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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Letter from Camp NaNoWriMo, Week 1

Well, I don’t know about the rest of you, but it definitely feels like summer here!!!!  And one of my absolute favorite summer places is camp!!!

Which is why I was crazy excited when I found out there was going to be a Camp NaNoWriMo!!!!

Ready to get your 50,000 on?  For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is short for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth, which takes place every year in November, encouraging all aspiring (deranged) writers to put there pen to paper, get in touch with their keyboards, and whip out 50,000 words in one month.  Or a little over 1,600 words a day.  And for the first time ever, NaNoWriMo is doing a summer session for everyone who wants to attempt noveling more than once a year, or for anyone who needs a month other than November in which to accomplish this daunting feat.

I found out about NaNoWriMo just last year and tried it for the first time…Let’s just say I learned a lot of things not to do this time around!

Camp started July 1st, so I’ve been going strong for a solid week!  Yay me!!!! :D  I’m also excited, because they’re going to do a second Camp session in August—Which means there’s plenty of time for anyone who wants to join in!!!!

Now, of course, writing is totally fun on its own—But I’ve been especially excited about bringing the camp atmosphere into my home for the summer!!!

Around this time of year, I start to get a little homesick for camp—I never knew I would love living in a tent so much, until I got an awesome job working summers just outside of Yosemite.  I wish I lived closer, but since I can’t go back, Camp NaNoWriMo has given me the perfect excuse to bring all the fun of camp to me!!!  (just not the bugs)

So, what does camp mean to me?

Well, it’s not camp, unless you’re sleeping in a tent.  And I don’t have a backyard, so I had to be a little creative…  Who says you can’t set up a tent indoors? ;)  I got a hold of a small junior scout tent—It’s just a little bit wider than my mattress, so I made a few modifications, slipped my mattress in…And now it’s like having a little canopy over the head of my bed!!!!

I also found one of my old camp activity schedules and started to modify it for writing camp:

Arts&Crafts= friendship bracelets, knitting, scrapbooking, tie-dying...or whatever else

Hikes= taking walks around the neighborhood, or driving to the beach or the park on weekends

For games, I’m making an effort to meet up with friends to play cards or board games.  As for sports, it turns out my WII has most of the activities my camp used to offer:   ping-pong, volleyball, baseball, basketball, and archery.

Back at camp, I used to wear swimsuits under my clothes and made use of every available opportunity to be in the water—even if it was freezing cold!!!—Our pool was a damned off river, which ran through camp.  And the water source was snow-melt from the mountains.  It was not for the faint of heart.  But I loved it so much!!!!  So I have absolutely no excuse for not taking advantage of a perfectly good (heated) pool inside my own complex!!!

We had some pretty talented cooks while I was at camp—No matter how hard I tried, I never seemed to lose any weight! ;)   But my favorites were always the classics—hot dogs, brats, hamburgers; pasta night, taco night, and of course steak night.  *drool*  Granted, not the most slimming of fare, but always mouthwateringly d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.

And last, but not least, a schedule.  Because that’s the only way we were able to pack all that awesomeness into our days at camp!!!

A big thing I learned from my first NaNoWriMo adventure was how easy it was to get lost in the details and let myself get consumed with the pressure…And it turned out, that was not a very productive experience.

So this time around, it’s all about moderation and taking the time to incorporate fun into my life.  To not stress so much.  And to rock my summer!!!

And with a week down, it’s been super productive!!!!  :D  Woo hoo!!!!


1 comment:

iamjen said...

oh i would love to go camping some day! i had my first camping with my college friends in 2000. actually some days me and my kids are camping - inside the house with their toy tents. lol

as for the NaNoWriMo - wish i could attend that too but oh well, have to save for air tickets first - means no buying of books? waaaa that reminds me of buying 2 more books this august - books by Richelle Mead! ;)