It begins

My summer vacation has officially started, and that means wild and slightly delusional writing goals. I’m doing Camp Nanowrimo again this year. Now, I have done the plain vanilla Nanowrimo every year since 2003. I’ve won 11 years in a row. I even did Script Frenzy back when that was a thing, and won the two years I attempted it. (Turns out screenwriting isn’t really my passion). But Camp Nanowrimo defeats me every time. I think it’s the fact that I have so much free time to do it in, and therefore no discipline whatsoever.

This month I’m toying with the idea of a NaNoWriDay, which is exactly what it sounds like. I could write that fast if I knew exactly what I was going to write, but I’m not that great at planning. It works out to be slightly over 2,000 words an hour for 24 hours. So… we’ll see.

In other news, there has been some drama recently about sexual harassment at writing cons. I can’t really speak to this because I haven’t really done any cons, but many, many people have written about their own experiences. Elise Matthesen wrote How to Report Sexual Harassment, about what happened to her at WisCon. It stresses the importance of making a formal report (if you’re able). More specific information on who exactly to contact can be found here.

Unfortunately I was too busy at the time to bookmark links so many of the interesting links and testimonials that I saw in my tweetstream are long gone by now, but suffice it to say this is not a rare occurrence. The harassers take refuge in the fact that many victims decide not to make formal reports, or don’t want to link their name to their report for fear of professional reprisals. An understandable concern, but as Elise says, many publishers will not stand behind sexual harassment, no matter how big a name the harasser may have.

Now it’s time for me to be off and plan my Camp Nanowrimo. (Shhh I know it started yesterday).

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