It’s nearly November. For some that can mean only ONE thing.
Which is extremely important but it means one more thing too: NaNoWriMo
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.
This May 8th, 2011 I volunteered with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival at the Toronto Reference Library. Some basic details about the event:
- Website: TorontoComics.com
- March 29th 2003 was the first TCAF. This year was the 7th, I believe. Don’t quote me on it!
- Dates this year: Saturday May 7th, 9am-5pm, Sunday May 8th, 11am-5pm
- Sponsored by The Beguiling , Toronto Reference Library among many other Sponsors
It was a great experience and I’ll go about why shortly, but I think first I need to discuss the ‘Why’.
Since my first internship at Random House of Canada I’ve been in love with publishing. I’ve always loved books and I’m an aspiring writer. But what I quickly found was a love and appreciation for graphic fiction. Comics, graphic novels, etc. You’ve probably read the spiel on a earlier post.
It’s been a few days, I’ve neglected my precious new blog. Silly to do when you have a goal!
But I’ve made progress. I’m going to meet up with a few people int he industry to try and get some help with understanding the industry. One is an agent who was my Professor for a Trade Overview course with Ryerson. We’ll meet for coffee, talk a little business and get some perspective on this ‘Freelance’ thing I’ve thrown myself into.
Also, I’ve been in touch with a Publicist who has her own business who was also a previous teacher. She’s taken my resume and has decided to maybe give me a few pointers. Can’t hurt right? Not to mention the fact that she remembers me after a year. That’s a nice feeling.
Besides that I’ve signed up to volunteer for OwlKids at the Taste of the Danforth in Toronto August 7th! It’ll be good, meet a few people and get out there doing things in the industry. Could make some contacts, might not, who knows! All I’m concerned with is the kids. I’m good with them, but not a big fan with the crying, the screaming, the running and pinching. But I’m looking forward to it!
So, progress is good. Don’t know where it’ll take me but it’s good. Now if I could just find someone to represent I’d be on my way….
Day 2 – nothing has changed. Except there was an earthquake yesterday, my world did shake but it’s all still in place.
I didn’t expect much to be different, in fact I didn’t expet anything to be different so all in all a good day! Twitter has been set up, this blog, e-mail account (I’ll probably switch over to a gmail account but I do like having everything synced together through windows live). I’ve announced it on facebook and started to get to the word of mouth.
There’s a tentative plan to volunteer with some publishing houses and to contact a few smaller indie publishers to offer my services for the grand price of FREE. But time is on my side for now and there’s no terrible need to rush into things, though I really kind of want to.
So, after throwing myself into the wide webbed world I’m still whole and solid, if not a bit squishy.
Day two worked out well. I feel good that I’ve got some control over my future.
Did I mention I was in class right now? Copy-Editing, because every skill I can develop will help. Though I will NEVER claim to be good with grammar. My arch-enemy. BLAST!