Welcome our new ML, Save the Dates, New Site

Welcome our new ML, Save the Dates, New Site

Hello NaNoLansing!

First off, I’m excited to announce that Sihaya48 has joined me in becoming an ML this year. I’m really excited to have her help and hope you will all extend a warm welcome to her. 

We have a lot of wonderful things in store for you.


We will have 4 preparatory workshops for you this year.

Thurs October 3 – How to Prepare to Write Your Novel
Old Chicago, Okemos, MI 7pm to 9 pm
Best selling and award winning author of multiple genres, Sarah Zettel will share her process for preparing to write a novel. She is an excellent presenter and this is sure to be a great workshop 

Thurs October 10 – Self Publishing
Old Chicago, Okemos 7 pm to 9 pm
For anyone who has ever been curious, our own Alexandria Sure will be sharing her wisdom and experiences with self publishing. 

Thurs October 17th – Developing Powerful Scenes
Old Chicago, Okemos 7 pm to 9 pm
Lev Raphael will be back to share his extensive knowledge on scene building. If you’ve never seen Lev before, you won’t want to miss this. He is as entertaining as he is informative.

Thurs October 24th – Honoring Your NaNo Journey
Old Chicago, Okemos 7 pm to 9 pm
Isabelle Drake is not only a published romance, YA and Horror writer, she has also taught English and writing. She will be helping us by providing writerly inspiration with insights on how to stay true to our writing goals and make NaNo our own journey.

Plus We’ve scheduled our Kick Off Party!

Sunday October 27th – NaNoLansing Kick Off
The Avenue Cafe Lansing, MI 1:30 to 4:30 pm.


NaNoWriMo is moving to a new site! It’s a very exciting time, but that also means that we all have a lot of questions. 

First off – Buddies, nanomails, threads and other such things will not be transferred over. If you wish to keep any of this, please be sure to make a copy for yourself.

Once the new site conversion is completed, it will take over the current nanowrimo.org link and the old site will be placed under http://archive.nanowrimo.org/ 

This is a WIP, so please realize that things will be implemented as soon as possible, but having patience will be very helpful.

Our regional forum isn’t up and running as of this writing, but as soon as we have our area in place we’ll have some threads set up for you there.

In the meantime you can sign in and explore the new site. It will be run on the Discourse software. This is a change from what we are used to. For one thing, Discourse operates on a trust levels (TL) basis. That means that the more active you are on the forum, the more you will be able to do. This has been designed to prevent spam.

When you sign in, you will be a TL0. If you want to reach your full posting potential, you have to level up to TL1. This is very easy to do. Just open up about 5 topics, read 30 posts and read for 10 minutes, give or take. Do this and you’ll be TL1 and ready to start interacting with the rest of the community. The other limitation you will want to know if you are one of those uber posters, is that you will be limited to 100 posts within the first 24 hours after your first post. Again, this is a spam prevention measure. 

If you want more info on trust levels, you can find that here. Also, if you would like more information on Discourse itself, you can find it at this url.

As I said before, this is a very exciting time for NaNoWriMo. I hope I’ve answered a few of your questions and hope to see you at our events!

Take care everyone!
Annette aka Contemplative_Cat, one of your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaisons

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