Is it kind of sad that, of all the things that I’ve had advanced notice of, I was looking forward to the Ontario York Region NaNoWriMo kick-off meeting last night at Covernotes most of all? Lil Sis’ friends Jen and Ash are two strong and persuasive forces convincing Lil Sis to take on writing 50,000 words in November on top of work and working out!
It was fun to meet other people who NaNo since the only other people I know so far are bloggers I have never met. Lil Sis, Jen, Ash, four other girls including our passionate ML (municipal liaison) and Brad. I learned that, just like in any arena, there exists NaNo nerds and while I am onto the sites/tools they tossed around like Tumblr, Twitter, and GoodReads, I only now learned about Scrivener and other challenges like Write Offs, Word Wars, Dares, etc. We talked of potential exciting events like a Subway Write-A-Thon (get on at Finch Station, ride the whole line to Downsview, and ride back to Finch, for two two three hours of group writing). Another York Region event conducted a few years ago was a NaNo crawl down Yonge Street starting at a Timothy’s in Newmarket, William’s in Richmond Hill has food, a third place, and Demetre’s for drinks, dessert and more writing! This is on top of regular and sedate write-ins throughout the month I hope we’ll catch. I’m a sucker for geeky events like that.
Can’t wait to start writing!
The orange sticker reading “Your Story Matters.” is my newest and third sticker on my laptop. Saving room for just one more: Dalhousie University, my alma mater!
******** This is a blog series complementing my regular blog posts with the original idea was to share our parallel lives, NPY’s and mine, while I’m in Toronto and he’s in Vancouver, 3,400 km away. For me, it’s been pretty fun because I’m this long-time blogger and enjoy repackaging parts of my life in “blog bites”. It’s been more difficult for NPY who hasn’t experienced a change in scenery (although I do not think it is necessary) so I’ll be continuing this with just my photos. I might have something every day. I might not.