Well, whaddaya know? I said I wouldn’t do NaNoWriMo again (after I’d completed my first in 2017 and actually hit the 50,000 word goal), but guess what? I’m baaaack!
It just happens that I am on a two-month break from my freelance editing day job. I needed time to regroup and refresh, but also to finish The Stealth Lovers, which is the prequel to Life in the ’Cosm. April is Camp NaNoWriMo month for 2018. Who knew?! I figured, What the hay? I’ll write in April and clean it up in May!
The thing I like better about Camp NaNoWriMo is I get to set my own word-count limit. I reckon I’ll need about 25,000 words to finish the book. So, each day I sit down to write my daily quota, then close the laptop. That’s how I did it in November. Seems to work for me.
Wouldn’t it be funny if this book started with NaNoWriMo and ended with Camp NaNoWriMo? I mean, sure, it’ll have to be edited and beta-read and so on, but I think that would be a hoot.
WARNING: Spoilery stuff, if you’ve not read Life in the ’Cosm!
I’m currently crafting Part 3 of the novel. The Stealth Lovers reads like a collection of stories—gathered by author Virj Ofreesin—about the military adventures of Xaxall Dwyer Knightly and Vivoxx Tirowen, a Draga couple known as The Stealth. It’s been a total blast to write so far. I’ve already got some words tossed into most of the chapters for Part 3, but others are blank. It’s fun to see what I’m doing with one of the blank chapters. All it had was a title! Ah, the adventure of sculpting a manuscript.
Cheers to all the Campers out there! Good luck arranging the alphabet this month!
Cait (pronounced like “cat”) Gordon is originally from Verdun, Québec, and has been living in the suburbs of Ottawa since 1998. Her first novel, Life in the ’Cosm (Renaissance) was published in 2016. Her short story, A Night at the Rabbit Hole, appears in the Alice Unbound: Beyond Wonderland anthology (Exile Editions). She’s currently working on The Stealth Lovers, a prequel to the ’Cosm series. For her day job, Cait is a freelance editor. Some of the titles she’s edited include Confessions of a Mad Mooer: Postnatal Depression Sucks (Robin Elizabeth), Camp Follower: One Army Brat’s Story (Michele Sabad), Skylark (S.M. Carrière), Little Yellow Magnet (Jamieson Wolf), A Desert Song (Amy M. Young), and Moonshadow’s Guardian (Dianna Gunn). Cait is also the founder and editor of the Spoonie Authors Network, whose contributors manage chronic conditions and/or disabilities.