Reading books? But I was planning on planning!

Okay, men (and women),
This is it. The big one, The one we’ve all been waiting for.

NaNoWriMo.org has been wiped and reset to 2017. You can log in and create your novel!

You can also Introduce yourself and begin hosting write ins (prep ins?). There’s already several Write Ins set down and on the calendar. And it’s only October 2nd!

Goodreads

So, did you know we have a Goodreads group? I know, reading books is not nearly as enjoyable as actually writing them, but hear us out. Last month, we read Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee, who, guess this, is a local wrimo, who wrote it for NaNoWriMo and got published. FYI, she may show up to an event to say ‘Hi!’.

This month we’re reading Switched by Amanda Hocking. Amanda started out as a self publisher with help from Pronoun, one of those sponsors from HQ (who also sponsored TGIO last year). These days she’s published by Macmillan and she’s coming to our TGIO party to give us some advice on self publishing.

If you haven’t been participating, or didn’t know, it’s not too late to read the books and start chatting about them in the group. It’s entirely possible active group members might get a little… something… at a later date.

9 Weeks until NaNoWriMo continues

Alexis’s NaNo Prep Facebook posts are continuing at high speed. It’s not too late to join her (and officially make the Prep group larger than the regular group…)

And now its really time to prep because before you know it it will be time for…

Events

Kick Off

El Cholo Pasadena
Sunday, October 29th 3-5pm

Per usual, we will have door prizes and a raffle. Hopefully we won’t over do it again (last year no one left empty handed)

The forum RSVP is open here and you can also see the Facebook event here.

Midnight Blast Off

Dupars Pasadena
Tuesday, October 31 (All Hallows Eve) 10pm – Wednesday, November 1st (All Saints Day), 2am

Julie is the one risking her soul to host on the most terrifying of nights (that entire week is actually a bit creepy). Battle your way through the ghouls and goblins to join the first write in of the month. Reward your endeavors with pie (or a burger. that works too).

The forum RSVP will open in about two weeks. The Facebook event is here.

Great Train Escape

The Escape to San Francisco for the Night of Writing Dangerously is still around. Now organized by syaffolee, but Betty will be getting on the train from LA.

Meanwhile Julie and Alexis are planning on bidding them farewell before taking the local trains around for a bit of a Ride in,. I mean write in. It’s listed on the calendar!

Thank God It’s Over (TGIO)

Geeky Teas, Burbank
Sunday, December 3rd, 3-5 pm

Finally, when it’s all over we’ll party in Burbank. There will be some sort of refreshment and there will be Amanda Hocking telling us about self publishing. And probably some prizes because what’s a NaNo LA event without prizes?

Geeky Teas is also the GeeKitties cat rescue, so there are cats on premise, basically on the opposite side of the building from us.

I think that’s everything currently happening. Save the Dates, read some books, prepare your families for your vanishing act next month.

-Xander

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Thus it begins…

September is upon us, Winter is Coming, and before that, NANOWRIMO.

I know, three whole months away, but that’s like a second to Nicholas Flamel. I’ve barely begun thinking about planning, but as I can attest, as the forum moderator for NaNo Prep, there are many who are starting to panic, I mean plan. Such as my lovely co-ML Alexis who has a plan for all of us this next few weeks. Continue Reading →

June means time to Prep

Another month closer to November! And more things we can say you should totally do!

The Great NaNoWriMo Roadtrip

You got this from HQ already, but we are also going to encourage you to donate to the Great NaNoWrIMo Roadtrip which is actually a Site Redesign. They couldn’t resist coming up with a spiffy name for it, but then again, it makes it harder to realize we’re asking for money.

The goal is $50,000 – our FAVORITE number, but we want it in two weeks. The more we get, the more awesome things might show up on the site in 2018. Yes, I skipped a year. A decent redesign takes time. And this is the first time in a decade that the redesign will focus on user features and upgrades rather than ‘the site works!’ which was the issue for a very long time (if you joined in the last couple of years, you are so lucky).

Click here to learn about the process

Click here to ask questions

Click Here to Donate

Camp NaNoWriMo July Session Prep

Camp NaNoWriMo is ready for your July Novel! Do you know what you’re writing? I don’t.

We are posting prep information on all of our social media! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for links to helpful resources.

Xander will be hosting an in Person prep session on Saturday 17 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Burbank Panera. We’ll talk about coming up with ideas and outlining them. Much of the information is useful even if you are a ‘pantser’.

Goodreads June Novel

The June read is Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire. The entire series is up for a Hugo Award (and as it happens, if you are a member or join Worldcon 75 as a Supporting (i.e. Hugo Voter) you get the entire series in the voter packet, as well as some other good novels) which I think says a lot right there. This is the first time there’s even been a Best Series category.

It has an evil fairy queen, koi fish, time travel (as in ‘there is a time skip’), a murder, people in need of saving, a protagonist who wants nothing to do with any of it. Ursula from the Little Mermaid makes a guest appearance under her ‘real’ name.

Converse about it on Goodreads or other places if you like.

Happy Writing
-Xander

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