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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Summer Announcements

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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 Angeles.org and on is also posted to the forum. Questions about this year’s anthology should be directed to LANaNoAnthology@gmail.com.

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 Goodreads.com 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.
-Xander

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 1667press@gmail.com (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: 1667press.com.