Camp NaNo April 2022 Results

I won Camp NaNoWriMo around 11:30 PM on April 30th. There wasn’t any real reason for me winning that late, aside from procrastination.

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It looks like I spent as many days not writing as I did writing. Most of that writing was done on weekends, due to me being busy with home-buying things on weekdays.

I didn’t get as much done in April as I would have liked, but I do know where I’m going next with Samael. Considering I was having problems with that before the month started, it’s quite a good thing.

Writing Update: April 2022

Most of the writing I did this month wasn’t “real” writing. At the end of March, prompted by me winning the bid on a condo, I decided to finally sort through all of my old story notes. This meant going through a lot of folders and notebooks and typing up everything that wasn’t already typed.

There was a lot of stuff to type up. On the 2nd day of April, I decided to count these words toward my Camp NaNoWriMo goal. One, because I didn’t want to take all that paper with me when I moved, and two, because I was having a hard time actually outlining Samael.

My initial goal, which I talked about in a blog post on March 18th, was to finish the Samael outline. Apparently I realized this was ridiculous soon afterward, because the goal that I put into my goals spreadsheet said “finish four issues of the Samael outline”.

Unless I somehow manage to write about 6k words tomorrow, that won’t be happening. I finished Issue 15 and am currently working on the outline for Issue 16. I might actually be able to get that done by the end of tomorrow.

However, I did outline a bunch of stuff that happens later in the story rather than sticking to my usual strict chronological outlining. As it turns out, this helps a lot when you want a higher wordcount! Who knew?

Well…everyone, I think. Except me.

I will post a full analysis of this Camp NaNo session next Friday!

2022: Samael Protagonists

Over the past month, I took some time to draw the three most major characters of Samael: Samanta Liu-Rivera, Niklas Østergaard, and Tien Vo.

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Samanta Liu-Rivera is the titular Samael, a well-known and widely feared assassin who tries to retire from the business, but ends up not being able to.

I’ve drawn her many times over the years and her design hasn’t changed all that much.

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Niklas Østergaard is a guy who should have been a hardboiled detective but is stuck as a police detective. He is also a spy for Samanta and her assassin friends.

This was my second time drawing him – the first time was a sketch that’s since been deleted.

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Tien Vo is a hacker and Sam’s best friend and mission control. She is Vietnamese-Australian and uses a wheelchair (which is why she’s sitting), which I did not draw here.

I’ve drawn Tien a couple of times before, but her previous design was pretty boring. I like this one a lot better.

Writing Update: March 2022

I finished outlining Samael issue 14 and made good progress on issue 15. It’s about 2/3 of the way done. I’ve been too busy to outline very much in the past week – most of my writing was done on Sunday during on my NaNo region’s Discord server.

I also got some major news this week, so there’s a very good chance I’m going to be too busy to write in April. I completely unprepared for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m going to give it my best attempt anyway.

What am I doing for Camp NaNoWriMo?

Honestly, I completely forgot about Camp NaNoWriMo until I got an email about it a few days ago. I’ve been so busy these past few months that I haven’t had the time to even think about any writing events.

I’m going to continue working on the same thing I’ve been working on since last November: the remainder of the Samael outline. At the beginning of the year, I hoped I’d be done with it by now so I could move on to actual writing. Now I’m hoping that I’ll have the outline done by the end of April.

I don’t have any plans other than that. 20,000 words.