October 2007 Archives

Counting Down

October 31, 2007 | 8:17 PM

Here was my inspirational email to my regional Wrimos. I hope it is, in fact, inspirational.

[NaNoWriMo: Michigan::Tri-Cities] Ready, set, WRITE!

Hello Fellow Wrimos!

We are but a few hours away from a glorious November...I can feel it! Right now in some parts of the world and soon in ours, thousands upon thousands of people are or will be sitting down and letting their creative juices flow. With all of that creativity flowing out into the world, we can't help but be inspired. It doesn't matter if you have no clue what you're going to write or if you're armed to the teeth with outlines, character sketches, or that little thing we call a plot, sit, take a deep breath, and inhale all of that creativity. Let it fill you! You can do this!

Like E.L. Doctorow once said, "Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

We can make the whole trip that way, and we will! Whether we write 50 words or 50,000, we're winners because we contributed to that flow of creativity.

Get ready, get set...WRITE!

Have a great November everybody!

aka pipermaru
Michigan::Tri-Cities Municipal Liaison

Earning my first badge!

October 30, 2007 | 6:27 PM

So, I was going to make a lovely post with pictures of all 10 of the badges that I scanned in along with descriptions of each of them. But life happened (in the form of no sleep and several 13+ hour days in a row), and the badge post didn't.

On Sunday, however, I earned the NaNo Socializing badge! The requirements were to: (1) Drag a family member or friend into NaNoWriMo, (2) Take part in a word-war with an online NaNo buddy, or (3) attend a NaNo KO party, write-in, or TGIO party.

I hosted a KO party, so I have opened season on the badge earning! *g* Ten of us met up at the cafe inside a Barnes and Noble and had a *lot* of fun! This is a really great group, and I am looking forward to seeing them more at write-ins!

NaNo Socializing Badge

Total Geek

October 13, 2007 | 6:47 PM

I got my t-shirt and my merit badges today! I can't wait until November when I start "earning" these suckers! Some I do already (word count padding: no contractions and triple-named characters) and some will be a challenge (procrastination: go three days without writing, spend 30 cumulative hours on the forum during the month, or clean the house instead of writing. I *hate* cleaning the house and the thought of going three days without writing terrifies me! How will I catch up!).

I plan on coming back here and giving more details about the badges, but I just had an insane busy day and want to go chill. But I was too excited about my badges not to blog about them as soon as I got them!

Alas, I lied!

October 11, 2007 | 9:50 AM

When I said I generally completed all of the items Chris mentioned in the description for the merit badges (secretly noveling while at work or school, padding your word-count through nefarious means, experiencing a 5000-word day, abusing caffeinated beverages, and, ultimately, reaching 50K.)--I don't!

I just looked back at all of my NaNo spreadsheets for 2004, 2005, and 2006, the best I've done is 4,969 in one day--and that was way back in 2004. I'm sure I must have done 5K in one day back in 2003, but I wasn't keeping a spreadsheet back then. That was the year I started on November 3, took November 4 off, and then wrote 64K by November 24.

Anyway, Chris seems to think the merit badges will sell out quickly because of the quantities available, so even though I was on the fence about ordering them because, dude, they cost more than a t-shirt and are not the slightest bit practical, once I heard they may sell out and they're difficult to get back in stock, I ordered them.

So, me being me, must earn them all. So, at some point next month I need a 5K day. *gulp*

So cool!

October 9, 2007 | 9:19 AM

As the Girl Scout who earned more badges than the rest of her troop combined (well, almost *g*--I did earn every badge except for three; my vest was covered; yes, I am a geek), these NaNo merit badges appeal to me muchly! Of the ones he mentions specifically in the description, I earn them all every year, except for the abusing caffeinated beverages, but I could easily do that too!!!!

Me want!

It starts!

October 2, 2007 | 10:46 AM

The NaNo site has relaunched, and I've been over there poking around and discovering what's new with the new site. I always get so excited when the new site launches at the beginning of October every year!

I still haven't gotten my info about being an ML, and there is no regional lounge for the Tri-Cities, which is what I am supposed to be moderating, so I will try to be patient until that gets up and running. But I just want to start ML-ing! Taking polls about where the KO party and write-ins should be! I did some research as to the best places to have write-ins during November, so we'll see how that goes, since this area is pretty spread out.

No Paneras in this area, which bums me out--it's my favorite place to go write and use the free WiFi. :(

Greetings From NaNoWriMo

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2011 Participant

2011 Municipal Liaison
NaNoName: pipermaru
Also known as: Dana

2011 NaNo Novel:
Who knows?


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Past NaNovels

2010 Winner
Untitled Supernatural Mystery
Final Word Count: 52,769

2009 Winner
Gethsemane Redux
Final Word Count: 52,256

2008 Winner
Circle of Six
Final Word Count: 63,211

2007 Winner
Basic Chemistry
Final Word Count: 56,093

2006 Winner
Trixie Belden and the Mystery at Turtle Cove
Final Word Count: 50,773

2005 Winner
Final Word Count: 50,724

2004 Winner
Beneath the Surface
Final Word Count: 51,021

2003 Winner
House of Cards
Final Word Count: 63,789