April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo: Cabin and Write-in News!

April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo: Cabin and Write-in News!

Hello everyone and happy “Spring”!

This April’s Camp NaNoWriMo is right around the corner!

We have a cabin started and have some write-ins planned for this *informal* extravaganza!

If you are not familiar with Camp NaNoWriMo, it’s like a more laid back version of NaNoWriMo; you can write any sort of project you can think of and count your progress in word-count as usual, or in hours, pages, or lines! There is a lot of freedom to explore, and great opportunities for camaraderie and merriment along the way!

If you’d like to join in the festivities, head on over to campnanowrimo.org! Create an account (you’ll use the same login info as with the regular NaNoWriMo site) or sign-in again if you’ve participated before.

Once you’re all signed-in, you’ll need to join a cabin! What are cabins, you ask?

“Cabins are Camp NaNoWriMo’s version of a writing group. Up to twenty writers can bunk together in a virtual cabin to create a personal writing community.”

Camp NaNoWriMo will automatically sort you into a random cabin. That’s great fun, but if you’d like to join our cabin, here’s what to do!

  1. Make sure that you’ve named your project. You’ll probably be prompted at the main page, but otherwise, under “My Camp NaNo” go to “Writing Projects” and create a new one!
  2. Once you have a project, you’ll need to change your cabin settings. To do this, go to “Cabins”–>”Cabin Settings”. There you can select that you’d like to be able to receive cabin invitations
  3. If you’ve already been sorted into a random cabin, you can leave that one and instead opt to receive invitations.
  4. Send a private message (“Conversations”–>”Camp Inbox”–>”Message a Camper” on the left sidebar) to YuOfOwari22 and let me know you’d like to join! I’ll then invite you to join our cabin.

Cabins cap out at 20 writers, but we can always have more than one if the first fills up so never fear – you’ll not have to write alone!

Speaking of not writing alone, we have a few write-ins planned for those who are so inclined:

April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo Write-in Schedule:
Thursday, April 6: 7pm – 10pm
Thursday, April 13: 7:30pm – 10pm

All the write-ins planned so far will be held at the Grand Traverse Pie Co., 1403 E. Grand River , East Lansing, MI 48823

If you’d like to suggest other dates/times/places for write-ins, throw out your ideas on the Cabin Message Board (found under “Cabins”–>”My Cabin” once you’ve joined)!

Or if you’d like to communicate with all of NaNoLansing, and not just your cabin, please post over at our NaNoLansing Thread at NaNoWriMo.

Hope to see/”see” some of you soon!

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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Scrivener Workshop January 28th 10 am to 3 pm!

Scrivener Workshop January 28th 10 am to 3 pm!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I’m writing today to let you all know about a wonderful workshop that Alexandria Sure has coordinated for us.

Come learn Scrivener with your NaNoWriMo family.

Date:  Saturday, January 28, 2017

Time:  10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
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Open to the first 15 participants that register. Bring your laptop to follow along. Time remaining after the course has been completed will be used for hands-on learning, plotting/writing, or editing.

Coffee and water provided. Lunch break at noon – bring a lunch or visit our local downtown Lansing food vendors. Feel free to bring anything else you’d like to snack on or drink.

FREE Parking in the back of the building. Doors open at 9:45 am. If you arrive after 10 am, you must call 517.980.0380 to be let into the building.

Please RSVP using the link below.


Scrivener can be purchased/installed at https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php?show=features
If you won NaNo, you were given a code for 50% off in your winner’s goodies.  If you didn’t win, but would like to get the code (which is good until 11-1-17) you can check out the Special Offer Code Giveaway Thread for a code or contact Contemplative Cat who has a code she won’t be using.

Thanks for coordinating this, Alexandria!  Hope to see a full house there.

Post NaNo Write Ins:

We’re still looking at having these, but haven’t finalized details.  If you would like to discuss ideas about this, please check out our Writing Through the New Year Thread.

Here’s to a Fun and Productive New Year!

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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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!

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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Validate Your Novel! Last Blast Write In, TGIO

Validate Your Novel! Last Blast Write In, TGIO

It’s November 30th, Valiant Word Warriors! Our last day of writing!

If you have crossed that 50K line and haven’t donned that awesome purple winner’s banner, then please Validate Your Novel!  Get the awesome prizes that come from winning!  Join the 2016 Winner’s Hall of Fame!  For information on how to Validate – Click Here.  BTW – You can continue to update your word count with the Purple Winner’s Banner.  Also, NaNoWriMo does not keep your novel, but if you are still concerned you can use find/replace and crazy up the novel you upload to validate.

If you’re still working on getting to that 50K (there are dozens of you so close) we’re cheering you on, keep writing!  You’re almost there.  Pull out all the stops and take your characters on crazy adventures!  If you’re so far away you aren’t sure you can do it – try anyway.  Join the ranks of the NaNoLansing Heros who amazingly wrote astounding amounts of words on their last few days!  (Thinking of 3 people at the moment who did this.)  Anything is possible!

Come to our Last Blast Get Your Words In Write In tonight at Old Chicago from 9 pm to midnight.  We’ll have hotspots on our phones if the wi-fi goes down.  (If you’ve won already come join us anyway.  It will be fun!)  We’ll update our house points for you.  And you will get house points for attending tonight for those last bits of house point chances!  (Final point count will be completed by Saturday to give us a chance to tally everything.)  And speaking of Saturday…

TGIO Party this Saturday!

Come celebrate the month with your fellow word wizards on Saturday 12-5 from 2 until 5 pm.

  • We’ll have a potluck
  • Awards – Must RSVP so we can make them for you.  Please do so early, or you might get a handwritten generic one.  😉
  • White Elephant Exchange – Bring a wrapped gift (regifted, homemade or no more than $10.)  We will have a fun trading game to pass them around.
  • Raffle Prizes!  We have a NaNoWriMo Poster as one of these plus a warm fuzzy blanket.
  • Games!
  • See who wins the coveted House Trophy!

RSVP Here.

Congratulations to our 2016 NaNoLansing Word Wizards who have crossed the 50K mark as of this writing.  If you have an asterisk (*) by your name, be sure to validate your novel asap.

Sihaya48, Remmirath, Contemplative Cat, Grimmlin, Tricia LB Warren,* roseworthington, ConnorHawke, cactusrose, curtisa5, AlexandriaSure, CammieDiane, girly1393,S_Featherstone, Faith Gider, poptartodoom, *Alyx95, estelraca, The_Riskbreaker, jesirobe, dei.gratia.hobbit, jhirst18, Victoria L. Rienhardt, *Stiliger, stargirlofthesea, J.B.Wickstop, PermanentlyTired, Cavebound Dragon, FreedomWarrior, Chelle LaBelle, TatooedLaura, Penny Michelle

We’re cheering you on!  We’re proud of you!  Whether you’ve written an amazing amount of words of this month, or just wrote a little, every word matters.  Your story matters.  You can be proud of yourself!  Celebrate your success!

Encouragingly Yours,
Your Fearless Co-Municipal Liaisons (and Heads of House Gryffindor)
Annette (Contemplative Cat) and Courtney (YuOfOwari22)

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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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Channel Your Inner Clever and Resourceful Self!

Channel Your Inner Clever and Resourceful Self!

Hey there NaNoLansing!

Just a few quick announcements before we head to our clever pep talk from Slytherin!

ML Sponsored Events:

  • Word Wizardry Write In – this Sunday from 12 to 5:30.  There’s still space left, so please join us for a day of word wizardry fun.  RSVP here.
  • Monday Virtual ML Sponsored write in 8 pm to 10 pm

Come Write In Events:

  • Tomorrow Saturday 11-19, the Okemos Public Library has an all day write in with coffee and tea.  9 am to 7 pm.
  • Monday 11-21 Delta Township Library Come Write In  4 pm to 6 pm.  There may be authors there discussing the craft.

Other Fun Stuff:

Speaking of House Points….
Hufflepuff remains in 1st place, however in a neck and neck race, Slytherin has overtaken Ravenclaw for second place and our brave, but needs more stupendousness, Gryffindor remains in 4th place.  (We can do it, Gryffs!  Come to write ins!  Do something awesome!)   *cough, cough* so back to the results…

1st – Hufflepuff – 7334
2nd – Slytherin – 6846
3rd – Ravenclaw – 6785
4th – Gryffindor – 6502

Your house Gryffindor MLs
Annette (Contemplative Cat) and Courtney (YuOfOwari22)

And now – Onto the brilliantly cunning and creative pep talk from Slytherin!

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


Dear Wrimos,

We’re well into November and the end may be coming a tad too quickly for some. Now is the time to channel your inner serpent and call on a few Slytherin traits. No matter which House you call home, you may need a dose of cleverness, a dash of resourcefulness, a pinch of determination, and “a certain disregard for the rules.”

The NaNo forums are here to help. Check out the Reaching 50,000! Section, where you’ll find Tips & Tricks, NaNo Dares, Scenes to Up Your Word Count, and more. You’ll also discover that none of this is actually against the rules, but don’t let that stop you.

Want a few quick tips from the forum, right here in your inbox? Give these a shot:
– Find and replace all the contractions with full words. Ex: “wasn’t” becomes “was not”.
– Give your main character a ridiculously long title and be sure it’s used every time. Ex: The Supremely Awesome Yet Gloriously Humble But Non Self Deprecating Exact Right Amount of Self Confidence Perfect Mary Sue.
– Accept a ridiculous dare and write a quick scene that is not part of the story. You may be surprised at how quickly you can write when you know it doesn’t matter. And you just may end up discovering something about your characters in the process.

For those of you who’ve hit the 50k or are well on the way, I salute you. Your timely resourcefulness and determination have served you well. Bravo! Keep cheering the rest of us on, if you will, and let’s do our noveling wizardry school proud.

Your Slytherin Head of House,

ML Cape Cod, Massachusetts


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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.)


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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Bravely Forge Ahead (with house points update!)

Bravely Forge Ahead (with house points update!)

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

Hello fellow word wizards,

We are nearing the end of week 1 of our daring and courageous experience called NaNoWriMo.

Week 1 is the time of enthusiasm, passion, hope and excitement.  It is a valiant task to embark upon writing 50,000 words in a month, but one which many past word wizards like yourself have achieved and one which you can too!

How are you doing?  Are you feeling the excitement and bravely forging ahead?  Have you gone to your house common rooms and sought out the camaraderie that is gained with your fellow housemates?  Are you needing some encouragement?

Your fearless house professors (aka regional Municipal Liaisons – MLs) are here to help you achieve your goals and have many potions, spells, threads and words of wisdom to guide you through this process.  The more you immerse yourself in the experience, the better you will be able to achieve your goal, so be fearless.  Attend your write ins, use your spells, converse with fellow word wizardry students in the forums and forge ahead!  You are sure to feel a newfound sense of confidence and strength – and there might be some house points in it too.  😉

And speaking of house points….

Our current standings are:

Ravenclaw – 2442
Hufflepuff -2440
Slytherin – 2190
Gryffindor – 1814

So dear word wizards, we leave you with these words of Dumbledore,

Your house Gryffindor Professors aka USA::Michigan::Lansing MLs,

Professor Contemplative Cat (Annette) and
Professor YuOfOwari22 (Courtney)

PS.  If you haven’t yet been assigned to one of the Harry Potter houses and would like to fully immerse yourself into this magical month, please contact your regional professor aka Municipal Liaison.


NaNoLansing ML Sponsored Events:

Virtual Write In – Monday November 7 from 8 to 10 pm.  NaNoLansing Chat RoomMust be registered first.
Write In – Thursday November 10th from 7-10 pm Old Chicago

Other events (Not ML sponsored):
Come Write In – Monday November 7 from 6-7:30 pm Delta Township Library
All Day Write In with Alexandria Sure and Chelle Labelle– Saturday November 12 from 10 am to 3 pm – Foster, Swift Collins & Smith.

Battle of Midway – House Points available
Saturday November 12 from 10:30 to 4:30 Grand Blanc.  Please RSVP here asap and Post here for carpooling.

NaNo Selfie Day!
On Friday November 11, take a picture of yourself writing and post on twitter (#NaNoSelfie16) or our NaNo Selfie Day Thread.  If you post on twitter, be sure to come back to the thread and let us know.  There will be house points available!

In Other news:
Our Double Up Donation Day was an astounding Success!
Thank you everyone who donated!  We can all be proud of the money that we as a region have raised for NaNoWriMo.

Thank you also to our wonderful in-kind donors who have donated items and their spaces so we can enjoy our events:

You all make NaNoWriMo great!


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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!


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


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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.

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

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Post something on our NaNoLansing Friendly Competitive Word Count Graph- Faces


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