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 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.

2015 Kick-Off Party!


ElCholoPasadena
Date: October 25, 2015 (Sunday)
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location:

El Cholo Café [in Paseo Colorado Mall, 2nd floor (PF Chang Side)]
260 E Colorado Blvd., Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-5800
Map

Come greet your NaNo friends in preparation for November’s novel writing excitement!

Never done NaNoWriMo before? Meet your local volunteers (Municipal Liaisons) and other fellow LA Wrimos. Come learn the ins and out of 50k in 30 days!

Receive your swag bag filled with noveling inspirations like Achievement Passports, 2015 stickers, and more!

El Cholo CafeComplimentary nacho and mini-chimichangas bar provided.
(However, we do encourage you to purchase food and drinks at E Cholo. They have great margaritas and chimichangas!)

Need we say it again?  Mingling, fun, food, and prizes!

 

Don’t forget to RSVP (not required but appreciated) at the NaNoWriMo LA Region Forum!

Also for those who were sad we had to cancel our NaNo Prep sessions. Have no fear, we have complied an awesome NaNo Prep Packet that would appeal to the Plotter and the Panster for $5 a packet at Kick-Off. (All proceeds will go to the NaNo LA region events, swag, and prizes.)

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