Happy Halloween, and the calendar!

Happy Halloween NaNoMemphis! I’m MLHGL and I will admit, I have been extremely badly radio silent due to some bad life crap for the last 20 odd days. And I’ll be the first to admit it’s still pretty freaking bad in my part of the world, so I do apologize to all of you as well as to my coML for that.

Quick calendar update, with 25.25 hours to go until go time!

First and foremost, the first November official ML led event is as usual (fourth year now!) the midnight kickoff at the Wolfchase IHOP from 10:30pm on 10/31/17 until about 2 or 3am, basically until your night owl of an ML decides she’s a done bird and wraps up the power cords…

The second ML event is supposed to be at Gibson’s Donuts 11/1/17 from 6pm to 9pm – MLHGL is supposed to be there but thanks to the really weird things that have happened this past month that royally messed her schedule up, she *might* be working, but it’s a 50/50 chance.

The 3rd ML event is going to be the standard Pancakes and Words, at the Wolfchase Ihop from 11pm to 3am Friday night into Saturday morning.

Other events include:

  • A Come Write In event at the Benjamin L Hooks Library, Wednesday 11/1/17, 5:30pm to ??
  • A Come Write In event at the Benjmain L Hooks Library, Thursday 11/2/17, 6pm-7pm
  • A Participant led write-in at the IHOP on Goodman Road in Southaven, 11/4/17, 7:30pm to midnight.

NANOWRIMO 2017 SEASON

Officially, the season has kicked off with the refreshing of the NaNoWriMo forums and all. However, here in NaNoMemphis land, the season is getting to an admittedly sluggish start.

MLHGL here letting you know that the blog will be refreshed within the coming week or two (I plan to have it done by the 20th) – and I look forward to having our new ML come in and do some posts as well.

Day 22, Week Four

Today is day 22. We’re almost into the final stretch. WEEK FOUR begins today.
Week Four is where the momentum from the first week really reappears and everyone really starts serious writing again.

But what’s that, there in the middle of the week? For the USA, it’s the beginning of what’s known as the super holiday season. Thanksgiving. A word count de-railer if there ever was one. But, never fear, your intrepid MLs here in Memphis have a plan: the Blues City Write-a-Thon! Come hang out with us at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library on the 26th of November and we’ll help you kick your word count back into gear.

There will be a candy bar, muffins, and it is a potluck, so please, bring whatever you think would be good. (Be advised that if your product has nuts, seafood, or meat it’s kind to your fellow Wrimos to let them know. Especially MLHGL, as she is allergic to both nuts and seafood.)

Remember, if you are coming in from out of town and are uneasy about getting around in Memphis, head on over to the Memphis area of the forums on the NaNoWriMo website and send MLHGL a NaNoMail, and she’ll make sure she’s available to you to make sure you reach the Write-a-Thon safely.

Write On!

Validation Begins!!

So, Validation begins this year on the 20th.

What does that mean? It means that those people who have already crossed the 50k line can go ahead and get their purple winner’s bar.

Now, I (MLHGL) suggest that as soon as the validator opens up that you go ahead and run your main word count file through it. You’re probably wondering why. It is quite honestly because until the validator opens up, you have no idea if your word count method will line up with the NaNo validator. Yes this is a valid concern. Every program counts words differently, and the NaNo Validation Bot is no different. Personally, I like to see how bad the gap is as early as possible so that I can make sure that I don’t get a nasty surprise when I do my final validation in the last couple of hours on the 30th.

I have seen it happen, and I highly suggest that you check the validity of your count as early as possible so that you’re already in possession of a pretty accurate estimation of how many words your counter is off in relation to the NaNo Bot. (I tend to be as close to a thousand as I can manage when I check my count. I’ve been known to copy and paste out the words from above the nearest thousand down to the three zeros so I can tell exactly how far off the count is.)

Take it from a NaNoVeteran who has been around for 13 NaNoSeasons. Validate every day from when it opens to the end of NaNoWriMo.

Week 3

The notorious NaNoWriMo killer, the week 3 doldrums are a pain in the rear – even for the most seasoned of NaNoWriMo participants. Trust me when I say you’re not alone. However, you have made it FOUR DAYS into week 3. This is amazing! Today is day 18 of the overall challenge and you’re zipping along! You should be crossing 30,000 words today.

If you’re not, have no fears, you still have 13 days to try and get caught up. Apply your creative rocket launchers liberally.

If you feel that you’re too far behind, consider this: you’ve gotten a lot farther than you would have if you never even started, so why quit? Even if you don’t cross the 50,000 line, you’ll still have a good start on a manuscript.

You’ll still have however many words you’ve already written, and hopefully a few thousand more by the end of the month.

Don’t give up yet. The middle of any project is always the absolute hardest thing there is about anything. We’re just a little bit over the hump – you’re almost into the serious downward swing and everything is generally smooth sailing from about the 20th on out. Stick it out with us until then, and hang out with us on the 26th at the Blues City Write-A-Thon over at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library! More info on that at the link above!

May the words be with you!