21 August 2011 - 6:24 pm

NaNoWriMo plans in motion

This weekend has been busy with a very good friend and fellow NaNoWriMo ML (Municipal Liaison). In between hanging out, watching movies, shopping, and getting nails done, we’ve managed to get some more of our prep done for thisΒ year’s NaNo craziness.

We are trying to shake things up a little bit this year. While most of the things we’re organising are following the tried-and-true patterns of the last couple of years, it’d be no fun if we didn’t try to do something a bit different.

Every year, we give out lanyards or hipsters to our writers (or Wrimos), full of useful info, cheat sheets, and hints and tips. We’re redoing the pack this time around, with a bunch of new stuff in there for Wrimos to enjoy.

We’re also doing something a little different for our Kick-Off Party this year. We don’t have Halloween to play with, so instead, we’re doing a scavenger hunt through the parklands where we’re holding the KOP. I’ve never done a scavenger hunt before, but it seems like fun so why not, right? Right.

Yesterday, my co-ML and I went on a scouting mission to the park, armed with maps and pens and a camera. Some wandering around, a pile of photos and some scribblings on a map later, we had the start of a plan for the hunt.

Today, we went through the photos and tried to remember where everything was (and how to get between it all). We now have several sets of semi-cryptic clues (it would be no fun if everyone had the same route to run down) and a setup that should work.

All we need to do now is test out the clue-sets to make sure that they do, in fact, work the way they should, and sort out prizes for the winning team.

It’s all coming together! We have our write-is all booked for the whole of November (at the central cafe we always use, who let us plug in and stay all day), and the party bags for the KOP are all ready to assemble.

I have no idea what I’ll be writing for thisΒ year’s NaNo, but the ML stuff is coming along nicely. Can’t wait to get into it all! In the meantime, I should probably start writing this week’s Starwalker post. Onwards!

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4 comments

  1. mjkj says:

    Wow, sounds interesting – it is a pity you are so far away – otherwise I may have visited the KOP…

    *looking forward to your NaNo-Project* πŸ˜€

    mjkj

    August 22nd, 2011 at 7:28 pm

  2. Mel says:

    Thanks, mjkj! πŸ™‚ You’d be quite welcome at our KOP. The more the merrier! πŸ˜€

    I have a sneaking suspicion that my NaNo project will be Starwalker-related this year. But what flavour? Time will tell. πŸ˜‰

    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:53 pm

  3. mjkj says:

    Sounds great πŸ™‚

    Would you like some suggestions?

    – some background story of the crew (Danika, Elliot, Cameron etc.)
    – Starry in the future
    – Starry in an AU
    – Starry getting a brother/sister

    Ah, well, I will looking forward to whatever you come up with πŸ™‚

    mjkj

    August 23rd, 2011 at 5:17 pm

  4. Mel says:

    Suggestions are always welcome!

    Not sure about the ‘Starry in the future’, if only because I have so much story to do (and some future stuff planned for the Starwalker universe) that I’d only wind up tripping over myself.

    Still, I suppose that a trip to the end of the universe might be fun! πŸ˜‰

    Love the ideas. Starry in an alternate universe could be much fun. And the brother/sister idea could be worked into something that I have in the pipeline, actually. Hmmmm. πŸ˜‰

    There’s also the villain pieces that I started last year – they need to be progressed (and preferably finished!). I have a whole list of ones I haven’t even started yet.

    I have the bulk of the story of what happened to the Carapace, as well. That needs finishing up and polishing.

    And then there’s Book 3… πŸ˜‰

    August 29th, 2011 at 3:36 pm