Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Camp NaNo Overview & BIG NEWS!!!!

Last month, folks, I participated FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER in Camp NaNo!!!! *cue cheering*

It was an awesome experience to say the least! I loved each and every one of my cabin mates. To say they were awesome would be a HUGE understatement. Not only did they understand my late night comments that made little (if no) sense, but they stood by me and encouraged me throughout the WHOLE MONTH. I could always count on them when I was feeling depressed, and in need of a pick-me-up. A few I knew already from the blogosphere, and a few soon became new friends! I couldn't have picked a better cabin or cabin mates if I had been the one picking!

Writing wise, I was really pleased with the results. I'm not one to work well under pressure, but I work well if I have a goal to reach. Word Wars drove my fingers to the bone...and I don't think I won any of them. However, I was able to reach above and beyond my monthly goal (30,000) and the final count on July 31st at almost midnight was 39,904. Yeah I know, I could have bumped it up to 40,000...but guys, my brain was DEAD.

No only did I reach my goal, but I almost completed "The Princess & I"! I only had three chapter left to write, and that included the epilogue! Talk about progress!

All that to say, I was so happy to do Camp NaNo during July, and hope to join in again in October after my sister is safely married. ;) Knowing how summer + wedding preparations = very little time to write, I'm keeping my goals to a minimum and mostly focusing on editing this month.

Which brings me to a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!

My dear, faithful blog followers...

*drum roll*


"The Princess & I"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, I know, it's a bit of an overdose of exclamation marks. BUT I REFUSE TO APOLOGIZE!

Final word count
(this will change inevitably after it's gone through the trials of editing):
People, I cannot believe it's DONE!! I finished it last night at 9:13 (pm). That's right folks, I actually got it done and myself to bed ON TIME. Double points, right?? :P

That said, I now have both "Alice & Alyssa" & "The Princess & I" to edit this month. It's a lot to swallow in one month, but I'm going to DO THIS.

Also, if any of you are interested in being alpha/beta-readers, please comment below or contact me in the handy dandy "My Contact" page and I will get a copy of "The Princess & I" to you asap.

And finally, before I let you all go back to your normal lives after giving you this heart attack with all the CAPS, here's an excerpt taken from the very end of the story. Tell me how you like it!!:

With a contented sigh, I sank into the warm bed after changing into my nightgown. I let my sore muscles relax and my body melt into the comforting softness of the mattress beneath me. My old life had been a wonderful thing, but my new one was also wonderful...if in different ways.

As I drifted off to sleep, I heard Princess Christine singing Greensleeves to little baby Megan, and I smiled serenely. Here was where God had put me. Here was where I belonged. Just like Christine. Even though she had hated the idea of ruling the kingdom while her father was away at war, she was able to realize that this was where she was needed. We both belonged where God intended us to be.

The princess and I.


  1. Congrats on going above and beyond camp NaNo!!! NaNo is so awesome, and it sounds like your cabin was amazing!
    Haha, have fun editing. ;P I can't even imagine trying to edit two things at once. Especially when one of them is 70K! Oh, and that word count number is so awesome!!! Congrats on getting a novel-length story done!! You wouldn't happen to be excited at all, would you? B-) And you still got to bed on time?! You don't even want to know what time pretty much allll my books have been finished. ;P
    Oh, that clip sounds so sweet!! Now I know the princess doesn't die. I was a little concerned after the last part I read on your writing blog.
    I'm looking forward to reading "The Princess and I"! :D

    1. Thank you! It was! :)
      Oh, I am NOT looking forward to all the editing... >.< However, I AM looking forward to the end result! Two more published books in my name!! ^_^
      Me? EXCITED?? Heaven's no! ;)
      Oh, I'm glad you liked it! Thank you so much for being willing to be a reader! Hope you enjoy it! :)

  2. Wowzers! And CONGRATULATIONS, Rebekah!

    Camp NaNo sounds amazing; good to hear you had an awesome time with it :D

  3. Glad you had fun!

    Yay!!! :D I CAN'T WAIT to read the rest of your story!! :D

    1. I'm so glad you're looking forward to reading the rest of it! :) Thank you!

  4. YAY GOOD JOB YOU FINISHED IT!!! *high five* Nice word count! :D

  5. I just discovered your blog AND THAT IS SO AMAZING YOU MADE PAST 70k!! CONGRATS. I did NaNo this month and got to my goal of 30k, though, my book should reach around 60k. :D :D

    Totally following! <3

    sarah » the introverted extrovert

    1. Wow! Thank you so much! Welcome to my somewhat crazy blog! Glad to have you along for the ride! ;)
      I'll definitely be checking out your blog too! :D

      Annnd that was a LOT of exclamation marks. XD

  6. Congratulations! SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would LOVE to be a beta-reader for you and help you in whatever way you need. Blog tour, synopsis, editing, WHATEVER! I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to read it!

    1. YAY!!! I need all the help I can get!! Thanks so much! :D I'll let you know how you can help!

      More exclamation marks...boy, I'm really loading them on you guys! ;)

    2. I can't wait to help you out!

  7. Congratulations, Rebekah!!!!!! That's an exciting accomplishment! :) And yes, something like that deserves lots of exclamation marks and all caps. ;)

    I'd say I'll be a beta reader, but I don't know if I'll have time (it'll depend on when you need it read by) and I haven't had a chance to read anything about it except for the little bit you put on this post. If you can send me a synopsis and a deadline (if you have one), I'll let you know about beta reading. :)

    1. My schedule is pretty relaxed right now, and currently I'm working on editing myself one last time before sending it off to my the vain hope that I'll eliminate all embarrassing typos. I'd love to have you as one of them, and I totally get business, so I'll be sure to let you know as soon as I figure out a time schedule. Thanks so much for being willing!! :D

  8. CONGRATS!! *high fives* You're awesome! :D

    (Also, I don't think the next Camp NaNo is until April next year because in November is actual NaNoWriMo)

  9. I'd absolutely be thrilled, flattered, over-joyed (get the picture) if you'd let me be a beta reader (So that you can stop killing me with suspense).
    I admire you. I'm at 15000 words and almost done. I can not, for the life of me, be long winded. It's a terrible malady... sigh.

    1. B-) There is a certain fiendish delight I take in giving you cliffhangers... ;) I would love to have you as a beta reader! Thanks so much for being willing!
      Oh, I have the opposite problem. I have to really work at wrapping everything up at the end...for example, "The Princess & I" has an almost ten page Epilogue. ;)

  10. Wow!! Congrats! So exciting! Finishing a book is such an amazing feeling, isn't it? :D
    And wow, 70,000 words? Amazing! And I thought my book, (at about 21,000 words) was good... ;)
    Great job Rebekah! Can't wait for it to become available to buy! :D

    1. ^_^ Thank you! I was pretty excited myself! (Could you tell?? :P) I appreciate your support! :)

  11. Congrats!!! So excited for you.
    I'm just getting back to a normal schedule, but i would love to alpha/beta for you! Let me know what your wanting and I'll do my best.

    1. Whoohoo! Thanks so much for being willing to help me out! Would you mind e-mailing me so I know where to send the PDF? (If you don't know my e-mail, you can find it in the "My Contact" page. :)


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