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Camp NaNoWriMo starts in a few hours

by Wenona Gardner

I can’t believe July is almost upon us. I will be celebrating my birthday July 11 so this Camp NaNoWriMo I am feeling very excited. Networking with WordPress bloggers continues to include a steady stream of comments on WordPress and Camper Messages at Camp NaNoWriMo. My cabin is completely silent leading up to the couple days before NaNoWriMo which concerns me. I spent a lot of time early on to fill my cabin and now I am afraid people have lost interest already.

I am debating counting my Morning Pages at 450 words per day as part of my 10,000 word count since my average poem is 100-200 words. I am also wondering how many words I can crank out during the day. I started a new Peer Specialist job full time, the first full time job I have had in 20 years since I have been on disability. I sometimes wonder why I never finished writing a book during all those hours I had on disability and then I realize I was struggling with my mental health recovery to write. Now since I am working I have posted 43 blog posts the most I have posted during the seven years I have had this blog. I seem to actually be much more productive with my writing now I have the structure of a full time job. I carry a notebook in my purse so I can write my Morning Pages on the fly.

I brainstormed a list of ideas for possible poems, but some part of me feels like just going with the flow. I wonder how much I can write during the day. I don’t really know. My Camp NaNoWriMo t-shirts are being shipped to my house. I just need to check the mail on Tuesday to see if they arrived. I am happy today because I got paid. I was frustrated though I called Jimmy John’s to place an order, gave them my work address, and paid for my order with my credit card. But then I get a call back saying the can’t deliver to my area and they already took the money from my bank account. The manager was really rude to me claimed he was doing me a favor by putting my order in the nearby Jimmy Johns and I am like how is that a favor when you should have told me about not being able to deliver in the first place before you took my money. I asked for an apology and they refused to apologize. I was so frustrated.

I still haven’t bought my computer yet. The bank put a five day hold on my paycheck and they did not tell me. So I spent the available balance thinking I had a full check when I didn’t. I have been having money problems lately. I went to the vending machine to get licorice and the machine took my money but the bag of licorice got stuck and wouldn’t drop down the bin. I felt very frustrated. Other money problems. I thought working full time my money problems would go away. Guess not.

I heard of one cabin that everybody is just an hour away and they are planning to do face to face meetups. I would have loved that. I don’t know how to get my cabin going again. Like I said earlier I wish I could visit other cabins like at real camp.




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Camp NaNoWriMo Prayer

by Wenona Gardner


Dear Great Creator,

I come before you

as your daughter

Wabun Anung

Morning Star and

I asked you to inspire

us during Camp NaNoWriMo.

Help our cabins to be active

and our computers to cooperate.

Let the mosquitos not bite so much

and let us enjoy upon treats.

Help us overcome writer’s blocks

and help us to connect with new

writer’s buddies in new ways.

Thank you Office of Letters and Light

for making Camp NaNoWriMo possible.

Chi Migwetch, Thank

Wenona Gardner

Wabun Anung, Morning Star

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Camp NaNoWriMo…in a heartbeat

by Wenona Gardner

Well we’re just about a little over 24 hours til Camp NaNoWriMo. Here is my brainstorm list of possible poem topics I might want to write about.

Native American culture

Native American spirituality

Native American music

Native American arts

Mohican culture

Chief John Konkapot

Native American prophecy

Rainbow Warriors


Unitarian Universalist




Young adult


Hopes and Dreams

Peer Specialist




Hillary Clinton

Omaha, NE

I am open to suggestions does anyone have any poetry ideas to throw out there?




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Sweet Camp NaNoWriMo!

by Wenona Gardner


It’s this time of year

when I get together

with all my writing buddies.

We get to go to my Cabin Enigma.

This year Cabin Enigma is full!

Full of various writers

from around the globe.

Oh such wonders we will all make!

This year I networked with

WordPress Bloggers who wrote

about Camp NaNoWriMo!

I have more friends than I know

what to do with receiving

emails from my new found friends.

What makes Camp NaNoWriMo so great?

It’s a hub for writers galore.

A chance to cheer each other on

with a camp theme.

So get your S’mores and

iced tea and come chat with me

at Cabin Enigma!

Here’s writing to you!

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Camp NaNoWriMo… 2 Days

Well this is the first year my private Cabin Enigma is full! I am so proud that I was able to connect with so many diverse writers. The sad thing though is I am meeting new people who are inviting me to their cabins and I have to turn them down. Sometimes I wish that Camp NaNoWriMo had a feature where you can be in more than one cabin or at least visit other cabins to socialize. There was a cabin out there for Wiccan Writers and one for YouTubers which I  would have loved to have joined as well.

I just got my email from Office of Letters and Light that says that my Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo winner’s t-shirts have been shipped so I am about to get them soon! I was going to buy a computer but my bank put a five day hold on my first pay check because my bank account is brand new. The thing is the teller told me my money would be available next day. If I had known about the five day hold I would have been much more conservative about my money. So I am broke even though half my paycheck is sitting in my bank account inaccessible to me. Frustrated.

Lately, I have been reading blogs by other Camp NaNoWriMo WordPress bloggers and they are talking about planners versus pantsers. I fall in the punster category. I was going to sit down and brainstorm ideas of potential poem ideas, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet. I am not sure if I will actually do that. I know time is running out. I have new online Camper friends that I have been emailing at Camp NaNoWriMo, which is a good feeling.

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Camp NaNoWriMo in 5 Days!

Greetings Campers,

After yesterday networking with fellow Camp NaNoWriMo WordPress bloggers I happily woke up to several comments, finding new campers to join my cabin, and a new Twitter buddy. So, today I decided to go through the Camp NaNoWriMo Forums. I didn’t find a whole lot. I wrote to a small number of Campers from the Forums. I did receive a couple of good camper messages in my inbox which gives me hope.

I purchased Julia Cameron’s latest book “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again” and proceeded to go through the exercises. The book is targeted to those apparently in retirement, but I found the book comforting to getting closer to Julia. I also like the idea about working on my memoir which is one of the tools. I decided to post the tasks in my WordPress blog.

I have been trying to come to terms with my spirituality. I believe strongly in Native American traditions and I am a Christian. I am a Unitarian Universalist because I love how open they are to other religions and the true freedom to learn. I remember I once went to a Beltane ceremony at an Unitarian Universalist church and I was asked to call the Guardian of the South and element of Fire. I marveled at how similar the Beltane ceremony was to the various Native American ceremonies. I am so liberal in my religious views I find it difficult to find a church home. I long to have a circle of friends with similar religious views as me.