When I was a teenager me and a friend went camping a couple of times. We pitched-up at the seaside resort of Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire. We were 14 and it was a big deal for us to be let loose on our own. We ate chip butties for every meal (I’m not joking. Chips for breakfast is one of life’s great delicacies) and spent most of our time in the arcades. The thrill of Asteroids, Robotron 2084 (I LOVED that game) and Defender. 🙂
The second time, we caught the tail-end of a hurricane. Now that was a weird holiday. I ended up clinging to a lamp-post in the early hours waiting for my dad to drive the 90 miles to rescue us when the tent flooded. Very wet holiday and surprisingly, we didn’t go again.
That seems such a LONG time ago. Wow. Nearly THIRTY years. Still, happy memories.
Anyway, the reason for that trip down amnesia lane is another type of camping. This is the challenge type of CAMP. You know the one.
For me, this is a year of the challenge. The Eclectic Reader challenge to read genres that I wouldn’t usually touch; doubling the number of books I read in a year to 24; and WRITE more.
I have decided to enter the Camp Nano challenge for August. I have some time off at the beginning of the month and as well as watching the Olympics (I thought about going, but the best seat is at home with the BBC!) I have time to get some serious writing done.
I should finish the second draft of my crime novel in early June and I am ITCHING to get into a new project.
Usually, I’d want to finish one project before embarking on a new one, but I want to write something else. I plan on putting the crime novel to one side for a couple of weeks so I can then read it with fresh eyes and want to do something else.
I like a challenge and Camp Nano seems like the perfect choice.
If anyone else is doing the challenge in August and they want to join me in a cabin (ooh matron!) then let me know and we can make arrangements.
Anyone else participating?