JulNoWriMo starts today!

July 2, 2010

So – being the first day of July, and Canada day, today is also the first day of JulNoWriMo, also known as July Novel Writing Month. As you might be able to guess, this is a sort of spin-off of National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve been participating every year for at least three years already.

As it happens, I was logged into the official JulNoWriMo IRC chat room while starting this blog entry, so asked for a few opinions from fellow JulNo-ers on the subject, which prompted the following little conversation thread:

chrisk: does anybody want to help contribute to my blog by telling me what’s great about JulNoWriMo?
solica: It’s awesome if you’re a masochist
adivineeternity: it’s fun if you write fast and are a sadist
giltrap: S & M writers 😛
chrisk: JulNo – it’s all about the pain. 😉
giltrap: Actually, having someone with a whip could make word wars fun
giltrap: And you could tie yourself to a chair to prevent distractions

From there, the topic turned to word wars, which are a wrimo-ey way of boosting your word count where you set a time limit and see who can write the most in that time. There’s a fun bot in the nanowrimo and julnowrimo chat rooms, BattleJesus, who serves as timekeeper for word wars if you know how to ask him nicely.

So – the objective of JulNo is fairly simple – write 50,000 new words on any title within the 31 days of July. The word count is identical to Nanowrimo’s, but you have one more day to reach it in. I find that it’s also a bit more relaxed a challenge than Nanowrimo, partly because it’s lower budget and doesn’t have the same sense of local organization to it, just a bunch of writers meeting on a website and writing their hearts out.

Wish me plenty of luck!

Stringing Words Blogs (and LiveJournal) roundup.

June 13, 2010

Okay, today because some of the blogging members of Stringing Words gave me the courage to start this blog, (though probably none of them know it,) I’m going to plug their blogs or LiveJournal pages and give out a few introductions.

Gale definitely deserves to go first, in that she’s the one who introduced me to Stringing Words, and for more reasons besides. I met Gale first through the local Hamilton ‘National Novel Writer’s Month‘ events – she’s since served as a Hamilton Municipal Liaison for Nanowrimo and is also one of the three founding admins of Stringing Words. Gale’s blog, mostly devoted to her Thorne’s Quest series, hasn’t been updated that recently, but you can find it here: http://thornesquest.com/blog/

Rinelle is also a founding admin for Stringing Words, our representative in the Australian time zones, and a very sweet person. Rinelle’s blog isn’t writing-focused, but I couldn’t leave her out: http://tirtairngire.com/

At this point, I guess I’ll go through in alphabetical order, starting with Brittany, a younger writer who always seems to have brought a fresh perspective on whatever’s being discussed, (or a fresh new topic for discussion, most days) Brittany is at http://www.hillsandcorkscrews.com/

Our longwinded and prolific Demon can be found on LiveJournal at http://demonofthekeys.livejournal.com/ Hi, Demon!

Eileen is a great genre (sci-fi and fantasy) writer and always has interesting things to say. Right now she’s off at the Odyssey workshop – congratulations and good luck, Eileen! http://speakcoffeetome.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Twist is another local Hamilton area writer who I met through local National Novel Writing Month writeins – in fact, we still often meet up throughout the year to write or edit together in a coffee shop, encourage each other, talk out what we’re working on. Her blog is up at http://elizabethtwist.blogspot.com/

I don’t really know much about Elle, except that I often confuse her with Eileen because their usernames are similar. But Elle seems to have some interesting stuff up at http://defective-tykewriter.blogspot.com/

Erin isn’t that active at Stringing Words, but that’s probably because she’s so busy running National Novel Writing Year, which is also a great writer’s motivating event. (Is it really an event if it essentially never stops? I mean, NaNoWriYe is all year, every year!) She also apparently can’t update her LJ that often – http://community.livejournal.com/x__hypocampus

IchthusFish is also a WriYe-er and sometime Script Frenzier, as well as a Stringer. She’s also from England, which is cool in itself. LiveJournal at http://ichthusfish.livejournal.com/

Possibly I’m running out of steam at this point, but I don’t really remember anything about Jiangyin other than this note – http://jiangyin.livejournal.com/

Kristina is an incredibly prolific writer at http://20quidnosebleed.livejournal.com/ (Well, maybe not that prolific at LiveJournal specifically.)

Liz is also a National Novel Writing Year participant. Visit her LiveJournal at http://crescent-gaia.livejournal.com/ (Is there some connection between NaNoWriYe and LiveJournal, do you suppose?)

And last but not least, there’s Stacey – and as you can tell from the link, she’s another UK citizen. http://staceyuk.chaotic-creative.com/writing/ Also a screenwriter and contest entrant!

So – I hope that you enjoy surfing through some of these links, and I’ll be back with something a bit more writing-relevant soon.

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