Summer Announcements

[This was originally sent as a Broadcast Message. It’s reposted here, just in case it got lost somewhere (cough, spam folder, cough)]

Hey, guys, the first Camp NaNoWriMo session is almost over. You’re ready for that, right? You’re ready for May, and Summer (cause we have more than one season here, right?), ‘vacations’… really, let’s not go on. It’s a bit intimidating.

Lots of stuff going on soon, so get out your calendar to mark off some dates.

Kick Off 2017

Kick off will be at El Cholo again, on Sunday, October 29th, 3-5pm. Save the date!

Yeah, we really didn’t want a repeat of last year where it suddenly changed at the last minute (really, as much as that sucked for you guys, the panic we went through was worse).

Also, expect TGIO to be December 2nd or 3rd. We’re finalizing the location, which means we are finalizing the time too. But, expect it that weekend (really, you longtimers should be able to guess when we hold events).

The Anthology Needs your submissions!

That’s right, the Anthology is back for the 4th year with We’ve All Been Here Before.

This year’s theme is ‘Returning’ or ‘Going Back’ and a prompt of ‘concealing’ or ‘hiding’. Word limit is 4000 words (or shorter). They are also looking for a cover artist.

Full submission criteria is located at NaNo Los and on is also posted to the forum. Questions about this year’s anthology should be directed to

And of course, the previous three anthologies (Believe Me Not, It’s About Time, and Meet the Systems) are available on Amazon in physical and Kindle editions.

NaNo Prep Is coming for you!

We did a little NaNo Prep before Camp started,  but expect a lot more starting in the month of May.

We have constant Prep prepared (lol, prep prepared) between now and November. It starts next month on Twitter, Facebook, and our website. Then in June we will return with in person Prep sessions (aimed at the July Camp session) on the Westside and in the Burbank area.

Finally, Alexis will be leading a massive two months of Prep starting in September right into November. Two Months of Prep. It will be Day -45 of NaNoWriMo and you will already be sick of it because of all the prep.

Goodreads Book Club

I really want to say ‘But wait, there’s more!”

I tried to start using the Bookclub feature a couple of years ago so we can read local authors and Wrimos, but there wasn’t much interest, not just with participants, but also with my fellow MLs. Our current team is willing to give it another go.

Right now we’re just choosing books that we know we enjoyed and think we can chat with you about. If you have ideas of good books for us to read/feature, tell us about them (we might have you host a month!).

Mia will be starting us off with Unwind by Neal Shusterman in May. Join us on and we can have non writing related fun together!

One More Thing

I don’t think I’ve promoted this recently, but we also have a Facebook group. It’s a little different than our page as you have general discussion on it. You’re also much more likely to see posts there than on the Page (thank you Facebook), which is why I usually share stuff from the Page to the group too.

You should totally join and talk with us. It’s great for making quick informal write ins or just chatting about thing that make us think of NaNo (like wombats. NaNo is really just about wombats).

Okay, I’ve taken enough of your time. Probably too much considering this is the off-season.

Kick Off and Anthology Release Party

[Pasadena] NaNoWriMo Kick Off and Anthology Release PartyElCholoPasadena
Saturday, October 29th, 3:00-5:00pm
El Cholo Pasadena
300 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Located in the Paseo Colorado Mall, use the parking garage, El Cholo does validate. The garage is usually packed, and we will be there on a Saturday versus a Sunday.

There will be swag bags for everyone and an appetizer bar, though it usually goes fast. You can, of course, order off of El Cholo’s menu.

Additionally, there will be several items for raffle. Everyone gets a ticket for attending, but extra tickets can be purchased for a couple of dollars. There will also be prep packs and inspirational items available for a small donation.

Raffles include, but are not limited to:

  • Official NaNoWriMo Posters from this year and several previous years
  • Several journals
  • Obfuscated Books (you won’t know what you’re getting until you win them!)
  • Romance Swag Bags
  • Candy

NaNo Los Angeles Anthology: Meet the Systems: Stories of Regimes, Schemes & Formulasmeet the systems
This year’s kick off party will feature the release of the 3rd NaNo Los Angeles short story anthology! Buy a book and snag author autographs at Kick Off! Meet the Systems: Stories of Regimes, Schemes & Formulas includes 21 system-themed stories that begin with the phrase: “Where did this come from?”

We have limited books available and we’re likely to sell out! So pre-order a discounted copy for $13.99 by emailing (pre-payment required). Please include your name, email address, and how many books you’d like to order. If we have any books left after pre-orders, you can buy a copy of the book for $14.99 at Kick Off. If you can’t make it to kick off, you can buy the anthology now on Amazon for $17.99.

Proceeds go to support NaNo Los Angeles and NaNoWriMo, so help support the community that fuels your literary creativity! To learn more visit:

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.)