Good Morning, May!: recaps & what lies ahead

good morning, cyberspace!

It is officially May, my peasants! Goodness gracious, this year is tripping by fast. Camp NaNoWriMo, especially, slipped through my fingers before I could fully get a handle on it. But if I’m being honest, April was so refreshing. There was a restoration within it that I wasn’t expecting, but was oh so needed. I’m actually genuinely excited to see where this new month takes me, which was NOT how I was feeling about four months ago. XD

April was truly a blessing to me. May, on the other hand… well, we’ll get into that in a moment. *insert nervous laughter*

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Good Morning Month post ’round here, so please bear with me, friends! I have a feeling a lot of this is going to be slapped together with sticky tape and pixie dust, but the main goal is to give you all a brief little peak into what I’ve been doing, where I’ve been, where we’re going, and–most importantly–how Camp NaNoWriMo, 2022 went!

onwards and upwards…!

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CAMP NANOWRIMO: A BRIEF RECAP

PROJECT SUNSET – 30,000 WORDS

My goal for PROJECT SUNSET was 30,000 words for the month of May. This… unfortunately did not happen. Aha. However, I did manage to revise 11,000 words of the project! Which, personally, feels like a rather large accomplishment for me. Especially considering the fact that I’m doing a very deep, very gritty revision of this book. I’m sure other writers could whip through this much faster than I, but I’m trying to remind myself that in regards to revision and plot dynamic, I’m still a relatively green creature. Some things can only be learned through time and patience, and I am of the stout mind that revision–good revision–is one of these things.

Not gonna lie, even though I didn’t hit my word count for this book during the month of April, I still took a small break from writing after Camp. I had every intention of keeping the momentum moving between months, but–as we will discuss momentarily–May had other plans for me. *nervous laughter intensifies* I’m starting to ease myself back into it all, though, and though the chapter I’m currently working on is a hot mess and a half, I’m still very excited for where I know this story will eventually lead! I just need to grasp the enthusiasm for gritty revision first, I guess. XD

Oh! Abd I have also created a new deadline for this book since I’ve completely blown past the first three I’ve made, but we don’t talk about Bruno that.

THE WORST PROJECT – 5,000 WORDS

My second goal for the month was to work on THE WORST PROJECT. Unfortunately, due to conflicting schedules between me and my co-conspirator for this project, we weren’t able to work on it at all in April. However, I’m super hopeful that we’ll get to find the time to do so sometime soon! This project is going to be such a weird, quirky little thing to create. I can’t wait for y’all to see more of it!

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WHAT’S UP, MAY?

In a nutshell, Camp NaNoWriMo could have been a bigger success. There were definitely some days (and some nights!) where I could have chosen to write and didn’t. There were moments where I picked books and movies and less “brain-intense” methods of passing the time. But at the end of the day, I’d consider this yet another successful Camp in the books. It was fun. It was leisurely. And it was just the right dose of chaotic playfulness that I needed after the first few stress-intense months that 2022 threw my way! And at the end of it all, I have some happy, deeply revised words in my pockets!

I’m still nowhere near done with completing PROJECT SUNSET. There’s so much work ahead that sometimes, if I think about it for too long, it becomes slightly discouraging. But I knew this project would be an undertaking when I accepted it. I knew what lay ahead of me, and I’m not planning on backing down any time soon. Despite the frustration of plot holes and character development and all the beautiful things that happen in revision, despite the fact that deadlines have been pushed (and pushed again), despite my fear that I might be nothing more than twenty frauds in a trench coat, the hope still stands: I will complete this book. And it will be my beautiful, disastrous mess.

And oh, how I will love it.

That being said, the month of May will not be a strong writing month for me–however very desperately I would like it to be. The coffee shop is in a heavy hiring period right now as we prepare for summer, which means a heavy training period, which means a slightly exhausted Kenzie as she struggles to balance it all. But the more balls thrown at me, the more I learn how to juggle them, and at the end of the day, I think I’m doing okay!

*massive explosions in the background*

Please ignore that.

So what is the plan for May, you ask? Honestly, other than simply surviving, I’m not entirely sure there’s much of a plan. As we teeter on the precipice of summer, I feel the best thing for both myself and this story is to just take it slow and steady. It may not be a wild burst of productivity every day, but I can easily write 300 words! And after a month of consistent 300 word chunks, perhaps June will see some actual progress. *crosses fingers and eyes and toes*

So yeah! That’s my plan for May! Survive. Have fun. Read good books and write good words. Take tiny adventures here and there. I just want to enjoy this summer, you know? This is the only May this year will ever have, and I want to make it a good one.

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talk to me, peasants!

So tell me!: what are YOUR plans for May? Are you writing anything special? Finishing school? Discovering any new favorite authors? Tell me all the many things you’ve been up to, friends! And also your plans. Because those are also fun. XD

As always, let’s talk about ALL OF THE THINGS down below! And until next time…

* flings cookies in the air and disappears *

12 thoughts on “Good Morning, May!: recaps & what lies ahead

  1. Hi Kenzie!

    My Camp goal: 30k words. What I wrote: 2k words. Not the most successful Camp ever, but at least I have ideas for the future. XD

    I totally relate to massive explosions. Especially since I’m working on a cookie bomb and (it’s not working out so well) it’s fine. I can send you the recipe if you like :)

    Have a good May and beyond!

    Faramir

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    • WHAT. I so need the recipe for a cookie bomb! 🤣

      Also I totally understand not hitting your goal. But! You still have 2,000 more words than you did at the start, and THAT is what matters!

      Thank you so much for reading, Faramir! I hope you have a fantabulous May!!

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      • The cookie recipe is: Gather about a thousand pounds of cookie dough into a presserator (I’m sorry I don’t know where you can get one) and churn for about three hours. Then add precisely 3 tablespoons of sugar gunpowder and precisely 3 drops a vanilla extract. Churn for another hour, then take it out, knead it with a wooden spoon that has been coated with a fresh layer of sugar gunpowder, and leave to rise in a cool spot. If you’ve done it correctly, the bomb will assume a spherical shape and is ready to be fused whenever. It will explode if it’s not done correctly, and leave cookie dough all over the place rather than freshly baked and luscious cookies.

        To fuse: Take a licorice thread (Or a potato chip* works, whichever way you want) and light it on fire. You may want to coat the fire starter with syrup amalgam to stop the explosion from being life threatening**, but if you can’t find an amalgam the regular fuse will work. The fuse should*** take about a minute to reach the bomb, so be sure to keep at least a fifteen feed radius clear of the bomb or hyperradioactive-sugardensity-syndrome**** might***** be inflicted upon you.

        and when it explodes, enjoy the immense amount of cookies!

        *Light the potato chip and toss it on top of the bomb. Works very well and adds a few potato chips to the cookies.

        **The explosion at point blank range can make some people feel fragile, dizzy, and in some cases, sugar mad******. Also see hyperradioactive-sugardensity-syndrome.

        ***80% of the time it explodes in a minute. 90% of the time if the fuse is coated with sugar amalgam. There is however a 18/9% chance of the fuse splitting and setting the bomb off early. A longer fuse helps to sort this out.

        ****hyperradioactive-sugardensity-syndrome is an extremely annoying disease that causes the person afflicted to have a green sugar rush*******, and complete insomnia for 5 days. Patients usually fall into a coma after the five days are up and do not wake for a very long time********

        *****There is a 1% chance you will not get hyperradioactive-sugardensity-syndrome from standing within a 15 foot radius.

        ******sugar madness, also known as an intense sugar rush, is a life-threatening condition that can cause the patient to die of osmosis. If someone near you is afflicted with sugar madness, force them to drink a gallon of water over a 30 minute period. This will make this slightly less********* life-threatening.

        *******a green sugar rush causes the patient to keep moving continuously. They cannot stop without becoming seriously ill, so the best thing you can let them do is to keep moving.

        ********Recent studies show that most hyperradioactive-sugerdensity-syndrome patients do not fully recover for a hundred years**********, and some only recover after 150 years.

        *********There is a 36% chance of a sugar mad person to survive after the water has been drank.

        **********Yes, the witch who cursed sleeping beauty simply made her set off a cookie bomb which made her fall into a coma. Back in the old days it was thought that a true love’s kiss could break the “spell” but it was clearly luck that sleeping beauty woke up at that time (did I get the fairy tale correct?)

        Oh my goodness, sorry if this is too much XD

        I do this sort of crazy stuff all the time, I’m happy I get to share it.

        Faramir the “mad scientist”

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  2. EEP! I’m always so happy to get Kenzie updates!!! And GIRL. 11k words is a LOT. Especially of heavy revision words! Revisions are so slow and tedious because, well, you can’t just type like a mad octopus and make an inky mess as with first drafts, you gotta actual make things make SENSE. So 11k is a LOT. And even more so considering how busy you’ve been! I honestly admire you SO much how you still make time for your writing even with a ton of other things going on in your life. You’re amazing, girl! <3

    I also love that you want to take it slow and steady. That' sometimes the BEST thing you can do–for your book AND yourself as well. Which is something I have to remind myself, as I seem to always be in marathon mode. But sometimes it's hard to create our best work that way, plus it can cause us to miss out on just…life. I LOVE how you said "This is the only May this year will ever have" That struck me so hard! Your are completely right. We should be continuously making the most of every single day we're given. YES.

    I do hope you have a WONDERFUL rest of may, dear Kenzie! Thank you for updating us on all the things!

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    • Ack, Christine!!! Once again your comment has made my day! I do think the 11k I managed to revise was well worth the effort put in! I’m quite proud of this little story–even if it is taking me foreverrrrrr. 🤣 And I admire YOU for your ability to juggle all of the writing things on top of all of the life things! Like girl, it never ceases to amaze me how consistent you are!!! Your creativity and ability to SUSTAIN it is just incredible.

      Yes! Taking it slow is definitely what I need from this month, lol! I’m not entirely sure if that will HAPPEN, but goodness gracious, we are going to try it. XD

      I hope your May is just as beautiful, Christine! Hopefully I’ll be popping in a little more throughout the month, but we shall have to wait and see on that. 🤣

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  3. Congratulations on 11k words!!! I hope your job goes great and doesn’t stress you out to much! I’ve been working on some Arthurian stories lately (and Arthurian-related fanfics). I haven’t worked on Arthuriana in a little while, and it feels great to get back to the genre. Unfortunately, side effects of hyperfixating on Arthurian legends include me having too many story ideas to focus on just one story, but I don’t even mind XD I don’t have a lot of plans for this month, but me and my sisters were thinking about going to the Renaissance festival this month, so that’s exciting! Anyway, I hope everything goes great for you this month!

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    • Becky!!!! I am SO happy that you’re back in the Authorian legends!!! That has to be so much fun… And YES to all of the story ideas! Dude, there is no greater joy than having all of the ideas at once. Unfortunately, then you’ve gotta try and pen them all in. 🤣

      Ohhhh, a Ren Fest!!! Dude, I’ve always wanted to go to one of those. You’ve gotta let us know all about it if you end up doing it!!!

      Thank you so so much, Becky!! I hope this month is filled with all of the rest and writing for you!

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  4. Kenziiie!! Congratulations on what you achieved in April’s Camp! And it sounds like you and Project Sunset are like slower, deeper friends, if that makes any sense?? Like some projects are like a friend you make on holidays and occasionally think of after? but some are longer slower and part of your personality. It’s worth the time you put in! <3

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    • I….have never looked at this story that way before. Like I knew it was taking forever and that it needed to be a slowly-churned revision, but this…actually makes me happy that it’s taking the amount of time that it I’d.

      How are you so good at helping me change my perspective 🤣

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