Camp NaNo Recap: Spaceships and Sci-Fi Soldiers9:11 AM
The time for flailing over my Camp NaNo Iliad retelling has come.
It's kinda hard to believe it, but Camp NaNoWriMo was here, and now it's gone again. I swear it moves faster every year or something. Last year I wrote a fantasy novel where I killed lots of people off. This year I wrote a sci-fi retelling of Homer's Iliad and killed even more people off. (You can find a post I wrote up about the main characters for said retelling here, and my Pinterest storyboard for the thing here.)
I wrote 80k in April. I also finished the novel. I cried over the original Iliad. It was insane.
|basically me when I finished.|
When I say lots of angst, I mean...lots. So much angst. So much fun.
|seriously, achilles. what a drama queen.|
This is one of my favorite stories ever. I really, really enjoyed diving into it, getting to explore such deeply layered characters that I've loved for so long. The Iliad has a lot to say on death and honor and what it is to be truly noble, and while I'm sure I mangled that, I also feel like it was a lot to try and process in a first draft. So I don't feel too bad. But I definitely gave myself lots of feels. It's such a deeply emotional story.
|and here we have Hec. I love her.|
|let's be real here, most of these are gonna be achilles quotes.|
|all the flailing, yes. sorry.|
And on that note....all the feels went down, yes. I made myself cry at least once. I'll probably make my alpha readers (love you guys, you suffer so much for me) cry at least once if things go well. Either way, there's a lot of heartbreak here too.
|*laughs evilly for like forever and is not sorry*|
|Paris was hilarious and Hec took no nonsense from him, of course.|
|can u just not for like two seconds|
Basically: oh my gosh, you guys, I had so much fun writing this. If you consider giving yourself all the feels fun. I laughed. I cried. I wrote like crazy. I wrote 15k in one day on one of those days (with the wonderful Katie Grace, of course) and it nearly killed me. But isn't that what Camp is all about? It's just not fun unless you're dead or half-dead by the end of it. And I still managed to not get behind on any of my shows. It's a win.
In the end, I think I wrote a book about what it means to be a person. I didn't do it perfectly. I screwed up a lot. The plot sucks as of now. But I also don't hate what I wrote entirely! I can't wait to edit it and find all the theme in this raw material. The Iliad has so much to say it would take me ages to dig through it and do it proper justice, but here's a start, I guess. The whole thing was intense and emotional. I don't know how I made it through the month sane.
or did I.
|me right now, to be honest|
There's...not much else to say about that? It was a good mnonth. I got a lot of writing done. I wrote a story I enjoy. Overall it's a win. 10/10 would recommend.
Did you do Camp in April? How did that go? How do you feel about Achilles? Do you agree that he needs to chill? (spoiler alert: he really, really does.)