Camp NaNoWriMo – A Review

So, I took part in Camp NaNoWriMo this year, and boy is it a different beast to normal NaNoWriMo. If the November session is a huge street party of creativity, the Carnevale of writing, Camp NaNoWriMo truly is a camp. That one you went on when you were like thirteen, stuck in the woods or up a mountain with a group of the least talkative people. You know those ones who refuse to participate in the activities and sit in the corner on their phones/game consoles?

I’m certain that if you have people you can share your cabin with, it would be an awesome, supportive, inspiring experience. Unfortunately, that was not my lot this year. Maybe next year. Who knows?

That said, there were some amazing parts of Camp NaNoWriMo:

  • the ability to define your own goal
  • the thrill of seeing the word count rise
  • the race against the trajectory line
  • I got so much done on my Daughter of Kings edits
  • discounts!

Will I do it again?


Would I do it again with a randomly assigned cabin?


Did you participate this year?

How did you find the experience?

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Its gonna be May


And it is! Where did April disappear to??

Before I get into the meaty part of ROW80, I wanted to remind you that I’ve begun the search for beta readers for my New Adult Historical Fantasy. If this sounds like your thing, you can find out more here.:)

Now, onto the main business.

These were my goals for this week:

  • Get 3/4 of Daughter of Kings manuscript to green (and ideally a few scenes to blue) – Definite progress has been made and I’ve now given myself until the end of the month to finish this thing. Nothing like a deadline to put the fire under you.
  • Level up in Spanish on Duolingo – Done😀
  • Finish The Dream Thieves and begin Me Before You – I’ve almost finished The Dream Thieves. I’m sooo close. But I love it too much to want it to end.
  • Write the equivalent of 800 word to keep on top of my Camp NaNoWriMo count as we head into the final stretch – Done. I managed to hit my goal three days early which is super exciting mostly because now I can afford to buy Scrivener and I don’t have to ration my trail days. Woo!
  • Prep a character interview
  • Prep beta seeking post –  Done and posted😀 See above for the link or find the post in the side bar –>
  • Prep a post-grad application. Like seriously. Pls. – Two prepped, none submitted.

At this point in the round, I think it’s worth having a look at my overall goals to see how I’m progressing:

  • Finish writing Eriden’s novel(la) – … I had honestly forgotten all about this goal
  • Get every scene in Daughter of Kings to green* – making super good progress so far😀
  • Level up on Duolingo in Russian, Spanish and Welsh – Done all of these already. Woo!
  • Choose my next move, study wise – I thought I had…but now it changes every week…:/
  • Read a book a fortnight – So far, on average, pretty good:)
  • Blog about non-WIPpet/ROW80 things – I’ve been reblogging a lot of interesting posts and my character interviews count as non-WIPpet/ROW80 things.
  • Find some readers for Daughter of Kings – THIS COULD BE YOU! I put up a post outlining the type of story it is and what I’m looking for yesterday so I’m hoping to have some people lined up by the end of the week. Ideally 5-10 but we’ll see what happens.:)

For next week, I hope to:

  • Finish The Dream Thieves and move onto Me Before You
  • Actually get to 3/4 ‘green’ (i.e. able to see the light of day) in Daughter of Kings
  • Work on Russian at least three times this week
  • Keep up the momentum I gathered with Camp NaNoWriMo
  • Prep a post about my thoughts of the Camp NaNaWriMo experience
  • Submit a grad application

How have your goals gone this week?

How do you keep yourself motivated?

Beta Readers Wanted – Historical Fantasy

I am less intimidating than a bear, I promise.

So, the time approaches. Hold strong your nerves, have courage, take heart. At the end of May, I will* have finished revisions on Daughter of Kings. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know this as Queen of Hearts. As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I made the decision to split Queen of Hearts into two volumes. Daughter of Kings is the first volume.

Daughter of Kings is a New Adult historical fantasy.  It will end up at about 80,000-83,000 words. As the title of this post proclaims, I’m searching for 5-10 beta readers to dedicate some time to reading the manuscript over and making suggestions (which I’ll delve into further on).

So, would you be interested in reading Daughter of Kings? At this stage, I won’t presume to compare DoK to any published works so instead I have a few questions:

  • Do you like fantasy which emphasises the historical/political/social end of the spectrum?
  • Do you want to read a fantasy story with almost 1:1 male/female ratio, and focuses on the women?
  • Do you like your women kick-ass?
  • Have you been enjoying my WIPpet Wednesday snippets or character interviews?

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WIPpet Wednesday

The productivity continues this week. I’ve been focusing on the battle scenes in Queen of Hearts. Writing action scenes is not my strong suit and I am so susceptible to telling rather than showing. I’m hoping that, with a bit more reworking, those scenes will be sufficiently respectable.

For today I have a fragment from a scene I wrote yesterday. I’m not sure I’ll keep it. It’s not exactly my style. Or rather, it’s the style I aim for but only hit once every so often. *sigh*


The Haelean commanders are overlooking the battlefield. Eran, a Farilien defector, suggests a cunning plan to Lorcan, who I introduced you to a few weeks ago.:)

“Send the reserve in now and there will be no Haelean left to keep the newly gained province controlled,” Eran said. “No, send the reserve south.”

“South?” Lorcan asked.

Eran smiled, a half formed thing. “Past the Farilien force towards the unprotected midlands, and, eventually, the capital. We distract their armies in the north and all the while, their country is already ours.”

Lorcan stared for a second, his gaze hooked on the curve of the aide-de-camp’s lips. “Ours?” he repeated slowly, drawing out the syllable.

Book Challenge Update

It’s time for an update on my book challenge!😀


I have now read 6 books (latest are in bold):

  • The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Queen’s Choice | Cayla Kluver
  • The Captive Prince | C. S. Pacat
  • The Many Coloured Land | Christopher Koch
  • The Architect’s Apprentice | Elif Shafak
  • Sasha | Joel Shepherd

Currently reading: The Dream Thieves | Maggie Stiefvater

I’m still about three books behind but it’s still early in the year.:)

How are your reading goals going?

ROW80 winds onward

Last round, I fell into a definite rhythm. This round, I feel maybe not so much. Last week, I was working on a computer which was having a passionate affair with death. Sick of it’s unfaithfulness, I’ve turned it in for a newer, younger model.

I am now actually so excited about working on a machine that doesn’t crash twice a session.

Yay! It hasn’t crashed once today!

So my goals for this week were:

  • Greenify (100% a word) at least 8 more scenes in Queen of Hearts – I’m not sure I did 8. Maybe 5ish? But I upgraded some scenes from red (“unedited”) to orange which means that apart from the scenes I wrote this week, none of them are red coded anymore😀
  • Add 100 points to my Spanish score on Duolingo (much more achievable) – DONE😀 I should technically be able to level up in Spanish by this time next week.
  • Finish reading Sasha and start a new book (The Dream Thieves or Me Before You are high on this list) – Okay, so I’ve finished Sasha* (*well, close to. There’s only 50 pages left but I’m already deep into the next book so…) and moved on to The Dream Thieves. Still on track for an average of a book a fortnight😀
  • Writing the equivalent of 800 words a day to keep on top of my Camp NaNoWriMo goal – Kept up😀
  • Post a character interview on Saturday (This may be the last one for a little while) – This did not happen which I’m reasonably happy with. The next interview will be Anjez and I want to do him justice.
  • Actually prep a post-grad application – Ha, lol. Nope.

Next week…

  • Get 3/4 of Queen of Hearts manuscript to green (and ideally a few to blue)
  • Level up in Spanish on Duolingo
  • Finish The Dream Thieves and begin Me Before You
  • Write the equivalent of 800 word to keep on top of my Camp NaNoWriMo count as we head into the final stretch
  • Prep a character interview
  • Prep beta seeking post
  • Prep a post-grad application. Like seriously. Pls.

How have your goals gone this week?

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