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NaNoWriMo

It’s nearly November. For some that can mean only ONE thing.

Halloween.

Which is extremely important but it means one more thing too: NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Logo of AWESOME!

What the hell is NaNoWriMo?  It’s the National Novel Writing Month (with a pretty funky name to go with an awesome cool idea). It’s a yearly tradition of a bunch of writers, known, experienced, inexperienced or anonymous come together,write 50,000 words in 30 days. It opens November 1st, closes the 31st.

There is no time to edit

There is no time to revise

There is only time to write! It’s a great opportunity to do free form novel-writing without giving one hoot about quality. Which yes, you can argue is MADNESS but sometimes it’s just what the doctor ordered. Get it out of you, in 50,000 words to join the NaNoWriMo community of insane authors.

It has a wonderful forum base where you can chat about what you’re writing, grab ideas and spew out your own. The support for this in social media caught my attention last year and I’m thinking, if I’m crazy enough I just might attempt the massive word count toll.

Rules: Must be from scratch. No cheating here people. You also need to finish within the time frame allotted. You can join later in the month, but that means you have less time to create your monster.

So join me in the excitement! If only to watch the progress if you’re too timid to take part (pot calling kettle super black right now)

Please also note: NaNoWriMo’s run by a tiny but mighty nonprofit called the Office of Letters and Light. Check them out and all their programs they offer.

Update: Contacts + Sesame Chicken

Yesterday I had the chance to meet up with Andrew Uys (pronounced Ace) founder of UysFaber. Talking publishing, comics, freelancing and tangents. There was sesame chicken, iced tea, steak and a beer or two! Just my kind of Monday.

Food aside, it was great to meet Andrew face to face and talk publicity and comics. Getting to know him a bit more, see where he’s coming from and where he’s going gives me a better idea of how we can help each other.  

Working with Andrew would definitely be a great introduction into the industry in Toronto and I’m the kinda gal who wants to help indie publishers, artists and authors in any way I can.

Right now he has me looking at Salt Road#1 and 2 for now which seems like a good place to start. (Nudge: You should go look too!) The next step is the nitty-gritty I think: exactly what he needs and how I can do that for him. And of course, there the fee’s to discuss. Defining your worth in $$ is never a comfortable subject, but it will be done!

Now, could that post get anymore cryptic? I might try another day. But it’s just barely post 10am, I think that gives me a smidge of leeway to not be extremely entertaining.

Check out UysFaber online to see what they’re up to and their blog, twitter @uys999 , and UysFaber’s facebook page.  

And of course, as always, more is on its way.

 Cheers.

Too good to not blog: Superhero’s ARE real!

So it’ not entirely related to publishing or publicity but hell, I love it anyways.

MSNBC news did an online article on the Real Life Super Hero Project. Basically, everyday Joe Shmoe’s have donned costumes and taken to the streets. Not really fighting crime in all cases but inspiring people to do good and in doing so these very real people are undertaking something very fantastic. Read the rest of this entry

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