Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I'm Going to Camp and YOU Can Come, Too!

Grab your virtual tent!  Don't forget your binary bug spray!  I'm time for camp.  For years, writers and want to be writers have participated in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, or just NaNo.  This takes place in November and I love it.  Without NaNo 2013, there would have been no "Hunter the Horrible," after all. I'll be honest, though, I love anything that gets people out of the "I'm going to write someday" mindset into actually writing.  NaNo, Julie's endeavor over at A Story a Day, or any of the constant blogging challenges out in the netoverse.  To rock it 90's style  - just do it.  NaNoWriMo has grown in popularity, to the point that they now have two additional months that they deem "camps" that take place in April and July.  And Iiiiiiii'mmmmm goin' to camp!  I have 30 days to write 50,000 words.  I'm a little behind, but I have faith.  I got this! Right?  Someone please tell me I've got this.  . .
Lately I, like some other writerly folk I know, have really been feeling some pressure to get our long-planned dystopian works completed.  Dystopia is defined as "a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some way frightening, oppressive, or undesirable."  My dystopian work is geared towards adults, and is called "Utopia Inside," It takes place after a zombie-causing epidemic has left most of the population of the United States dead, many undead, and  the rest into hiding.  On a college campus in the Midwest, a group of people have created a stronghold and have committed themselves to recreating their little world according to their ideals.  They have a Constitution, and even a name - Utopia.  It may be hell out there, but it's Utopia Inside.  I follow this microcosmic society as it rises to a pinnacle of greatness, and then cannibalises itself.  I'm at about 5000 words right now, so stick with me and let's see where it goes.  And here's something to sweeten the pot: I'm starting a contest!  Have you ever wanted to be immortalized in fiction?  Here's your chance!  Share either this blog or the website on your blog or facebook page.  When you have done so, write "done" in the comments below.  At the end of Camp NaNo, I'll draw one name.  That person's moniker will be hung on either the defecting rebel nurse, or the wanna be police officer who causes a bunch of problems.  So, please, come camping with me!

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