I wrote a total of 45,229 this month. Some of that was on The Shadow Raven, some was on The Heart of the Baenor, some was on blogging and some was on a short story that I started writing as a possibility to enter into the Story Embers writing contest at the last minute and decided against.
The Shadow Raven is up to 75,915 words now, which means it’s longer than The Last Assassin, but there’s still a month and a half of story time before it’ll catch up with The Last Assassin sufficiently that I can move on to The King’s Paladin and get that caught up. And then I have to be super careful and strategic about which scenes I write in which books and from who’s POV and things start to get really complicated. But it’ll be fun! Once I get there. The Shadow Raven apparently has longer chapters than The Last Assassin, considering it’s almost 76k with 23 chapters and The Last Assassin is approximately 74k with 30 chapters.
Also, EDITING! I’ve been buckling down on The Heart of the Baenor this month, getting the second draft done. I still have three chapters to write to end it (I took a long hiatus from it when I wrote it and thus edited it before finishing it because my writing style had so drastically improved in that time), but I plan on getting those done today and moving on to printing it so I can edit it again. I’ve actually really enjoyed editing this book, which is kind of rare, and I’m excited to get it as polished as I can. :)
I only finished two books this month: No Dragons, Please! by Annie Twitchell and Azalei’s Riders by Miranda Marie (links to reviews). I also started reading Azalei’s Strategy by Miranda Marie and Infraction by J.E. Purrazzi, and I’m also reading Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris (amazing book), The Odyssey (for school. Being homeschooled is great… until you fall behind. XP), The Sorcerer’s Daughter by Terry Brooks, The Secret of the Desert Stone by Frank Peretti (book 5 of the Cooper Kids series), and Quest for Seven Castles and The Great War by Ed Dunlop (books 2 and 8 of the Terrestria Chronicles), all of which I aim to be finished reading this month. Will I succeed in that goal? Well… I guess we’ll find out, won’t we?
Nothing super exciting happened in June – my sister’s been gone in North Carolina for two weeks, but she’s coming home tomorrow – but I’m super happy for July. For one thing, CAMP IS COMING UP! I can’t tell you how excited I am for camp later this month. I made a couple of great friends last year who I’m super excited to see again, I’m looking forward to growing in my faith again, and my best friend and I are performing (hopefully. If we can practice.) The Other Side from The Greatest Showman at the talent show. (Yes, we got permission to perform a bar scene at a Christian camp. We’re converting it into a coffee shop.)
And also Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m aiming for about 48,700 words (preferably on The Shadow Raven) and having The Heart of the Baenor’s third draft completed. There aren’t going to be any blog updates, but I post my daily word count for the Go Teen Writers 100-for-100 on my Twitter account and I plan on continuing that after the challenge runs out as well, so if you want to keep up-to-date on how much I write, that’s the place to go.
So yeah, that’s what my month has looked like. :) How was your June? What are you looking forward to in July? What’s your goal for Camp NaNoWriMo, if you’re participating?