An Owl Arrives

An Owl Arrives

You think you hear something fluttering behind you and turn to look, but nothing is there.  As you return to what you were doing, a tingling sensation runs down your arms and your breathing catches in your chest.  Once again, you turn around, then shake your head when still you see nothing. It’s just my creativity kicking in with all of my NaNo prep, you say to yourself.  But your quickening heart tells another story.

With a deep breath, you slowly move your body back to your desk, but let out a gasp.  A big snowy owl is fluttering just above your head!  And what’s that?  Could that be a letter?  As soon as the owl sees you’ve noticed the missive, it drops it on your desk and flies up to rest on your window sill.  Nervous and curious, you pick up the envelope and it opens itself to reveal this letter…

NaNo School of Wordcraft and Novelry
50,000 NaNo Way
Creativetown, USA

Dear Word Wizard,

We are pleased to announce that you have been accepted into the NaNo School of Wordcraft and Novelry.

The term starts on November 1st and your orientation to discuss information about your month long adventure will be October 30 from 2-5 pm at The Avenue Café.  (In muggle terms, the NaNoLansing Kick Off.  Click link for more information.)

We await your owl via the rsvp form no later than 10-28.

Sincerely,

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

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Your first write in of the term will be online.

Ring In NaNo Wordcraft Write In.
Monday October 31 – 11 pm to Tuesday November 1 – 1 am.
NaNoLansing Chat Room.
If you are not already signed up, please follow the instructions in this thread.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Last Pre-NaNo Workshop and RSVP REMINDER! Yo yo!

Last Pre-NaNo Workshop and RSVP REMINDER! Yo yo!

Hello Everyone,

One week, one week, one week! Wheeee!

We’ve been busy bees working on all the last minute preparations for the Kick Off Celebration and coming Month of Magic!  Details about our activities for the month will finally be out this week, so keep an eye on your USA::Michigan::Lansing regional emails!  😉

Pre-NaNo Preparatory Workshops:

Thank you to all who came to our last workshop! We had another great turn out and I hope the information was of use to everyone. We’ve got one more coming up this week, so hopefully we’ll see faces new and familiar!

** Thursday 10-27-16 from 7-9:30 pm in the group room at Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos,
What is NaNoWriMo and Tips to Win
Whether you are brand new and going “NaNoWhatO?” or a seasoned veteran, please join us for an evening of sharing the best tips to prepare for a fun-filled winning month.

Lastly – and EXTREMELY IMPORTANT~~~!

Kick Off Celebration!
Our kick off celebration will be Sunday 10-30-16 from 2-5pm at the Avenue Cafe – 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing.  This is going to be an extra special event where we will have food, games, a silent auction, and details about our enchanting month long activities!  Plus you will have an opportunity to begin your adventure during the event!  You won’t want to miss this!

We need an accurate count though and our goodies this year are quite time intensive to make, so please don’t wait to RSVP.  Do it now!  I’m serious, friends! Our goody bags will be truly awe-inspiring this year and the festivities grand enough to match!  😀

Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 28th in order to ensure you receive a goody bag. As impressive as they have been in the past, this year really takes the cake – so don’t miss out!

Also, let us know if you can bring any food at our Kick Off Thread. Thanks!

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 know.

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2 weeks till the Magic Begins!!! Workshops/Kick Off RSVP/General Information

2 weeks till the Magic Begins!!! Workshops/Kick Off RSVP/General Information

Hello Everyone,

Can you believe it’s only 2 weeks until the Magic that is NaNoWriMo begins?  It’s so exciting!

Your NaNoLansing MLs continue to be hard at work to help you prepare for our enchanting month.  We’ll be revealing the long awaited details next week so keep an eye on your USA::Michigan::Lansing regional emails.  😉

Pre-NaNo Preparatory Workshops:

Our first workshop last week was a great success with about 20 wrimos (that’s participants of NaNoWriMo, for those who don’t know) who came to learn one of the secrets that make the Harry Potter series so wildly successful.  Thank you everyone for coming!

More workshops!

** Tomorrow!   Wednesday 10-19-16 from 7-9:30 pm in the group room at Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos

How Characters Add Depth to Your Story
Come join us as we learn how characters are the backbone of any good story. In this workshop, we will explore ways to develop characters, to learn who your characters are, what is their purpose, and to use your characters to drive your story onward!

** Thursday 10-27-16 from 7-9:30 pm in the group room at Old Chicago – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos,

What is NaNoWriMo and Tips to Win
Whether you are brand new and going “NaNoWhatO?” or a seasoned veteran, please join us for an evening of sharing the best tips to prepare for a fun-filled winning month.

Kick Off Celebration!
Our kick off celebration will be Sunday 10-30-16 from 2-5pm at the Avenue Cafe.  This is going to be an extra special event where we will have food, games, a silent auction and details about our enchanting month long activities!  Plus you will have an opportunity to begin your adventure during the event!  You won’t want to miss this!

We need an accurate count though and our goodies this year are quite time intensive to make, so please don’t wait to RSVP.  Do it now!  Click the link right now and RSVP at this google doc before you forget.  😉

Also, let us know if you can bring any food at our Kick Off Thread. Thanks!

General Information
There can be a lot of new information and strange code words that we throw around.  If you are a newbie or just want a refresher or to see what’s new this year, please check out our Info – NaNo 101 A Primer of Definitions Thread.

Excitedly yours,
Annette aka Contemplative Cat
along with Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
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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NaNo Prep Workshop Reminders, Kick Off Party RSVP, Introductions

NaNo Prep Workshop Reminders, Kick Off Party RSVP, Introductions

Workshop reminder
This Thursday – October 13, 2016 from 7-9:30 we will be having a workshop entitled What Harry Potter Can Teach Us About Plotting at the Old Chicago Group Room – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Come join us and learn one of the tools that J.K. Rowling used to make her novels so successful.

Kick Off!
Please RSVP for our 2016 NaNoLansing Kick Off which will be Sunday October 30 from 2-5 at the Avenue Cafe – 2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912.  We need to know how many goodie bags to make, so please rsvp by Thursday 10-27.

We’ll be having a potluck again and have started a post for you to let us know what you will be bringing.

Also, please bring along something to donate for the silent auction (and money) as we’ll be doing that again this year.  For more information, please visit our Kick Off thread.

More workshops:
Using Characters to Add Depth to Your StoryWednesday October19 from 7-9:30 at the Old Chicago Group Room – 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!

What is NaNoWriMo and Tips to WinThursday October 27 from 7-9:30 at the Old Chicago Group Room – 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Whether you are brand new and going “NaNoWhatO?” or a seasoned veteran, please join us for an evening of sharing the best tips to prepare for a fun-filled winning month.

Introductions:
Please take a moment to come introduce yourself in our introduction thread.  We’d love to get to know you!

Preppingly Yours,
Annette aka Contemplative Cat
along with Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
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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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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Exciting News, Workshop Survey, Save the Date and FB, Calendar Changes

Exciting News, Workshop Survey, Save the Date and FB, Calendar Changes

As summer wraps up, the NaNo season kicks in and planning is already underway for this year.  We’ve got some news & info for you and would like your input as we firm up ideas.

First the most exciting news!

WELCOME to our new Co-Municipal Liaison (ML) – YuOfOwari22.
It’s official and I’m very excited to announce that YuOfOwari22 (Courtney) will be my Co-Municipal Liaison!  She is going to be a wonderful addition to our ML team and we’re lucky to have her here to help us.  Welcome to the wonderful and wacky world of MLing, Courtney!

SAVE THE DATE – Kick Off Party:
We’ve been busy working on our schedule of activities and want to give you time to be sure you can attend.  With plenty of advance notice, we have scheduled our Kick Off Party so please save the date now.  We’ll have write ins and other events firmed up later and will give you those dates as we finalize them.

Kick-Off Event:
Our kick off party this year will be on Sunday October 30 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Avenue Café on Michigan Ave in Lansing.  More details will be coming later.

PRE-NANO WORKSHOPS SURVEY:
We’re working on pre-NaNo workshops and would like your input.  Please take a minute and complete our survey to give us your input asap.  The survey can be found here.  We will be working on firming up details in a few weeks and will let you know as soon as we have details.  Keep an eye out for future emails and check FB and Twitter.  And speaking of the book of face…

FACEBOOK CHANGES:
Facebook is making changes so you’ll see more posts from your friends and family in the news feed and fewer posts from the pages you follow. (In other words, NaNoLansing.) It’s great that posts from friends and family won’t be missed, but if you’d like to continue seeing NaNoLansing posts on a regular basis, just follow the instructions below.

1) Visit the NaNoLansing page by clicking the hyperlink on our name.
2) If you are on your mobile, tap on “following.” If you are on your desktop, tap on “liked.”
3) Select “see first.”

GOOGLE CALENDAR:

If you have synched your calendar with the NaNoLansing calendar, you may have to resync it as we’ve changed our email.  You can check to see if your synch is still active by checking for the Kick off event in October.  If it doesn’t show, you’ll need to resynch.

We’ve got an exciting year planned for you and will send more news as we get it.  If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to send us a NaNoMail.

Excitedly Yours,

Annette aka Contemplative Cat
along with Courtney aka YuOfOwari22
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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May Write In & brainstorming for the summer months

May Write In & brainstorming for the summer months

Hello everyone,

It’s time for our May write in.

Come join us tomorrow (Thursday May 12th) for another fun evening of writing, sharing and brainstorming for the summer months.

When:
Thursday May 12, 2016
Time:
6:30 to 10 pm
Where:
EL Grand Traverse Pie Company (Orchard Room)

Activities:
We will have time to write, share our projects and spend time looking at what we would like to do for the summer.

Historically write ins have taken a sabbatical during the summer months, but they don’t have to.  Come share your thoughts on how you would like to utilize our summer months.  (If you can’t come, please PM me with your thoughts and ideas.)

Hope to see you all there!

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NaNoLansing Newsletter

Life got away from me recently, so no newsletter this month.  Sorry about that.

For those of you who don’t know, we have a monthly(ish) newsletter with reminders of write ins and other tidbits of information and resources.  If you would like to be on the mailing list to receive that in your email, please sign up for our NaNoLansing Newsletter at this url link.

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Writingly yours,

~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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April Write In and Newsletter Information

April Write In and Newsletter Information

Hello Everyone!

We’re into our 2nd week of Spring Camp NaNoWriMo and a bunch of us are having a blast with this.  There are at least a couple of cabins with local wrimos.  If any of you would like to communicate across cabins, please come to the April Camp NaNoWriMo thread and post away.

It’s time for our April Write In.

When:
Thursday April 14, 2016
Time:
7-9:30 pm
Where:
EL Grand Traverse Pie Company (Orchard Room)

Activities:
We will be supporting and cheering each other on with our Camp NaNoWriMo goals, have some writing time, and of course, Cauldron of Doom word Sprints.

May Write In
Mark your calendars now for our May write in too!

When:
Thursday May 12, 2016
Time:
7-9:30 pm
Where:
EL Grand Traverse Pie Company (Orchard Room)

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NaNoLansing Newsletter

Want to stay in the loop and receive monthly(ish) newsletters with write-in information and other tidbits and resources?
Sign up for our NaNoLansing Newsletter at this url link.

If you have gmail or some other free email service, you many need to add NaNoLansing at gmail.com to your address book or the newsletter might wind up in the spam or promotions folder.

Possible Delivery Problems:
Also, there might be some difficulty sending out this and/or future newsletters as we are currently using a free gmail account as our email address.  Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance (DMARC) is a new thing that is affecting Mail Chimp Integration with free email providers.

Finding a solution to this may take some time.  If any of you techy type people have experience with this and would be willing to help, please PM Contemplative Cat.

Thanks!

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Looking forward to seeing you at the write in!

~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.

Write In Thursday March 10th!

Write In Thursday March 10th!

Hi Everyone,

What crazy weather we’ve been having.  Blizzard – warm – blizzard – warm.  Thank goodness we’re on a warm streak now because that means that we won’t have to deal with snowy and icy road for our write in this week!

So come on out and join us for our March Write In!

When:
Wednesday March 10, 2016
Time:
7-9:30 pm
Where:
EL Grand Traverse Pie Company (Orchard Room)

Activities:
We will talk about Camp NaNoWriMo and share resources and ideas.  Plus we’ll make a little headway with our writing too with our Cauldron of Doom sprints.

April Write In
Mark your calendars now for our April write in too!

When:
Thursday April 14, 2016
Time:
7-9:30 pm
Where:
EL Grand Traverse Pie Company (Orchard Room)

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NaNoLansing Newsletter

Want to stay in the loop and receive monthly(ish) newsletters with write-in information and other tidbits and resources?
Sign up for our NaNoLansing Newsletter at this url link.

(Please note – If you have gmail, you many need to add NaNoLansing at gmail.com to your address book or the newsletter might wind up in the spam or promotions folder.)

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Looking forward to seeing you!

~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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February Write In

February Write In

Hope all of you are doing well.

Our February write in is just around the corner!

When:
Wednesday February 10, 2016
Time:
7-9:30 pm
Where:
EL Grand Traverse Pie Company (Orchard Room)
Activities:
We will have time to socialize, discuss future write in ideas, and of course write with word sprints from the cauldron of doom.

If you have ideas/wishes/hopes for how to best utilize our monthly write ins, please let us know, here, at our write ins, or both!

March Write In
Mark your calendars now for our March write in too!

When:
Thursday March 10, 2016
Time:
7-9:30 pm
Where:
EL Grand Traverse Pie Company (Orchard Room)

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NaNoLansing Newsletter

Want to stay in the loop and receive monthly(ish) newsletters with write-in information and other tidbits and resources?
Sign up for our NaNoLansing Newsletter at this url link.

(Please note – if you have gmail, you may need to add NaNoLansing at gmail.com to your address book, or the newsletter might go to your spam or promotions folder.)

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Looking forward to seeing you next week!

~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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