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18 June 2013 @ 04:46 pm
Camp Nano?  
Is anyone doing camp nanowrimo in July?

Let's be cabin buddies! I always stash candy.

(Oh, youth. When stashing candy - health-food store candy at that - at hippie camp was the height of rebellion. We code-named it "mint tea" and thought we were sooooo clever.)

I don't actually have any idea how camp nanowrimo works, but I assume it's more or less like hippie camp but with more electricity and junk food and fewer naked sweat lodges. I should probably smudge my computer.

(I used to write at those camps, too. We'd be turned out to the woods alone with our meditation journals to become One With Nature, and I 'channeled' a lot of Babylon 5 fanfic.)
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: Writingjoyfulfeather on June 18th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
I signed up for camp nano in April and did nothing for it at all. :/ But... I'll get back to you after I do some thinking about my relationship with writing. (There's a thinky post I need to make to try and sort things out in my head.) But yay that you're doing it! It does seem like fun.

Also, you had a way more interesting childhood than I did!
Little Red: peanuts - what to write?mylittleredgirl on June 18th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh! Do it! Do it with meeee! :) I don't know what I'm going to do. I kind of want to write more of my silly Mars novel from several NaNos ago, but that would be cheating. That novel turned into more of a prequel anyway so maybe I will write them on Mars and it will be delightfully derivative of Red Mars and every sci fi stranded series ever and it will be silly and amusing and have no real science whatsoever.

Me maybe-probably doing campnano is a result of one of those Thinking About My Relationship With Writing, and figuring out why I'm so resistant to doing something I seem to be designed to do, and when and why I made that break between "I AM TOTES A WRITERRR AND I WILL WRITE TIL I AM THE GREETEST" and "I will never, ever be A Writer, I will just scribble things on cocktail napkins about tv people making out and that will be it and you can't make me unless I am struck by a lightning bolt from god lalalala" (at about age 15). I wasn't going to share those thoughts because I sort of figured everybody else on LJ had their shit together about writing, but maybe it's a useful conversation? IDK. My flist is pretty quiet these days. I got the sense everyone moved on really confidently to Original Great Novels Not Written On Cocktail Napkins. *shrugs*

My mom gave me Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit to read and I'm 3 chapters in and it's making my brain explode with happy useful goodness.
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A.j.: amusedaj on June 18th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
*SNICKERS* Man. Naked sweat lodges. I was too young for those before we moved to Texas. It was a bitter disappointment for young me.
Little Red: sg - my cultmylittleredgirl on June 18th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I couldn't really hack them, even as a teen. I'd stick in until the final round with all the stones and the hardcore steam and smoke and then would escape before I DIED. And then spend the whole final round feeling like I hadn't been fully purified so it didn't count. Hippie world problems.
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Little Red: potentialmylittleredgirl on June 19th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
YES!!! :-D I'm mylittleredgirl, as per always. I'm not sure how the cabin requesting business works, but I think we have to put names in.
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Icepixie: [B5] Ivanova facepalmicepixie on June 19th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
Hmmmm...actually signing up and committing to a word count a la Camp Nano is way too much pressure, but it sure would be nice to finish this damn novel-in-progress in July. (26,000 words! 26,000+ to go! Shit. And when the hell did I start writing RPF, anyway?) I'll be your virtual cabin buddy! Um, you know, even more virtual than "internet cabin buddy" already is. There should be a word for that. Doubleplus virtual?
Little Red: sga - rpf <3 - valeria_sg_1mylittleredgirl on June 19th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Well, you could always put in a word count of 1,000 and then OVERACHIEVE! :) I don't know why I feel compelled to drag people down the road to stress with me BUT I ALWAYS DO.

And... RPF? *perks up* Say what? Do I care about these people? DISH.
Icepixie: [Skating] Roca Sur love on the rocksicepixie on June 19th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
Well, you could always put in a word count of 1,000 and then OVERACHIEVE!

But the FAQ says the minimum is 10,000 words! I think all that would do is make me clam up and not write anything. Although I did adapt this cool trick some people I know use to get work done: I set a kitchen timer for 30 minutes, toggle the button in the Mac OS that makes my Word window full screen, even covering over the menu bar, and then don't allow myself to do anything but stare at the screen until I have 250 words. It's been working pretty well.

And... RPF? *perks up* Say what? Do I care about these people? DISH.

It's these two figure skaters. I hope you care about 90s-era Russo-American ice dance teams, because I could use someone to gush to about how adorable they are! And how fun it is to write about them!

(Howwwww did I start doing this???)
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Abusus non tollit usum: Snoopy - rejection slips - alivicwilllavidaessueno on June 19th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
I will if you will?
Little Red: peanuts - making important decisionsmylittleredgirl on June 19th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)

Edit: sign up today if you can and request me in cabin preferences! mylittleredgirl. :) I can't request you until you're registered, and I think they're assigning cabins once a day.

Then we can go !!!! and figure out what we're each writing and how long it will be, I guess.

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elliejaneelliejane on June 19th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
Sigh. I sort of wish I could do this, but realistically there is no chance...oh, wait. Did someone say minimum 10,000 words? So, not like a whole novel, then, if all you wanted to do was get some words on paper in a long short story kind of way?

Hmmm...there is an original short story that I wrote ages ago, which needs taking apart and seriously doing over (I was going to say it needs 'gutting' but that seemed unecessarily harsh!). I've hardly got any original stuff, so it would be nice to get this one ship shape. But I don't know if that would qualify as a Camp project?

I find fanfic mach easier than original fic (not EASY just EASIER!) but I have no one I want to write about fanishly at the moment :(

Maybe I should just get Scrivener, and start by taking small steps!
Little Redmylittleredgirl on June 19th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
I can't find real Rules for camp, but it says it's "rebel-friendly" which usually means "do whatever you want." I think you might have more fun writing something new and draft-y but if you feel like editing something instead, that should be your right, I say!

I like scrivener. :) I enjoy writing on new toys. Maybe you could write fanfic about characters you've made up? I know that sounds like original fiction, but it's less work because you can just pretend the canon already exists so you don't need to explain anything. I do that sometimes.
elliejaneelliejane on June 19th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's a good idea! If I have my base characters, I could potentially go in any direction I wanted, an AU or whatever. Be nice to get my brain working on writing again. Although, I won't pretend I'm a quick writer (spent at least a few years on one Farscape series, and the short story was in the works for years, as well. Yikes.