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A Month in a Writer’s Life – July 2019

Another month went by, and it’s been quite different from what I thought it would be. Since in summer time businesses slow down, I expected some downtime in my freelancing business. It meant that I would have time to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo to which I promptly signed up at the end of June. Of course, life decided to prove me wrong, and July turned out to be a whirlwind.


With my assumption of more free time in July, I made an ambitious goal of writing 50,000 words during the Camp. Yet, in the very first week I already got swamped with work, and as projects kept coming, I quickly realized I wouldn’t make it. At the same time, I thought it was the last minute pre-vacation rush, and the rest of the month would be much quieter. I cut the goal to 20,000 with an assumption that I would be able to to easily reach 30-35,000 words.

As you might guess, I was wrong. My whole July was extremely busy, and I struggled to get enough words down. By the end of the month, I was nearing 12,000 words, and even though I was determined to fight to the end, I also knew that I was unlikely to meet my goal.

Yet, thanks to wonderful J. Morgyn White who cheered me on in the last day, I managed to write over 5,000 words in the last day of the Camp, validating my total an hour before the deadline. A Fissure of Magic is nowhere near being completed, but I’m still happy that I managed to make a significant progress in such a busy month.

Art & Writer’s Life

Of course, with the mixture of work and writing, I didn’t really have time to work on any art. All that I managed were several dragonflies. I miss working on my art, so I hope in the upcoming months I’ll have time to do something more, including finishing the pieces I started some time ago.

Mid July, Broadswords & Blasters published their 10 issue, and my short story, Yet Another Vessel, was part of it. Since I rarely stray to the darker side of fantasy, I was happy that the magazine liked it enough to include it in their publication.

And with all the rush of July, I’m ready for at least a week off, spent on reading and playing video games. How about you?

Joanna Maciejewska

Joanna Maciejewska is a fantasy and science fiction author who enjoys all things SFF: books, movies, and video games. Her short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies in Polish and in English. Her epic fantasy adventure series, starting with By the Pact, is available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.

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  1. J.R.Bee

    I’m sure July happened to someone else, I could not tell you what happened in it (other than it was hooot)

    1. Melfka

      Hopefully August is better. 🙂

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