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2016 Post-NaNo Wrap Up and Survey!

2016 Post-NaNo Wrap Up and Survey!

Congratulations on finishing another wonderful NaNoWriMo Season!

This has been an eventful and magical year!

You might be like Annette and catching up on all of the things that you weren’t able to get to during NaNo. You might be like me and feeling paralyzed with indecision about which video game to start from the approximately one billion that released while you were typing away. You might be glad it’s all over, or missing it already. Whatever you are experiencing, you can be proud of yourself for all that you accomplished!

Survey
Please help us make 2017 even better for our region by taking the time to complete this survey. Your information really will help in planning next year. Thank you!

NaNoLansing Through The Year
If you don’t want to see the fun end, I’ve got good news for you! We will be having monthly write ins starting in January!
If you would be interested in continuing your writing activities with our lovely group, then we especially recommend that you answer our Post-NaNo survey (link above), as there is a section where you indicate your preferred days of the week, etc.
We will have information and discussions about our 2017 activities in this thread.

Communication Through the Year

Regional Email
We will send out regional emails to people with the information on the monthly write ins.  (If you haven’t signed up for these and want to stay in the loop, you can do it by going to: My NaNoWriMo -> Account Settings)

Regional Forum Posts
We will continue to post pertinent info on the regional forums, so check back every now and again for that!

NaNoLansing Year-round Newsletter
We will also have a periodic newsletter for sending out other information, such as writing workshops, interesting blog posts or articles, and other news or resources. If you filled out then Post-NaNo Survey, then hopefully you filled out that portion and we have your email address.
If you did not fill it out, or skipped that section, and you would like to receive the newsletter (we wont spam you, so don’t worry about that), then please either NaNomail either one of us (Contemplative Cat or YuOfOwari22), or send us an email to NaNoLansing@gmail.com with your NaNo username and the email that you’d like to receive the newsletter.

Facebook and Twitter
We’ll be posting last minute reminders or updates about changes to Facebook and Twitter.

2016 Stats:
301 members opened up a novel
79 never wrote a word
222 people wrote at least one word
5271592 words were written
Average number of words 23746
64 winners
7 people wrote over 75k words
29% of people who wrote at least 1 word won

We’d also like to note that as a group we donated a record $1,435! Way to go everyone! This includes all the various change and sundry that were fed to the TARDIS, so every penny really does count!
Great job all around everyone!

Project for Awesome
One last thing – Although the video-making portion is over, if you would like to help NaNoWriMo raise more funds, please consider participating in Project for Awesome.  NaNo has been able to receive donations from this for several years running.  For more information,please visit this thread. They will be updating the thread with voting information next week.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season everyone and we hope to see a lot of you in the New Year!

~Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
along with Annette aka Contemplative Cat
Your NaNoLansing Municipal Liaison (ML) aka your event coordinator, purveyor of fun, answerer of questions and sender of periodic regional messages to keep you in the loop.

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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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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.)

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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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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!

Sincerely,

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

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October Workshops and NaNo Prep Season Updates!

October Workshops and NaNo Prep Season Updates!

Hello everyone,

It’s nearly time! The Witching Hour is about to begin~! With November barreling its way towards us, it’s time for NaNo Prep season! This October, join us for workshops and of course our annual Kick-off Party to get into the NaNo spirit!

Currently, we have two workshops underway and are planning to host a third – so keep your eyes open for updates about that.

1st Workshop: What Can Harry Potter Teach Us About Plotting?
Date: Thursday October 13, 2016
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Place:  Old Chicago
Address:  1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Using the Harry Potter books as a real-life guide, this workshop aims to identify successful plot devices and strategies to help you along your own plotting journey!

2nd Workshop: Using Characters to Add Depth to Your Story
Date: Wednesday October 19, 2016
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Place:  Old Chicago
Address:  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!
We are looking into having a workshop the last full week and will let you all know later!

Also – Mark your calendars now for our Kick-off Party!

Date: Sunday October 30, 2016
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Place:  The Avenue Cafe
Address:  2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912
Activities:  Silent auction, games, a potluck, and the joy of seeing all of your shining faces again – our Kick-off Party is guaranteed to be a blast!  This year we will be doing something *new and exciting* as a regional group and this will be a Kick-off Party like none before! 

Watch out for updates as well as the RSVP and potluck sign-ups that we will send out in the near future.

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 loop.

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