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Week 2 Battle Plan

Week 2 Battle Plan


Hello NaNoLansing Superwriters,

This is Cat from Mission Control with an important announcement for you.

Together, our words have crushed Max Perfect and sent him off for the rest of the month! Well done! We couldn’t have done this without our combined efforts. Things are definitely looking up in our battle for Word Domination!

But Week 2 brings with it one of the worst villains of the Illiterasee – Lord Bloque! He has even made his way into Mission Control and I’ve had to battle his forces of evil. Lord Bloque is a tricky fellow. Also known as the Blank Lord of Oblivion and Quantum Unending Existentialism, he sweeps in to make us feel like we couldn’t write a novel if our life depended upon it. The Illiterasee know that we are the most vulnerable to Bloque’s influence during the week 2 slump.

How does he affect us? Let me tell you my story. This morning I looked at my manuscript and wanted to chuck it out the window. I hated my characters, couldn’t find where the story should go and stared at my computer screen for a half hour without typing. Even a word war set up by our friendly bot, Timmy in our regional chatroom couldn’t shake the feeling like it was hopeless. I couldn’t write. Why was I bothering? What was it all for anyway? But then I realized it was Lord Bloque coming to thwart my efforts and I wasn’t going to let him win!

Don’t you let him win either. If you can get through the week 2 blahs, it will get better. This is only the Illiterasee trying to win in the war for Word domination. Together we can kill off this evil villain too. But we have to keep writing!

So what can we do to beat Lord Bloque?


To help you with this effort, we have the following write ins scheduled and invited to.

Thursday 11-09 Write In

Where: Old Chicago (map)
When: 7pm – 10pm
Host: Your MLs

Saturday 11-11
There are TWO choices!

Where: Foster, Swift, Collins & Swift (map)
When: 10 – 2 pm
Host: Alexandria Sure
For more information see this thread.

Midway Madness
Where: R & B Books (map)
When: 10:30-4:30
Host: Flint Red Hots
For more information, see this thread.

Monday 11-13

Where: EL Public Library (map)
When: 10 am to Noon
Host: Your MLs

Where: NaNoLansing Chat Room (Access Info here)
When: 7:30-9 pm
Host: Your MLs

Tuesday 11-14

Where: NaNoLansing Chat Room (Access Info here)
When 7:30-9 pm
Host: Your ML YuOfOwari22

ALSO for a special treat we have:

Heroic Write In

Saturday 11-18
Where: Okemos Public Library (map)
When: 9 am to 7 pm
Prizes, potluck, coloring sheets, buttons and fun!
Please RSVP here
Please list your potluck items here.

Well that’s it for now. Please pull out all your strategies for defeating the dreaded Week 2 slump and Lord Bloque.

Until next time,

Your Mission Control Word Power Commanders,
Annette aka Contemplative Cat along with
Courtney aka YuOfOwari22

Welcome to our 4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry!

Welcome to our 4 Region School of Wordcraft and Wizardry!

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

This year we are joining with 3 other regions in a combined group experience.  The mechanics of NaNo remain the same, but there is some added fun with friendly competitions between houses.  You can read more about it here.

Bold Gryffindor from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin from fen.
~ J.K. Rowling

Dear Wrimo Word Wizard,

We’re all of the sort to be sorted, and some may be unsorted yet, but your region’s ML has been sort of sorted, whether by truth or by circumstance. Each one represents a strong House, whether shrewd, sweet, bold, or fair. And each one will host a Common Room (Slytherin’s more of a lair). We’ll all share an intro and a quick hello, and hope you’re the sort who’ll drop in once you’re sorted to visit your own Common Room.

Beth/lachattefatale: RAVENCLAW- USA::Oregon::Albany-Corvallis
I’m Beth, and I’m a Ravenpuff. That is, when I take online Harry Potter quizzes, I usually score about 50% Ravenclaw, 48% Hufflepuff, 2%Gryffindor, and a lot of please-not-Slytherin-thank-you. I’ll be your head of Ravenclaw House this November, and you can join the best, most scholarly novelists in the Ravenclaw Common Room to meet other Ravenclaw writers from Oregon, Michigan, and Massachusetts. My co-ML and Head Prefect of Ravenclaw, Jen/Scrollwork will also be on hand to help demonstrate that even though we Ravenclaws are all lofty intellectuals (ha!), we know how to have a good time.

Annette/Contemplative Cat: GRYFFINDOR- USA::Michigan::Lansing
When I’ve taken sorting tests, I tend to fall closely between several houses.  Some days I’m more Gryffindor, others more Ravenclaw with the other two houses popping up occasionally.  But as the head of Gryffindor, I’ll bravely and loyally assist you, my fellow Gryffindorians, with all of my heart.  My Co-ML, Courtney (YuOfOwari22) will be assisting as our Head Prefect and although she has sorted in different houses, she will faithfully help all of our brave Gryffindor Word Wizards too.  Like Lori, this is my 10th year doing NaNo and my 5th as an ML.  (Pretty cool that we both started at the same time.)  Hopefully this will be my tenth win too.  (Don’t want to break that winning streak.) This 4 region endeavor is something we’ve never done before and it’s so very exciting.  I hope you have just as much fun with this as we’ve had planning it for you all!  So join our daring and courageous group as we forge ahead in this adventure called NaNoWriMo and don’t forget to come hang out in our Gryffindor tower.  The fire is blazing, the chairs are comfy and the view is wonderful!

Heather/kdskid007: HUFFLEPUFF- USA::Michigan::Flint
Hey all! I’m Heather, co-ML of Michigan’s Flint region. My fellow MLs, Meg and Wendi, and I all tend to get sorted into other houses (I have a mighty snake within my soul) but we all believe that writers are people of all sorts, and Hufflepuff aligns with that view, so we are thrilled to be heading Hufflepuff House. I’ve been at NaNo since 2008, and have been an ML of Flint since 2012. Wendi has been my co since 2013, and Meg was our unofficial ML in 2012, moved to Japan to teach for a couple years, and re-joined us on the ML team in 2015. Once you’re sorted, stop on by our Hufflepuff Common Room and chat with your fellow Badgers. (Even if you’re not in Hufflepuff, stop by our other threads and chat up our wrimos. They’re a friendly bunch.)

Lori/Flyleaf: SLYTHERIN- USA::Massachusetts::Cape Cod
I’ve never completely fit in any one group and Hogwarts is no exception. Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw and Slytherin, an extended quiz placed me in Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff. I call myself a RavenSlytherPuff, but I’m channeling my Slytherin side for the month of November. And I can’t wait. 10 years as a NaNoWriMo, 5 years as an ML, this is the one I’m looking forward to most. I’ll be working on fresh rewrites for my completely restructured steampunk/dreampunk Alice interactive adventure while living as a noveling wizard who’s getting in touch with her inner Bellatrix. Yep, We’re All Mad Here. Slytherins, come join the madness, uh… fun in our dungeon. The password rhymes with cake. (Feel free to bring cake. Or butterbeer. Love that stuff.)
“You could be great, you know, it’s all here in your head, and Slytherin will help you on the way to greatness, no doubt about that.” -Rowling

Yours sincerely,
Annette/Contemplative Cat, Courtney/YuOfOwari22: GRYFFINDOR- USA::Michigan::Lansing
Beth (Elizabeth)/ lachattefatale, Jen/Scrollwork: RAVENCLAW- USA::Oregon::Albany-Corvallis
Heather/kdskid007, Meg/BlackberrySpark, Wendi/cgirl1979: HUFFLEPUFF- USA::Michigan::Flint
Lori/Flyleaf: SLYTHERIN- USA::Massachusetts::Cape Cod

Lansing Regional Announcements

Online – Ring In NaNo Write In with your MLs
Come join your MLs in our online regional chat room 10-31-16 from 11 pm to 1 am.
We’ll help each other get started a jump start on our words.
You will need to register if you haven’t done so already.

Prefer an in person event tonight?
Join Hillary-Noelle at the EL IHop on Grand River Ave. 10-31-16 beginning at 11 pm and going until 1:30ish.

Other ML sponsored Write Ins:
Please check this thread for the latest updates on ML sponsored write ins and our regional calendar listed on our regional forum for all of the local write ins that we know of.

Want more online write ins?
Please fill out this survey to let us know your preferred times.

Need/want to be sorted?
Check out this thread for more information.

Want to graphically see how your word count compares with your fellow wrimos?
Post something on our NaNoLansing Friendly Competitive Word Count Graph- Faces


Find us online! 
Our Forums

Workshop Reminder, Write In Poll and Shiny New Site

Workshop Reminder, Write In Poll and Shiny New Site

Hey everyone,

Just a couple of quick announcements.

Plotting Workshop:

Thursday October 8th from 7 to 8:30 pm, Kelly Rogers (fellow wrimo, writer and coordinator of Capital City Writer’s Association Finish the Damn Book) will be helping us develop a great plot for our novels.
Come join us!
Where: Old Chicago Group Room (by left side of dining room) Okemos
When: Thursday October 8
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

Setting Workshop:

Thursday October 15th from 7 to 8:30 pm, Erin Bartles (writer, copy editer and Capital City Writer’s Association Board Member) will be helping us with settings.
Come join us!
Where: Old Chicago Group Room (by left side of dining room) Okemos
When: Thursday October 15
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

1st Write In of the Season:

Want to start off NaNo with a Saturday night Oct 31st to 2 am Sunday Nov 1st write in? Or would you rather have a day time write in on Sunday Nov 1st? Weigh in with your opinions at the 2015 write in thread.


While you’re over seeing our shiny new threads – be sure to say hello to everyone in our introduction thread.

Hope to see a lot of you tomorrow!

Annette aka Contemplative Cat
along with Alaina aka A_Rachelle
your NaNoLansing Municipal LIaisons (MLs)  aka your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the loop.

Find us online! 
Our Forums 



One More Week

One More Week

Only one week left until November! Take a deep breathe with me. Now let it out sloooowly. There we go. No need to hyperventilate. Everything will be okay. My desk is steadily being covered in more and more NaNo doo dads for you all. We’ve got Cauldron candy and goodie bag parts.

As we hit the home stretch of NaNo-preparation, here are a few things that you can do:

Come to our ‘Creating Believeable Dialog’ workshop

Tuesday, November 28, 7 pm
Old Chicago, Okemos

RSVP on the forums or through our Facebook event.

Check in on the Introductions Thread

Say hi to others in the region and let us know a little about yourself.

You can find the thread here.

RSVP for the Kick-Off Party

Saturday, November 1, 3-6pm
The Avenue Cafe (Gone Wired) 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI

RSVP at Eventbrite and let us know you’ll be joining us for an afternoon of fun an writing.


Socializing – Our first hour will be spent getting to know each other with games and activities tbd.
Door Prizes – There will be several cool door prizes given away throughout the event.
Goodie Bags – Your very own NaNoLansing Survival Bag will be awaiting you filled with treats and helpful items.
Silent Auction – Please bring items to donate for our silent auction (and bring some cash so you can buy them). We already have some good looking items up for bidding. This is your chance to get some really nice stuff for a song of a price. It will run from 3-5 pm and bids will be cash only in $1 increments. (All proceeds will be donated to NaNoWriMo. For every $10 received, one broke wrimo will be chosen to receive a halo and donor badge under their name.)
Potluck – If you can, bring some food (no liquids) to share. If you can’t bring food, come anyway. We still want to see you!
Cauldron of Doom Word Wars – Draw a number from the cauldron and write away. If you reach your word count, you’ll get a prize and everyone gets something just from participating, including a great boost to your word count!

Questions? Ask them here.

Create your Novel

If you haven’t done this yet, make sure to go over to My NaNoWriMo and click ‘Create your novel’ in the ‘Announce your new novel’ banner or select ‘My Novels’ from the dropdown. This lets us know for sure that you plan to participate this year. Remember, you can always change the name of your novel later. What you choose right now is not a lifetime commitment.

That’s all for now. Get some sleep, stock up on supplies, and we’ll be seeing you soon!

Alaina (A_Rachelle) & Annette (Contemplative Cat)
Co-Municipal Liaisons, USA::Michigan::Lansing.
AKA your event coordinators, purveyors of fun, answerers of questions and senders of periodic regional messages to keep you in the loop.