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It’s down to the wire now on finishing up Camp NaNoWriMo! By the way, do you know where the phrase “down to the wire” originated? It comes from horse racing, back in the late 19th century when they used to string up a wire across the finish line to help determine the winner. The horses would race down to the wire. I thought it was a sports term of some sort, but couldn’t remember for sure. I find information like that fascinating.

So. Down to the wire. Camp ends in 5 days and I’m way behind. It’s not too terribly much left to write really, since I kept my word count goal at the low number of 12k. But I haven’t written for about half the month and have been fighting a nasty cold and allergies, so I came into today with about half my word count left and less than a week to go. I almost gave up this afternoon. But then I didn’t. I started getting all these ideas and decided I wasn’t going to let this beat me! It’s Camp. Unlike November’s NaNoWriMo, I don’t have to write a novel. I can write whatever I want, so I’ve worked on about 8 different writing projects today. Words!

Other big project in the works: I’m going to start an Etsy shop! I have a lot of health struggles, and don’t have the strength and energy to do a lot. But I find when I feel bad, I enjoy knitting while reading books on my Kindle. So I decided to combine my different loves and I’m going to start an Etsy shop for knitted things with names, and sometimes patterns, inspired by stories. And read while I knit! I love it. My plan is to work on building up supply over the spring and summer and officially launch the shop probably late summer. I did already make a custom order for a friend, and might try to do more similar things. And if I have enough ready earlier, I’ll go ahead and put them in the shop. So that’s in the works!

I’m currently reading “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)” by Felicia Day and “In the Labyrinth of Drakes” by Marie Brennan. I love Felicia Day and her book is a really fun read. It’s her memoir, but not your typical memoir. It’s funny, I can relate to a lot of it, and it’s very encouraging to me right now too. And hilarious. Coincidentally, the Marie Brennan series is a fictional memoir, but it’s about dragons. I’m loving that series too. I’ve discovered some wonderful books so far this year, and added quite a few to my list of favorites. That list is only a mental list right now, but eventually it might get written down. Check out my Goodreads profile if you want to see more of what I’m reading!

Also, I’m so glad I had this post in Scrivener, because something crashed as I tried to post and the draft wasn’t even saved. Always back up your work! *creeps away to backup everything written this month*