Monday, 6 December 2010

NaNoBeans in the Edinburgh Reporter

Hey Guys,

Check out the NaNoBeans feature on the Edinburgh Reporter! :)

See you all at Spoons on Thursday.

Beaming up


Saturday, 13 November 2010

Applied Phlebotinum...?

Hi Folks,

I am just getting ready to head to Spoons for today's write in and thought I would send you all a little Saturday motivation for the afternoon. Now I know there are a few golden writers amongst you who are keeping up with your wordcount targets (well done to you all) and some who, like myself, are a little behind but still putting in the brain power to create your magical and mystical worlds. Well if any of you are having trouble sorting out that plotline that just veered off course to chase after that character you were about to kill of, have no fear for there is a smashing little website that will give your brains a rest and your plot a workout.

Check out the following link, a peppy little website full of brilliant ideas to help your plot along:

TV Tropes 

Well, I must skidaddle, so I'll see you and your phlebotinums at Spoons in an hour. Don't know what a phlebotinum is? Check it out at the TV Tropes link.

*Beaming Up*


Sunday, 7 November 2010

A couple of takes on how to do NaNoWriMo...

No matter how busy you are, no matter what other things are going on in your life, no matter how crowded your routine is... I hope you can find a bit of time to write.  Let it be time to forget everything else for a bit.  Let it be time to enjoy storytelling.  Let it be time to read a novel in which only you can reveal what happens next.  Enjoy the serenity of creation.


Personally, I think it's time to get completely hyper and off my face on a whole load of caffeine and sugar and type like a lunatic until my fingers go numb.  Yeehaw!  C'mon!  What happens next?  Type that sucker and find out!

(cue the 'William Tell Overture' and a crate of Red Bull...)


Sunday, 31 October 2010

Stop the Zombies...start the NaNoWriMo

Hi all,

Ok, so my lovely Co-ML Terry has declared I must stop playing Plants Vs Zombies (boo!) and come back to the land of NaNoWrimo (yay!). Luckily for me, having taken a week off work to go road tripping around Ireland I have successfully finished the entire game and had the honour of watching the plants and zombies band together at the end to make a cute little music video, so I figure I can survive turning it off for a while! :)

So, tomorrow is the official start of NaNoWriMo 2010. Hopefully you are all plotted up and ready to go...if not, have no fear as half of us are flying by the seats of our pants with you, so plotted or not, we are looking forward to seeing you all at Spoons tomorrow for the official kick off.

I received a jolly little parcel this morning full of fancy NaNoWriMo postcards and stickers for you all attach to the front of your laptops/coffee mugs/foreheads/etc so those of you who were at today's Write In should have those already. If anyone missed out I have a little stash of them that I will bring along to tomorrow's Write In at Spoons, so let me know if you didn't get any loot yet so I can get you all stocked up.

Now, there are some rumours...some very true rumours of a few internal wars going on. By wars I mean 'healthy competition' whereby members of the NaNoBeans will be competing against each other's word counts to try to avoid serious embarrassment. Terry and myself are having an ML word war that involves the loser (i.e. whoever reaches 50,000 words last) running amok with some pom poms. Terry has also challenged all newbie NaNoBeans to try to beat him to 50,000 words as well, so check out the NaNoWriMo regional thread on the NaNoWriMo website to join or make your challenge!

Well, thats about all from me for today as I have to run back to the plotting table to make a few last minute updates. Good luck to you all for tomorrow and your novelling and Terry and I will see you for the Ready, Set, Go! :)

Look for the NaNoWrimo and NaNoBeans signs around the tables if you are new or just a little lost and as always remember that there will be cake, no matter how many or how few words you write, there will always be cake! :)

See you tomorrow NaNoBeans! :)

Beaming up...

Saturday, 30 October 2010

...Get set...

So, the Kick-Off is over, and we have only one day of planning left (hello and thanks to the Wrimos who turned up!)...

If you want a few hours to figure out your plot, a few character details, or ask your fellow writers for hints, tips or advice, come along to Starbucks on Princes Street at 2pm tomorrow!

See you there,


Thursday, 28 October 2010

On your marks...

Hi folks!

Karen's in Ireland right now, so I'm flying solo...

As I write, we have 264 Wrimos with their NaNo-home in Edinburgh and more than half are new to NaNoWriMo - welcome, all of you!  A grand total of 636 are following what's going on in our forums, too.  (This is a bit more than Newcastle and a bit less than Glasgow, if that helps you put it in perspective).

We've also got a kind mention in The Edinburgh Reporter.  I hope everyone's getting a buzz of anticipation for NaNo - the time for plotting, planning and stocking up on chocolate/caffeine/obscure pop-culture references is almost at an end...

Hope to see you at the Kick-Off; failing that, come along to a write-in!



Sunday, 17 October 2010

Plotting...or Plants Vs Zombies???

Hey peeps! :)

I have stolen Terry's laptop to send you some Sunday NaNolove in the afternoon. We are all here in Starbies, writing away (where are you - why are you at home reading this when you should be here drinking lattes and playing Plants Vs Zombies *cough* Sorry, plotting your novels with us???).

Here, Terry wants to say Hi! :)

*passes keyboard to Terry*

umm.... Hi!  (echo; sound of breeze; tumbleweed passes by)
We've still got a few write-ins left before the Kick-Off on Saturday 30th October: Thursdays at 6pm at Spoon Bistro, and Sundays at 2pm at Starbucks.  We have a whole bunch of daft ideas for things to do in/at the end of November, but it's probably best to keep'em under wraps for now... :)

*Karen snatches keyboard back; she has a major case of withdrawal after her companion cube/ laptop was incinerated...*

Yes, tears...little Bettina Netbook is living on the mythical technology farm with all my past iPods and computers of yore (sobs quietly). But yay huzzah, on Tuesday I shall return with the overly pink new spandangly version of my former Netbook...the as yet unnamed companion cube v.2.0.

[This was a triumph. ~Terry]

[What me writing on a laptop...yes after a week I have nearly forgotton how to...wait what is this thing...CLINK CLUUUUUUNK THONK] :( ~ Karen

[I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.  Kind-of.  ~Terry]