(that would be me.)
Nancy, NaNoWriMo’s Community Liaison, kindly let me be an official ML (the person who organizes local events), even though I was past the deadline. So I’m all official and stuff – listed on the website, and I have access to the ML-only forums, which is so awesome. I’m finding some really great ideas out there.
Almost my entire weekend was devoured by the NaNo website, reading all the ML information, then reading all the rest of the forums. It’s addicting. I made a list of ideas I’d love to do, and am meeting with the other ML tonight to hammer down when and where the kickoff party will be, the midnight kickoff, and all sorts of other stuff.
I’m also the Bookdriver-in-Chief for St. Louis, for The Great NaNoWriMo Bookdrive. If you’re in the St. Louis area and have used books you’d like to donate, leave a message in the comments section and I’ll get in touch with you. The goal is to collect 3000 books. The Office of Letters and Light (OLL, the nonprofit that organizes NaNoWriMo) is partnered with Better World Books for the bookdrive. If we collect 3000, BWB will send a truck out to pick them up. If not, we’ll have to presort the books (look up each and everyone to ensure they will accept it, print out free shipping labels, and arrange for the boxes of books to be picked up for shipping.) So it’s really best if we can collect 3000 so we don’t have to do all that. If not, I’ve already decided to bribe my fellow Wrimos to help with a pizza and cupcake party. (I haven’t mentioned this tidbit to my parents yet…oops. They’re graciously letting me store the books in their basement, since I won’t have room in my 900 square foot apartment. Thanks Mom and Dad!)
The book drive lasts until Dec. 15, so you have plenty of time to convince your friends and relatives to part with some of those books they won’t ever read again and are tired of dusting around. They also accept DVDs and books on CD (but not tape.)
I also started freewriting about the plot for my NaNovel. I have the very basic idea of what’s going on and why, but not a whole lot in between. I need to come up with some harrowing adventures for my characters to get the from “what” to “who and why.” I’m not too worried about it, though. My characters usually lead me on some pretty wild adventures, rather than the other way around.
I’ve also made a dent in my NaNo Prep To Do list. I printed out 2 word count calendars (one is taped on the wall behind my desk at home, the other will go up in my cubicle at work.) I have a list of character names. I decided not to plan any characters, since they present themselves to me at the perfect time from the depths of my imagination.
Music has been added to my playlist, and I deleted some songs/artists that no longer make me feel writerly. I’ll keep tweaking it throughout the month of October, but if I didn’t touch it again, that would be okay.
Left on the list:
-stock up on tea
-a bit more brainstorming on the plot
I think I’m in pretty good shape. That will leave plenty of time to work on my co-ML and Bookdriver-in-Chief duties.
27 days till NaNoWriMo…