator. I’d previously decided Nanowrimo is useless, but I think approaching Nano without a plan is useless for me. With a detailed plot/list of scenes I hope it’ll work out. I’m aiming for 20000 words, because I haven’t written in months, and I’ll post word counts on Twitter! So far my count is 1401.
I only have one hand free as I type this: Merlin is sprawled on my lap and gets annoyed when I stop fussing him! He’s such a poser:
He was two in February, which I completely forgot to mention. Our ‘gotcha’ anniversary is this month, and he will have officially lived with us for two years. Honestly it’s gone so fast, but it took quite a while to adjust to life as a cat owner!
I hope to be more active on social media, mostly Twitter and Instagram, in April. I want to share books, games, TV, cat pictures, and other things I like, as well as continuing to support other writers in writing prompt hashtag games and sharing story quotes myself.
I’ve also ended my writing prompt game on Twitter, #SunScribbles. I’d been running it 4 years, but I didn’t have the time/energy any more: As an introvert moderating a hashtag game isn’t easy, and there’s potential for conflict too. I still enjoy reading lines shared by other writers, and often discover books that way, but I can do that without the pressure of running my own game.
We’ve been playing a lot of Carcassonne, a city building game. Because we have so many expansions it takes up to 4 hours, and the wonderful landscapes we build with these tiles are varied and sprawl across our entire table:
I’m going to try and post more of these on Instagram, as I think they’re awesome, and my partner wants to make time-lapsed videos of our games to put on YouTube. If we get more expansions though I think we’ll need a new table 🙂
I read The Last Prince by E.G. Radcliff. It’s the prequel to an LGBTQIA+ YA fantasy series with two awesome male main characters. I enjoyed it a lot, and I’m even tempted to sketch some fanart of the main characters: I haven’t come across a book I’ve wanted to do that for in years! I plan to review The Last Prince, book one of the series: The Hidden King, and others, in May’s Book Corner.
Thanks for Reading!
How was your March? Are you joining Camp Nanowrimo? Chat in the comments!
What do you blog about?
Fantasy/Superheroes, TV/Book reviews, Anime, Gaming (Dead by Daylight, JRPGs, board games), Cats, Arthurian Legends, Writing advice/research, Short stories, living by the sea, Dragons, Castles, Medieval/Anglo Saxon history, Fanfic, Fanart, M/M romance and my ‘ships which never sail’, and dairy free recipes. I’m a crazy fangirl, and all posts will reference cool stuff I like or my genres.