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3 months ago
Hello Sonoma County! I am already doing some preliminary work getting both the Sebastopol and the Santa Rosa Libraries onboard with this year's NaNo! Fingers crossed that this year is even better than 2016. Hope your year is going well, and I'll see you all in November! ~Odin
9 months ago
Thank Gosh It's Over Party will be held on the 18th. Super festive day! Come and have an evening of fun with good friends. It's a POTLUCK, so bring your favorite dish to share (please be mindful of allergens if you can!). If people are interested, we can organize a little reading for anyone who wants to do an excerpt of their work!

The TGIO Party will be held at Many Rivers Books and Tea in Sebastopol, on Sunday December the 18th, from 7:30PM to 9:00PM (more or less).

Hope to see you there!
9 months ago
THIS IS IT EVERYONE!
No matter how many words you wrote this month, YOU. ARE. AWESOME.
We'll be looking into having some sort of tgio party in December. Keep an eye on your inboxes and we'll keep you posted.

congratulations!
9 months ago
Also, DON'T FORGET TO VALIDATE YOUR NOVELS BEFORE MIDNIGHT!!!
9 months ago
TODAY IS THE DAY! The last day! This is the time to make the most of whatever you have! Do whatever it is that you can do to scratch towards that finish line. Un-Hyphenate words! Make it so that everyone speaks without conjunctions! Use ridiculously long titles to refer to other characters or make ludicrously description chapter titles! Or just hammer out another chapter or two! Do whatever you can and hit that word count! After this you will have earned peace and respite and a very messy rough draft to drift through in December. You have made it this far, my fellow wrimos. Let's make it count!!

GET THAT 50K AND CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL YOUR CREATIVE WORK!!
9 months ago
HAPPY HOLIDAY EVERYONE!
Whatever your take on this holiday, I hope that everyone is taking some time for self-care & fun! <3
9 months ago
Just an update, due to time conflicts, Richard has moved the remaining Atlas write-ins to a different time-slot. They now take place during the morning, from 9am-12noon. The calendar will be updated to reflect this.

There will be at least one late-night write-in, before the month is over, at Many Rivers Books & tea in Sebastopol. When that date is set, it will be sent out in a regional email.

Hope everyone is having a great NaNo 2016!
9 months ago
Having trouble finding your groove? Try listening to movie soundtracks, game OSTs, or music without lyrics, music with extremely hard to understand lyrics. It helps to close out the rest of the world with earbuds, headphones, and a dose of music to set the scene. Try writing for the length of an album, try to write a scene according to the tone of the music you're listening to, or try word sprinting until the end of a song.

Personally, I've been seeking solace with Bon Iver, whose calm tones soothe my nerves and let me sink into my writing with a thoughtful kind of clarity. It's nice because I can't ever really figure out what the hell he's saying, and it just becomes a part of the background noise. Try it out!
10 months ago
Let us remember that, in the darkest of times, writers have been a source of enlightenment.

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett
10 months ago
Many Rivers Books & Tea write-in, from 9:00AM-12:30PM! Come, join us for good tea and impressive wordcounts! Also, all NaNo participants get 10% off of the "Writer's Inspiration" section!
10 months ago
Happy 1st Day of NaNoWriMo everyone! Remember to scroll down this page to take a look at the Google Calendar - which will show you the dates/times of all our approaching write-ins. And, if you scroll a bit farther, you'll see all of the awesome forum posts, and you can interact with your fellow regional writers there! Hope to see all of you at some write-ins soon!
10 months ago
We're onlya few hours away from NaNoWrimO 2016! Tonight is all about the ghoulies and the ghosties though, so have an awesome (and creepy) Halloween!

Last night we had a TERRIFIC Kickoff Party. People donated $56 dollars to our region, and half of that was used to help support our awesome hosts. We all ate, drank, had a lot of questions answered, and had a great time! Hope to see all of you throughout the month at the various write-ins!
10 months ago
The Kickoff Party:
The Kickoff Party is always a lot of fun, and this year it will be hosted by SofA Writers Collective at Atlas Coffee Company in Santa Rosa. It’s a communal potluck, so bring food (try to keep food allergies in mind if you can). Potlucks are always hard to judge, but we’d love to see as many people bring entrees as possible. Also BYOB/Drinks. The Kickoff Party is Sunday October 30th, from 6:30-8:30PM.
(From the last regional email we sent out (scroll down in tis notes section to read the whole email).
10 months ago
Hello Sonoma County!

This email ran a few days late, but for good reason - we’ve been working hard to set things up and get NaNo 2016 off to a good start here in our little region. This has been greatly helped by some of your responses on the survey (located on the regional forums under the “about us” section). You asked for more write-ins in Santa Rosa, and more write-ins during the evenings… and we’ve obliged! We’ll get to that in just a moment. First however, a lot of you have been very open in your survey responses about being willing to help support the region, but also being unsure of the best way to do so. Donations are one way to help support your MLs and the Office of Letters and Light, however donations are not the only way to help out, indeed there are others that we feel might be even more important - some of which you mentioned in your survey responses.

Basically we need people to attend the write-ins, and we need to expand awareness of the event if we’re going to keep fun things happening every November (and maybe even throughout the year during Camp NaNoWriMo). The best way you can help out with the event is recruit! Bring in your friends, your family - strangers on the street. Mention us to your classroom, or write about us for your local paper - or blog. Tell people about NaNo, let them know that regional events and write-ins are happening, and give them the opportunity to join us! This is really a huge deal for NaNo, and is way more helpful to the region than you might think! Also: being active on the forums is really helpful. The more activity in general, the more inspired other people will be to become active themselves. If you, or someone you know, is concerned about attending the write-ins due to issues with social anxiety or anything similar, feel free to let us (your MLs) know, and if we can help out at all we will do our best!

Otherwise, if you want to help you can offer carpools, you can host write-ins (there will be a new thread in the forums sticked for this soon, which will go over the whole process for anyone who is new and doesn’t know how to set one up). Otherwise, all you need to do is write and have a great time!

Alright, now, onto the really exciting news...

MORE WRITE-INS in SANTA ROSA!

Sonoma County NaNoWriMo has partnered with the South of A Street Writers Collective (SofA), and Atlas Coffee Company, to bring you over 30 hours of write-ins during November, and a Kickoff Party on October 30th. You can view all of the exact dates and times by going to the google calendar in our regional forums, but generally there will be write-ins available from 6:30-9:30 most Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. We know that a lot of you are working hard and can’t make earlier write-ins, so we made sure to give you what you asked us for - later write-ins! Richard La Rosa, the founder of SofA, has been incredibly supportive of NaNo, and has worked very hard to make these events available to us. All of these events are “potluck” events, though there will usually be free ready-made coffee on-site as well - so bring snacks and drinks to share if you can. As always, the events are free, but a donation bowl will be available at all of these events if you’re feeling generous. Half of the donations go to our generous host to support the space, and the rest go to maintaining the region for future events.

Sebastopol Write-Ins

Let’s not forget Sebastopol! We have two write-ins planned at the Sebastopol Library (you can find the dates and times on the Google calendar on our regional forums) the first two Thursdays of the month. Not only do these events really help more people learn about NaNo, they also support our local library system, which is one of the most important things we can do! The event is potluck, so bring some afternoon snacks and drinks to share!

We also return to Many Rivers Books & Tea (which hosted our “Camp In” back in July. We’ll be doing two morning-early afternoon write-ins, on the second and third Fridays of the month. We’ll begin around 9:00AM and take it from there. Complimentary tea will be made available, and there will also be a %10 discount on all of the books located in the “Writer's Inspiration” section (there are some great ones in there too). We may end up scheduling one or two more write-ins there toward the end of the month if we have the time, so keep an eye on the google calendar, located on our regional forums.

The Kickoff Party

The Kickoff Party is always a lot of fun, and this year it will be hosted by SofA Writers Collective at Atlas Coffee Company in Santa Rosa. It’s a communal potluck, so bring food (try to keep food allergies in mind if you can). Potlucks are always hard to judge, but we’d love to see as many people bring entrees as possible. Also BYOB/Drinks. The Kickoff Party is Sunday October 30th, from 6:30-8:30PM.

Final Thank You

And now, just a final thank you to everyone who has donated, volunteered, responded to the survey, or posted on the forum! You are all the core pillar of the magic that is NaNoWriMo. This year is going to be the biggest, in terms of sheer numbers of available write-ins, that we’ve ever had in the county, and that’s largely thanks to all of you and your continuing interest and participation. Let’s have a fantastic November!

There will be more email messages down the road with updates, pep-talks, and more, so keep an eye on your inboxes.

~Your MLs



10 months ago
TAKE A GANDER AT OUR CALENDAR!
(Directly below this Notes section).
Are you excited yet? Well, after taking a look at our write-in Calendar, you should be! We've got more write-ins occurring this year than EVER BEFORE in the history of the region. We'll be sending out a email to everyone soon, containing more information on all of these events, as well as information for the KICKOFF PARTY which will take place on October 30th.
11 months ago
We've got some VERY EXCITING NEWS for everyone coming down the pipeline very soon, keep an eye out for the next big email blast in a few days. If you were hoping for more write-ins in central Santa Rosa, this is an email you will definitely want to read!
11 months ago
Thanks to everyone who has filled out our NaNo survey - keep those answers coming! I'll also address this in the next email we send out, but anyone may "host" a write-in, and that can be at any location - a coffee shop, a park (it doesn't have to be "hosted" at your own home. The idea is just that you present a place where for an hour or two, other local writers can join you and work on their novels. This can be as simple as saying "I will be at Starbucks Coffee in Rohnert Park from noon - 2:00pm on Saturday the 19th". Then all you need to do is promise to be there for that time period to hold down the space! Any write-ins that do not conflict with an official write-in (one where an ML is present) get put on the Google Calendar, and ones with regular attendance will even get mentioned here or in an email!

Some of you asked how you might help? If you can't donate, offering car rides to people in your area who lack transportation is a huge one. Offering to "host" a write-in is also huge. And there may also be tons of things you could do to help that your MLs wouldn't think of - if you have an idea, let us know!
11 months ago
Just a quick reminder, please fill out the 2016 Sonoma Region survey if you haven't yet done so! (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejhUyV00lbLoqY6kghdYSESWmklJxkjxls81Qrr-yKuwETcQ/viewform?c=0&w=1)
11 months ago
Unfortunately we will not be able to return to the Santa Rosa library this year - while they loved having us, they booked all the days in November very early this year and we were not able to get a slot! HOWEVER, we will have two write-ins held at the Sebastopol library, and we're currently working on finding other venues in Santa Rosa that would work for this event.
11 months ago
Are you ready Wrimos? The 2016 National Novel Writing Month is right around the corner.

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