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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WriMos for Worldbuilders!

Worldbuilders-Logo_Web-less-spaceWorldbuilders has an annual fundraiser for Heifer International. This year if you donate through Team WriMo, you can be entered into a lottery for prizes that would appeal to WriMos! Especially WriMos who have manuscripts that need some dusting off.

These WriMo Exclusvies include:

  • $500 raised: One Critique by Douglas Hulick. Douglas has been a member of a writer’s group (the Wyrdsmiths) for over 20 years, so he knows critiquing. He will offer a critique for up to 10,000 words, and will include both in-text comments as well as an overall discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the submission.
  • $1,000 raised: One critique by The Wyrdsmiths. 7 writers (all pros) will critique a manuscript and include a recorded audio critique session as well as a manuscript mark-up. More info to come on this one!
  • $1,5000 raised: One Critique by Téa Obreht. Author Téa Obreht will happily critique up to 15,000 words of fiction—either short stories or a novel-in-progress or a totally amazing combination of both—and provide written commentary within 90 days of submission.

In addition to these WriMo Exclusives, there are of course lots of other prizes your lottery tickets will qualify for through Worldbuilders!

For more information on how to donate and enter this lottery visit the WriMo’s for Worldbuilders fundraising page.

The last day to donate is December 15, 2014, so don’t wait too long!

30% Off 1-Month Membership at The Writers Junction for WriMos!

Writers Junction LogoGetting lonely or distracted sitting at home with your laptop? Are the coffee shop grinding noises setting your teeth on edge and making writing that next chapter nigh impossible? Come to The Writers Junction!  Based in Santa Monica, The Junction is a shared workspace for writers by writers where writers write.  It’s where you’ll find the quiet of a library, the society of a coffee shop, the focus of a daily office, and the camaraderie of a private club.  It’s where you can work in splendid isolation, within a supportive community.
For NaNoWriMo participants, The Junction is offering a 30% off 1-Month membership just for us. That’s $262 for a 1-Month Full-Time Membership (regularly $375), or $175 for a 1-Month Part-Time Membership (regularly $250) at The Writers Junction.  With this offer, there is no initiation fee and no required commitment to a 6 or 12-month membership.
How do you get the discount?
  1. Click here (or go to and apply for membership
  2. In the question that asks “How did you hear about The Writers Junction?” be sure to mention the 1-Month NaNoWriMo discount so The Junction knows to give you the special price!
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