Camp NaNo July Goals

My first goal is to finish the Samael outline. I’m already very close to being done, and I’ll be surprised if it takes any longer than 5-7 days. After that’s done, it’s time to actually go back to writing Samael. I haven’t written anything since the end of November since I’ve been focused on finishing the outline.

I may also write some more blog posts. I have a document with a lot of blog post ideas and notes that’s getting pretty long, and it’s well past time to clear it out. I don’t have anything scheduled for posts aside from the monthly writing updates and recommendations, and I’m getting a little tired of skipping Fridays or writing posts on those Fridays instead of ahead of schedule.

Current plans for Samael

I’m just about done with the outline for issue 18 of Samael. Most of the major story threads are already wrapped up, and after this, there are only a few more events for me to outline. I can end the story at a natural stopping point, even though it’s a bit of a cliffhanger.

This will be “part 1” of Samael. I always had the intention of writing part 2 (and maybe part 3), but as of right now, I think I need to stop working on it and move on to something else. I don’t have enough ideas to fill even one issue of an outline, and I’m a little too burnt out on this story to want to take the time to come up ways to continue the plot.

So my plans for the next couple of months are:

  1. Finish the Samael part 1 outline. This should happen sometime in late June or early July.
  2. Write and edit the rest of Samael. That will probably take the rest of the year.
  3. Post the chapters here like I did with The Land of Two Moons and The Book of Immortality.

After that’s all done, I can think about whether or not I want to write part 2. Right now it’s looking more like a “no”, but that might be different once I’ve had a few more months to think things over.

Recommendations: May 2022


An Incomplete Account of the Case of the Bird-Talker of Yaros by Eleanna Castroianni (Podcastle)

I think of my grandfather by Jonathan Duckworth (The Deadlands)

Mal de Caribou by Becca de la Rosa (The Dark Magazine)

One Day the Cave Will Be Empty by K. J. Chien (Fantasy Magazine)

The Cheesemaker and the Undying King by Lina Rather (Lightspeed Magazine)

The Fruit of the Princess Tree by Sage Tyrtle (Apex Magazine)

The Projectionists by E. M. Linden (The Deadlands)

XY by Lucy Zhang (Fireside Magazine)

Writing Update: May 2022

I was so busy with moving this month that didn’t do any plotting or outlining for Samael until the 22nd. After that, I barely wrote anything until the 29th. I got a decent chunk of Issue 17 plotted out, and now I know how to connect it with the next section of the story. Provided that nothing as time-consuming as moving comes up in June, I should be able to get back on track with regards to outlining.

I also started writing down notes for a story that’s been bouncing around my head for a few months. I still need to name one of the protagonists. For some reason, naming these characters has been more difficult than usual.

A minor update to Askeisk

<< Askeisk, a Scandinavian language (part 3)

This is probably one of the most minor updates I’ve made to a conlang, but it affects a large number of the nouns and adjectives.

Previously, nouns inherited from Old Norse nouns that ended in –r (like fiskr & and hundr) ended in –ur in Askeisk (fiskur, hundur). After thinking about it for over a year, I’ve decided to drop the –ur ending entirely.

In-universe, it’s supposed to look like a “middle” between the continental North Germanic languages and the insular ones. Now it’s starting to actually resemble that.