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. 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!


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…


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.


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2013 Catch-Up Write-A-Thon!

Anyone starting to panic yet? Looking at your schedule for the beginning of November and wondering what you were thinking? Trying to finish early to relax over Thanksgiving?

If this is you, come catch up (or get ahead) at this six-hour write-a-thon! Yes, Nita’s normal write-ins are also six hours long, but this time we’ve got our own room! There is a parking area with with lots of free parking. There will be wi-fi and outlets — all provided with with no purchases required!  There’s even a park nearby if anyone wants to take a walk to get those creative juices flowing.

MM900285307Date: November 23, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00AM  – 4:00PM

South Bay Presbyterian Church
2701 Plaza Del Amo, Suite 703
Torrance, CA 90503 (click to go to Google Maps)

Park anywhere in the lot (the church is located in an office building, but there’s a sign on the building) and look for an open door with a NaNo logo taped on it. We will be upstairs in rooms 202/203.


  • Word wars with prizes! (TBD, but may include some stuff from Nita’s trip to San Francisco and the Night of Writing Dangerously.
  • Food! There will be candy, snacks, coffee/tea supplies, and materials to make PB&J sandwiches for lunch. Feel free to bring your own writer fuel, as well.
  • Inspiration! There will be a special Inspiration Station set up for this write-a-thon only, plus mini inspiration for you to take home with you, while supplies last.
  • Stickers! SHINY stickers for anyone who reaches 50,000 before or during the write-a-thon!
  • Farmers Market! (optional) The park next door happens to be the home of one of the biggest farmers markets in L.A. It’s walkable from the church, so feel free to come early and walk over, or take a break and eat lunch there. Open 8am – 1pm.

Come for all or part of the write-a-thon–just bring your chargers and get ready to type!

RSVP is not required, but it helps to make sure there’s enough food/prizes. You can RSVP by clicking on this link and replying on this thread.

Feel free to add suggestions of things to do/food/drink you’d like to see/bring/etc. This is for you guys, so let us know what will help you catch up on your word count!
Happy Writing!

2012 Mid-Month Party!

Date: November 11, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM (4:30 PM group picture in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater)

Lucky Strike Bowling
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028

Details: All Ages. Lucky Strike Bowling entrance is on Highland Ave. Come take a break from your writing and join us at one of LA’s famous landmark locations: Hollywood and Highland!

We’ll have a bowling lane for those who want to knocks some pins down to battle writer’s blocks. Yes! Bowling!! Bowling shoe rentals are only $4.00.

Come on over and join us in Hollywood for the afternoon, buy some snacks, order some drinks, meets some WriMos, share your joys and tribulations after your almost second week of NaNoWriMo!

After we’ve had too much fun, we’ll head over to Grauman’s Chinese Theater for another awesome group photo! Then we’ll part ways and continue writing our hearts out towards 50K or more!

Also don’t forget to bring a silly hat. Best silly hat (as voted by all) wins a prize! Yes! We’ll have more prizes!

Metro Directions: Take the Red Line and get off on the Hollywood and Highland station.

Don’t forget to RSVP – RSVP is not necessary, but it helps us to have a rough headcount.