All good things come in threes

painting-1175576_960_720Talking about threes: the third week of Camp NaNo is over. How did your week go? Can you see the finish line, or have you crossed it already?

For me, it’s time to pack up my things (as I mentioned in my previous post, my camping month will only consist of three weeks this time) and to validate my word count.

But first, a final summary.

What a week it has been, this final one. It was easy to get distracted by all the violence and rumours and bad stuff going on. Yes, I’m a writer, and yes, I love to talk. A lot. But sometimes, even I am lost for words.Therefore, let me borrow words from someone else:

I’m rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss.  (…) I’m tired of people bein ugly to each other. It feels like pieces of glass in my head. I’m tired of all the times I’ve wanted to help and couldn’t. I’m tired of bein in the dark. Mostly it’s the pain. There’s too much. If I could end it, I would. But I can’t.
― John Coffey in Stephen King’s The Green Mile”

Just know: My heart goes out to all those affected in one way or the other. My thoughts and best wishes are with you. Stay strong ♥


And now, back to Camping.

My goal this Camp was to get some more short stories done, and to reach 20 000 words with both writing and editing.

sunrise-225556_960_720Looking back right now, I can say that I did pretty well. About 10 000 words were done in writing, and another 10 000 (or more) in editing. I’m about to validate 23 277 words (better than in April, when I manged 21 045, and finished only three days earlier) – for me, that’s quite an achievement.

In terms of stories: I had the pretty ambitious goal to write and edit my entries for Green, Brown, Grey and Black, fully well knowing that this might be just a bit too much. But hey, aim for the stars, right?

Green and Brown are completed and ready to be sent off. Grey is about halfway done. The story is there, but I’m still looking for ways to improve it. Instead of starting with Black, I felt inspired to try and take part in another anthology project by the same publisher doing the colour-themed stories. It’s called “Just an empty piece of paper”, and deals with a writer’s thoughts and feelings before starting a new story. My entry needs some more editing, but the deadline is at the end of August, so I think I’ll manage.

Did I mention I still need you to keep your fingers crossed for me (since none of my recent entries has been accepted yet)? Thank you so much ^^

painting-1186744_960_720I also found out that a fellow author of the Farbspiel-Series (those colour-themed short stories) will organise readings in Regensburg (Germany), once a month starting this October and finishing February next year. I’ll be reading at two or three occasions – VERY excited about this. If you are interested and live nearby, just let me know :)

All in all, it was another successful Camp. Great cabin mates, great atmosphere, getting lots of writing done. I’ll definitely be back for more next year.

For those still writing: you still have one more week. You can do it. Keep going! I’m already very proud of you. ♥


Wow… such a high word count.

Source of pictures: all pixabay

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