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Camp NaNoWriMo

Good afternoon!

I’ve been enjoying watching the transition from winter to spring weather. During my daily walks through my neighborhood with my dog, we’ve been watching the bulbs bloom and the blossoms forming on the trees. I love the observing the transition from the crocus flowers— one of the first signs of spring— to the daffodils and then finally to the tulips.

The tree is my front yard is spectacular in the spring. It’s not a fruit tree, but it grows clusters of white blossoms before switching to leaves for the rest of the year. (I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m not sure what kind of tree it is).

When my younger sister was little, she used to sing this song about “popcorn popping on the apricot tree.” Every spring, I look at my tree and I’m reminded of my sister and I can practically hear her singing the words.

Another spring favorite, every April is Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve talked about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) on my blog before. The big event is every November, and I love participating. It’s a great writing motivator, and it’s a really friendly and encouraging community.

The difference between NaNoWriMo and the camps (held in April and July) is that in November the goal is to complete the manuscript of a book with a minimum of 50,000 words. So, you’re writing something new. With the camps, you can work on any aspect of a writing project— planning/research, story diagrams, writing a rough draft, editing an existing draft, etc.

I like to use the camps to work on editing or completing existing manuscripts. As I’ve said before, I’m good at getting ideas and starting new manuscripts. I’m just not very good at following through. Even if I get as far as a complete rough draft, I find the editing and revising process frustrating and discouraging. This makes those projects perfect for Camp NaNoWriMo. What better time to work on them than when I’ve got a whole online community of people encouraging each other to keep going?

I’m working on editing two projects this month. First, I’m making final edits to my proof copy of “Alternatives” while utilizing the feedback I received from my beta readers (thank you!).

Second, I’m working on editing the rough draft of my novel, “This Forgotten Life.” The binder and my notes have been waiting patiently for me to work on them, but (appropriately) they’ve been looking a bit forgotten…

So, how about all of you? Are you working on any spring projects? Feel free to share in the comments.

Until next time… thanks for reading!

H. S. Contino 📚🤓 (book nerd)


I'm a combination writer and crafter. My books include "Shipwrecks of Coos County" (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), “Shipwrecks of Curry County” (Arcadia Publishing, 2017), and "Paw Prints" (Create Space, 2013). I'm also the owner of "Reprieve's Corner: Handmade Crafts" ( I live on the southern Oregon coast.

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