NaNo Los Angeles 3rd Annual Anthology – SUBMISSIONS OPEN

lemur_nanolaIn the tradition begun by our Editor Emeritus and former Los Angeles Municipal Liaison Sara, I am pleased to announce our call for submissions for the third annual NaNo Los Angeles Anthology! Our first anthology,Believe Me Not, comprised 46 stories including 12 from writers ages 10-17 and can be purchased online here. Our second, It’s About Time, managed to boast more than a hundred pages morethan the first anthology and can be purchased online here. Will your story be part of our third anthology? We hope so!

All proceeds go to NaNoWriMo and its Young Writers Program and help make possible all the events that the Los Angeles region holds during National Novel Writing Month in November each year.

The third annual NaNo Los Angeles Anthology is now open for submissions, which are due March 10th. Lemur Publishing invites all Los Angeles Wrimos and Wrimos-at-large to submit short stories for the 2016 anthology. Our theme this year is “it’s the system“… Please think broadly about this idea, and in case you need a jumping-off point, we came up with several ideas. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you have something that fits the theme that’s not included here, please feel free to write that and send it to us!

–solar system(s)
–computer matrix
–hierarchy (nobility/peasants, castes, etc.)
–systems in the human body (nervous system, etc.)
–systems of thinking/system psychology/systems behavior
–systems of oppression
–operating system (computer, game console, etc.)
–postal service (shipping of letters/packages)
–cultural systems
–economic systems (command/planned, socialism, market economies, etc.)
–systems of government (aristocracy, timocracy, oligarchy, democracy, tyranny)
–”the healthcare system”

We had several requests to include a phrase the same way we did in the first anthology, so we decided that it would be interesting to see what writers can come up with when they have to include the first sentence: “Where did this come from?” And, as usual, if you can organically use NaNo Icons, you’ll get bonus points from the editors! For information on NaNo Icons, please see the descriptions on the Lemur Publishing website.

Here’s the nitty gritty details for your information!

Due date: March 10
Theme: “it’s the system”
Phrase: story must begin with “Where did this come from?” (though it doesn’t have to be in quotes)
Submit to: (Re: Anthology 2016 submission)

–All genres welcome!
–4000 words or less. (Flash fiction is also great.)
–12-point type, Times New Roman, double spaced, paragraph indented 5 spaces.
–send as .doc (NOT .docx), .rtf, or plain-text attachment.
–Please do NOT copy/paste your entire story in the email.
–Grammar questions – Check the Chicago Manual of Style (free trial) or do a search on Grammar Girl.
–Spell check and proof your story before you submit.
–Proofread; have a friend read your story before submission.
–Each submission will be personally confirmed.

We look forward to reading your submissions and hope to present you with a brand new NaNo Los Angeles Anthology in time for NaNoWriMo 2016! Now get writing! (Also, please disseminate this call for submissions widely! Thank you.)

2015 TGIO Party!

CC_logoIt’s December, do you know what that means? It means it’s Party time! It’s TGIO Party time!

What is TGIO?

For those wondering what in the world does TGIO stand for, TGIO Party is The Thank Gosh It’s Over TGIO) Party. The TGIO party is a time honored NaNoWriMo tradition. The TGIO party is the perfect place for us to share our NaNoWriMo experiences, celebrate our successes and failures, and connect with our compatriot WriMos who’ve also survived the  month long suffering of writing our beloved novels.

Here are the details for this year’s party.

Coffee Connection FrontLocation:
Coffee Connection
3838 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Date: December 5, 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Details: We’ll be meeting in the Courtyard/Gallery area of the cafe. Parking is mostly street parking on Centinela.

We’ll have raffles and prizes galore, and games and hilarity to share. Oh, yes, and there will be cake! CAKE!

To Bring:

Come prepared. Bring the following to enter our new roster of games and win fun prizes:

  1. Premise. On a single page of paper, type your title and a one-sentence premise of your book. No name on it, please.
  2. One Page. On a single page of paper, print one page of your new novel. Any page – first, last, middle. Double-spaced, with one-inch margins (prepares you for submitting your book to publishers!). No title, no name.
  3. Best sentence. Pick a sentence, any sentence from your novel. Something that you know sings or zings. You knew it was good when you wrote it, so now, why don’t you flaunt it?

Also if you’ve been diligently filling out your achievement cards, bring them too! Anyone with the most achievements accomplished gets a little prize!


  • $200 Write for Success Gift Certificate for Editing Services
  • $50 Bodega Wine Bar Certificate
  • $25 Central Library Gift Store Gift Certificate 
  • A Backpack of Writing/Publishing Books
  • A Tote of Writing Books
  • Totes of Fiction Books
  • Movie Tickets
  • and much much more! 

So come one, come all to TGIO! See you there!

RSVP at our TGIO Thread. (RSVPs are not mandatory, but appreciated.)

2015 Midnight Blast Off!

Boo picMidnight Blast Offs!

Just like ghosts November 1st is sneaking up on us! But we are going to be ready for Nov. 1 because we’ll be having our Midnight Blast Off and getting our fingers and brains all limbered up for 12:01 midnight! So come join us Halloween Night!

[Pasadena] Du-par’s @ Pasadena

Location: 214 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Date: 10/31~11/1
Time: 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Details/Info: Your MLs Jennie (AthenaKTT) and Xander (ArtofCheatery)  will be hosting this gala with swag bags for those who missed out on them at the kick-off. Dupar’s is open 24-hours so feel free to stay later!

  • Free parking in the big lot behind the restaurant, off Mentor.
  • Only two outlets, so come charged, but I’ll have power strips for a few people and we can trade around chargers.
  • Wifi is available.
  • Good drinks, soup, pancakes, hot cocoa, coffee, and PIE!
  • Tell the waiter a separate check when you order.
  • Midnight WORD WAR!
  • Ask for the “Writing Room”.
  • NaNo Los Angeles Fortune cookies and Plot Bunnies return!
  • NaNoWriMo Bingo!
  • Raffle Prizes, lots of fun, and more!
  • Come in costume if you like. Your MLs may be in costume!

RSVP by replying at the Midnight Blast Off Thread. (RSVP not required by appreciated to help with planning.)


[Online] Virtual Kick-Off – California :: Elsewhere

Date: 10/31~11/1
Time: 9:00pm – Midnight (PST) (Or earlier if anyone wants to sign into the chat early.)
Location: Online ChatNaNo 
Details: For those who do not want to venture outside on NaNoWriMo Eve, Elsewhere ML Skybluefusion is hosting a Virtual Kick-Off.  For information go to: