Monthly Archives: October 2016

Welcome to our 4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry!

Welcome to our 4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry!

4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry
House Heads: Annette/Contemplative Cat (Gryffindor), Beth/lachattefatale (Ravenclaw), Heather/kdskid007 (Hufflepuff), Lori/Flyleaf (Slytherin)

This year we are joining with 3 other regions in a combined group experience.  The mechanics of NaNo remain the same, but there is some added fun with friendly competitions between houses.  You can read more about it here.

Bold Gryffindor from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin from fen.
~ J.K. Rowling

Dear Wrimo Word Wizard,

We’re all of the sort to be sorted, and some may be unsorted yet, but your region’s ML has been sort of sorted, whether by truth or by circumstance. Each one represents a strong House, whether shrewd, sweet, bold, or fair. And each one will host a Common Room (Slytherin’s more of a lair). We’ll all share an intro and a quick hello, and hope you’re the sort who’ll drop in once you’re sorted to visit your own Common Room.

Beth/lachattefatale: RAVENCLAW- USA::Oregon::Albany-Corvallis
I’m Beth, and I’m a Ravenpuff. That is, when I take online Harry Potter quizzes, I usually score about 50% Ravenclaw, 48% Hufflepuff, 2%Gryffindor, and a lot of please-not-Slytherin-thank-you. I’ll be your head of Ravenclaw House this November, and you can join the best, most scholarly novelists in the Ravenclaw Common Room to meet other Ravenclaw writers from Oregon, Michigan, and Massachusetts. My co-ML and Head Prefect of Ravenclaw, Jen/Scrollwork will also be on hand to help demonstrate that even though we Ravenclaws are all lofty intellectuals (ha!), we know how to have a good time.

Annette/Contemplative Cat: GRYFFINDOR- USA::Michigan::Lansing
When I’ve taken sorting tests, I tend to fall closely between several houses.  Some days I’m more Gryffindor, others more Ravenclaw with the other two houses popping up occasionally.  But as the head of Gryffindor, I’ll bravely and loyally assist you, my fellow Gryffindorians, with all of my heart.  My Co-ML, Courtney (YuOfOwari22) will be assisting as our Head Prefect and although she has sorted in different houses, she will faithfully help all of our brave Gryffindor Word Wizards too.  Like Lori, this is my 10th year doing NaNo and my 5th as an ML.  (Pretty cool that we both started at the same time.)  Hopefully this will be my tenth win too.  (Don’t want to break that winning streak.) This 4 region endeavor is something we’ve never done before and it’s so very exciting.  I hope you have just as much fun with this as we’ve had planning it for you all!  So join our daring and courageous group as we forge ahead in this adventure called NaNoWriMo and don’t forget to come hang out in our Gryffindor tower.  The fire is blazing, the chairs are comfy and the view is wonderful!

Heather/kdskid007: HUFFLEPUFF- USA::Michigan::Flint
Hey all! I’m Heather, co-ML of Michigan’s Flint region. My fellow MLs, Meg and Wendi, and I all tend to get sorted into other houses (I have a mighty snake within my soul) but we all believe that writers are people of all sorts, and Hufflepuff aligns with that view, so we are thrilled to be heading Hufflepuff House. I’ve been at NaNo since 2008, and have been an ML of Flint since 2012. Wendi has been my co since 2013, and Meg was our unofficial ML in 2012, moved to Japan to teach for a couple years, and re-joined us on the ML team in 2015. Once you’re sorted, stop on by our Hufflepuff Common Room and chat with your fellow Badgers. (Even if you’re not in Hufflepuff, stop by our other threads and chat up our wrimos. They’re a friendly bunch.)

Lori/Flyleaf: SLYTHERIN- USA::Massachusetts::Cape Cod
I’ve never completely fit in any one group and Hogwarts is no exception. Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw and Slytherin, an extended quiz placed me in Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff. I call myself a RavenSlytherPuff, but I’m channeling my Slytherin side for the month of November. And I can’t wait. 10 years as a NaNoWriMo, 5 years as an ML, this is the one I’m looking forward to most. I’ll be working on fresh rewrites for my completely restructured steampunk/dreampunk Alice interactive adventure while living as a noveling wizard who’s getting in touch with her inner Bellatrix. Yep, We’re All Mad Here. Slytherins, come join the madness, uh… fun in our dungeon. The password rhymes with cake. (Feel free to bring cake. Or butterbeer. Love that stuff.)
“You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that.” -Rowling

Yours sincerely,
Annette/Contemplative Cat, Courtney/YuOfOwari22: GRYFFINDOR- USA::Michigan::Lansing
Beth (Elizabeth)/ lachattefatale, Jen/Scrollwork: RAVENCLAW- USA::Oregon::Albany-Corvallis
Heather/kdskid007, Meg/BlackberrySpark, Wendi/cgirl1979: HUFFLEPUFF- USA::Michigan::Flint
Lori/Flyleaf: SLYTHERIN- USA::Massachusetts::Cape Cod

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Lansing Regional Announcements

Online – Ring In NaNo Write In with your MLs
Come join your MLs in our online regional chat room 10-31-16 from 11 pm to 1 am.
We’ll help each other get started a jump start on our words.
You will need to register if you haven’t done so already.

Prefer an in person event tonight?
Join Hillary-Noelle at the EL IHop on Grand River Ave. 10-31-16 beginning at 11 pm and going until 1:30ish.

Other ML sponsored Write Ins:
Please check this thread for the latest updates on ML sponsored write ins and our regional calendar listed on our regional forum for all of the local write ins that we know of.

Want more online write ins?
Please fill out this survey to let us know your preferred times.

Need/want to be sorted?
Check out this thread for more information.

Want to graphically see how your word count compares with your fellow wrimos?
Post something on our NaNoLansing Friendly Competitive Word Count Graph- Faces

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An Owl Arrives

An Owl Arrives

You think you hear something fluttering behind you and turn to look, but nothing is there.  As you return to what you were doing, a tingling sensation runs down your arms and your breathing catches in your chest.  Once again, you turn around, then shake your head when still you see nothing. It’s just my creativity kicking in with all of my NaNo prep, you say to yourself.  But your quickening heart tells another story.

With a deep breath, you slowly move your body back to your desk, but let out a gasp.  A big snowy owl is fluttering just above your head!  And what’s that?  Could that be a letter?  As soon as the owl sees you’ve noticed the missive, it drops it on your desk and flies up to rest on your window sill.  Nervous and curious, you pick up the envelope and it opens itself to reveal this letter…

NaNo School of Wordcraft and Novelry
50,000 NaNo Way
Creativetown, USA

Dear Word Wizard,

We are pleased to announce that you have been accepted into the NaNo School of Wordcraft and Novelry.

The term starts on November 1st and your orientation to discuss information about your month long adventure will be October 30 from 2-5 pm at The Avenue Café.  (In muggle terms, the NaNoLansing Kick Off.  Click link for more information.)

We await your owl via the rsvp form no later than 10-28.

Sincerely,

Your Word Wizard Professors – aka MLs
Annette (Contemplative Cat)
Courtney (YuOfOwari22)

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Your first write in of the term will be online.

Ring In NaNo Wordcraft Write In.
Monday October 31 – 11 pm to Tuesday November 1 – 1 am.
NaNoLansing Chat Room.
If you are not already signed up, please follow the instructions in this thread.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Last Pre-NaNo Workshop and RSVP REMINDER! Yo yo!

Last Pre-NaNo Workshop and RSVP REMINDER! Yo yo!

Hello Everyone,

One week, one week, one week! Wheeee!

We’ve been busy bees working on all the last minute preparations for the Kick Off Celebration and coming Month of Magic!  Details about our activities for the month will finally be out this week, so keep an eye on your USA::Michigan::Lansing regional emails!  😉

Pre-NaNo Preparatory Workshops:

Thank you to all who came to our last workshop! We had another great turn out and I hope the information was of use to everyone. We’ve got one more coming up this week, so hopefully we’ll see faces new and familiar!

** Thursday 10-27-16 from 7-9:30 pm in the group room at Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos,
What is NaNoWriMo and Tips to Win
Whether you are brand new and going “NaNoWhatO?” or a seasoned veteran, please join us for an evening of sharing the best tips to prepare for a fun-filled winning month.

Lastly – and EXTREMELY IMPORTANT~~~!

Kick Off Celebration!
Our kick off celebration will be Sunday 10-30-16 from 2-5pm at the Avenue Cafe – 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing.  This is going to be an extra special event where we will have food, games, a silent auction, and details about our enchanting month long activities!  Plus you will have an opportunity to begin your adventure during the event!  You won’t want to miss this!

We need an accurate count though and our goodies this year are quite time intensive to make, so please don’t wait to RSVP.  Do it now!  I’m serious, friends! Our goody bags will be truly awe-inspiring this year and the festivities grand enough to match!  😀

Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 28th in order to ensure you receive a goody bag. As impressive as they have been in the past, this year really takes the cake – so don’t miss out!

Also, let us know if you can bring any food at our Kick Off Thread. Thanks!

Excitedly yours,
Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
along with Annette aka Contemplative Cat
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaisons (ML) aka your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the know.

Find us online! 
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2 weeks till the Magic Begins!!! Workshops/Kick Off RSVP/General Information

2 weeks till the Magic Begins!!! Workshops/Kick Off RSVP/General Information

Hello Everyone,

Can you believe it’s only 2 weeks until the Magic that is NaNoWriMo begins?  It’s so exciting!

Your NaNoLansing MLs continue to be hard at work to help you prepare for our enchanting month.  We’ll be revealing the long awaited details next week so keep an eye on your USA::Michigan::Lansing regional emails.  😉

Pre-NaNo Preparatory Workshops:

Our first workshop last week was a great success with about 20 wrimos (that’s participants of NaNoWriMo, for those who don’t know) who came to learn one of the secrets that make the Harry Potter series so wildly successful.  Thank you everyone for coming!

More workshops!

** Tomorrow!   Wednesday 10-19-16 from 7-9:30 pm in the group room at Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos

How Characters Add Depth to Your Story
Come join us as we learn how characters are the backbone of any good story. In this workshop, we will explore ways to develop characters, to learn who your characters are, what is their purpose, and to use your characters to drive your story onward!

** Thursday 10-27-16 from 7-9:30 pm in the group room at Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos,

What is NaNoWriMo and Tips to Win
Whether you are brand new and going “NaNoWhatO?” or a seasoned veteran, please join us for an evening of sharing the best tips to prepare for a fun-filled winning month.

Kick Off Celebration!
Our kick off celebration will be Sunday 10-30-16 from 2-5pm at the Avenue Cafe.  This is going to be an extra special event where we will have food, games, a silent auction and details about our enchanting month long activities!  Plus you will have an opportunity to begin your adventure during the event!  You won’t want to miss this!

We need an accurate count though and our goodies this year are quite time intensive to make, so please don’t wait to RSVP.  Do it now!  Click the link right now and RSVP at this google doc before you forget.  😉

Also, let us know if you can bring any food at our Kick Off Thread. Thanks!

General Information
There can be a lot of new information and strange code words that we throw around.  If you are a newbie or just want a refresher or to see what’s new this year, please check out our Info – NaNo 101 A Primer of Definitions Thread.

Excitedly yours,
Annette aka Contemplative Cat
along with Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaisons (ML) aka your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the loop.

Find us online! 
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NaNoLansing.org
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NaNo Prep Workshop Reminders, Kick Off Party RSVP, Introductions

NaNo Prep Workshop Reminders, Kick Off Party RSVP, Introductions

Workshop reminder
This Thursday – October 13, 2016 from 7-9:30 we will be having a workshop entitled What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Plotting at the Old Chicago Group Room – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Come join us and learn one of the tools that J.K. Rowling used to make her novels so successful.

Kick Off!
Please RSVP for our 2016 NaNoLansing Kick Off which will be Sunday October 30 from 2-5 at the Avenue Cafe – 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912.  We need to know how many goodie bags to make, so please rsvp by Thursday 10-27.

We’ll be having a potluck again and have started a post for you to let us know what you will be bringing.

Also, please bring along something to donate for the silent auction (and money) as we’ll be doing that again this year.  For more information, please visit our Kick Off thread.

More workshops:
Using Characters to Add Depth to Your StoryWednesday October19 from 7-9:30 at the Old Chicago Group Room – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Characters are the backbone of any good story. In this workshop, we will explore ways to develop characters, to learn who your characters are and what is their purpose, and to use your characters to drive your story onward!

What is NaNoWriMo and Tips to WinThursday October 27 from 7-9:30 at the Old Chicago Group Room – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Whether you are brand new and going “NaNoWhatO?” or a seasoned veteran, please join us for an evening of sharing the best tips to prepare for a fun-filled winning month.

Introductions:
Please take a moment to come introduce yourself in our introduction thread.  We’d love to get to know you!

Preppingly Yours,
Annette aka Contemplative Cat
along with Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaisons (ML) aka your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the loop.

Find us online! 
Our Forums
NaNoLansing.org
Facebook
Twitter