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

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
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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!

RAFFLE PRIZES!!

  • $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.)

2014 TGIO Party!

CC_logoWe’re FIVE days until the end of November! So keep writing! I’m still a good… a lot of words away from the finish line… as you can see, but I’m already looking forward to our TGIO Party happening the weekend after November.

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 tim
e 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.

Location:

Coffee Connection
3838 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
map

Date: December 6, 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Details: Coffee Connection is a great Cafe in West Los Angeles in Culver City. They have a great variety of creative coffees and pastries. They even have sandwiches if you’re hungry.  We’ll be meeting in the Courtyard/Gallery area of the cafe. Parking is mostly street parking on Centinela.

With NaNoWriMo being over, there is no excuse to not come out and party! There will be raffles and lots of fun to be had!

If you want to share a page of your novel, you’re welcome to bring a one page excerpt!

You can make an RSVP by replying to this thread on LA Region Forum or at our Meet up page.  (RSVPs are not mandatory, but appreciated.)

Good luck getting to 50K, and I hope to see you at Coffee Connection!