This is the last day of April, and that means it’s the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo, too. Team Unicorn achieved yet another double victory. I’ve got 136,064 words, far exceeding my goal of 50,000. S’s goal was 40,000, and she passed that last night.
I finished my novel, too. It’s called Black Eagle Rising, which sounds like one of those cheap WWII paperback thrillers that they sell in the airport, but it’s actually about how a civil war in the Myrciaverse gets started. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. One of my goals was to make the average length of my chapters shorter this time around, and I achieved that. In some of my recent novels, the average chapter was running over 3,000 words, so I was trying to keep it down around 2,000-2,500 or so. My hope is that it’s going to make the book feel like it “reads quicker.” We’ll see how it is when S and I read through it, which hopefully we’ll be doing soon.
We’re already looking forward to our next projects, though. S is planning an epistolary novel set in the Myrciaverse, which is going to be very exciting. Maybe at some point she’ll write about how that’s going. I’m planning S’s birthday present, a shorter novel called Unspeakably Wooed, which will be a sequel to Black Eagle Rising. I can’t say more than that, because it’s supposed to be a surprise.
In other news, I got to put a new keyboard into my main laptop, Ellard. The space bar in the old one broke, so I’ve been using a portable Bluetooth keyboard. That worked out fine, actually, but I’m glad to have everything working again and not have to carry around a separate keyboard anymore.
If you were doing Camp NaNo, I hope you met your goal. And if you didn’t, just remember that there will be another Camp NaNo in July. And it’s never too early to start planning what you’re going to do for it.