Kate Rivet

Camp is here!

Posted on: April 14, 2018

Hello everyone!

Well, no matter how many times I make a resolution to really start doing regular blog updates, it always falls apart very quickly! I wish I could say it was because I was busy writing away — which I do have to admit, sometimes I am these days! — but it’s more because my actual job is really taking its’ toll right now. There’s short-handed, then there’s what we are, which is just sheer desperate. I’ve logged a TON of overtime, which is great for my wallet — not so great for my mental health, physical health, and free time for writing (also known as my second job!).

Before work got crazy, I decided to join up with some of my NaNoWriMo friends on their Camp NaNoWriMo cabin and set a goal of 20,000 words. After work got crazy, though, I revised my goal down to 10,000 words. Not only is work taking up all of my time, but I’m actually leaving in three days for four nights in New York City! It’s the first time I’ll ever be there, and I’ve got SO many cool things lined up! I’ve got tickets to both Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (seeing both parts in one day, which should be a great way to do it!) and Yerma (because Billie Piper is AMAZING and I just got to meet her in person not that long ago!). I also bought a voucher to go to MoMA to see the art and hopefully finally get to see my most favorite Dalí painting in the entire world, The Persistence of Memory! I’ve been to the Teatre-Museu in Figueres, the Casa-Museu in Cadaqués, and the Dalí Museum in Florida (where I saw The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory) which, as a self-proclaimed Dalí enthusiast, has been an incredible time — but my absolute favorite has remained elusive and I MUST see it in person!

Other than that, I don’t actually have concrete plans in New York. I’d like to stop by and see the Today Show because I’ve always watched it, but I genuinely don’t know how else I’m going to spend my time. I’d like to visit Tiffany’s since I’ve become a big Audrey Hepburn fan and think it would be very cool to see that Tiffany’s in person, and I’m also thinking about stopping by one of the famous tattoo studios to get a little more ink. It remains to be seen what I’ll do, but after I get over the initial stress of trying to navigate NYC (it’s so big but so compact compared to Barcelona and London!), I’m sure I’ll have a blast!

On to what I’ve been working on writing-wise, my camp project is a hockey romance novel, since I’ve been reading a lot of those lately. I read one that I felt like I could do better, and while hockey romance is a rather sacred genre for me because two of my first favorite romance authors do it SO well, I wanted to at least make the attempt to actually do better than the one I read. So far it’s going okay — I’m over 5,000 words — and I think it has a chance to do well. I also did successfully complete my NaNoWriMo book, which was the fourth book in my Royals series. I DID have to finish it I think in February, but I did the 50,000+ for November and am very satisfied with it. I also have a couple of other ideas brewing and in some form a few different places so that I can get back to them when I can.

Anyway, I’m going to get back to my Camp project, because I’m not budgeting any single New York minute (get it? ;)) of mine for writing — though if inspiration strikes, I may jot down something. I hope that if you’re participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, you’re finding it as good an experience as I always do!

Until next time,

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