Nanowrimo 2015 Update

Since this is (primarily) a writing blog, it seems logical to announce that I have an official Co-ML for the Boone region for this upcoming Nanowrimo in November. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Nanowrimo, it’s a writing contest and an acronym. The acronym is National Novel Writing Month and comes from the first two letters in the first two words, the first three in the third word, and the first two in the last word. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The prize is the joy of accomplishing what seems impossible.

I’m pretty psyched to have a Co-ML this year because I am fairly busy with school. We’ve already picked a theme (and no, I’m not sharing! It’s supposed to be a surprise). We’ve also already figured out locations, so most of our work is done. Except for the writing itself, of course.

Last year, I tried to do some in-person workshops to help people prepare for Nano, but I didn’t have many people show up. Time may have been an issue, but I think location was the real problem. I haven’t talked to Su about whether she wants to do any workshops this year or not, but it’s a possibility. If we decide against doing in-person workshops, I may design some internet-based workshops to help people out. It’s pretty easy to use a Nano-flavored workshop and adopt it as a general writing workshop, so that’s helpful.

Another Nano note- I design calendars. I actually have a different blog dedicated to the calendars I’ve designed for Nanowrimo http://nanocalendars.wordpress.com and I take requests. I love designing calendars, and they don’t have to be Nano-themed, if anyone is interested in one.

If you are interested in a Nanowrimo calendar, I need the following information: The word count you’re aiming for (standard 50k or higher), what resolution or paper size (depending on if you want it for a desktop background or printed), a general thematic idea, and as much detail as you want to provide to make it easier to create. I also need to know if you’d prefer a perpetual calendar (one that can be reused each Nanowrimo) or one specifically for Nanowrimo 2015.

If you are interested in a calendar that is not Nanowrimo themed, I need to know what month you want it for and a general thematic idea, along with a general thematic idea and all the detail you wish to provide. I also need to know what resolution or paper size and whether you want a calendar that you can use just for one month in one year (like just September 2015, for example) or a semi-perpetual month calendar that has the dates of the month (1 – 30 for September) but no days.

I am also considering branching out into designing covers this year for anyone who might be interested in that when the time comes. If you are interested in any of these or have a request for me, you can either leave me a message here or you can email me at kyaza18@gmail.com with the subject line: Calendar.

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