Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Final Stretch

The Final Stretch

Only 12 hours left of NaNoWriMo 2013. I may be in a little bit of denial about that.

Since there’s so little time left, I’m just going to get on to the important bits. Here are some things we wanted to remind you about.

Names and Nominations

We have decided to extend voting for wrimo awards and Rhino names through midnight tonight! If you aren’t sure of a fellow wrimo’s username, tell us what you can to describe them (name, novel type, which write-ins they came to) and we’ll try our best to match them up.

To vote for and nominate fellow wrimos, go here.

Then go here to vote for your favorite rhino name.

Last Blast to Get Your Words In!

Tonight!
Old Chicago
Okemos
7pm to midnightish

Celebrate the last few hours of NaNo, get in those last few words, pass guilt monkeys and more at our Last Blast!

Check out this thread for more details.

There’s also a write- in going on RIGHT NOW at the E. Lansing Grand Traverse Pie Company until 2pm.

TGIO Party on Sunday

Sunday, December 1
Haslett Library
1:30 to 4:30 pm

-Validate Your Novel-
You haven’t officially won NaNo until the word count validator says so.  For step by step information on how to do that (with visuals), check out our Winning NaNoWriMo FAQ thread.

-Shout out your Success!-
Share yours or someone else’s win with the rest of us at the Winner’s Hall of Fame thread.

Carry on now and Good Luck!

Alaina (A_Rachelle) and Annette (Contemplative Cat)
Co-Municipal Liaisons  USA::Michigan::Lansing

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Week 4 – The Week of Valor and Completion

Week 4 – The Week of Valor and Completion

We’re in the last week of NaNoWriMo.  Some of us are blazing trails with our novels, others are ahead of schedule, still others are running a little behind and others are looking at their word counts wondering if they should just shuck it all now.  Regardless of where we are, the end of this week marks the completion of our NaNo journey.

If you’re one of the ahead of schedule folks, congratulations!  You can rest in your accomplishments or use the energy of the week to finish your novel – which is my plan.

If you find yourself behind in the game, you can draw upon the strength of the ninja to forge ahead toward the end, diligently writing every day seeing your word counts rise.

If you feel so far behind, you're unsure you can catch up, you don’t have to give up.  If you still want to go for it, remember that magical things have happened in the last week of NaNo.  Several fearless Ninja Wrimos have made it into the hall of records by writing more than half their novel during the last few days of the month.  You too could find yourself in the annuls of amazing.  If you have the will, you can make it happen.

Like a ninja be ingenious and find creative ways to get your words in.  Is it time for a journal entry?  Will your MC break out in song?  Should they daydream what they are planning and in the process lay out your future plot points.  There are all kinds of creative ways to increase your word count and now is the time to use them – no holds barred.  We will cheer you on every step of the way!

Perhaps you just don't have it in you to try for the 50K.  Regardless of where you are in your process, your bravery brought forth a new creation.  There is no failure.  You've succeeded in writing more words than you would have before this month began.  You can feel proud of that.  So Yea You!  Celebrate!

Activities for the week:

Happy Thanksgiving! 
Holidays give many of us time off from school and work.  Write in between bites of turkey and pie and watch your word counts rise.

Virtual Write Ins:
Check out the chat rooms.  I’ll be there on and off throughout the week and even if our chat room is quiet, you can jump in on other regional word wars.  It's a great way to motivate yourself to get more words written.

Write Ins:

  • Saturday 11-30 11 am to 2 pm Pie Factory EL
  • Saturday 11-30 7 pm to Midnight – Last Blast Get Your Words In Party and Write In – Old Chicago.

Even if you’ve reached your 50K, you can still write with us – and pass out those last guilt monkeys.  😉  It’s always a blast to wring in the 1st together.  I have new prizes for our Cauldron of Doom word sprints and candy. Lots of candy.  😛

TGIO Party:

Sunday 12-1 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm will be our TGIO Party at the Haslett Library.

  • Book exchange – bring a book to share.
  • Nominate fellow wrimos here.  We'll be passing out award certificates at the party (and will have .pdfs available on our website for those unable to attend.)
  • Prizes for Guilt Monkeys
  • Win your very own NaNoRhino
  • It's a pot luck.  Please let us know what you're bringing here.
  • RSVP here.

Validate Your Novel:
You haven't officially won NaNo until the word count validator says so.  For step by step information on how to do that (with visuals), check out our Winning NaNoWriMo FAQ thread.

Shout out your Success!
Share yours or someone else's win with the rest of us at the Winner's Hall of Fame thread.

Cheering you all on at the finish line!  (Where ever that winds up being for you.)

Annette (Contemplative Cat) and Alaina (A_Rachelle)
Co-Municipal Liaisons  USA::Michigan::Lansing

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Week Three – Practice Perseverance

Week Three – Practice Perseverance

Week three has well and truly begun, my Wrimos. We have passed the midpoint. Some have battled in Midway. Some have stunned us all with their writing speed (and in so doing heard only the most loving of ‘I hate you’s). Some of us have had ‘life’ happen throughout our first few weeks of NaNo and cannot believe it’s already so late in the month. We could really use a good 5,000 or 10,000 word day.

I say us because I am totally with you guys. These last few weeks have been hectic and crazy and despite getting a cushion in early on my word count is showing it.

This week is all about perseverance. We’ve crossed through week one of excitement and week two of the doldrums. Next week will be a race to the finish, but this week is about getting it done.

Ninjas had a lot of different skills that they mastered, among them perseverance and patience. They learned techniques like uzura-gakure, which is to curl into a ball and remain still so as to be taken for a rock. They carved out footholds and climbed walls and disguised themselves to blend into their surroundings. None of these are simple skills and, personally, I’m not sure I could stay in a ball long enough to be taken for a rock.

That’s where perseverance comes in.

Keep your eye on the prize. What do you want to have at the end of the month? 15,000 words? 50,000 words? 100,000 words? Whatever it is, hold tight to it and persevere (and back up your novel). Take each day and conquer it. Your characters may be running amok. Your plot line may be shifting. Never the less, persevere. We believe in you.

If you need some Ninja Tools to help you out, check out Contemplative Cat’s message from Week Two.

– Write-Ins –

Thursday Night – ML
Old Chicago Pizza
Okemos
7-10pm

Saturday Morning – ML
Grand Traverse Pie Company
East Lansing
11am-2pm

– The Rest –

Fundraising

Congrats, everyone! We have surpassed our first fundraising goal! As Contemplative Cat and I promised, there will be a video. What the video contains will depend upon what happens between now and the 30th. You are close to getting dancing. A little further off from some Kung Foo Fighting.

Watch out for news and updates here.

TGIO Party

Mark your calendars (if you haven’t already)! The TGIO party is coming up on December 1 and we would love to see you all there.

Check out this thread to get all the details.

That’s all for today. Happy writing!

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

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Originally broadcast Nov. 19, 2013.

Week 2 – Channeling Your Inner Ninja

Week 2 – Channeling Your Inner Ninja

Welcome to Week 2, fellow Wrimos!

As of this writing, collectively we have written 2,162,561 words.  Wow!  Over TWO MILLION words!  Those are words that never would have been written without NaNoWriMo.  We have over 300 writing warriors forging a trail through heroic and creative endeavors.  We’ve been going strong!

And then week 2 hits.

This is a time when many things can happen.  Perhaps your characters have decided that they don’t know what to do?  Maybe you’re starting to wonder why you even started this whole crazy thing?  Possibly you haven’t really even started and are thinking about just chucking it all. Or it could be that you’re looking at someone else’s word counts and instead of being motivated, feel you’ll never get there. Or perchance you’re still so excited about your novel that you just don’t want to stop writing.

If you fall into the “it’s too difficult” category right now, then this is the time to draw upon your inner ninja.

Ninjas are fierce.  They are honor driven and they don’t let fear and negativity slow them down.  Ninjas forge ahead against all obstacles and never give up until they meet their objective.  They are resourceful too and they will use any tool they can find along the way.

Now is the time to gather all of your Ninja Tools and use them.

  • Pull out your plot ninja rescue ring and find one to incorporate into your plot.  (If you didn’t get one and would like one, send me a PM and let me know when you’ll be at a write in and I’ll see if I can get one to you.)
  • Take your plastic plot ninja and set him by you as you write to remind you that you can do this!  (We have more of these available as prizes for winning Cauldron of Doom sprints at our write ins.)
  • If you need extra encouragement, collect all of the plot ninjas and have them lined up protecting you from the “I can’t do this” villainous thoughts that creep in.
  • Try out a challenge in our challenge thread.
  • Come to a write in.  We will be meeting this week on Thursday 11-14 from 7-10 pm at Old Chicago in Okemos.
  • Do a writing marathon and plan on heading up with us to Saginaw on Saturday the 16th for the Battle of Midway and use that time to catch up on your words.
  • Join us in the chat room and do word wars online.  Instructions can be found here.
  • Strive to win the award for most guilt monkeys passed along and let that motivate you.
  • Post something on the Faces thread and watch your word counts rise on the graph with others.
  • Enlist the help of others in the Pimp My Plot thread.
  • Remind yourself that even famous authors go through the I can’t do this doldrums by reading one of the best week 2 pep talks I’ve read by Neil Gaiman.

So channel your inner Ninja.  Honor the story that is forming and keep writing.  Be persistent and like the ninja, you will push through the obstacles of week 2 and come through victorious!

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

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On Prizes, Faces and Other News

On Prizes, Faces and Other News

Hello, NaNoLansing! I send you greetings from the Land of Penn (as in William Penn).

There were a few things that I had intended to get out to your before heading out, but alas, twas not to be. Thusly, here are your updates:

– Fundraising Prizes –

As promised we have a list of ways that Contemplative Cat and I are willing to potentially humiliate ourselves should our region reach certain fundraising goals by midnight on November 30th.

$1000 – Music video of ML’s song choice
$1100 – Guilt Monkey Boogie
$1200 – “Kung Foo Fighting”
$1300 – Region choice for song
$1400 – Original NaNoWriMo Parody Video (song choice TBD)

The resulting music video (should we reach $1000) will be posted to YouTube and sent out to region following its completion.

A post will be up on this in the forum shortly.

– Faces Thread –

The Face Thread is a way to be added to a Regional Word Count Graph. It’s pretty cool and you can both scope it out and add yourself to it here.

– NaNoLansing Chat Room –

The chat room is live! Several of us participated in a lovely swapping of word wars with Great Britain :: Liverpool last Sunday. While there *may* have been joking about the invasion of the Americans, fun was had on all sides.

To learn more and how to register, go here.

– Guilt Monkeys –

I plan to update the Guilt Monkey chart tomorrow morning, so go here to register any Guilt Monkey transfers that you haven’t yet from tonight or last week’s write-ins and then check out the stats here tomorrow.

– Upcoming Write-Ins –

Saturday Morning- ML
Grand Traverse Pie Company
East Lansing
11 am – 2 pm

Parking should be far better this week.

Monday Night – Library
CADL Downtown Branch
5:30-8:30pm

Have a great week and happy writing to you all!

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

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This message was originally sent November 7, 2013.

Week One – Shinobi

Week One – Shinobi

Happy 12:01, everybody, and welcome to Week One of NaNo 2013!

As Contemplative Cat and I were planning for this year we decided that on a local level we would be celebrating the year of the ninja.

Ninjas are an interesting group when you look back at their history, but what caught my attention about them going into this first week was their name. While we here in the west call them ninjas, according to Wikipedia it’s native kun’yomi kanji reading is pronounced shinobi – a connotation of “to steal away” and “to forbear”.

What does that have to do with NaNo?

As we go into this month we all have goals of what we would like to have when our 30 days come to a close. There will be days when writer’s block strikes, when your characters revolt, and when you realize you’ve somehow completely lost the plot.

Like the ninja, we’ll need to steal away. We’ll need to find those places where we become invisible to the world and the world to us so that we can reach our goals. There are things that we’re going to need to resist and go into avoidance maneuvers so that we don’t get off track. Some days our patience will be tested (see the writer’s block, etc. above) but if we focus and persevere then at the end of the month we’re going to have done something that’s magic – just like the fabled abilities of the ninjas of old.

Now that I’ve written far more than intended, here are our upcoming write-ins for the week…

First Day (aka today)
Grand Traverse Pie Company
East Lansing
11am-4pm

Check Twitter for updates as the day progresses

Saturday Afternoon – ML
Grand Traverse Pie Company
East Lansing
1-4pm

This will be a morning write-in the rest of the Saturdays.

Monday Night – Library
CADL Downtown Branch
5:30-8:30pm

Thursday Night – ML
Old Chicago Pizza
Okemos
7-10pm

– The Rest –

Name The Rhinos

We want to make sure you all get a chance to chip in, so check out this thread on naming our friendly NaNoRhino mascots.

Fundraising

Curious about the Tardis? A broke wrimo who would like to get a halo? Clink the links to find out more.

Also, region fundraising rewards will be going up this week, so keep an eye out for the thread. We’re finalizing details, but I can tell you that our rewards start at $1000. That’s $5.35 a homed member based on our current numbers, but it also includes Tardis donations, silent auction funds, etc.

That’s all for now, so get writing!

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 November 1, 2013.