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Important Info!

Posted by Niassa on November 9, 2018 in NaNoWriMo 2018

Hi all, Niassa here…

First off, I want to apologize. I tried to send this out a couple of days ago, and I thought it sent… when I realized I hadn’t had any response, I went back in to double-check, and it appears the original one I sent never went out. Bah!

We try not to send more than one email message per week, and those we try to limit to Sundays. This one was important, however, and we wanted to ensure as many of you saw it as possible—so we made the decision to add an extra email. We hope you understand and don’t mind.

Many of you were interested in our Stanley Write-away and filled out our form. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that. It helped us see that while there was some interest for this year, there is a LOT of interest for a 3-day, 2-night write-away next year. Given the timing, and given my recent accident (long story short, risers collapsed beneath me and I fell, spraining both ankles… wheeeee!), we’ve decided to not move forward with the Stanley for this year. We are already beginning our planning for next year, so for those of you who mentioned you’d be interested for next year, we will be reaching out to you in the coming weeks.

However, we know that many of you have been interested in some kind of all-day write-in/gathering here in town, and so in place of the Stanley Write-away, which would have occurred on Saturday, November 17th, we are looking to host a multi-hour writing frenzy! We are in search of a place that can accommodate us, and we also don’t want to take away from any of the morning Saturday write-ins, so we are looking for something that would begin early afternoon potentially and run until late at night. We are also looking for some place centrally-located or close to public transportation. If you know of any place that might be willing to accommodate us, please let us know! We are hoping to make this a free event, but please know that there may be a nominal fee of $5-10/person if we can’t find a place that would be willing to offer us space for free.

So… what do you think? Would you be interested in a long-day Evening of Writing Furiously? We’d like to get a gauge on how many people would come to this, as it will give us an idea of just how large a space we would need. Would you mind answering this one question survey to let us know? If the embedded link to the survey doesn’t work, here’s the direct link: https://goo.gl/forms/RonKwyjVHOk1Ntrq1

I will be sure to post this email to all of our regular channels: Facebook, Twitter, our blog, etc. I’m also going to post the entirety of this email into a Forum post, to ensure we reach as many people as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. In the meantime, keep on keeping on and wrangling those words! We’ll be back in touch in a few days with our regularly-scheduled information.

THANK YOU!

Write on? Right on!

Niassa, Ptocheia, and Katharine Swan

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NaNoWriMo begins THIS WEEK!

Posted by Niassa on October 29, 2018 in NaNoWriMo 2018

I don’t know about you, but it seems the last several weeks have just flown by. It is Monday morning, Halloween is only two days away, and that means NaNo is coming.

You might be wondering what all is on the horizon. Well, if you haven’t checked the forums lately, you might not know that we have our Kickoff Party this Wednesday (yes, Halloween) night from 10pm to 2am. We begin writing at the stroke of midnight!

We also have an event TONIGHT! Yes, tonight! The Englewood Library is hosting a Plot Planning Party. All are welcome to attend. There will be games, refreshments, and giveaways—and best of all, you get to spend an evening (that does not involve writing!) with your fellow participants!

Did you know we also have several write-ins right off the bat this week?

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser—or a hybrid plantser—this year is YOUR year. Don’t just work for it… OWN IT.

Here’s what’s on tap this week (but please note that more write-ins will likely be added… check the official calendar for updates!):

Monday, October 29th:

  • Come Write In Event Plot Planning Party (Englewood)
    • Englewood Public Library (1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80110)
    • 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Wednesday, October 31st:

  • *OFFICIAL* Kickoff Party (Highlands Ranch)
    • Enchanted Grounds Highlands Ranch (8800 S Colorado Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126)
    • 10:00pm – 2:00am

Thursday, November 1st:

  • *OFFICIAL* *YWP* Write-in (All ages welcome) (Parker)
    • Parker Library (20105 Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138)
    • 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Friday, November 2nd:

  • *CWI* *YWP* (6th – 12th grade focus) Write-in (Aurora)
    • Tallyn’s Reach Library (23911 E Arapahoe Road, Aurora, CO 80016)
    • 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • *OFFICIAL* Write-in (Denver)
    • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery (1995 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222)
    • 8:00pm – 12:00am

Saturday, November 3rd:

  • *CWI* Write-in (Aurora)
    • Hoffman Library and PC Center (Aurora Public Library… 1298 Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80011)
    • 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Write-in (Lakewood)
    • Hello Coffee (13701 W Jewell Ave, Lakewood, CO 80228)
    • 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • *OFFICIAL* Write-in (Castle Rock)
    • Starbucks Castle Rock (5642 Allen Way, Castle Rock, CO 80108)
    • 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • *CWI* Poetry Exercise (Aurora)
    • Mission Viejo Library (15324 E Hapmden Cir, Aurora, CO 80013)
    • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Sunday, November 4th:

  • Write-in (Denver)
    • Stella’s Coffee (1476 S Pear St, Denver, CO 80210)
    • 9:00am – 11:00am

Monday, November 5th:

  • *OFFICIAL* Write-in (Denver/Cherry Creek)
    • Starbucks Cherry Creek (200 Fillmore St, Denver, CO 80206)
    • 5:00pm – 7:00pm

 

If you have any questions or concerns—or if you have a write-in you’d like to add to the calendar—feel free to reach out to us on the Forums, through Private Messages, through Facebook, etc.

Write on? Right on!

Niassa, Ptocheia, and Katharine Swan

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Camp NaNoWriMo in April

Posted by Niassa on March 20, 2018 in Camp NaNoWriMo
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Have you thought about participating in Camp, but never really understood what it was about?

Have you thought about participating in Camp, but don’t know how to start a cabin or get other people involved?

Have you thought about participating in Camp, but haven’t found the time in previous years and want to this year?

Have you already decided you are participating in Camp and you’re all set to go?

Now’s your time!

The great thing about Camp vs traditional November NaNoWriMo is you set your own goal. Can’t do 50k in April? Set your goal for 30k… or 20k… or even 10k. Or, you could use Camp to work on a project you’ve already started. Use the goal to revise/edit your work through April. The sky’s the limit!

Other than setting your own goal, what else is different about Camp?

  • It’s in April, not November. LOL!
  • You will use the Camp NaNoWriMo website.
  • Instead of being set up in Regions, you are set up in Cabins.
    • You can choose to create a cabin and set it up with people you know,
    • You can choose to join someone else’s cabin of people you know, or
    • You can choose to have the system place you in a random cabin and get to meet some new people!
What’s the same with Camp?
  • You will use the same login for the Camp NaNoWriMo website as you use on the main NaNoWriMo site.
  • You will check in with word count updates (daily is preferred, but not required).
  • You “win” when you reach your goal.
  • There ARE Winner Goodies!
  • You can choose to enter your project information (synopsis, title, working cover, etc.).
  • We DO have a regional write-in (Friday nights at 8pm at Perkins Restaurant on Colorado Blvd & I-25)!
Have more questions? Feel free to ask!

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LAST DAY (but still important info)

Posted by Niassa on November 30, 2017 in NaNoWriMo 2017

Is anyone else shocked that it’s already November 30th? Just me? I feel like this month FLEW BY. Crazy, crazy.

But, alas, today IS the last day of NaNoWriMo, and you know what that means: one last push to get that win! YOU CAN DO IT!!! Most important is for you to validate your win!

Dalek saying Validate

What does it mean to “Validate your win”? It means you copy and paste your words into the validator box here on NaNoWriMo and let NaNo count your words. Be aware that the number may not exactly match what your word processor says, but it is usually very close.

Note: NaNoWriMo does NOT hold on to any of your words. It is run through a program that counts your words and then dumps your words. There are still some that prefer to not submit their words, and that is okay. There are a few options you can choose in order to validate:

PLEASE NOTE: YOU CAN NOT OFFICIALLY WIN IF YOU DO NOT VALIDATE. VALIDATION PROVIDES YOU WITH A WINNER’S CERTIFICATE AND ACCESS TO ALL THE WINNER’S GOODIES!

Steps to validate:

  1. At the top of the page, hover your mouse over where it says “Your words so far” (this is where you’ve likely been updating your word count).
  2. Select where it says “Check your official word count.”
  3. Copy and paste your text into the box (this is your entire manuscript, whether the text is obfuscated, Lorem Ipsum, or just the actual words of your manuscript) and then select the Validate button.

That’s it! The word counting engine will run your words through and validate your win!

Okay, enough about Validating. Let’s get on to more fun stuff. The TGIO Party!

Details:

  • Location: Bellwether, 5126 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80220
  • Date: Sunday, December 3rd
  • Time: 3pm – 5pm
  • Bring: Your self, your novel (if you’d like to read an excerpt), and a book or books if you’d like to participate in the book swap

 

If you are planning to attend the TGIO party, please RSVP in this forum thread, just so we can let Bellwether know how many of us to expect! There will also be a big reveal at the TGIO party that you won’t want to miss!

FINAL PUSH:

We do still have some write-ins today for that final push. This is where you can find them:

  • 9am – 12pm: Illegal Grounds Coffeehouse
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Nixon’s Coffee House
  • 3:30pm – 5:30pm: CWI Partner Anythink Library Brighton
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm: Westminster College Hill Branch Library
  • 6:00pm – 8:30pm: *OFFICIAL* Panera of Parker
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm: NOT A WRITE IN—Open Mic Celebration at BookBar… come read from your NaNo work!

 

Speaking of write-ins… if you were one of our amazing volunteers this year and hosted a write-in and collected names of people at your write-ins as we asked you to do for data-collection purposes, first of all THANK YOU! Secondly, if you have collected names but haven’t filled out the HQ form and/or the Data Collection spreadsheet, don’t worry! Tomorrow (FRIDAY) night at Perkins on Colorado Blvd starting at 8pm, the write-in will still go on (and continues year-round, for anyone interested). We thought it might be a good time to get together and we can all go through filling out the form and spreadsheet together, in case there are any questions. If you can’t make it tomorrow, no worries! We can also do this at the TGIO party on Sunday. Of course, you don’t have to do it with us—you are always welcome to just go ahead and get it done on your own. As long as we get the data in, that’s the most important.

And finally, thank you all EVER SO MUCH for being such an awesome region. We have really enjoyed getting to know you this year and hope to see even more of you come out to events with us next year. We plan a lot of events here in Denver, from regular write-ins to overnight writing retreats at the Stanley… and we are looking to do even more next year! We will start sending out emails in SEPTEMBER, so look for them in your inbox. We will also be posting on social media (Facebook and Twitter, mostly), so be sure you’re following there. Here are some events we are hoping to plan for next year:

  • Kick-off party on October 31st starting at 10pm. Location not sealed as of yet, but we are hoping to utilize Enchanted Grounds Highlands Ranch again. Mark your calendars!
  • Museum write-in. This was a huge hit this year, and very productive for those that attended.
  • Stanley Hotel/Condo Writing Retreat/Write-in. This, too, was very productive this year, and next year we are looking to do a TWO NIGHT getaway, as we found the overnight felt rushed and a bit hectic. We are looking to plan for the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving again, as it’s the last weekend of the month (perfect for that final push). Mark your calendars! Assuming prices stay the same, for two nights it will be approx. $130/person. More information to come on this! We are also looking to have one of the days be one where those who can’t afford to do the overnight thing but still want to come up and write with us can come up for an all-day write-in.
  • *NEW* Write-a-thon to raise money for NaNoWriMo! We haven’t decided on a day or specific details yet, but we are thinking it might be fun to collect “pledges” based on how many words we can write in a set amount of time. The people will pledge to pay/donate whatever matches the pledge. (For example, $5 for every thousand words in a four hour time period. If someone write 4000 words, the pledger/donor would donate $20 to NaNoWriMo, either directly or through you.)
  • Much, much more!

 

We hope you had as great of a time this year as we did. We’ll send out a little survey in the next week or so to get your feedback on what you liked this year, what could be improved, etc. We’re here for you and to help make your NaNoWriMo experience the best it can be!

Now… DON’T FORGET TO VALIDATE! Stop reading this stupid-crazy long email and go write. Get that final push. AND VALIDATE! See you at the TGIO Party on Sunday!

Write on? Right on!

Niassa, Katharine Swan, and ptocheia

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Nearly halfway there, and some important updates!

Posted by Niassa on November 13, 2017 in NaNoWriMo 2017

Can you believe we are nearly to the halfway point of NaNoWriMo? I know November tends to fly by for me, but this year seems particularly fast. I think we’ve gone past hyperdrive and we’ve hit PLAID! ;-) Here’s your chance to take a little break from furiously attacking your novels to sit back and read for a few. This message is jam-packed with information, so I’m afraid it will be a little long.

First, looking at our trusty graph, I can see how well we are doing as a Region this year! Way to go, Denver! In fact, we already have THREE winners! Woohoo! We have a few people that are behind, but that’s okay! There’s still over half of the month left, and plenty of time to get caught up. If you find you’re struggling, feel free to reach out—we MLs are here to help you. Need motivation? Need help with a plot issue? Need to just get out of your PJs and leave the house? We can help! We have plenty of write-ins available, as well, so make sure you hit some of those up, too! Alas, where are Region War with Germany is concerned, we have fallen behind, and we can’t have that, right? So let’s get out there and write (as soon as you’re done reading this, of course).

Second, we just wanted to touch on write-ins. We are a very diverse region, and a very geographically spread out region, so it’s difficult for us MLs to cover every area and every write-in. We are so grateful for those of you who step up and organize write-ins. We honestly do not believe that we would be as successful a region as we are if it weren’t for each and every one of you. :-) We also feel it’s important to remain transparent and let you know we’ve had a couple of complaints about some of the unofficial write-ins. We feel, especially with our diversity, it is very important to mention that every person is different, and every write-in will be different. Even our official write-ins will be different. Some are more social, some are more quiet and focused, some are more driven with word sprints, etc. You may find after showing up to a write-in that the way it is run is not for you—and that’s okay. However, it is never okay for someone running a write-in to be rude to an attendee, talk down to an attendee (especially anyone who has stated they have any kind of accessibility issue or disability), or make anyone of any gender, race, gender identity, ability, religion, political affiliation, etc. feel unwelcome.  This absolutely will not be tolerated. If your write-in is more driven or quiet and you have someone (or multiple someones) who are talking loudly and/or being disruptive, it is of course okay to nicely ask them to step away from the group if they would like to continue. It is not okay, however, to demand they leave at once, tell them to “shut up or get out,” or anything like that. We expect the complaints we received were isolated incidents and hope we do not need to step in or shut down any write-ins where this behavior is occurring. NaNoWriMo and our NaNo write-ins should be a safe place for anyone and everyone looking to write a novel, and we will do what we can to ensure it continues to be said safe place.

Also regarding write-ins, we need you to make sure you are signing in at all write-ins (and if you’re write-in host, keeping track of sign-ins and filling out the forms after each write-in). For more information about this, please visit this post on the NaNoWriMo forums.

Speaking of write-ins, we have many coming up this week! Thanks to DG Wiggins, we have a great map so you can see which write-ins might be close to you. In the meantime, this week’s write-ins are:

  • Monday, November 13th:
    • 10am – 3pm – *OFFICIAL* Write-in at the MLK Library in Aurora
    • 1pm – 2pm – Write-in at Anschutz Medical Center
    • 3pm – 7pm – *CWI* Write-in at Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project
    • 6pm – 8pm – *OFFICIAL* *YWP* Write-in at Parker Library
  • Tuesday, November 14th:
    • 4pm – 6pm – Write-in at Westminster Irving Street Library Branch
    • 5:30pm – 7:30pm – *CWI* Write-in/Discussion at Anythink Library Brighton
    • 6pm – 8pm – *OFFICIAL* Write-in at Backstage Coffee Downtown
    • 6:30pm – 9pm – Write-in at Starbucks Aurora
  • Wednesday, November 15th:
    • 12:30pm – 2:30pm – Write-in at Columbine Library Littleton
    • 1pm – 2pm – Write-in at Anschutz Medical Center
    • 4pm – 6pm – *CWI* Write-in at BookBar
    • 4pm – 8pm – Write-in at Rising Sun Distillery
    • 6pm – 8pm – Write-in at Anecdote (Golden Triangle)
    • 6pm – 8pm – Write-in at Columbine Library (Littleton)
    • 6pm – 8:30pm – *OFFICIAL* Write-in at Panera Lone Tree
    • 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Write-in at Nighthawk Brewery Broomfield
  • Thursday, November 16th:
    • 9am – 12pm – Write-in at Illegal Grounds Coffeehouse
    • 3:30pm – 5pm – Write-in at Nixon’s Coffee House
    • 3:30pm – 5:30pm – Write-in/Discussion at Anythink Brighton Library
    • 5:30pm – 7:30pm – Write-in at Westminster College Hill Branch Library
    • 6pm – 8:30pm – *OFFICIAL* Write-in at Panera of Parker
  • Friday, November 17th:
    • 7am – 11am – Write-in at Anecdote (Golden Triangle)
    • 9am – 12pm – Write-in at Illegal Grounds Coffeehouse
    • 8pm – 11pm – *OFFICIAL* Write-in ONLINE (Discord)
    • 8pm – 12am – *OFFICIAL* Write-in at Perkins on Colorado Blvd/I-25
  • Saturday, November 18th:
    • 7am – 11am – Write-in at Anecdote (Golden Triangle)
    • 10am – 3pm – Write-in at Hello Coffee Lakewood
  • Sunday, November 19th:
    • 7am – 11am – Write-in at Anecdote (Golden Triangle)
    • 8am – 10am – Write-in at Stella’s Coffee Haus
    • 10am – 12pm – Write-in at Tattered Cover (South City Park)
    • 1pm – 5pm – *CWI* Write-in at Evergreen Public Library
    • 2pm – 5pm – *OFFICIAL* Write-in at Starbucks North Parker
    • 4pm – 8pm – *OFFICIAL* Write-in at Enchanted Grounds Littleton

Next, we need to mention the Stanley Hotel Overnight Write-in. As many of you know by now, we are planning an overnight write-in up at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park the weekend following Thanksgiving. We have rented two condos for the night, and it now appears we have enough for a THIRD condo, which I have just reserved. We have 4 (possibly 5) confirmed for the condo which holds 8, so we need just 3-4 more. Because the NaNoWriMo forums do not send notifications when messages are sent, and it is not possible to tag people, we have taken the planning for this particular write-in off-site and have a Facebook group for it. The cost is $65/person. Please join the Facebook group for more information on everything Stanley related.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Write on? Right on!

Niassa, Katharine Swan, and ptocheia

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NaNo2017, The Kick-off Party, and more!

Posted by Niassa on October 24, 2017 in NaNoWriMo 2017
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How in the world has it already been a year?! I know as we get older the time seems to pass faster, but this is ridiculous. Didn’t we just have a kick-off party a couple of weeks ago? Crazy, crazy!

This will be long, but will have a TON of information, so please bear with us.

First, and probably most important, one week from tonight at midnight, NaNoWriMo 2017 will officially begin! ONE WEEK, PEOPLE! Time to sharpen those pencils, get out the new notebooks, dust off the travel laptop, clean out the old hard drives, prepare the travel mugs for copious amounts of caffeine… whatever it is you do to prepare for the onslaught of words, mischief, sleeplessness, and fun that November inevitably brings.

We have an AMAZING amount of events for you this year, starting with our annual kick-off party! Here are the quick kick-off party details (more information can be found on the *OFFICIAL KICK-OFF PARTY THREAD* in the forums):

  • Date/Time: October 31st from 10pm to 2am
  • Location: Enchanted Grounds of Highlands Ranch (8800 S Colorado Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126)
  • What to bring: Food to share (potluck style) – Please note: As Enchanted Grounds is very generously staying open an additional 4+ hours to accommodate us, we would like to repay their kindness by having our attendees NOT bring beverages as part of the potluck, and instead either bring a solo beverage for themselves, or purchase a drink from Enchanted Grounds (select the link to view their menu of wonderful beverages).

Our calendar has been updated with all current write-ins. Write-ins labeled as *OFFICIAL* mean that an ML will be present. Write-ins labeled as *CWI* mean they are an official NaNoWriMo Come Write In partner.

A NOTE ABOUT WRITE-INS THIS YEAR: NaNo HQ asked our region to participate in some data gathering regarding write-ins. When you attend a write-in this year, you will be asked your NaNo username and whether or not this is your first year participating in NaNo. This will happen at every write-in. If you are someone that is hosting a write-in this year, we will be reaching out to you about how to collect this information to get it back to us so we can report to HQ.

I want to be clear that NO PERSONAL INFORMATION will be shared with anyone—this is strictly for HQ to get a feel for number of regional attendees who go to write-ins. In fact, once we MLs have compiled the data, we will not even share usernames. Usernames are just so we can see how many unique participants attend each write-in, how many are repeat attendees, etc.

Speaking of write-ins… we have a couple of very special and unique write-in offers this year:

  • Wednesday, November 24th, 10am: Write-in at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science! (More information about this write-in to come on the forums soon.)
  • Saturday, November 25th through Sunday November 26th: OVERNIGHT write-in at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. (More information about this write-in can be found in this thread.)
    • We will also try to set up some other fun things around this event, including looking to book one of the ghost tours at the Stanley on Saturday before the write-in begins. More info to come!
    • Please note: To stay overnight, there is a cost associated with this write-in.

 

And, finally, a list of the write-ins for the first week of NaNoWriMo:

  • Wednesday, November 1:
    • 1pm – 2pm: Anschutz Medical Center RC1N, 2nd floor lobby area
    • 5pm – 7pm: *CWI* BookBar, Denver
    • 6pm – 8pm: *OFFICIAL* Panera of Lone Tree, Atrium
    • 7:30pm – 9:30pm: Nighthawk Brewery, Broomfield
  • Thursday, November 2:
    • 9am – 12pm: Illegal Grounds Coffeehouse, Denver
    • 5:30pm – 7:30pm: Westminster College Hill Branch Library
    • 6pm – 8:30pm: *OFFICIAL* Panera of Parker
  • Friday, November 3:
    • 9am – 12pm: Illegal Grounds Coffeehouse, Denver
    • 8pm – 12am: Perkins on Colorado Blvd & I-25
  • Saturday, November 4:
    • 10am – 3pm: Hello Coffee, Lakewood
  • Sunday, November 5:
    • 2pm – 5pm: *OFFICIAL* Starbucks, North Parker (Lincoln and Parker Rd)
    • 4pm – 8pm: *OFFICIAL* Enchanted Grounds, Litteton
  • Monday, November 6:
    • 10am – 3pm: *OFFICIAL* MLK Library, Aurora
    • 1pm – 2pm: Anschutz Medical Center RC1N, 2nd floor lobby area
    • 3pm – 7pm: *CWI* Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, Denver

Remember: If you’d like to host a write-in of your own, please post on this thread with the pertinent information so we can get it added to the calendar, and so we can give you information about data gathering.

Do you have any questions for us MLs? If so, you can send us NaNo Mail: Niassa, Katharine Swan, and ptocheia. You can also message our page on Facebook.

Thanks for reading this crazy long letter. Let the fun begin! Can’t wait to see you all on Tuesday night for our kick-off! :-)

Niassa, Katharine Swan, and ptocheia

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DON’T FORGET TO VALIDATE BEFORE MIDNIGHT!!!

Posted by Niassa on November 30, 2016 in NaNoWriMo 2016

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Reaching 50k isn’t enough, my friends. Not for an official win! No, you must VALIDATE!!! Only validating your words will get you that beautiful purple bar and all those phenomenal Winner’s Goodies!

Don’t know how to validate? Here’s a quick step-by-step guide:

  1. Go to: http://www.nanowrimo.org/dashboard
  2. Scroll down the page just a little to where your word count graph is. To the right of the graph, under the field where you can update your Word Count, is a link that reads “Check your official word-count total” Click this link.
  3. Copy and paste your novel into the validator.
  4. Select the Validate button.
  5. The validator will tell you your official word-count total—if it’s over 50k, your bar will turn purple and you will be labeled an official WINNER!

That’s all there is to it!

Now, some people are concerned about copying their novel and pasting it into the site. I can tell you that they do not keep this text—it is just run through a word counting program in the back-end and then dumped. If you are still concerned, you can obfuscate your text and copy and paste that up instead. Simply Google up the directions by searching for obfuscate and NaNoWriMo to find more information on how to do this.

We can’t wait to see all of your purple bars!

Niassa and Katharine Swan

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A Half-way Point Letter from Professor Snape

Posted by Niassa on November 15, 2016 in NaNoWriMo 2016
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Well, what do we have here? It looks like a bunch of dunderheads, to me. When we first began our… journey together, I made it quite clear that I didn’t expect any of you to really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering words floating within, the delicate power of liquids like coffee and tea that creep through your human veins, bewitching your mind, ensnaring your senses, filling you with energy and a need to focus that cauldron of words onto the parchment before you.

And what is this? A Prefect named Niassa who has fallen behind? Lazy! Five points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable laze-about! Detention, too, where I will beat into you the process by which you should extract the essence of novel and carefully—lovingly, even—coax its contents into formation. Don’t make me channel Professor Umbridge and have you write this out by hand! And while I have no love of her, nor of Mad-Eye Moody, they both had a very clear message: VIGILANCE! PATIENCE! 

Many of you feel a presence in your mind; you hear and see things. Make no mistake! You are not Harry Potter, and that is not the Dark Lord seeing through you, hearing through you, or acting through you. It is not Legilimency. Occlumency will not help you. That is the presence of the characters of your stories. Those are their voices, screaming and clamoring to be heard. Will you ignore their pleas? Will you sit idly by while they have no chance for salvation, nor for slaughter, kept in a purgatory of your own making?

Always remember that your stories—what some might refer to being akin to the Dark Arts—are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. By not writing and allowing your stories to take their shape, you are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, and indestructible. You must therefore be flexible and inventive!

Now. Quills and parchment out. Cauldrons set up. Stir those words carefully. They are done simmering. It is time to crank up the heat and let them boil over. Incendio!

And carefully, now. Carefully. “Accio words.” Let them transfer to your quill and/or parchment.

Now, then. Get to work. I’ve seen better behavior out of a Norwegian Ridgeback. Failing your OWLs is not an option. I will be compelled to point out some of the cut-rate wizardry schools that we will… transfer… you to upon your failure. SO DO NOT FAIL. Below is a list of scheduled OWL study sessions. Muggles have been calling them “write-ins.” Deplorable term. Deplorable.

Write-ins:

Tuesday, 11/15:
3:30p – 6:30p – St. Mark’s Coffeehouse
4:00p – 6:00p – *OFFICIAL* Westminster Library, Irving Location
6:00p – 8:30p – *OFFICIAL* Englewood Public Library
6:30p – 9:00p – Starbucks (in King Soopers) at Serenity Ridge

Wednesday, 11/16
4:00p – 6:00p – *OFFICIAL* Book Bar
5:00p – 8:30p – *OFFICIAL* Lone Tree Panera Bread

Thursday, 11/17
2:00p – 4:30p – Highlands Ranch Village Inn (NOTE: this is moved from its normal day)
5:30p – 7:30p – *OFFICIAL* Westminster Library, College Hill Location
6:00p – 8:00p – *OFFICIAL* Evergreen Library
6:00p – 9:00p – Starbucks (in King Soopers) at Arapahoe Crossing

Friday, 11/18
9:00a – 11:00a – Starbucks at 44th & Federal
10:00a – 2:00p – Mummies and a Write-in (Mummies Exhibit followed by a write-in; see this thread for more information and to RSVP)
3:00p – 5:30p – Nixon’s Coffee
8:00p – 12:00a – Perkins on Colorado/I-25
9:00p – 12:00a – St. Mark’s Coffee House

Saturday, 11/19
8:00a – 12:00p – Stella’s Coffee Hause
10:00a – 12:00p – Global Goods & Coffee Shop
10:30a – 1:30p – Self-Publishing Workshop (RSVP REQUIRED – go here to RSVP)
1:00p – 4:00p – Columbine Library
4:00p – 5:30p – *OFFICIAL* Iliff Square Library (Aurora)
6:00p – 12:00a – Enchanted Grounds (Littleton)

Sunday, 11/20
11:00a – 1:00p – In Tea (Littleton)
6:00p – 9:00p – Starbucks (in King Soopers) at Arapahoe Crossing

Monday, 11/21
7:00a – 10:00a – Bean Fosters (South Golden)

Tuesday, 11/22
3:30p – 6:00p – St. Mark’s Coffeehouse
4:00p – 6:00p – *OFFICIAL* Westminster Public Library (Irving Location)
6:00p – 8:00p – *OFFICIAL* Evergreen Public Library
6:00p – 8:30p – *OFFICIAL* Englewood Public Library
6:30p – 9:00p – Starbucks (in King Soopers) at Serenity Ridge

And because I am an awfully generous man, I will give my thanks to each of you for reading this communication. I haven’t felt so warmly welcomed since my field trip to Azkaban last year.

NOW GET TO WORK.

Regards,

Professor Severus Snape

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Stanley Hotel Sleepover

Posted by Niassa on November 15, 2016 in NaNoWriMo 2016
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We interrupt your regularly scheduled OWL studies for an important Muggle announcement:

Hey all. This is totally on me (Niassa) and I completely dropped the ball with the Stanley planning. Between the election and some personal stuff, this just became a super low-priority. I am so, so sorry.

So, because I completely dropped the ball, the rates went up for this Saturday into Sunday. One room (four adults with two sharing a bed) would be $296.

The rates for the Wednesday going into Thanksgiving Thursday have stayed at $233, but there are only three rooms left.

The rates for the Saturday going into Sunday right after Thanksgiving have dropped to $215, but there are only four rooms left.

If anyone is interested in doing either of these dates, please POST IN THIS THREAD IN A REPLY.

Please know: money will be collected ahead of time. We’ve had problems in the past where people didn’t come even after they’d committed and other people were left having to pick up that financial slack. The money will be collected using either PayPal or the Cash app. Once we have picked a date and know how many people are committed, we will know what the totals will be. This needs to be a super quick turn-around time which is why you’ve received an email about this as well.

Quick breakdown: The price per person, assuming four to a room, will range between $55-$75 (maybe slightly higher due to taxes, but those can be calculated later). If you know you cannot afford afford this amount of money, please do not sign up or vote on a date. I know it is costly for the majority of us; this is just something we have tried to plan in the past and due to various circumstances has generally fallen through (except one time when several people ended up not showing and other people had to cover their costs, as well).

Let me know what you’d like to do and I will do what I can to get everything booked tomorrow morning (super fast turn-around, guys).

Thank you so much for bearing with me!

Niassa

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A Welcome Letter from Professor McGonagall

Posted by Niassa on November 2, 2016 in NaNoWriMo 2016

Welcome to Hogwarts! We, the Professors and Staff here at Hogwarts, welcome you to a brand new year. We hope you enjoyed the Welcome Feast, commonly referred to by Muggles as a “Kick-Off Party.”

But the party is over now, and it’s time to put your quills to parchment and begin anew. I have high expectations for you all this year, and I know you have expectations of yourself. If you apply yourself and work hard, you will reach your goals.

Don’t expect to have to go this alone. Your peers are here to help. Just look at Miss Granger—she is always willing to help tell you the right answers.

Now it is time to defodio your writing necessities, whether it’s quill and parchment, or those strange Muggle devices called “electronics” — Help me out here, Mr. Potter. What are they called? Oh, yes. Of course. “Laptops” and “tablets” and “alphas.” Yes, those are thewriting instruments I’ve heard about in my time out in the Muggle world. They likely don’t even require a flagrate spell in order to write on them. Strange things, those “electronics” are. I would, however, recommend that you not use geminio on your words. While that may increase your word count, it’s just duplication and won’t further your story!

Make sure you finite incantatum that inner editor of yours, or at least put your inner editor away and colloportus that door so it can’t get out!

Now, go forth and make us proud. We know you can do it! And don’t forget, your peers are here to help. Below is a class schedule for you to meet up with your peers. I highly suggest these “write-ins,” as the Muggles call them.

Muggles. Such fascinating creatures, Muggles. Though I still prefer to stay here in the magical world. Speaking of Muggles, you might want to know that the Muggles are participating in the weird ritual of changing their clocks twice a year coming up this Sunday. They are setting their clocks back an hour, trying to chase down some extra daylight hours. This might be of importance to you if you have any dealings in the Muggle world.

Another Muggle thing coming up is an election. I’ve never been one for Politics—I much prefer teaching. But Politics are still a way of life, even here in the Magical world. The Muggles, however, are looking to elect their equivalent of Minister of Magic on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voting is important, so make your voice heard!

Write-ins this week:

Wednesday
2:00pm – 4:30pm Highlands Ranch Village Inn – 23 Centennial Blvd, Highlands Ranch
5:00pm – 8:30pm *OFFICIAL* Lone Tree Panera Bread – 9344 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree

Thursday
5:30pm – 7:30pm *OFFICIAL* Westminster Library College Hill – 3705 W 112th Ave, Westminster
6:00pm – 9:00pm Starbucks (inside King Soopers) at Arapahoe Crossing – 6412 S Parker Rd, Aurora

Friday
9:00am – 11:00am – Starbucks at 44th & Federal – 2990 W 44th Ave, Denver
3:00pm – 5:30pm – Nixon’s Coffee – 871 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood
8:00pm – 12:00am – Perkins Restaurant – 1995 S Colorado Blvd, Denver

Saturday
8:00am – 12:00pm – Stella’s Coffee Hause – 1476 S Pearl St, Denver
10:00am – 12:00pm – Global Goods & Coffee Shop – 5613 Olde Wadsworth Blvd
4:00pm – 5:30pm – *OFFICIAL* Iliff Square Library – 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
6:00pm – 12:00am – *OFFICIAL* Enchanted Grounds – 3615 W Bowles Ave #5, Littleton

Sunday
11:00am – 1:00pm In Tea – 2440 W Main St, Littleton
6:00pm – 9:00pm Starbucks (inside King Soopers) Arapahoe Crossing – 6412 S Parker Rd, Aurora

Monday
7:00am – 11:00am Bean Fosters – 720 Golden Ridge Rd D, Golden

Tuesday
4:00pm – 6:00pm *OFFICIAL* Westminster Public Library Irving Location – 7392 Irving St, Westminster
4:30pm – 6:30pm St. Mark’s Coffeehouse – 2019 E 17th Ave, Denver
6:00pm – 8:30pm *OFFICIAL* Englewood Public Library – 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood
6:30pm – 9:00pm Starbucks (inside King Soopers) Serenity Ridge – 25701 E Smoky Hill Rd, Aurora

Be diligent, fair students, and craft your spellweaving well.

Respectfully yours,
Professor Minerva McGonagall

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Forwarded from Owl Post by Niassa and Katharine Swan

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