Today started a donation drive for NaNoWriMo (for those of you new around here, that’s National Novel Writing Month.) Camp NaNoWriMo will debut this summer. Even as an ML (Municipal Liaison), I don’t know much about it, only that it will allow for noveling in months other than November. I don’t know if that means just summer months, since it’s “Camp,” or if it will be year round. Either way, I’m very excited to learn more, and can’t wait to get my donor goodies – a NaNoWriMo bumper sticker for my car!!
The donation drive has set off some early planning between the other Jen and me. We’re already asking for donations – either money to help us reserve a location for the kickoff party, since our region has grown so huge, or items for a raffle. We’re thinking about opening a CafePress of Zazzle store to sell St. Louis NaNo themed items (all proceeds will go towards planning St. Louis area events, with any extra going directly to NaNo.) We’ve already gotten some feedback from participants. It’s getting me super excited about November!
I even have an idea of what I might write for NaNo this year. I have 2 ideas, actually. One is Deceived, the third book in my urban fantasy series. The other is something totally different, totally out of my comfort zone. It’s a sci-fi story. I read a little bit of sci fi, but have never even thought about writing it. But a friend of mine had a fascinating idea and I asked her if I could steal it for a novel. She agreed, so I just might give it a shot.
Oh! I just had another idea related to that sci-fi novel. Rather, of how to tie it into an idea that’s been floating around in my head for many years now. I love exciting moments of inspiration like that! And you were here to see this one in action!
But back to NaNoWriMo. If you can, please donate. It will help them to fortify their servers so there are fewer crashes, less downtime. Last year, the site was down almost the entire first week of November because of heavy traffic. It was quite frustrating for all involved. They’ll also use the money to start building Camp NaNoWriMo for kids (for the Young Writer’s Program.) See the website for all the exciting details. NaNoWriMo has been such an integral part of my life the past 3 years, I donated…maybe a little more than I should have, as now I’ll be living off pasta for the next week rather than going grocery shopping for fruits and veggies and Boca burgers, but it’s worth it to me.
And darn it, I wanted that bumper sticker!