Nope, not actually going camping (I think just about everyone says that). I wanted to go to Burning Man, but damn those tickets are expensive! So I didn't go. This year. Maybe next year.
No, I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo! Yeeeeeey!
The past few weeks, more of the story has been breaking out in my head and it sounds like it's going to work out real well.
I also have become more comfortable with word count. I was all like "oh sh*t! I have to get a big ol' amount of words to be able to get this published! 50,000 isn't enough to make a sell-able story!" So I did a little research and found one author say that a YA novel is typically 75,000 - 100,000 words long, so I was like "I will aim for 75,000 words. Oh yeah."
Then I got a FWD from my dad. I guess he gets emails with articles from Writer's Digest and he forwards some of them to me. This one had a link to a series on the WD website called Successful Queries where they actually have agents who post successful queries they're gotten. I found both The Iron Witch and The Liar Society's queries on there. When the query was sent out for The Liar Society, it was only 53,000 words. That's only 3,000 words above 50,000 words. That relaxed me a lot. I am not not as stressed for word count (as being the key word here). I'll let the story unfold into the length it needs to be to tell the whole story correctly.
Still worried about how to keep things going, but I know it'll work out. Always did in the past!
Good luck to all other campers out there! You can do it!