This is the end. All right, it’s only the end of the month, but it’s still pretty significant. It’s the end of the first month of the YAB Spring Writing Bootcamp! YAY!  My entire team made it through without anyone falling off a cliff or breaking an ankle! It also means we’re tougher, stronger and a little bit wiser. Well, maybe just tougher.



This week was kind of horrific/epic for me. It was the first real clash of both worlds I live in…my writing world, and my library world. Some of you might think this would be an easy transition, but for me, it hasn’t. It has nothing to do with the people I work with, and everything to do with my own expectations. Honestly, I’d be perfectly happy to just walk into work one day and plop a copy of my published book down onto their desks and say, “Oh, I wrote this.”  But, until there actually IS a copy of an actual book, I’m working on keeping it under wraps.



Except for last week.  As part of a great initiative to do more things at the library (all because of a new Head of Library Services), I decided it might be fun to have Camp NaNoWriMo writers at our library. Did I know of anyone in my small town of 9500 people who was actually DOING Camp NaNoWriMo? No. Did I think anyone even knew what NaNoWriMo was? Again, no.  But like all my crazy endeavors, I just went ahead and pulled it together, hoping someone…..anyone….would show up.



And they did! 🙂



I have eight…8….people writing in April as part of the project!  EIGHT!  There were two teenagers, a man in his seventies, a few retirees, and several other community members I’d never met before.  It’s certainly a diverse group, but they all wanted to be there, and they all promised to give it a shot. YAY!  We’ll see what happens.



Oh, and I did an interview on the local radio station. I somehow managed not to pass out from nervousness. That’s all I’ll say about it.



So, how did my team do this week?


♥  Three out of eight of us saw DIVERGENT at the theatres this week. The verdict? Two thumbs up! (Okay, three, technically. Or six, if they put both thumbs up, barring any accidental thumb removals. Let’s just go with three thumbs up.)


Somebody had a birthday and got a free donut and hot chocolate and bought lots of books and took a dare. Oh, and something about playing Bingo a lot, which I guess isn’t YAB Bootcamp Bingo.  Whatever, Megan….


♥ Two people did LOTS of writing and revisions and participated in Word Sprints and tweeted about it and made the rest of us feel like schmucks, but hey, good going! At least some of us are taking this all seriously. (Thanks Katrina and Amy.)


♥  One of us is preparing to write short stories during Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I expect we won’t see much of her next month, but at least we’ll know she’s working hard! You go for it, Kristen!


♥  One of us should have been sending out inspiring emails and rounding up the team to participate in Word Sprints and posting her accomplishment tweet onf Friday, and not Saturday afternoon. One of us should have been throwing together amazing Twitter parties and cheering on everyone in the bootcamp. One of us should have been working on her synopsis for the last half hour just now, but instead, was taking pictures of her new plant.






Most of us will probably do better in April. Good luck, everyone!



Heidi Sinnett

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8 Responses to THE End

  1. Very exciting that you got people motivated for camp nano! I have only done the big event in November and not the mid-year ones. If I was in the right place to start a new project, I definitely would, but alas, I’m working on last November’s Nano draft. I was also surprised to find how much local influence Nano has; there are groups that meet at my local library for Nano, though I have not met up with them.

  2. That’s great that you got a nice group together for Camp NaNoWriMo! I’ll be doing it for the first time, and I’m excited! My goal is 25K, which is what I need to complete my WIP. 🙂

  3. That’s so awesome that you’re leading a group of writers into Camp NaNoWriMo! I’m sure it will be a great experience for all of you!

    • Heidi Sinnett says:

      Thanks! It’s a fun task, I must admit, and we had two more people sign up today. That’s 10 people writing from my small town. I can hardly believe it. 🙂

  4. That is so awesome that you pulled together a group for Camp Nano! I have dreamed about doing that here in my small town because I know there has to be other writers out there and I’d love to connect with them. You are an inspiration! (But I might still be too socially awkward to do this… maybe for Nanowrimo!) Have a great week!

    • Heidi Sinnett says:

      Kitty, I say give it a shot in November! You might be really surprised to find out there are MANY other writers in your small town.
      Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your goals this week!

  5. Sonja Schulz says:

    You’ve been busy! we’ve been busy! and your flower IS lovely! VERY cool news about all the campers! AMAZING and exciting! GO Heidi! and Go Team Denali!

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