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Going to Camp

Camp NaNoWriMo, that is.

Yeah, once more into the breech, my friends, with good intentions, a red pen, a new laptop, and an old journal full of ideas and scribblings. I have finally gotten a bug up my butt to finish do some solid work on the sequel to Girl Clown. (For now, the title is Circus Daze.)

I made a halfhearted attempt last year -- one of my goals for 2016 was "Finish the goddamn sequel" -- but didn't do any substantive work on it. I re-read about half of it and then put it down again. I'm still unhappy with the middle. I still like the beginning; I still like the end.

But now I'm feeling an itch.

I dug out my old journal, where I wrote down "episodes", ideas, characters, possible show routes, and all that jazz. I downloaded the trail version of Scrivener and completed the tutorial. I found the most recent file online and saved it on my laptop.

The nice thing about Camp NaNoWriMo is that it enables you to define your goal -- words, pages, hours, lines -- whatever works best. So I've chosen to work on the book for 30 hours this coming month. That's an hour a day. It's mostly going to be analysis, I think. What works and what doesn't. What needs to be thrown out versus what needs a little tweaking versus what needs to be left alone.

I'm hopeful. We'll see.