2015 Midnight Blast Off!

Boo picMidnight Blast Offs!

Just like ghosts November 1st is sneaking up on us! But we are going to be ready for Nov. 1 because we’ll be having our Midnight Blast Off and getting our fingers and brains all limbered up for 12:01 midnight! So come join us Halloween Night!

[Pasadena] Du-par’s @ Pasadena

Location: 214 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Date: 10/31~11/1
Time: 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Details/Info: Your MLs Jennie (AthenaKTT) and Xander (ArtofCheatery)  will be hosting this gala with swag bags for those who missed out on them at the kick-off. Dupar’s is open 24-hours so feel free to stay later!

  • Free parking in the big lot behind the restaurant, off Mentor.
  • Only two outlets, so come charged, but I’ll have power strips for a few people and we can trade around chargers.
  • Wifi is available.
  • Good drinks, soup, pancakes, hot cocoa, coffee, and PIE!
  • Tell the waiter a separate check when you order.
  • Midnight WORD WAR!
  • Ask for the “Writing Room”.
  • NaNo Los Angeles Fortune cookies and Plot Bunnies return!
  • NaNoWriMo Bingo!
  • Raffle Prizes, lots of fun, and more!
  • Come in costume if you like. Your MLs may be in costume!

RSVP by replying at the Midnight Blast Off Thread. (RSVP not required by appreciated to help with planning.)

 

[Online] Virtual Kick-Off – California :: Elsewhere

Date: 10/31~11/1
Time: 9:00pm – Midnight (PST) (Or earlier if anyone wants to sign into the chat early.)
Location: Online ChatNaNo 
Details: For those who do not want to venture outside on NaNoWriMo Eve, Elsewhere ML Skybluefusion is hosting a Virtual Kick-Off.  For information go to: http://nanowrimo.org/forums/usa-california-elsewhere/threads/258842

2014 Midnight Blast Offs and Early Birds Write-Ins

rocketAre you ready? We are less than a week away from November 1st!

For anyone who wants to get a great start on NaNoWriMo and have some fun, we are having two Midnight Blast Offs on Halloween, and Early Morning Write-ins on November 1st for anyone who doesn’t want to stay out too late but love waking up early and being the early bird to gets their word count in.

Midnight Blast Offs! 

[Pasadena] Du-par’s @ Pasadena

Location: 214 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Date: 10/31~11/1
Time: 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Details/Info: Your MLs Sara (smcbride) and Jennie (AthenaKTT)  will be hosting this gala with swag bags for those who missed out on them at the kick-off. Dupar’s is open 24-hours so feel free to stay later!

  • Free parking in the big lot behind the restaurant, off Mentor.
  • Only two outlets, so come charged, but I’ll have power strips for a few people and we can trade around chargers.
  • No Wifi – total writerly focus time. (Or bring your hot spot enabled phone.)
  • Good drinks, soup, pie, food, hot cocoa!
  • Tell the waiter a separate check when you order.
  • Midnight WORD WAR!

Questions: email Sara: smcbride@caltech.edu

 

[Studio City] Du-Par’s @ Studio City

Location: 12036 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Date: 10/31~11/1
Time: 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Details/Info:  Come and hangout with your ML Xander (artofcheatery) at Du-Par’s to get a jump on your word count at Midnight! Du-Par’s is open 24 hours so feel free to stay longer.

Unless things have changed, we’re going to have no power or internets – come with charged batteries and if you can: your own internet – I’ll be able to provide some via my mobile hot spot, but I have to limit it to those of us who require it (Hi! I’m a netbook user! Wheee!)

Other than that, there be food and drink and supposedly: pie. Dupars is supposed to be known for their pie. Let’s put that to the test.

I’ll be there early to answer questions about NaNo, the website and probably have some extra goodie bags from Kick Off.

 

Early Bird Kick Off Write-Ins 

[Sherman Oaks] Early Bird Kick-Off @ Panera Bread

Location: 14708 Ventura Boulevard Sherman Oaks, CA 9140
Date: 11/1
Time: 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Details/Info:  Are you going to be out dancing and carousing with the goblins and ghouls on 10/31? If you are, you can still kick off your NaNoWriMo right with an Early Bird Write-In with your ML Chris Bailey!

This 6AM start time will flow into the regular Saturday morning write-in that is at Panera all year. This means you can write from 6AM – Noon on the first day of NaNoWriMo Now that is dedication to your writing and a GREAT start to the month!

This is the Panera that is between Kester and Van Nuys Blvd on Ventura Blvd (not the Studio City or Encino ones also on Ventura Blvd).  There is a massive parking lot out back.  Free wi-fi and I bring 4 – 6 plug power strips to add ample power.

Don’t forget to patronize the establishment.  They’ve been taking care of us all year and they’re very friendly and welcoming.  They let me reserve space if the crowd is big and don’t charge for the privilege.  Let’s show them we appreciate it!

[Culver City/Mar Vista] Late Bird Kick-Off @ Coffee Connection

Location: 3838 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles CA (map)
Date: 11/1
Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Details/Info:  For those who turned into a pumpkin at midnight post-Halloween bash, and/or are unable to make it to one of our fab midnight NaNo blast-offs, this November 1st Late Bird Launch is for you.

This is an extension of our year-round weekly Coffee Connection write-in, but for November only we’ll be in “the Cabin”, the bungalow on Venice Blvd. end of the cafe. We’ll post signs to direct you to the space, which will be set up with seats for about 30, and have wifi access. Coffee and food is coveniently located right next door (please patronize the coffee shop as they give us access to the space pro bono!).

Come pick-up NaNoWriMo goodies, and hangout with other writers just as weird as you are. And yes… there will be word wars and prizes!

Hosted by ML Lisa.

No RSVP is needed. Just show up and celebrate the coming of 2014 NaNoWriMo!

 

2013 Midnight Blast Offs

Clock MidnightWith our Kick-Off Party just around the corner, I’m sure everyone is excitedly anticipating the minutes before we can officially furiously type away at 12:00:01 AM November 1.

Halloween? What’s that? I see October 31 as NaNoWriMo Eve! To celebrate NaNoWriMo Eve, we’re holding some Midnight Blast-offs to get your fingers warmed up for NaNoWriMo.

[Hollywood] Midnight Blast-Off

Location: IHOP Restaurant, 7006 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Date(s): 10/31~11/1
Time: 10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Details: Come and hangout with your ML Xander (ArtofCheatery) as you wait for the clock to strike 12:00:00:01 so you can start your first NaNoWriMo write in! Feel free to arrive straight from a Halloween party and in costume!

There is power and parking, but no internet (unless you bring it with you). We usually sit in the back near the emergency exit.

[Google Hangouts] Midnight Google+ Hangout
[Chatango] Midnight Nano Los Angeles Chat

Date: 10/31~11/1
Time: 11PM – Midnight (PST) (Or earlier if anyone wants to sign into the chat early.)
Location: Google Hangout at NaNoLosAngeles G+ Page and Chatango window on our right hand sidebar or follow this link.
Details: For those who do not want to venture outside on NaNoWriMo Eve, ML Jennie (AthenaKTT) is going to hold a NaNoLosAngeles Google+ Hangout and also have the Chatango window open so anyone who can’t get into the Google+ hangout (I think there is a 10 person limit.) can still chat with other WriMos on the Chatango window on our site.

If you have a Google+ account, make sure to circle us, so we can invite you to our hangout.

For Chatango, you don’t need to make an account, you can still post in the chat as a guest, but you are welcomed to make an account if you wish.

Google Hangouts is a video chat feature available to Google+ users. You’ll need to install a plugin to use this video chat feature. However, a microphone and webcam are NOT mandatory. You can still join the voice chat with just your mic. There is also a chat window in the hangout. So you can video chat and type chat too!

Chatango is a virtual chatroom that we have embedded on the NaNoLosAngeles.org site, so if you can’t get into the Google Hangout, come over to our Chatango and join us in a virtual chat there!

 

[Manhattan Beach] The Kettle

Location: 1138 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Date: 10/31~11/1
Time: 9:00 PM -1:00 AM
Details/Info: Your ML Nita (nitaspitas) will be hosting this gala with swag bags for those who missed out on them at the kick-off. The Kettle is open 24-hours so feel free to stay later!

Free Wifi. Plenty of parking (meters are free after 9pm, and there’s metered street parking and a metered lot nearby). There is only one outlet for emergencies, so come with enough laptop power to last through an hour or so of writing.

Activities before midnight will include talking, eating, and using pen and paper, so you don’t need laptops for the first three hours. She will also bring a portable laptop battery that powers/charges Macs and may be able to power PCs depending on whether or not she has the connector for it.

No RSVP is needed. Just show up and celebrate the coming of 2013 NaNoWriMo!