Monthly Archives: October 2013

Kick Off Party!

Kick Off Party!

Start off NaNo right by coming to our Kick Off Party.  There will be games, door prizes, a potluck and silent auction.  Meet your fellow wrimos and learn about our exciting month of fun!

DETAILS:

When: Sunday October 27, 2013
Where: The Avenue Cafe (Gone Wired) 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI (Enter through back as it will be opening early for us.)
Time: 1 – 4 pm.

ACTIVITIES:

  • Games – We’ll have a get to know you game, a pimp my plot station and other games to get you into the creative flow.
  • Door Prizes – There will be several cool door prizes given away throughout the event.
  • Goodie Bags – Your very own NaNoLansing Survival Bag will be awaiting you filled with treats and helpful items.
  • Silent Auction – New this year as a fundraising incentive.  Please bring items to donate for our silent auction (and bring some cash so you can buy them).  We already have some good looking items up for bidding.  This is your chance to get some really nice stuff for a song of a price.  (All proceeds will be donated to NaNoWriMo.  For every $10 received, one broke wrimo will be chosen to receive a halo and donor badge under their name.)
  • Potluck – If you can, bring some food to share.  The kitchen may not open until 3 pm.  (If you can’t bring food, come anyway.  We still want to see you!)

RSVP Please:
We need to know how many goodie bags to create, so please RSVP by Friday October 25th.  Post your RSVP here at our Eventbrite site.

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Other Info:

Prep Workshops
We’ve had great fun at our previous workshops and we have one more left.
Thursday October 24 at 7 pm at the Avenue Cafe 2021 E Michigan Ave Lansing, MI we will Breathe Life Into Our Characters.

Here’s the description – As most NaNo vets can tell you, when you’ve lost the plot and the story is just not moving the way you want it’s the characters that help you find you way – even if its by misbehaving. We’ll take this time to discover and flesh out the characters that will move the plot along.

Saturday Write In Location Correction:

Our ML Sponsored Saturday Write Ins are as follows:

  • Saturday November 2 – Grand Traverse Pie Factory (Orchard Rm) E. Lansing 1-4 pm.
  • Saturday November 9 – Grand Traverse Pie Factory (Orchard Rm) E. Lansing 11 am – 2 pm.
  • Saturday November 16 – Car pool with us to Saginaw to the Battle of Midway
  • Saturday November 23 – Grand Traverse Pie Factory (Orchard Rm) E. Lansing 11 am – 2 pm
  • Saturday November 30 – Grand Traverse Pie Factory (Orchard Rm) E. Lansing 11 am – 2 pm

See our regional forums for additional write in locations and information.

Excitedly gearing up,
Annette (Contemplative Cat) & Alaina (A_Rachelle)
Co-Municipal Liaisons, USA::Michigan::Lansing

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News! James Dashner & Write Michigan

News! James Dashner & Write Michigan

Talk and Signing with James Dashner

A fan of the Maze Runner series? James Dashner will be coming to Schuler’s Books’ Eastwood location on October 23rd at 6pm.

Here’s the information from their website:

We are so excited to welcome James Dashner, the author of the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series. The Maze Runner is a dystopian thriller, soon to be released as a blockbuster film from 20th Century Fox, and now Dashner is celebrating the release of an all-new, edge-of-your seat adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

This will be a ticketed event, with tickets available at our Eastwood Towne Center location when the store opens on October 8th, the release day of the new book. The first 100 tickets are available free with purchase of The Eye of Minds (one ticket per book purchased) and guarantee a seat at the event. Tickets 101 and greater are free with no purchase necessary. The signing will proceed after the author talk in approximate ticket number order. Tickets may be reserved in person or by calling the store at 517.316.7495 (phone purchase required for seated tickets).

Write Michigan Short Story Contest

This writing contest is for a short story up to 3000 words (as in less than two days of NaNo) and is only open to Michigan residents. Writers may enter one short story between now and November 30th through writemichigan.org at an entry fee of $10 for 18+ and free for 17 and under.

There will be cash prizes and winners will be published by Chapbook Press. Entries will be divided into three categories by age – youth, teen, and adult.

To learn more about the contest, visit Write Michigan’s site.

"Finding Your Vision with Inspiration Boards" is tomorrow night!

"Finding Your Vision with Inspiration Boards" is tomorrow night!

Remember! Tomorrow night (aka Thursday) at 7pm at Gone Wired/The Avenue we will be having our hands on prep workshop “Finding Your Vision with Inspiration Boards”.

If you have any old magazines lying about your home, office, etc. we encourage you to bring those along to create a diverse assortment of options.

Not sure with workshop I’m talking about? Here’s the description:

Join us for a fun evening of cutting, pasting and bringing your vision to life with an inspiration board. Before you have a panic attack, no, we do not expect you to know what your main character (MC) prefers for breakfast or their goal in life or even who they are. The idea of an inspiration board is to find images, words, etc. that jive with you and the world you’re going for so that you can revisit them when you get stuck in the writing process. You can use this time to refine and visualize a world and characters that you’ve already decided or as a starting point for this year’s novel.

See you there!

Alaina (A_Rachelle) & Annette (Contemplative Cat)
Co-Municipal Liasions, USA::Michigan::Lansing

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This regional broadcast was sent out via email on October 9, 2013.

It's alive, IT'S ALIVE!

It's alive, IT'S ALIVE!

For all of you who read that subject line with Frankenstein-esque, mad scientist grandeur – thank you and you’re welcome. (You may also insert the appropriate Skynet reference for the website being a living thing.)

Anyway… earlier this week the NaNoWriMo website did its big update for 2013. If you haven’t been there yet, you should definitely head over and check out how shiny it is.

While you’re there, here are a few other things you should do:

1. Update Your Author Info

Even if you’ve done NaNo before you’ll want to check to make sure all of your information is correct. You do have to manually update your previous NaNo experience. If you’ve participated in the past, scroll down to the bottom of the edit page to check off your years done & won.

To get to the edit screen, sign in and go to ‘My NaNoWriMo’ then click on ‘Author Info’. Any widgets showing on the page should have an edit button in the upper right hand corner.

2. Add Your Novel

Even if your current title is ‘I Don’t Know,’ by putting any information in about your 2013 novel we know that you’re planning to be an active Wrimo this year. This can also be found under the ‘My NaNoWriMo’ section.

3. Introduce Yourself

We want to get to know you! Stop in at our region’s introduction thread and tell us a little about yourself. Annette and I have already been by, so this is also your first opportunity to learn od and random facts about us that you may not yet know.

If you’re a newbie, or just want a refresher, you may also want to check out our NaNo101 thread and Helpful Links & Resources thread.

P.S. If you haven’t yet homed to our region but are planning to participate with NaNoLansing, go to ‘Local Events’ and select ‘Find a Region’. If you’re getting this via email you should have us showing there. If not, you can search for us in the ‘Other Regions’ section. Either way, all it takes is a click from there to make us your home. Mi casa, su casa and all of that.

4. Explore

There are some cool new features hiding out around the site like an updated notifications system, the ability to watch forum threads, and the wonderous new WYSIWIG editor aka you don’t have to know any HTML anymore to bold things and add links and all of that. Yay!

Also, make sure to stop by the NaNo Flair section to get 2013 badges and banners to add to your blog, Facebook page, etc.

Those are just a few of the things. I’ll let you have the joy of discovery of the rest for yousrselves, but I will say you may want to stop by the homepage after you’ve made this little journey of updating for the new year 😉

Upcoming Events

Don’t forget about the “Are you ready to NaNoWriMo?” workshop this Saturday (2pm @ The Avenue Cafe).

Also, if you’re planning on coming to our Kick-Off on October 27, please a moment to let us know by signing up here.

That’s all for now. Have a great day!

Alaina (A_Rachelle) & Annette (Contemplative Cat)
Co-Municipal Liasions, USA::Michigan::Lansing

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This regional broadcast was sent out via email on October 3, 2013.

NaNo 2013 Is Upon Us!

NaNo 2013 Is Upon Us!

As I was driving back into town yesterday I couldn’t help but noticed how the trees were already beginning to turn into the deep reds and golds of fall, which reiterated to me that Fall is officially here and NaNo 2013 is at hand.

Here’s the lowdown of what we have planned so far…

– NaNo Prep Events –

With one month to go, Contemplative Cat and I wanted to help you guys have a fabulous NaNo year with some events to make sure you’re ready to hit the ground running Nov. 1st.

Topics include:

  • “Are You Ready to NaNoWriMo?” Workshop
  • Finding Your Vision with Inspiration Boards
  • The Plot Thickens
  • Breathing Life Into Your Characters

Learn more about these here.

– Kick-Off Party –

Mark your calendars! Our kick-off party will be October 27, 2013, from 1-4pm at The Avenue Cafe. Keep an eye out for more details to come and/or register here to get all of the updates about the Kick-Off Party specifically.

– Write-Ins –

These are what we have confirmed so far:

Thursday Nights – ML
7 pm
Old Chicago Pizza (Marsh Road)

Saturday Mornings – ML
11 am
The Avenue Cafe

– The Rest of the Sundry –

Site Updates

The NaNoWriMo site is set to update on October 1, 2013, including clearing out our old threads and adding a bunch of cool new things. Once everything is up and shiny we’ll drop you a regional message on some of those cool new things and brand spanking new 2013 threads.

Tell us more!

We would love to hear from you on what you would like out of your NaNo this year. Waiting with eager anticipation for the return of the Guilt Monkeys? Hoping for a mid-month write-a-thon? Looking for a write-in in another part of town? Let us know by taking a couple of minutes to fill out this survey with your hopes, dreams, and fears for this November.

Also, if you were with us last year and didn’t have a chance to fill out our end of year survey there’s still time! Go here to fill it out now.

We’re super excited for this year and hope that you are too!

Alaina (A_Rachelle)
& Annette (Contemplative Cat)
Co-Municipal Liasions, USA::Michigan::Lansing

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This is a slightly edited version of a regional broadcast message originally sent out through the NaNoWriMo site on October 1, 2013.

2013 NaNoLansing Prep Events Are Coming!

2013 NaNoLansing Prep Events Are Coming!

30 days 23 hours 31 minutes until NaNoWrimo2013 begins. Are you ready?

If not, never fear. We have a great line-up of prep events to help get you in the spirit and get you writing ready for November 1st.

“Are You Ready to NaNoWriMo?” Workshop

October 5, 2pm
The Avenue

This event is courtesy of the Capital City Writer’s Association and our very own PoetryGirl73. She’s done a fabulous job putting together this intro/brush-up to NaNo and we encourage you to invite your friends to come out and learn more.

Finding Your Vision with Inspiration Boards

October 10, 7pm
The Avenue

Join us for a fun evening of cutting, pasting and bringing your vision to life with an inspiration board. Before you have a panic attack, no, we do not expect you to know what your main character (MC) prefers for breakfast or their goal in life or even who they are. The idea of an inspiration board is to find images, words, etc. that jive with you and the world you’re going for so that you can revisit them when you get stuck in the writing process. You can use this time to refine and visualize a world and characters that you’ve already decided or as a starting point for this year’s novel.

P.S. If you have an old magazines lying around please feel free to bring them along. The more options the better!

The Plot Thickens

October 17, 7pm
Grand Traverse Pie Company (E. Lansing)

Whether you prefer plot points or a detailed outline, this is an opportune time to decide what your story actually is about (instead of on Oct. 31st at 11:55 pm).

Breathing Life Into Your Characters

October 24, 7pm
The Avenue

As most NaNo vets can tell you, when you’ve lost the plot and the story is just not moving the way you want it’s the characters that help you find you way – even if its by misbehaving. We’ll take this time to discover and flesh out the characters that will move the plot along.

There you have it – our October line-up. We hope to see you there!