Saturday, August 3, 2013

Camp NaNoWriMo fail...

The July session of Camp NaNo is over now, and I'm sorry to say I didn't make my goal.  There were two reasons why: One, my laptop getting dropped meant that I spent a lot of my available time on finding parts and getting it fixed (not to mention I really didn't want to type much on the keyboard once it popped out in one corner); and two, research.

I didn't remember, for one thing, that I had written so many notes to myself, back when I marked up the manuscript, about needing more research.  And the research itself, once I started doing it, exploded into a research project of epic proportions.  In order to make sure I have the details right in describing Ruby's job, I've been looking into working conditions for female clerical workers in the 1920s, and there was a lot of fascinating stuff going on in that era.  It's amazing how much things have changed since then, and at the same time, how much they've stayed the same.

Anyway, after a busy week I am hoping to get some research and revision work done this weekend.  I'm also counting down until my summer schedule at my nanny job ends: Just two more weeks until I get to reclaim my mornings and early afternoons!  I can't wait -- I intend to put that extra time to good use!


  1. Bummer. I just realized the other day the my laptop starts burning my thighs if I keep it in my lap too long, and that discomfort causes me to stop writing. So, I've been trying to train myself to sit at my desk with it, but the chair isn't comfortable enough for me to sit and write for long hours. I just kept dropping my Camp NaNoWriMo goal as it became clear that there was no way I was going to meet it. I was kind of desperate to get a sense of completion with something... anything.

  2. I waited too long to revise my camp goal -- otherwise I would have made it more reasonable, but the system didn't let you make any changes to your goal the last few days. As for your laptop, I have this really great lap desk made by Logitech -- instead of having a pillowy bottom (which I don't like because it lifts the laptop up so high), it is just a double piece of plastic with a rubberized, no-slip top and a pull-out mouse surface on the side. It's light and streamlined -- perfect for writing with your computer on your lap without cooking your thighs!

  3. I meant to also say that I bought the Logitech lap desk at Target... I'll check in a bit too and see if I can find it online so that you can see what I'm talking about. It's the best computer lap desk I've ever owned!