Monthly Archives: October 2018

NaNo Starts Soon!!!!

NaNo Starts Soon!!!!

Hey everyone,

The clock is ticking and soon it will be time to set sail for NaNoWriMo!  Whee…..

In just a few hours we will be hoisting our anchors and letting our imaginations start to flow. Perhaps you’ve plotted out your course and know exactly where you’re headed, or maybe you will be letting the winds take you where they will. Either way, this month is going to be great fun.

We’re going to be afloat in a sea of words – 50000 of them if you are going for the typical goal. That may sound like a lot, but it’s really only 1667 words a day and we’ve had people who wrote that in just two word sprints. But if your words are pouring out, don’t stop with just that. Keep writing and build a nice reservoir of words for later when you might be too busy to write or you just need a break.

We’ll have write ins to help keep you buoyed up throughout the month and these are not only fun, but we also get a lot of words written. How about that for a winning proposition?

What can you do right now? Declare your novel. Don’t wait because you won’t be able to update your word counts until then. Also, Come Introduce Yourself here. Join in the fun of tracking your word counts with others and post something in our FACES thread. Let us know what you can bring for the potluck at our Saturday all day Write In – and plan on doubling your word count that day, because it’s double up donation day (and word count day).

Write ins for this week are:

Tonight Wed. 10-31 to Nov 1st, 11:30 pm to 1 or 2 am
Midnight Write In with Hilary-Noelle
IHOP – 2771 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823 (map)

Thursday Nov. 1, 7 pm to 10 pm
Get a Jump Start on Your NaNoWriMo Write In
Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864, USA (map)

Saturday Nov. 3rd, 10 am to 4 pm
Dive Into Your Novel Write In
Library of Michigan, 4th floor (Lake Michigan Room) 702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48915, USA (map)

Sunday Nov. 4th – Noon to 4 pm
Come Write In at the Howell Public Library
Howell Carnegie District Library, 314 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843, USA (map)

Monday Nov. 5th, 10 am to 1 pm
Come Write In at the E.L Public Library
East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA (map)

Monday Nov. 5th, 5 to 8 pm
Come Write with Alexandria Sure
Panera Bread, 5212 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917, USA (map)

Tuesday Nov 6th, 10 pm to 1 am
Night Owl Write In with Hilary-Noelle
IHOP – 2771 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823 (map)

And for those who are doing Wrimoverse
There will be a kick off party Nov. 1st that spans all timezones in Chat NaNo. #wrimoverse
Information on Chat NaNo here.

Until next time,
Annette aka Contemplative Cat – Your NaNoLansing ML

And for twice your pleasure – Here is your Wrimoverse Communiqué!


Hello Cadets!

Today we are counting down till the launch into the waters off the Wrimoverse and your novel.  The entire Wrimoverse academy staff is counting down the seconds so we can tell you: “Welcome to another great NaNoWriMo!”

For those returning, there’s a whole new crazy adventure waiting, and we commend you for daring to dive into the depths of novel-writing yet again. For all the new writers, you’re going to love it. It’s whimsical and fun and true, sometimes you may feel like you’re drowning, but as Dory said in “Finding Nemo” Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, and eventually you’ll get there! And the best thing? You’ll meet lots of like-minded and nutty people along the way.

If you aren’t sure how to go about this, just take it easy. Let yourself be carried on the waves of your creative mind and write where it takes you.

If it takes you in the direction of our deep-sea adventure, there will be plenty of things you can join in on, badges to claim, goals to achieve and words to be written.  But before all that, we will have one kicking party. On Thursday, November 1st join us in the chatroom for our kickoff event that will span all the Wrimoverse time zones.

The first weekend will be coming up swiftly, and this is your best chance to get ahead a little while you can, while the excitement of those first few days is still strong.  Use the opportunity and write like a fish in the water. No matter how you write, write! And go get those words! All of them!

In Wrimoverse news, the story has been updated again! Check the website to follow along on our adventures. (It updates Wednesdays and Sundays.) If you haven’t yet taken it, the S.T.A.R.S. is still accepting student applications. If you’ve already filled out the form, students are sorted and added to their respective ships on Tuesdays.

If you need some word wars or just some company, the #Wrimoverse chat is open 24/7. Every week we have a Wrimoverse Wednesday Write-In, so be sure to come check it out and on November 1st we have the Launch Off party, the Wrimoverse KO where together we’ll dive into the month of November.

That is all for now, Cadets.
Plot well and we’ll see you next week!

Contemplative Cat
Your Regional Academy Representative

Just One Week(ish) to Go!

Just One Week(ish) to Go!

Greetings NaNoLansing Wrimos,

It’s hard to believe that we only have a week before we set sail for this crazy and exciting adventure called NaNoWriMo! Don’t know about you, but there’s a lot more preparation I’d like to complete before the 1st.

Luckily for all of us, we have 2 more prep workshops available – one in person and one online. (Details below under activities.)

If you’re like me and love to track stats and see where everyone is in their writing journey, NewMexicoKid has once again provided the NaNo Faces graph for us. If you want to participate and see where you stand amongst your fellow NaNoLansingites, please post over at our NaNo Faces Thread.

Also, if you haven’t done so, come say hi to us in the introduction thread, post questions or ask for help in this thread, share your NaNo Prep Resources here, let us know how you’re preparing for NaNo here and sign up for or refamiliarize yourself with ChatNaNo (our online chat room) here.

Additionally – Friday is your last day to RSVP for our kick off. (Your ML needs time to make all of those goodie bags and assure she has enough goodies to go around.) If you haven’t done so, RSVP here. More info on our fun kick off is here.

Onto our activities:

Thursday 10-25
Tomorrow’s NaNo Prep workshop will be given by Elizabeth Heiter. She will be providing timely information about how to write efficiently and effectively, which will definitely help as we start NaNo. Elizabeth is a tremendous speaker and a prolific writer who has published numerous books in the last 4 years. She definitely knows how to use her time well and you won’t want to miss this workshop!
Time: 7-9 pm (We can stay longer to prep more if we wish)
Place: Old Chicago 1938 Grand River Avenue, Okemos, MI 48864 –  Map

Friday 10-26
Come join us in a Wrimoverse online writing workshop where you will get to know your characters better, practice writing titles, and give your fingers and creativity a workout with people from all over.
2-4 pm and 7:30 – 9:30 pm. (Two options. Same workshop.)
ChatNaNo #wrimoverse channel (Be sure to sign up in advance so you will have easy access without waiting.)

Sunday 10-28
Our awesome kick off party!
Time: 2-5 pm
Place: The Avenue Café, 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912, USA (map)
We’ll learn about our month long fun, have prizes, a potluck, games and receive a very special goodie in the goodie bag that you won’t want to miss. (But you need to RSVP by Friday to be assured of one.) And if you want to bring something to our potluck, sign up here.

Thursday Nov. 1
Our first write in will be on the first from 7 until 10 pm at Old Chicago

Saturday Nov. 3
We will all be able to Dive Into NaNo at an all day write in at the Library of Michigan.
For more information and to sign up for the potluck, check out this thread.
Time: 10 am- 4 pm
Place: Library of Michigan  702 W. Kalamazoo St. Lansing (Lake Michigan Room 4th floor) – map

That’s enough for now on the regional end. Onto Wrimoverse news. (And if you don’t know what wrimoverse is, check out this thread. There’s still time to join the fun!)

Greetings cadets!

The distress call is decoded and preparations are underway.  Can you believe that week 3 of the SSA has now bubbled up from the deep?  It doesn’t seem quite possible, but there it is!

Those who’ve attended last weeks extra training session in the chatnano pool have been able to gather some extra points for their ships. It’s a very close call; however, a fast wave can change that all.  That is why you should quickly log your points to help your shipmates out and get ahead before we set sail for November!

You can check your ships bearing on the ship cup page.

Have any of your fellow cadets or cadets from other ships been super helpful to you?  Did someone save you from drowning in prep, explain how to stay afloat really well or give you some pretty seashells?  Then give them a Kudos! Just fill out the form and it will appear on the Shout Out page.  You can do this at any time to point out an awesome shipmate or fellow cadet.

You can still sign up for the adventure by taking the S.T.A.R.S.  More info on this can be found on the message boards in each living quarter or on the Wrimoverse website.

Those who would like to stretch their muscles and do some laps in the chatnano writing pool can join us on Oct 26, for a pre-academy training session. (inflatable scribbling aids not included)
10/26/2018  2 pm and 7.30PM at #wrimoverse

A week later there will be THE Launch Party!

Wednesday, October 30 from 10am- 1am, do join us in the chatroom for our kick off event that spans all the wrimoverse timezones.

That is all for now, Cadets.

Plot well!

Contemplative Cat aka Annette
Your regional Academy representative & NaNoLansing ML

Prep Workshops, Kick Off, Other Events and Wrimoverse News

Prep Workshops, Kick Off, Other Events and Wrimoverse News

Hello NaNoLansing,

NaNo starts in a little less than 2 weeks (Wheee…..) but we have more things coming up for you before then.

First, if you haven’t done so, please declare your novel and home to USA::Michigan::Lansing. Then come introduce yourself in our introduction thread.


Thursday 10-18
Tomorrow we have another awesome NaNo Prep workshop. Lev Raphael, a local author of multiple genres and MSU creative writing instructor will be helping us with Important and Memorable Settings.
Time: 7-9 pm (We can stay longer to prep more if we wish)
Place: Old Chicago 1938 Grand River Avenue, Okemos, MI 48864 –  Map

Thursday 10-24
Next week’s NaNo Prep workshop will be Elizabeth Heiter on 10-24 from 7 to 9 pm at Old Chicago. She will be providing timely information about how to write efficiently and effectively, which will definitely help as we start NaNo.
And there will be an online prep workshop through Wrimoverse on the 19th (details below).

Sunday 10-28
Don’t forget to RSVP here for our kick off on Sunday 10-28. We’ll learn about our month long fun, have prizes, a potluck, games and receive a very special goodie in the goodie bag that you won’t want to miss. And if you want to bring something to our potluck, sign up here.

Thursday Nov. 1
Our first write in will be on the first from 7 until 10 pm at Old Chicago

Saturday Nov. 3
We will all be able to Dive Into NaNo at an all day write in at the Library of Michigan.
For more information and to sign up for the potluck, check out this thread.

I see that we have several NaNoLansing people who are participating in Wrimoverse this year. Glad to see that. There will be an online prep workshop this Friday 10-19 at 7:30 pm. #wrimoverse (Feel free to come to this even if you aren’t participating in Wrimoverse.)
If you haven’t registered to use our chatnano chat room or just need a refresher, information can be found here.

And now onto Wrimoverse news:

Greetings, Wrimos!

While the decoding of the message is on its way, and Wrimoverse has been afloat for its second week already!

If you haven’t done so already, please search the ship crew lists here in order to find what ship you’ve been placed on. Ctrl + F (pc) or command + F (mac) is the keyboard shortcut for searching. You will have to look through each ship list separately.

If you haven’t signed up, you can still do so (new and returning) by completing the S.T.A.R.S. form. If you have forgotten which ship you were on last year, you will have to go through the sorting process again.

As November is surfing closer, feel free to start logging your points for this year’s Ship Cup. You can earn badges!

Our Captains’ Log has been updated with the newest part of our adventure, so be sure to check in to keep up to date with our antics. Additional information about the Wrimoverse can be found on the Wrimoverse Website, as well as on our local forum! If you haven’t stopped by the Cadet Lounge yet, please feel welcome to do so.

Online NaNo Prep Session:
We are hosting a pre-NaNo training session on Oct 19.  Those in need of stretching, can join in and do some laps in the chatnano writing pool.  (inflatable scribbling aids not included) at 7.30PM #wrimoverse

Happy prepping, from your ML,
Annette aka Contemplative Cat

Workshop 10-4, Other Events and Wrimoverse

Workshop 10-4, Other Events and Wrimoverse

Hello NaNoLansing Wrimos!

We have a wonderful pre-NaNo workshop scheduled for tomorrow!

Richelle Renae McFate, one of our own NaNoLansing authors, will be helping us learn how to be organized in our writing. She’s published several books, is an amazing editor and has inspired me with her organizational skills for several years. She’ll have information that will help all of us.

How to be an Organized Writer
7 – 9 pm
Old Chicago 1938 Grand River Avenue, Okemos, MI 48864 –  Map

We also have more workshops scheduled there every Thursday in October.
On the 11th, Colleen Gleason will be helping us plot using the Hero’s Journey.
On the 18th, Lev Raphael will help us make important and memorable settings and
on the 25th Elizabeth Heiter will teach us how to write efficiently and effectively.
For more information see this thread.

Our kick off will be October 28th from 2 to 5 pm. You can find more information here. Please remember to rsvp by the 26th because our goodie bags this year will contain a special something that I’m sure you will love.

We have a lot of write ins scheduled and you can find them in this thread.
While you’re over at the forum, come say hi and introduce yourself and also declare your novel (even if the title is TBD like mine.)

This year we will have another avenue for motivation and fun. In addition to our in-person events, we have been invited to take part in a multi-region adventure online called Wrimoverse! This is an optional event, but a very fun way to meet people from around the world, make new friends and come up with crazy ideas together.

Another way to think about Wrimoverse could be in terms of a Potterverse experience done NaNo style with the ability to be sorted into one of 4 different ships and an adventure that we all participate in together, while ships compete against each other to win individual badges and ultimately the Ship Cup.

So without further ado, here is your formal invitation.


Ahoy Cadets!

We are pleased to inform you that you are invited to join us at the Space Scribblers Academy, where you can begin or continue your state of the art education in the ways of scribbling.

It’s promising to be another year of exciting, novel writing adventures! Now is the time to gather up a plot bunny or two, dust off your keyboards or notebooks (or both, we don’t judge), and get ready for November!

Enclosed are a transporter token that will ship you to the Academy Base, a list of the necessary tools and equipment for success during your studies, and an overview of your training schedule.

Upon arrival, new students will be sorted onto one of our four ships: the MLS D. Shovel, the MLS H. Viking, the MLS P. Bunny, and the MLS P. Ninja, by taking the S.T.A.R.S.,  the Standard Team Analysis for Recruitment Sorting. If you have been at campus before, you need to report to the ship you were on last year, by taking the same test with mentions of the ship you were on last year. If you can’t remember what ship you are part off, you need to take the test from start to end. Please remember that while at the Academy, these ships will be your home, and their crew will be your friends and (sup)port.

Each ship has its own personality and accompanying quirks and preferences, and is captained by multiple Academy leaders, each with their own unique skills, who are eagerly waiting to welcome you to their ranks. Together, we will all dive into the depths of wrimoverse.

Basic (optional) training will begin in October. Mandatory practical training will commence on November 1st. We await your arrival at the Academy Base.

Yours sincerely,
Contemplative Cat, ensign MLS P. Bunny
Your Space Scribblers Academy Representative
Transport Token:

Tools & Equipment List:
All students should come equipped with the following:
Writing spirit
Writing instrument(s) of choice. I.e. Computer, pen and paper, stone and chisel, lifebuoy and bathing suit

Caffeinated beverage(s)
Outlines and other forms of plotting
Flippers or other funny footwear
Students are encouraged to leave all pets at home, as the Academy base is no place for live and sentient creatures to go without supervision. Rest assured, we have plot bunnies available for all your petting-soft-things needs.

TRAINING SCHEDULE – All online in the chatroom #wrimoverse. For info on how to use, and sign up for the chatroom, click here.

Oct-Nov 1: Report to the Academy for S.T.A.R.S. assignment
Oct 19 and Oct 26: Prep training
Nov 1: Launch
Nov 1 – Nov 30: Diving into the Wrimoverse (writing your novel)
Dec – Graduation