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Write-Ins and Other News

Write-Ins and Other News

What? you may be saying. Why is Alaina talking about write-ins in January? Because tonight is the first of our monthly write-ins for the year at 7pm at The Avenue. We’ll be chatting about plans for the year, writing and more.

Keeping in Touch Beyond November

Since we know not every Wrimo wants to hear from us between January and September, this will probably be the last regional message for awhile. If you’d like to keep up with us the rest of the year, here are a few different ways to stay in the loop.

Our Forums
NaNoLansing.org
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2014 NaNoLansing Wrap Up Survey

Help us make 2015 even more awesome by taking a few minutes to fill out this survey about your experience in 2014.

Free Stuff

A number of sponsors offer goodies not just for winners, but for all participants. Now that you’re not writing quite so hecticly, make sure to check out what they’ve got available.

Winners T-Shirts

In case any of you were like me and missed the pre-order slot for your winners t-shirt and thought they missed being able to get one, they are available in the store now.

That is all for now. Keep warm and keep writing. We’ll see you again come fall.

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.

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Make Your Last Day Count

Make Your Last Day Count

There are planned pep talks and then there are those thoughts that come to you while driving home at one in the morning because you didn’t want to stop typing at your parents house when it was a half hour to midnight because you’ve still got 5,000 words to write before the final midnight.

All of you who have already validated can go plot what you’re bringing to the potluck at the TGIO party. I love you, but I’m not talking to you right now. Really. This is the last time you’ll hear a peep from me until tonight’s Last Blast To Get Your Words In or I’ve validated myself. Whichever comes first.

For those of you still reading, I want to take a moment to encourage you to keep writing. As I have been working on catching up with the 12,000 words I need to get in these few days, I could not help but think a quote attributed to Red Smith about the difficulty of writing that goes “You simply sit down at the typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.”

We may not use typewriters anymore (at least the vast majority of us), but sometimes these last days of writing feel like bleeding, like the marathoner who didn’t quite break in their shoes enough before beginning the race.

Life happened. Writer’s block got you. Doubts started eating away at your confidence. The characters ran amuck. Whatever it is that happened in the last 29 days, I want to encourage you to keep writing today… and tomorrow and the next day. Maybe you don’t reach that 50,000. Maybe you do. Whatever happens take heart in the words of Ray Bradbury – “You fail only if you stop writing.”

Don’t let worry slow you down. Follow Walt Disney’s advice – “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.” 

I like quotes, so here are a few more that you can take heart in if the craziness of this all seems to have grown since you first started on this journey.

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Edwin Land

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – F. Nietzsche

“Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.” – Doctor Who

“We wait, starving for moments of high magic to inspire us, but life is full of common enchantment waiting for our alchemist’s eyes to notice.” – Jacob Nordby

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” – unknown

“Never, ever let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. Prove the cynics wrong. Pity them for they have no imagination. The sky’s the limit. Your sky. Your limit. Now. Let’s dance.” – Tom Hiddleston

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” – Mary Kay Ash, founder of May Kay cosmetics

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

I could go on and on, but I have some writing of my own to do. Hopefully one or more of these gives you something to hold onto as you continue in your writing journey.

Whatever comes at midnight, I’ll borrow from lyrics of The Wanted to share my own feelings towards you all -:

“The sun goes down
The stars come out
And all that counts
Is here and now
My universe will never be the same
I’m glad you came
I’m glad you came”

Write on, my friends. We’ll see you again soon.

Alaina aka A_Rachelle
Your co-captain of the Airship NaNoLansing Sojourner aka co-Municipal Liaison for USA::Michigan::Lansing

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Week 3: All the Little Things

Week 3: All the Little Things

Week three. Sometimes it feels like the Wednesday of NaNo. In week one we had a plan or the hope of a plan and asked ourselves ‘what if.’ Week two we held fast to our imaginations and steamed past the naysayers. Then week three arrived. Purple bars started appearing under some people’s pictures. Then there are those of us who aren’t quite (or not at all) near the blasted purple bar worrying as we shovel coal in hopes of creating some more steam because it feels like there might not be quite enough. This is week three. Don’t worry. It’s almost week four.

So what can you do when all those coals of ideas pushing your imagination on seem to be running low?

One of the things that is fascinating in steampunk is while there is that crazy juxtoposition of ideas and openness to just about anything, there is also a lot of attention to detail. Do an image search on steampunk and once you look past the tophats and corsets and bustles of the Victorian era, you may begin to notice that what sets them apart are all the little deatils. There are cogs and chains and intricate clockwork devices. The pistols are engraved and the brass is aged. Texture is layered over texture and every seam is defined. Without those details they don’t make the jump from Victorian to steampunk.

Word nerd that I am I looked up the etymology of ‘details’ and at its French roots it means to separate (de-), to cut (tailler). Further back that to cut is from the Latin talea meaning a twig or cutting.

What does this have to do with steampunk or NaNo? Maybe its where my own NaNo manuscript is as, but there are two pieces of inspiration I take from this.

The first is that all those ‘minor items or events regarded collectively’ can be a great place to visit when you are stuck and trying to figure out how to get those 1,667 words in for the day. Describe the details that make your story yours. Maybe your character loves pierogies or spike heels. Perhaps they decorated their whole home in purple or there is something strange about the street they live on. Daily writing prompts are a great place to find inspiration for this.Those details may never make it past the first draft, but there is a lot to be learned from the details of your world.

The second is that original Latin talea. In horticulture a cutting is a part of a parent plant that is cut off in order to grow a new and separate plant. Look through what you have written. Where are there places that you have skipped over details or days or emotions? Can a new scene be grown out of it? What unanswered questions can you address?

Need help figuring out some details? Other wrimos are a great source of info. Come and pluck their minds at our write-in today at E. Lansing Grand Traverse Pie Company or any of the others coming up between now and the end of the month.

Go get lost in the little things and we’ll see you soon.

Alaina aka A_Rachelle
Your co-captain of the Airship NaNoLansing Sojourner aka co-Municipal Liaison for USA::Michigan::Lansing

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(Almost) Halfway There

(Almost) Halfway There

Congratulations, everyone! We’ve almost hit the half-way mark. Have you backed up your novel today?

November 15 Write-a-thons

This year we have two that you can attend and both are trying to figure out how many people to expect, so if you are planning to attend, please take a moment to stop by the appropriate thread and let them know.

Cauldrons will be present at both events and NaNoLansing wrimos will be able to get tickets to trade in for charms at Tuesday’s write-in.

Sixth Annual Battle of Midway
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Montrose-Jennings Library, 241 Feher Dr, Montrose, MI (off of I-75 between Flint and Birch Run)

Organized by the Saginaw Bay Region, we’ve had wrimos attending this for several years now. Go to this thread for more information and to talk potential carpooling.

Go Green, Go Write
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Technological Innovation Center (TIC),325 E. Grand River in East Lansing

Organized by the Capital City Writers, you can find out more here.

2014 Fundraising Goals

$1000: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker
$1100: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt
$1200: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt + organized reading
$1300: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt  + organized reading released as podcast
$1400: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt + organized reading + parody music video
$1500: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt  + organized reading released as podcast + parody music video

Stretch Goal
$5000: A_Rachelle gets a guilt monkey tattoo

Questions? Head over here for more information, disclaimers, etc.

Write Ins 

Tuesdays, 7 pm
Organizer: MLs
Old Chicago, Okemos

Get more information here.

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm
Organizer: A_Rachelle
Abiding in the Vine, Owosso

Get more information here.

Wednesdays, 6 pm
Organizer: Wrimos (look for GBJazzman in particular)
Panera Bread, West Lansing

Get more information here.

Thursday, Nov 20 @ 8 pm
Organizer: glancesherlock
Grand Traverse Pie Company, East Lansing

Get more information here.

Guilt Monkeys

Guilt monkeys have been flying, but when we updated the tracking we realized that there is some missing monkey movement. If you have unregistered monkey trading going in, take a moment to fill us in so that our tracking will be up to date.

TGIO Party

The time is approaching more quickly than we’d like to think. Weigh in here on the party details.

That is all for today. As always, keep a weather eye to the forums and we’ll see 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.

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2014 NaNoLansing Fundraising Goals/Prize Levels

2014 NaNoLansing Fundraising Goals/Prize Levels

After some discussion between Contemplative Cat and I, here are your fundraising goals for 2014.

A couple of notes before you see the levels:

  • Stickers and t-shirt designs will be made available for you to order at cost + $1 to go back to NaNo.
  • Organized reading text is TBD. Input is welcome.
  • Song to be parodied would be decided once that goal is reached.
  • Per the discussion leading to the stretch goal, paying for it would require additional funds.

2014 NaNoLansing Fundraising Prize Levels

$1000: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker

$1100: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt

$1200: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt + organized reading

$1300: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt + organized reading released as podcast

$1400: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt + organized reading + parody music video

$1500: Specially designed NaNoLansing sticker & t-shirt + organized reading released as podcast + parody music video

Stretch Goal

$5000: A_Rachelle gets a guilt monkey tattoo

Donation Day, an online write-in, and other news

Donation Day, an online write-in, and other news

Throw some confetti! Blow on the kazoos! It’s Donation Day!

If you haven’t donated yet and plan to, today is a great day to do it with prize drawings and double donor goodies at the $25 level and more. Check out this page for more information.

Are you a broke Wrimo who would love to have a halo and get that badge on your dashboard for donating but just don’t have the cash to donate yourself? Check out this thread and this one.

2013 NaNoLansing Fundraising Video

Last year we had an awesome fundraising year and promised you all a video. It’s been live for a little over a week, but we know not everyone has found it yet,

You can watch it here.

Also, keep an eye on the forums for this year’s ‘ways your MLs are willing to embarrass themselves’ fundraising goals.

How to Track Your Word Count on a Partial/Revised Novel

We know our wrimos come at NaNo from a lot of different places in their writing. While most are starting something new, some are taking an old story and re-writing it or doing a new section, so the question has arisen of how do you record that word count?

It’s really simple. If you didn’t write it after 12:01 on November 1st, don’t record it in your word count and certainly don’t use it to verify.

Just like character sheets and plot outlines and all of those things that may have been created as prep in October don’t count, neither does anything else you might have written before that time. Create a new document, mark off the information from before so you don’t include it, whatever you have to do to differentiate between NaNo and the rest of the year.

If you have any questions, feel free to message either of your MLs.

Online Write-In This Afternoon

Saturday, November 8, 1-4 pm
The NaNoLansing Chat Room

Check out this thread for information on how to register and join in.

Write Ins – ML Sponsored

Tuesdays, 7 pm
Organizer: MLs
Old Chicago, Okemos

Get more information here.

Wednesdays, 6 pm
Organizer: Wrimos (look for GBJazzman in particular)
Panera Bread, West Lansing

Get more information here.

Thursdays, 8:30 pm on Nov 13 & 8 pm on Nov 20
Organizer: glancesherlock
Grand Traverse Pie Company, East Lansing

Get more information here.

November 15 Write-a-thons

This year we have two that you can attend.

Sixth Annual Battle of Midway
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Montrose-Jennings Library, 241 Feher Dr, Montrose, MI (off of I-75 between Flint and Birch Run)

Organized by the Saginaw Bay Region, we’ve had wrimos attending this for several years now. Go to this thread for more information and to talk potential carpooling.

Go Green, Go Write
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Technological Innovation Center (TIC),325 E. Grand River in East Lansing

Organized by the Capital City Writers, you can find out more here.

Less than a half hour until that online write-in. I had best go fortify myself with food.

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.

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Last Minute News

Last Minute News

Welcome to the last day of October! Are you ready?

RSVP for the Kick-Off Party

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

It’s tomorrow, so please take a moment to let us know you’re coming. After all, we have goodies and we want to make sure we have enough for everyone.

RSVP at Eventbrite now.

Midnight November 1st

Interested in a midnight write in to kick off the month? Check out this thread.

Scheduled ML Write Ins

Thursday, November 6, 7 pm
Grand Traverse Pie Company, E Lansing

Tuesdays, November 11, 18 & 25, 7 pm
Old Chicago, Okemos

Get more information here.

More Write Ins

While we can’t be everywhere, we know that you are spread far and wide and would like to help you find each other. Here are a few of the places that we know we have space or people. Check out these threads for more information:

West Lansing

Dewitt

Owosso

Brighton/Howell

Not seeing your part of town? Check out our Host Your Own Write-In thread.

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.

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.

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March Write-In: Flash Fiction @ The Avenue

March Write-In: Flash Fiction @ The Avenue

Tomorrow night we’ll be gathering at The Avenue (aka Gone Wired) for our March write-in. We’ve been discussing flash fiction, so bring along an 800 word story to share.

Writing prompt:
A knight is being stalked across an interstellar commonwealth by a bandit over a dark secret one of them knows about the other.

You are welcome to join us even if you don’t have a story.

The Details

Date: Wednesday, March 26th

Time: 7pm

Place: The Avenue Cafe/Gone Wired (2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing Charter Township, MI 48912)

The Final Stretch

The Final Stretch

Only 12 hours left of NaNoWriMo 2013. I may be in a little bit of denial about that.

Since there’s so little time left, I’m just going to get on to the important bits. Here are some things we wanted to remind you about.

Names and Nominations

We have decided to extend voting for wrimo awards and Rhino names through midnight tonight! If you aren’t sure of a fellow wrimo’s username, tell us what you can to describe them (name, novel type, which write-ins they came to) and we’ll try our best to match them up.

To vote for and nominate fellow wrimos, go here.

Then go here to vote for your favorite rhino name.

Last Blast to Get Your Words In!

Tonight!
Old Chicago
Okemos
7pm to midnightish

Celebrate the last few hours of NaNo, get in those last few words, pass guilt monkeys and more at our Last Blast!

Check out this thread for more details.

There’s also a write- in going on RIGHT NOW at the E. Lansing Grand Traverse Pie Company until 2pm.

TGIO Party on Sunday

Sunday, December 1
Haslett Library
1:30 to 4:30 pm

-Validate Your Novel-
You haven’t officially won NaNo until the word count validator says so.  For step by step information on how to do that (with visuals), check out our Winning NaNoWriMo FAQ thread.

-Shout out your Success!-
Share yours or someone else’s win with the rest of us at the Winner’s Hall of Fame thread.

Carry on now and Good Luck!

Alaina (A_Rachelle) and Annette (Contemplative Cat)
Co-Municipal Liaisons  USA::Michigan::Lansing

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Week Three – Practice Perseverance

Week Three – Practice Perseverance

Week three has well and truly begun, my Wrimos. We have passed the midpoint. Some have battled in Midway. Some have stunned us all with their writing speed (and in so doing heard only the most loving of ‘I hate you’s). Some of us have had ‘life’ happen throughout our first few weeks of NaNo and cannot believe it’s already so late in the month. We could really use a good 5,000 or 10,000 word day.

I say us because I am totally with you guys. These last few weeks have been hectic and crazy and despite getting a cushion in early on my word count is showing it.

This week is all about perseverance. We’ve crossed through week one of excitement and week two of the doldrums. Next week will be a race to the finish, but this week is about getting it done.

Ninjas had a lot of different skills that they mastered, among them perseverance and patience. They learned techniques like uzura-gakure, which is to curl into a ball and remain still so as to be taken for a rock. They carved out footholds and climbed walls and disguised themselves to blend into their surroundings. None of these are simple skills and, personally, I’m not sure I could stay in a ball long enough to be taken for a rock.

That’s where perseverance comes in.

Keep your eye on the prize. What do you want to have at the end of the month? 15,000 words? 50,000 words? 100,000 words? Whatever it is, hold tight to it and persevere (and back up your novel). Take each day and conquer it. Your characters may be running amok. Your plot line may be shifting. Never the less, persevere. We believe in you.

If you need some Ninja Tools to help you out, check out Contemplative Cat’s message from Week Two.

– Write-Ins –

Thursday Night – ML
Old Chicago Pizza
Okemos
7-10pm

Saturday Morning – ML
Grand Traverse Pie Company
East Lansing
11am-2pm

– The Rest –

Fundraising

Congrats, everyone! We have surpassed our first fundraising goal! As Contemplative Cat and I promised, there will be a video. What the video contains will depend upon what happens between now and the 30th. You are close to getting dancing. A little further off from some Kung Foo Fighting.

Watch out for news and updates here.

TGIO Party

Mark your calendars (if you haven’t already)! The TGIO party is coming up on December 1 and we would love to see you all there.

Check out this thread to get all the details.

That’s all for today. Happy writing!

Alaina (A_Rachelle) and Annette (Contemplative Cat)
Co-Municipal Liasions, USA::Michigan::Lansing

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Originally broadcast Nov. 19, 2013.