Yeah, so my Camp NaNoWriMo progress ended up being pretty sad.

I did hit 10k last night though, so this is still better than a majority of my normal NaNo failures, which tend to peter out around 5k. I don’t feel too bad about it because it isn’t a “real” NaNoWriMo, and I was counting it as a warm-up kind of thing anyway. August was also kind of insane, ’cause:

  • Suddenly, San Japan!
  • Legitimate one week vacation
  • 87-hour crunch time work week, wtf

I should have probably jumped on faster and done the July round, but I don’t think I knew about any of those three things well into July.

On the bright side, I might have figured out a bunch of things about the story (stories?) I was writing — which is very good, considering I have essentially been trying to write it for nine years (yes, really). Namely, a lot more worldbuilding is in order before I can really write it. I actually spent a lot of time this month writing relevant summaries of things and character bios instead of prose, trying to get myself more organized; if I could have added all of that to my word count, I’d probably have 20k-25k.

Other revelations: I really need to read more. The story is decidedly fantasy, but I haven’t really read anything fantasy since I was in middle school. So I should. Research is good. You know what’s really hard for me to write? Fight scenes. They bore the crap out of me, which is kind of hilarious because I used to write tons for Dragonball Z and Bleach-based roleplays and it that was endless fighting — typical shounen. Maybe this is what will get me to finally see what all this A Song of Ice and Fire is all about. I hear there are lots of interesting fight scenes there.

Lehelle is a definitely going to remain a project for the long haul though. I still don’t really expect it to ever see the light of day.

September is kind of a break (no, not really; there is never a break). I don’t foresee being able to do a legitimate 24hr comic for 24hr Comic Day again, so I will probably do what I did last year and give myself October to draw another 24-page comic as a consolation. And then it’ll be November again. NaNoWriMo again.

I have no idea what I’ll be writing.