Short Story, Boxes, Camp NaNo, & Inanimate Objects

Hi everyone!

Two things.


I have a short story on a blog!

Hazel B. West (author of the amazing Blood Ties and An Earthly King) runs a cool website called Tales From a Modern Bard, and has writing challenges there from time to time.

The latest was “Inanimate Objects” and I couldn’t resist taking this excuse to write a story I’d been planning to write for ages.

So I wrote it for the challenge and Oh. Was. It. FUN. (Spoiler: Yes it was.)

And now you can read it!

My story is called A Tale of Two Boxes, about the adventures of… yes… two boxes. If you’ve ever wondered what the life of a cardboard box is like, and what they’re thinking, and how they get from one place to another, then this is the story for you. (If you’ve never wondered… well, few of us have, and now you’re wondering — I hope — so there you are.)

It also features some books arguing about how each of their genres is better than the others’. Yes. This did happen. XD

I’d be ever so honored if you’d pop over to Tales from a Modern Bard and read my story, and maybe tell me what you think of it! Thank you! ^_^

It was actually incredibly fun to write a story from the perspective of a cardboard box. You would think a story about a box would be boring, but… it was actually fascinating! (To me, at least. XD) I had so much fun and totally fell in love with my cardboard box characters. ❀

(Be sure to read the other challenge stories from the other authors at Tales from a Modern Bard about other inanimate objects, if you have some extra time, because they’re all quite interesting — some tragic, some funny, but all unique. :D)

The second thing has to do with the first thing.


I’m doing Camp NaNo!

Yes indeed. A couple of writer buddies dragged me into this. XD

Although I participate in November NaNoWriMo/National Novel Writing Month each year, I haven’t done a Camp NaNo session in positively ages. I kind of stopped doing word challenges for awhile there due to burn out.

But it’s been some time, and I wanted to try it out again. Plus you can set any sort of goal for Camp. So, hoping to get some small things like short stories done, I decided to go for it!

I… um… technically hit my goal and won Camp already? *coughcough* I set it for 5K, given how little I’ve been writing of late. But I’d like to keep writing as much as my busy schedule allows. πŸ™‚

So far for Camp I’ve written 5,813 words this month (that was A Tale of Two Boxes, so far) and I’m having a blast! It’s a wonderful feeling to write again, folks. I’ve missed it.

So there you have my writing updates of late — I wrote a short story for you to read, and I’m doing Camp NaNo.

I know — gasp! — I’m actually talking about writing on my writing blog. The strangeness!

Speak to me, my Roadlings!

Are you doing Camp? (How’s it going?) Did you read my box story and what did you think?? And what’s going on in your writing or reading worlds? πŸ™‚

25 thoughts on “Short Story, Boxes, Camp NaNo, & Inanimate Objects

  1. EEEEEP. I LOVED YOUR BOX STORY SO VERY MUUUUCH!!!! Which…is probably obvious from my monster comment I left over there. BUT I NEED TO SAY IT AGAIN BECAUSE AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! IT WAS SO CUTE. And it WAS fascinating. You are a genius for being able to make the most fascinating, adorable story about BOXES.

    YOU ARE DOING SO WELL WITH CAMP. It’s just makes me ridiculously happy seeing my Celti writing so much and having fun! πŸ˜€

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    • ASLKDFJLKJ THANK YOUUUU AGAIN! ❀ Eep, I'm so glad you liked it! ^_^ Yeah, I was just amazed at how fun boxes could be to write about! o.o

      THANK YOU! I'm having fun writing, yesss, and I want to get back to it soon… we shall see if I get any more writing done or not! πŸ™‚


    • Well… I mean… five thousand words isn’t a HUGE amount in 15 days… but thank you! I’m pleased with it myself! πŸ™‚

      Eep, thanks so much, Blue!! Thank you for reading and I’m so glad you got attached! ^_^ And yep, I was trying out different POV/tenses so that was interesting. πŸ™‚


      • Yes, but it’s a matter of perspective. For someone who can’t seem to get in a paragraph these days, reaching a goal in half the time seems like a mammoth achievement.

        Speaking of perspective, I think I preferred the viewpoint of the white box. Of course both viewpoints had their perks, but I liked being able to see things through the white box’s…’eyes’.

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        • OH. Yes. I see your point… I’d been writing 2K per month recently, so compared with that, I guess it was a lot, I just forgot because this was so easy. o.o I’m sorry that you’re not getting much writing done! I hope you can get back to it soon. ❀

          I did too! It was so fun being in her head. πŸ™‚ The other box worked a little better as an outside perspective, to just observe it, but it was SO fun to see the white box's thoughts and how she thought of things. πŸ™‚ (Sorry if I confuse you with this "she" stuff… I never actually referred in the story to either of them as "he" or "she" but the white box seemed more feminine and shy to me, and the brown one seemed more masculine and roguish, so. :))


  2. OH MY GOSH DEBORAH. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO MAKE ME LOVE A BOX?! *wants to hug story forever* That was AMAZINGLY AWESOME. πŸ˜€

    And yay! You’re doing Camp NaNo!! πŸ˜€ Fun!! I was going to do it, but then life got busy and I couldn’t devote much time to it. πŸ˜› But yay for writing! ^_^

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    • AWK MADELINE THANK YOUUUU!!! ❀ Your comment made my day! πŸ˜€ I'm so glad you loved the box! I was super surprised at my box characters creeping their way into my own heart. ^_^ Thanks!!

      Yes indeed! And I understand the busyness of life and not much time for writing, which is why I only set a 5K goal. XD Thank you! Yay for writing indeed!!

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  3. MY STARS, your box story was AH-MAZING. I LOVED IT ❀ ❀ ❀ But I left a raving comment over on Tales Of A Modern Bard already, so you can go read that if you want my slightly incoherent thoughts xD

    Camp NaNo is going … uh, pretty well? I'm going for 30k (was going for 75k and I ended up going way lower because I forgot that I don't fast-write anything but first drafts πŸ˜‰ ), and I'm a little behind, but I'm hoping to catch up soon. WONDERFUL JOB hitting your wordcount already! *all the highfives and confetti*

    (also, you hath been tagged – no pressure to do it, of course, but here's the link –

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    • EEP THANK YOU SAVANNAH!! I’m so glad you liked it! πŸ˜€ *scampers off to read your comment*

      Wowww 30K! O_O 5K was about all I could imagine trying for, so your high goals are amazing to me! πŸ˜€ GO GO GO! YOU CAN DO IT!! And thanks! *highfives back and frolics in the confetti*

      Ooh, yay, a tag! I shalt scamper over to read that as well! Thank you for tagging me! ^_^


  4. Congrats on reaching your goal early! That’s a big accomplishment. ^ ^ I”m also doing Camp NaNo, but I’m going for 30K or more since I’m trying to bump up my book to 70K. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. The box story was so much fun! I kind of figured at the beginning that the two friends wouldn’t be separated forever, but I loved seeing how that happened. And the characterization is really good. You wouldn’t think boxes have much by way of personal preference, but you made them believable characters. I think my favourite part was when the books were arguing. They were so true to character (to genre?). It’s a good thing nobody asked me what I was laughing at in a couple of the parts, so I didn’t have to explain that “some cardboard boxes were having a conversation and it was funny” :).

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    • Eep, thanks so much!! I loved reading your thoughts on the story. πŸ˜€ I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if the box friends were separated forever. XD Yep, the books arguing was fun, and I’m glad you thought they were true-to-genre. πŸ˜‰ And it made you laugh!! This makes me so happy. πŸ˜€ THANK YOU!!! ❀


  6. I’m glad you joined in on the Modern Bard challenge! I really liked your tale of two boxes, and that it had a happy reunion at the end. πŸ™‚
    I wasn’t able to do CampNaNo, so I’ll have to do my own version of it this month.

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  7. I read your story and loved it! I left a comment. (Super late, but it was like I wasn’t even home in April, yikes!) Also, the cover you designed for the story is perfect! You have such a good eye for design.

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