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Here We Are – Our Final Pep Talk of 2016! I’m not crying, you’re crying!

Here We Are – Our Final Pep Talk of 2016! I’m not crying, you’re crying!

Hey there NaNoLansing!

Just a few quick announcements before we head to our ::sob:: last four-region pep talk, this time from Hufflepuff!

ML Sponsored Events:

  • Write In at Biggby Holt, Tuesday 11-29, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Last Blast Get Your Words In Write In at Old Chicago, Okemos, Wednesday 11-30, 9 pm to Midnight
  • TGIO Party at Okemos Libary, Saturday 12-3, 2 pm to 5 pm. Check out the forum post to learn more about our end of the month bash! We will have food, awesome door prizes, and awards! Don’t forget to RSVP so we can plan accordingly!

Come Write In Events:

  • Monday 11-28 Delta Township Library Come Write In  4 pm to 6 pm.

Other Fun Stuff:

Speaking of House Points….
And Slytherin has taken the lead! Hufflepuff is close behind and can still cinch the gap! Of course, we still have a few days and with these numbers, it’s anyone’s game! Come on everyone! Fight, fight!

Here are the current standings:
1st – Slytherin – 10650
2nd – Hufflepuff – 10465
3rd – Ravenclaw – 10085
4th – Gryffindor – 10055

Best of luck finishing out the month!

Your house Gryffindor MLs
Annette (Contemplative Cat) and Courtney (YuOfOwari22)

And now – Onto this week’s uplifting pep talk from Hufflepuff!

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

Dear Wrimo,

You made it through the month! Through this up and down filled adventure, you didn’t give up. You kept your head held high, your fingers agile, and your creativity flowing. You didn’t allow life to totally derail your writing efforts, though it sure did try. No matter where your final word count landed, you can hold that fact up as proof to the world that you. Are. A. Writer. You have more words written now than you did a month ago, and that’s not something just anyone can say.

We in Hufflepuff are loyal, and you have done an excellent job in remaining loyal to your novel. (Though admittedly, you may have strayed once or twice. I certainly did!) We are not just the House of leftovers, and neither are you and your novel. Every single word you have written makes you a writer, whether it was in plot outlines, character sketches, or the task of putting words on the page.

Don’t give up now, when you’re so close to the finish line. If you haven’t written in a couple of days thanks to all the holiday madness that’s been going on, ignore that. Sit down and crank out a few words, for like five minutes. Then take a break and write some more. You can do this! Strive for as close to 50k as you can, strive to break 50k. To quote the Sorting Hat from The Sorcerer’s Stone:

You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;

So toil away, wrimos! 50k might be a bit of a stretch, but don’t let that deter you. There are still a few days left in the month, and that goal isn’t entirely out of reach. Whether you’re native to Hufflepuff, have been transplanted for the month, or are in a different house entirely, follow Hufflepuff’s example and don’t give up. We have faith in you, and know that you can do this.

You’ve got this!

~Heather (kdskid007), Meg (BlackberrySpark), and Wendi (cgirl1979)
House Heads of Hufflepuff House


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Channel Your Inner Clever and Resourceful Self!

Channel Your Inner Clever and Resourceful Self!

Hey there NaNoLansing!

Just a few quick announcements before we head to our clever pep talk from Slytherin!

ML Sponsored Events:

  • Word Wizardry Write In – this Sunday from 12 to 5:30.  There’s still space left, so please join us for a day of word wizardry fun.  RSVP here.
  • Monday Virtual ML Sponsored write in 8 pm to 10 pm

Come Write In Events:

  • Tomorrow Saturday 11-19, the Okemos Public Library has an all day write in with coffee and tea.  9 am to 7 pm.
  • Monday 11-21 Delta Township Library Come Write In  4 pm to 6 pm.  There may be authors there discussing the craft.

Other Fun Stuff:

Speaking of House Points….
Hufflepuff remains in 1st place, however in a neck and neck race, Slytherin has overtaken Ravenclaw for second place and our brave, but needs more stupendousness, Gryffindor remains in 4th place.  (We can do it, Gryffs!  Come to write ins!  Do something awesome!)   *cough, cough* so back to the results…

1st – Hufflepuff – 7334
2nd – Slytherin – 6846
3rd – Ravenclaw – 6785
4th – Gryffindor – 6502

Your house Gryffindor MLs
Annette (Contemplative Cat) and Courtney (YuOfOwari22)

And now – Onto the brilliantly cunning and creative pep talk from Slytherin!

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


Dear Wrimos,

We’re well into November and the end may be coming a tad too quickly for some. Now is the time to channel your inner serpent and call on a few Slytherin traits. No matter which House you call home, you may need a dose of cleverness, a dash of resourcefulness, a pinch of determination, and “a certain disregard for the rules.”

The NaNo forums are here to help. Check out the Reaching 50,000! Section, where you’ll find Tips & Tricks, NaNo Dares, Scenes to Up Your Word Count, and more. You’ll also discover that none of this is actually against the rules, but don’t let that stop you.

Want a few quick tips from the forum, right here in your inbox? Give these a shot:
– Find and replace all the contractions with full words. Ex: “wasn’t” becomes “was not”.
– Give your main character a ridiculously long title and be sure it’s used every time. Ex: The Supremely Awesome Yet Gloriously Humble But Non Self Deprecating Exact Right Amount of Self Confidence Perfect Mary Sue.
– Accept a ridiculous dare and write a quick scene that is not part of the story. You may be surprised at how quickly you can write when you know it doesn’t matter. And you just may end up discovering something about your characters in the process.

For those of you who’ve hit the 50k or are well on the way, I salute you. Your timely resourcefulness and determination have served you well. Bravo! Keep cheering the rest of us on, if you will, and let’s do our noveling wizardry school proud.

Your Slytherin Head of House,

ML Cape Cod, Massachusetts


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Week 2 – Just keep writing~ Just keep writing~~ (With House Points update!)

Week 2 – Just keep writing~ Just keep writing~~ (With House Points update!)

NaNoLansing Events!

Word Wizardry Write In!
We still have space available for people at our Word Wizards Write In this Sunday Nov 20 from noon-5:30.  We have prizes every hour!  Plus our group outing to see Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Please RSVP ASAP so we can be sure there is space!

Other ML sponsored Write Ins:
Monday 11-14:  Virtual Write- In 10 am to noon
Tuesday 11-15 Biggby Holt  2:30 to 4:30 pm
Thursday 11-17 Old Chicago 7 pm to 10 pm.

Other Write Ins:
Monday 11-14:  Come Write In – Delta Township Library 6 -7:30 pm
Saturday 11-19:  All Day!  Come Write In – Okemos Public Library 9 am to 7 pm

Other Important Dates:
Monday 11-14 – Back Up Your Novel Day!
Thursday 11-17 – ML Appreciation Day


And now – our week 2 pep talk compliments of Ravenclaw Head Professor lachattefatale – Beth!

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

Hello, witches and wizards! It is I, Beth, the Head of Ravenclaw House.

This letter is late.

I found out last week something that I had always known but which perhaps had not quite hit home; nimble wits do not always equal nimble fingers. I spilled near-boiling coffee on my arm, burning myself badly enough to require medical attention, and I’ve been unable to type most of the past week. My wordcount (and this letter) have suffered as a result.

But even though this is a hard lesson for me, maybe you can learn from my mistake. First, be extremely careful around anything labeled ‘hot’, even if you think the warning labels are silly. Second, no matter what happens to your wordcount, keep writing. No, I probably won’t make it to 50,000 words this year. My new challenge is to see how many words I can still cram in. If you’ve had some bad days or a bad week, no matter the reason, just keep writing with me.

Remember, we’re Ravenclaws. Even the three quarters of you who aren’t Ravenclaws have a little sliver of clever-witty-bookish in your hearts. We can use those clever brains to manage our time well going forward, and we can use that wit to start tying up our plot holes. Most of all, we can use our love of books to write books, so hop to it. (Figuratively. Do not spill your coffee.)


House Standings!

Hufflepuff has overtaken Ravenclaw, but Ravenclaw is a close second.  Slytherin has slid to 3rd place and although Gryffindor has closed the gap, it is still trailing behind in 4th place.

Keep writing everyone!  Come to the write ins!  Our points will start flying!

Hufflepuff – 5782
Ravenclaw – 5200
Slytherin – 4950
Gryffindor – 4882

Encouragingly yours,
Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
along with Annette aka Contemplative Cat
Your Heads of Gryffindor aka Municipal Liaisons


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Bravely Forge Ahead (with house points update!)

Bravely Forge Ahead (with house points update!)

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

Hello fellow word wizards,

We are nearing the end of week 1 of our daring and courageous experience called NaNoWriMo.

Week 1 is the time of enthusiasm, passion, hope and excitement.  It is a valiant task to embark upon writing 50,000 words in a month, but one which many past word wizards like yourself have achieved and one which you can too!

How are you doing?  Are you feeling the excitement and bravely forging ahead?  Have you gone to your house common rooms and sought out the camaraderie that is gained with your fellow housemates?  Are you needing some encouragement?

Your fearless house professors (aka regional Municipal Liaisons – MLs) are here to help you achieve your goals and have many potions, spells, threads and words of wisdom to guide you through this process.  The more you immerse yourself in the experience, the better you will be able to achieve your goal, so be fearless.  Attend your write ins, use your spells, converse with fellow word wizardry students in the forums and forge ahead!  You are sure to feel a newfound sense of confidence and strength – and there might be some house points in it too.  😉

And speaking of house points….

Our current standings are:

Ravenclaw – 2442
Hufflepuff -2440
Slytherin – 2190
Gryffindor – 1814

So dear word wizards, we leave you with these words of Dumbledore,

Your house Gryffindor Professors aka USA::Michigan::Lansing MLs,

Professor Contemplative Cat (Annette) and
Professor YuOfOwari22 (Courtney)

PS.  If you haven’t yet been assigned to one of the Harry Potter houses and would like to fully immerse yourself into this magical month, please contact your regional professor aka Municipal Liaison.


NaNoLansing ML Sponsored Events:

Virtual Write In – Monday November 7 from 8 to 10 pm.  NaNoLansing Chat RoomMust be registered first.
Write In – Thursday November 10th from 7-10 pm Old Chicago

Other events (Not ML sponsored):
Come Write In – Monday November 7 from 6-7:30 pm Delta Township Library
All Day Write In with Alexandria Sure and Chelle Labelle– Saturday November 12 from 10 am to 3 pm – Foster, Swift Collins & Smith.

Battle of Midway – House Points available
Saturday November 12 from 10:30 to 4:30 Grand Blanc.  Please RSVP here asap and Post here for carpooling.

NaNo Selfie Day!
On Friday November 11, take a picture of yourself writing and post on twitter (#NaNoSelfie16) or our NaNo Selfie Day Thread.  If you post on twitter, be sure to come back to the thread and let us know.  There will be house points available!

In Other news:
Our Double Up Donation Day was an astounding Success!
Thank you everyone who donated!  We can all be proud of the money that we as a region have raised for NaNoWriMo.

Thank you also to our wonderful in-kind donors who have donated items and their spaces so we can enjoy our events:

You all make NaNoWriMo great!


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Double Up Donation Day – Double Up Goodies, Double Up House Points

Double Up Donation Day – Double Up Goodies, Double Up House Points

This Saturday 11-5-16 is Double Up Donation Day.  You may have received the email from HQ about this, but we wanted to let you know what we, as a region, are doing for this day.

First off, for those of you who don’t know, it’s always been the mission of NaNoWriMo to offer these awesome programs for free for wrimos (that’s participants of NaNoWriMo for those who don’t know). But did you know that NaNoWriMo is mostly funded by us?  That’s right!  The donations we give and the profit from the products we purchase is what funds a good part of this nearly $1,000,000 enterprise.  That’s a huge budget to fund by participants.

Double Up Donation Day is a day when we can get more bang for our donation bucks and help  keep this beloved organization of ours afloat.  If you donate $25 – you’ll get the $50 donor goodies.  Donating $100 will net you 2 posters!

These are the official activities that are going on. Namely:


But! In addition, we are doing some special things as part of our four-region HP event this month!

You can earn 20pts for your house by completing any of the above activities!

But wait – there’s more! 

As an added incentive – for those of you who venture out to our Saturday Write In from 10 am to 1 pm at the EL Grand Traverse Pie Company (Orchard Room), we are offering more incentives!

  • Double your cauldron prizes for all who donate – even change in the Traveling TARDIS, which goes toward giving halos to broke wrimos.
  • Free sticker to anyone at the write in who doubles their daily word count – 3334 words


To earn points for your activities, post about them to let us know in the forums here! Just list your activities; for example: “I donated to the Tardis and doubled my word count!” If you do decide to donate, we do not need to know how much, just that you did so.

Let’s see how much activity we can get up to! I wonder how many points each house can secure? 😉

If you can’t donate on the 5th, there are other ways that you can help. Check out the more ways to give page.

Thanks so much for helping to keep this awesome organization going! We hope to see you at the Write In!


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


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