Day 24 of Camp NaNoWriMo, July 2013 Edition

In a few short days, Camp NaNoWriMo will come to an end and I am sad to see it go. I was not as committed to it as I should have been. I am well on my way to meeting my 20,000 word goal at the present standing of 18,404 words but most of it consists of free writing. I would have liked work for my novels and a lot more poems so I find myself conflicted over progress. I have to keep reminding myself that any kind of writing is better than no writing at all.

Xenium & Xyris stands at 18 poems, Zephyr & Zinc at 19 poems, Elysian & Ether at 6 poems, and Nightmares & Nevermore at 9 poems written during Camp NaNoWriMo, July 2013 Edition. Elysian & Ether had one poem written in June and Nightmares & Nevermore had two poems so I am not very far into any of the books after about a month’s worth of work.

Still, there is the possibility of having them all close to finished by the time November is done. The themes I gave to Elysian & Ether and Nightmares & Nevermore are proving to be slightly problematic right now despite them being really great. I’m pretty sure once November rolls around and I’m desperate for inspiration to help refill the river of creativity, I will be ecstatic for their themes.

Originally, I was going to spend September doing a WriMo but I think I will forgo it in favor of NaNoWriMo prep and focusing my energies on creative restoration. I find myself in the shallows of the river of creativity and it desperately needs more water to come its way.

Next month will be an interesting learning experience for me. I will be making two or three baby quilts. It has been awhile since I’ve quilted (scratch that – it has been almost 8 months since I’ve sewn anything) and the largest project I completed are place mats. My sister’s wedding chuppah doesn’t exactly count as I did not quilt it on the machine – its three layers (cotton batting sandwiched in Duponi silk) were beaded together in a quilted diamond shaped pattern. So many beads. Four years later, I still have nightmares about those three thousand Swarovski silver crystals and ivory pearls.

I figure it will take me a little while to make the quilts which is why I am starting in August even though my nephew/niece isn’t due until December-ish. My sister does know the gender of the baby now but it is being kept hush-hush until everyone in the immediate family is told during the next few weeks.

Come August, expect a lot of posts about the quilting process. My sister has some other sewing projects she’d like me to do for the nursery too so there will be posts about those, I’m sure. And wow, I am too nice of a sister with all the things she wants me to make for her.

Continuing on the sewing front, August may also have the sewing of some clothes and SCA garb. I need to rifle through the bins and see what I come up with. I normally make myself at least one new item of SCA garb for my birthday/Fall Crown Tournament in September. There’s a couple lengths of fabric I’ve come across, during the decluttering process, which have been encouraging me to turn them into dresses for everyday wear.

At this moment, my sewing room is in chaos or I would have already made the dresses and started on the quilts. I almost have a section tamed so I can start in on the quilts in August.

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