A brief update on where I’ve been.

Hi again. As you may have noticed, it’s been a little while since you last heard from me. Don’t worry, I’m also well aware of this fact. But I don’t intend to make absences of this length be a habit, and I’m sure you’ll appreciate the news that business as usual will be resuming in the coming month, with several Project Gutenberg articles and at least one installment of Horror Is Universal.

“But, Dana,” I hear you say, “what have you actually been doing?”

The short answer: writing. A lot.

The long answer is that for April of this year, I committed to doing a thing called Camp NaNoWriMo. If you are a writerly person like myself, you’ve most likely heard of National Novel Writing Month, that thing where you attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November. Well, the nonprofit organization that runs NaNo also does similar events in April and July. Because they take place in the spring and summer, they are known as “Camp NaNoWriMo.”

One perk of the Camps is that you can choose how many words you want to write. I didn’t have the stomach for 50k this time around, so I chose the somewhat more modest goal of 30k. It sounds like a lot less, but that’s still a thousand words a day for thirty days straight.

And did I manage it? Well, of course I did. I even have the progress tracker to prove it.

LOOK AT IT! LOOK AT IT! I WANT ALL OF YOU TO LOOK AT IT!

A most impressive thing, is it not?

So yes, this does mean I am about 30,000 words deep into the first draft of a full-length story. I’m not ready to discuss the details of it yet. What I will tell you is that it’s quite different from stuff I’ve worked on in the past. It’s not horror-based, it’s aimed at younger readers, the tone is a fair bit lighter/wackier, and I’m having a huge amount of fun with it. And I’m going to keep chipping away at it, albeit at a far less breakneck pace.

Like I said, you can expect more articles from me to start appearing in the next few days. I just wanted to give you guys an updates on my whereabouts (and also brag a little). I’ll see you again later!

— Dana

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