Monthly Archives: November 2018

We’re in the Final Stretch!

We’re in the Final Stretch!

Hello everyone,

We are down to the last couple of days of NaNoWriMo. Epic things have happened in the last few days of NaNoWriMo. We’ve had people write over 20K words in the last two days to do a stunning last minute dive into their win and go down in the halls of fame of epic wrimos and become one of Cat’s NaNoLansing heroes. That’s so amazing to see!

Or perhaps you’ve already hit the 50K mark. Yay You! Well Done! Whoo Hoo!!!
Be sure to validate your novel because you won’t officially win until you get that purple bar. Information on how to validate your novel is here. We have 27 official winners right now and 2 who still need to validate and it looks like a lot more are coming up to the finish line!  Whee…….

If you have hit the 50K, please head over to our winner’s hall of fame and come celebrate with us!

Perhaps you had a different goal and hit that. Yay! Or maybe you only wrote a bit. That’s still great because it’s more than you would have written, right? So it’s a win in that respect.

But there are still words to be written and to help you in that quest (or support others in their quest) here are our last write ins.

Wed Nov. 28th
Wrimoverse Wednesday Virtual Write In
On ChatNaNo #wrimoverse channel all day and into the wee hours

Tomorrow: Thursday Nov 29th
7 pm to 10 pm
Old Chicago Grp Rm Okemos- map

Our annual Last Blast Get Your Words In Write In.
Friday Nov. 30th
9 pm to 12:30 am
Old Chicago Grp Rm Okemos- map
This is an amazing time with people screaming and cheering each other on as each person crosses the finish line. Such excitement!

Also if you are in the Howell Area, The Howell Carnegie Public Library will have a Come Write In
Friday Nov 30th
Noon to 4 pm
Howell Carnegie District Library, 314 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843, USA (map)

~*~*~  Thank Goodness It’s Over Party!!!!  ~*~*~

PLUS We have our Thank Goodness It’s Over Party
Saturday Dec. 1st
Time:  1:30 to 5:30 pm
Where:  Okemos Public Library – 4321 Okemos Rd. Okemos, MI – map

We have a blast at these and this year will be no different.
We’ll have:
– a potluck
– a gift exchange game (Bring a gift and get a gift)
– Two awesome door prizes (NaNoLansing Tote Bag and a glow in the dark 3D NaNoRhino!
– Winner’s prizes
– Games
– Loads of fun!

Please RSVP here so we can have a head count. https://goo.gl/forms/KPcWpwgszHJ2H1kV2
Want more information, or don’t remember if you put in your RSVP – check out our thread here.

In Wrimoverse news – Here is your Pep Talk.

I’m proud of each and every one of you, writers!  Hope to see you at our last events!
~ Annette aka Contemplative Cat, your ever faithful ML

Pre-Thanksgiving Check In

Pre-Thanksgiving Check In

Hello NaNoLansing,

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and Week 4. Maybe you’ll be traveling out of town or maybe you’ll be cooking your turkey, but there is still time to write. If you aren’t driving, take your laptop with you and write during the trip. If you are driving, perhaps use speech to text on your phone. Or write while the turkey is cooking. You can make time for more writing. Even a 15 minute word sprint on Chat NaNo can bring your word count up. You can do this! Even if you feel way behind, you still have a week! Amazing things can happen in a week’s time!

If you are past the 50K mark – Congratulations! Awesome job! Be sure that you validate your novel though because you don’t automatically win NaNoWriMo without verifying that you wrote those words. Don’t be a tragic forever green statistic (and make your ML’s heart break.) Be sure to validate before midnight on the 30th or sooner. If for no other reason, then to make your ML happy. 😉
You can still update your word count after you get your purple bar so don’t worry about that. For information on how to validate, click here. And please stop by and celebrate with us in the 2018 Winner’s Hall of Fame! Also, there is a special little treasure waiting for you the next time your ML sees you at an event.

Speaking of events – please mark your calendars for our TGIO party, which will be from 1:30 to 5:30 pm on Saturday December 1st at the Okemos Public Library!
We’ll have raffle prizes (Lovely NaNoLansing Tote Bag and an amazing Glow in the Dark 3D printed NaNoRhino compliments of JFolja), a white elephant gift exchange, potluck and loads of fun. Please rsvp here.

But we’re not done yet. To help you with your word count goals and give you some more time to hang out with your fellow wrimos and get more checks on your achievement cards for more raffle tickets toward those awesome TGIO prizes, we have these write ins planned for you.

Wednesday Nov. 21st
Lunch Time Write In with Hilary-Noelle in Holt
Noon to 2 pm
Aspen Pines Clubhouse – 3879 Lone Pine, Holt, MI 48842, USA (map)
Host: Hilary-Noelle

Monday Nov 26th
Come Write In at the East Lansing Public Library
10 am to 1 pm
950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA (map)
Host: EL Public Library

Come Write In with Alexandria Sure
5 pm to 8pm
Panera’s Lansing Mall – map
Host: Alexandria Sure

Tuesday Nov. 27th
Night Owl Write In
10 pm to 1 am
IHOP 2771 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823 (map)
Host: Hilary-Noelle

Plus look for your ML online throughout the holiday weekend on Chat NaNo. She will be trying to get more words written through the #calwrimos Turkzilla event that starts tonight and goes through Sunday.

And for those of you following Wrimoverse, your weekly pep talk can be found here!

Happy writing everyone. I’m grateful for each and every one of you!
Annette aka Contemplative Cat – Your Faithful ML

It’s Week 3!

It’s Week 3!

Hello NaNoLansing Wrimos!

It’s almost the mid-point and week 3. First off, congratulations yourself for making it here. You were able to move past hell week and it gets better from here. It really does. Plus, whether you are speeding down the word count river and zipping ahead of the crowd or trailing way behind – you’ve written words and you can be proud of yourself. And if you haven’t started yet, there’s still time. You can start writing and sail on through the rest of the month on the tide of creativity.

Week 3 can be the time for lots of distractions and perhaps a little more of the inner critic chaos as it tries to break free. Don’t worry. There are strategies that you can use to help with this.

1. Find some kind of reward to use. Is there a new book you want? Perhaps a new pen? Maybe a night out at that new restaurant you want to try. Tell yourself that if you reach x goal, you can get that or do that.

2. Be sure to take care of yourself. Remember those little balls from the goodie bags? Use those to massage those tired arms and wrists. Stretch those hands and get up and move once in a while. And don’t forget about sleep. That will help too.

3. End your writing time with something else to say. It will help motivate you to jump back in again the next day.

4. Do word sprints. Set your timer for 15 or 20 minutes and then write away – or jump on Chat NaNo and have Timmy make a word war for you. Then take a break for a few and repeat. It’s a great way to keep your creative juices flowing.

5. Do something good for a fellow wrimo and nominate them (or yourself) for a halo. And/or donate to the traveling TARDIS at a write in!

6. Share a Pep Talk with Your Fellow Wrimos in our Need a Pep, Leave a Pep Talk Thread.

7. Share something funny you wrote or some strange twist your characters took you on in our NaNoLansingisms Thread.

8. Back Up Your Novel on Back Up Your Novel Day – Saturday November 17th (And everyday.)

9. Join us online or in person for write ins. There’s nothing like the tsunami of creativity that happens when you surround yourself with other writers who are ferociously typing away.

Speaking of write ins – Here are the ones we have this week:

Wednesday Nov 14th
Diving to 30K Virtual Write In
All Day
Chat NaNo #wrimoverse channel – information on ChatNaNo can be found here
MLs from around the world will be there as available

Thursday Nov 15th
NaNoLansing Write In
7 pm to 10 pm
Old Chicago Grp Rm Okemos- map
Host: Your ML Contemplative Cat

Saturday Nov 17th
Come Write In at the Okemos Public Library
12:30pm – 6:30 pm
Grp Rm Okemos Public Library – map
Host: Okemos Public Library

Come Write In at the Howell Public Library
Noon to 4 pm
Howell Carnegie District Library, 314 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843, USA (map)
Host: Howell Carnegie District Library

Sunday Nov 18th 
Seas Your Words Write In!
Noon – 5:30 pm
Grp Rm Okemos Public Library – map
Host: Your ML Contemplative Cat

Monday Nov 19th
Come Write In at the East Lansing Public Library
10 am to 1 pm
950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA (map)
Host: EL Public Library

Come Write In with Alexandria Sure
5 pm to 8pm
Panera’s Lansing Mall – map
Host: Alexandria Sure

Tuesday Nov. 20th
Virtual Write In NEW!
8 am to 10 am
ChatNaNo – #NaNoLansing channel – information on ChatNaNo can be found here
Host: Your ML – You will get credit on your achievement card for attending

Night Owl Write In
10 pm to 1 am
IHOP 2771 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823 (map)
Host: Hilary-Noelle

And for those of you who are following Wrimoverse (or who just want more pep), here is this week’s Wrimoverse pep talk.

Happy writing, everyone!
Annette aka Contemplative Cat, your NaNoLansing ML

It’s almost Week 2!

It’s almost Week 2!

Soon it will be our 2nd week.

This is the week of many names – hell week, inner critic week, the week of doubts and loss of enthusiasm. Whether your words have been flying with ease or you’ve been doling them out at a snails pace, don’t worry because even if you feel stuck at sea, wondering why you ever started this journey, know that this is a normal and typical response and it will pass. Believe me. It will!

Right now though – Give yourself credit. You decided to write a novel and you’ve spent a week at it already. You’re farther ahead than most people. Yay you! Take a moment and let that settle in.







Feels good, huh?

Hang onto that feeling and know that we’ve all experienced the meh waterway to some degree or another and we can navigate through that. Trust that you can too and just keep writing! Seriously. Even just 100 words a day – one paragraph or even 1 line. Don’t give up!

One word after another builds sentences and sentences build paragraphs and paragraphs create pages. With one word at a time, you’ll get through this week and be well on your way to 50,000 words.

Perhaps you’d like a (small) break and have some fun. Check out our NaNoLansingisms thread and get a chuckle or share a chuckle. Or ask for some or share some of your strategies for helping yourself through the rough patches in our Help Desk Thread. Or perhaps you are a bit competitive and are encouraged by seeing where you stand against your fellow wrimos – if that’s the case come post something on our NaNo Faces thread to be added to the graph. Or participate in the Wrimoverse Word Crawl – all are welcome whether you are doing Wrimoverse or not.

And to help keep you motivated and moving forward, here are our write ins for this week!

Wednesday Nov 7th: All Day
Virtual write-in, in the #wrimoverse channel of Chat NaNo – info on Chat NaNo here

Thursday Nov. 8th: 7 pm to 10 pm
NaNoLansing Write In
Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864, USA (map)
Host: Your ML

Friday Nov. 9th: 11 am to 2 pm
Lunch time write in with Hilary-Noelle
Aspen Lakes Clubhouse – 3879 Lone Pine, Holt, MI (map)
Host: Hilary-Noelle

Saturday Nov 10th: 10:30 am to 4:30ish pm
Flint Region Battle of Midway! – R & B Books – 12830 Saginaw Rd # F, Grand Blanc, MI 48439 map
Host: Flint MLs for more information and to RSVP see this thread. You can coordinate carpooling there also.

Monday Nov. 12th: 5 to 8 pm
Come Write with Alexandria Sure
Panera Bread, 5212 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917, USA (map)
Host: Alexandria Sure

Tuesday Nov 13th: 10 pm to 1 am
Night Owl Write In with Hilary-Noelle
IHOP – 2771 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823 (map)
Host: Hilary-Noelle

And because this email is long enough, for those of you who are participating in Wrimoverse, I’m linking the wrimoverse pep talk instead of adding it to this. You can read that pep talk here.

Well that’s it for now. Always remember that you are awesome! You are amazing! And you are stupendous!

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