NaNoWriMo.org 2013 Winner YAY! I’m happy!

Okay so life has me stressed out so much I’m keeping my hair blonde to hide the white.  I’m wearing old ratty clothing because I feel like it and because they are comfortable, to heck with style.  I’m thrilled that I finished my goal for the 2013 NaNoWriMo.org National Novel Writing Month, and I’m a winner! Come December 5th, I’ll be able to order two free printed copies of my novel, No Longer Human.  A book with an ISBN number, a real book that I can hold in my hands, filled with a story from my brain, it’s so awesome.  shipping costs but hey I don’t care, I get two free printed paperback books. I’ve achieved my lifetime goal right before turning 40! Now my next goal is to get the whole BOOK series finished. Book one only has a bit of the whole story!

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NaNoWriMo! Getting in my 1,667 words per day! & some free books, need reviews!

National Novel Writing Month is here. I missed Friday so I’m making it up today.  Will have 50k words by my birthday, the end date, November 30th.  It’s fun and I bought a usb flash drive bracelet off Amazon and though it tends to be heavy where the usb plugs into the other end, I like knowing my novel is with me. Especially when my last computer crashed taking my main book with it.  That one is on the back burner as I work on this one.  I like the challenge and I have some good people in my life who encourage and remind me to write!

Here is the intro for my novel in progress:

INTRODUCTION:

People all over the world have been left wondering exactly who came up with the idea behind a new hit reality television show. The creators,who are unknown, found twenty former students from Franklin High School located in California, USA, who failed to attend their 25th High School Reunion in 2021 and offered them a chance to play a game to win 5 million dollars. These people were thrown into a reality television show that would follow their every move and record every sound. It quickly became a show heavily laced with fear. As audiences from around the world watched the first High School Reunion Game reality television show which aired from Friday, May 1, 2026 until Friday, July 31, 2026, it soon became clear that this wasn’t merely another basic reality television show but something more like a horror show. Twists came from out of nowhere keeping audiences on the edge of their seats with most wondering how much of what they were viewing was actually legal. Some thought it was complete fiction while others enjoyed the competitions. Audiences gasped, cried, screamed and fought alongside their fan favorites as the show played out over a 3 month period of time or exactly 92 days. There was never any call in numbers to vote for a particular person nor was their ever aired any information on who created this real life drama series.

It was billed as “A Reality Television Show much like Survivor with a bit of Big Brother thrown in and a touch of the scary from Fear Factor.” While the new reality television show turned out to be the most watched television series in the history of American television entertainment not to mention other countries, it also gave the world a surprise that to this day, people can’t stop discussing. This American phenomenon has spread throughout the World with episode’s from season one airing in over 20 countries. The bottom line now is, it has left the world wanting more. Will your high school class appear next on this new hit reality television show, High School Reunion Games Season 2?

In a world where a new television series lasts 1.2 episodes before being pulled and replaced by yet another new television series that lasts maybe 1 more episode longer then turns to the internet to present the remaining previously recorded episodes, reality television shows are a dime a dozen. Every major channel in America has at least one successful reality TV series. Now competing amongst the big names such as Survivor and Big Brother enters High School Reunion Games.

The first season both surprised and horrified American’s so much that the demand for a second season has been overwhelming for the networks hosting the show. The world is using every tool at their disposal to voice their requests including email to virtually anybody they can connect to the series and snail mail but also plastering requests over major social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and submissions of thousands of images and videos via Instagram. YouTube went down for a full day when it became flooded with so many uploaded videos their servers couldn’t handle the data. New pages dedicated to this hit show and images from the first season flood the internet every day. America’s newest hit reality television sensation has found it’s place in American television history! Will we ever know who is behind the creation of this show and will the answer ever come as to if it is truly unscripted reality drama or a show played by paid actors to look like it’s a real game, like Siberia.

Original Data: 3 months/92 days, Friday, May 1, 2026 to Friday, July 31, 2026, High School Reunion Games, Season One: The Class of 1996, Franklin High School, CA USA, Classmate Game Players: Dale Clarke, Aaron Jack, Todd Hendricks, Zach Lee, Jason Schulman, John Berch, Chris Hammer, Sam Chang, Mark Dawson,Orlando Thomas, Jean Stanford, Michelle Xaviers, Nicole Landers, Anna Koppola, Christina Liu, Maria Sanchez, Caleen Jones, Sarah Myers, Laura Apple, Becky Weaver

And since I haven’t done this in FOREVER, Help an author with a review. Get a free book, (Free at the time of this post) and write a review for the author and future readers!  You are AWESOME!

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http://www.amazon.com/The-Strangers-Patrick-Roberts-ebook/dp/B00G5KAHXO

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The Strangers [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Roberts (Author)

184 pages

Book Description

Publication Date: October 23, 2013
CRASH! That’s the sound of Peyton Richard’s life as he’s confronted with destiny. Already dealing with memories he can’t remember and the struggle of balancing a personal life with a supernatural one, he finds a paranormal artifact that changed his life before he was even born. The bright side? He’s not alone in the fight. 
With friends and a deeply paternal mentor, Peyton has been CHOSEN to protect the world from the paranormal threats that seem to seek him out. The question is…what happens when destiny and free-will collide? 

http://www.amazon.com/Wrath-Fallen-Heirs-Book-ebook/dp/B00GKA1Q8O

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Wrath of the Fallen (Heirs of the Fallen Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

James A. West (Author), Darko Tomic (Illustrator)

287 pages

Book Description

Publication Date: November 8, 2013
After learning the shocking truth of the world’s greatest adversary, Leitos Valara must gather an army strong enough to defeat the Bane of Creation. He has few warriors to choose from, and most are unwilling to stand with him. But the final battle between humankind and demon-born will be fought, even if he must face the wrath of the Fallen alone.

http://www.amazon.com/Rubato-Jennifer-Hatcher-ebook/dp/B00EI4U342

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Rubato [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Hatcher (Author)

304 pages

Book Description

Publication Date: July 13, 2013
Unwilling to prey on the lives of others to maintain her own longevity, Sloan Pascal leaves the community of supernatural beings where she grew up. She is adopted by a loving family and has a chance at a normal and happy life until one night she loses control. 

Considered unstable and potentially dangerous, Lucas deGuille has been a pariah at school since his well-to-do father left him and his mom. A genius and a musical prodigy, Lucas seeks comfort in music and in the love and traditions of his mother’s people. 

Sloan’s past threatens to destroy the lives that both she and Lucas have struggled to build. Together they must determine what is truly important and learn to depend on a strength that neither of them knew that they had. Through it all they will learn that love, like music, can transform lives.

http://www.amazon.com/Exclusive-Love-British-Billionaires-Series-ebook/dp/B00FZW9OSC

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Exclusive Love (British Billionaires Series) [Kindle Edition]

Sorell Oates (Author), Book Cover by Design (Illustrator)

152 pages

Book Description

Publication Date: November 8, 2013
Stuck in a small town working for a small newspaper, Katy, 23, longs for a break from her mundane work as a junior reporter. Her big scoop comes with dating website ExclusiveLove.com. The elite company demands women earn $100,000 to be eligible for online membership to date single British millionaires in the USA. Shocked that money CAN buy you love, Katy goes undercover to investigate. 

Sent to the New York office to rescue the failing American branch of his family’s international communications company, billionaire Oscar Woodruff, 35, is swamped by female admirers. Unsettled, lonely and disheartened by the sea of Gold-Diggers, Oscar resorts to boutique dating website Exclusive Love to help find appropriate dates interested in him and not his bank balance. 

With a fake profile online, Katy crosses paths with Oscar and the pair embark on a whirlwind romance. Perfectly matched, the relationship blooms lighting fast. Connecting on all levels from love to lust, the couple can’t get enough of each other. But spending every free moment together, it’s only a matter of time before Oscar learns of Katy’s undercover job. Will her web of deceit to achieve national recognition as a credible journalist tear Katy from her British Billionaire? 

 

This one looked interesting!

http://www.amazon.com/Creepy-Hollow-Fae-Rachel-Morgan-ebook/dp/B009QOLFDM

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An A to Z of Creepy Hollow Fae [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Morgan (Author)

103 pages

Book Description

Publication Date: November 8, 2013
Before Violet met Nate, the human boy who followed her into the fae realm and turned her life upside down, she was the perfect guardian trainee. She followed all the rules and did her best to protect her human assignments. Goblins, ogres, trolls—Vi learned how to handle them all. 
In “An A to Z of Creepy Hollow Fae”, catch a glimpse of some of Vi’s past assignments, and experience the life of a faerie training to be a guardian. 

***Includes the first five chapters of THE FAERIE GUARDIAN, first novel in the Creepy Hollow series***

http://www.amazon.com/Madly-Book-1-Series-ebook/dp/B0064P9O34

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Madly (Book 1) (Madly Series) [Kindle Edition]

M. Leighton (Author)

53 pages

Book Description

Publication Date: November 7, 2011
*This is a novelette that introduces you to Madly*

Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in the small town of Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, the magically-protected home of Madly’s race. A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. 

In order to save her home, the lives of her family, and all of humanity, Madly must learn to wield her exceptional powers and recapture the Lore before it’s too late and all is lost. But Madly’s only help are her two best friends and the Sentinel, Jackson Hamilton, that threatens both her heart and her destiny. Madly has loved Jackson as long as she can remember, but he is the one thing even a princess can’t have. Can she resist love to become the queen she was fated to be? Or can she find a way to have both?

http://www.amazon.com/HECHIZO-Enemigos-Oscuros1-Spanish-Edition-ebook/dp/B00GJ77M9K/

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HECHIZO DE SANGRE (Enemigos Oscuros1) (Spanish Edition) [Kindle Edition]

RAFAEL ALCOLEA HAROLD (Author)

39 pages IN SPANISH

Book Description

Publication Date: November 7, 2013
Hechizo de sangre es una apasionante novela que combina elementos sobrenaturales, románticos, e intriga. Este primer libro presenta la saga: Oscuros Enemigos. ¿Podrías enamorarte de tu enemigo? ¿Serías capaz de desafiar a todos por luchar por tu amor? 
Si tu respuesta es sí, esta es tu novela: Hechizo de Sangre. 

SINOPSIS: 
Marc vive en el tranquilo pueblo de Sayville, cerca de Nueva York. Estudia medicina y se ha enamorado de una nueva vecina. El misterio rodea a esta preciosa muchacha. Un día descubre que es vampira, pero ya es demasiado tarde, se ha enamorado irracionalmente de ella. 
Por otra parte, su aparentemente normal familia le esconde terrible secreto: él no es tan normal como cree. Ese secreto hará tambalear el amor entre Sasha y Marc ya que los convertirá en enemigos. 

Marc no imagina lo trascendental que es para el destino de los humanos, los vampiros y el resto de criaturas sobrenaturales que pueblan la tierra. 
Ayúdale a descubrirlo… 

¡Esta apasionate saga repleta de vampiros, magia, amor imposible, e intriga, te cautivará! 

http://www.amazon.com/Firmament-Radialloy-J-Grace-Pennington-ebook/dp/B0085MJKYC

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Firmament: Radialloy [Kindle Edition]

J. Grace Pennington (Author)

215 pages

Book Description

Publication Date: June 6, 2012
The year is 2320. Andi Lloyd is content with her life as the assistant to her adoptive father, a starship doctor, but her secure world turns upside down when she begins uncovering secrets from her past. When her father mysteriously starts losing his mind, she finds that she can no longer count on him to guide or help her. With mutiny breaking out on the ship, and two factions desperate for a valuable secret she holds, she must race to help her father and herself before time runs out.

 

November is National Novel Writing Month, here is the beginning of my 50k story entry

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SYNOPSIS:

People all over the world have been left wondering exactly who came up with the idea behind a new hit reality television show. The producers found twenty students who failed to attend their 25th High School Reunion in 2021 and threw them into a 30th High School Reunion Game, a reality television show with a twist of fear heavily laced throughout the season. As the nation watched the first High School Reunion Games reality television show which aired from Friday, May 1, 2026 until Friday, July 31, 2026, on which the winner was announced and shown, they gasped, cried, screamed and fought alongside their fan favorites as the show played out over a 3 month period of time or exactly 92 days. It was billed as ‘a reality television show much like Survivor with a bit of Big Brother thrown in and a touch of the scary from Fear Factor’. While the new reality television show turned out to be the most watched television series in the history of American television entertainment, it also gave the world a surprise that to this day, people can’t stop discussing. This American phenomenon has spread throughout the World with episode’s from season one airing in over 20 countries. The bottom line now is, it has left the world wanting more. Will your high school class appear next on this new hit reality television show, High School Reunion Games Season 2?

In a world where a new television series lasts 1.2 episodes before being pulled and replaced by yet another new television series that lasts maybe 1 more episode longer then turns to the internet to present the remaining previously recorded episodes, reality television shows are a dime a dozen. Every major channel in America has at least one successful reality TV series. Now competing amongst the big names such as Survivor and Big Brother enters High School Reunion Games. The first season both surprised and horrified American’s so much that the demand for a second season has been overwhelming for the network hosting the show. The world is using every tool at their disposal to send in requests including email and snail mail but also plastering requests over major social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and submissions of thousands of images via Instagram and even more videos uploaded to YouTube. New pages dedicated to this new hit show and images from the first season flood the internet every day. America’s newest hit reality television sensation has found it’s place in American television history! 

High School Reunion Games, Season One: The Class of 1996, Franklin High School, CA USA Classmate Game Players: Dale Clarke, Aaron Johnson, Todd Hendricks, Zach Lee, Jason Schulman, John Berch, Chris Hammer, Sam Chang, Mark Dawson,Orlando Thomas, Jean Stanford, Michelle Xaviers, Nicole Landers, Anna Koppola, Christina Liu, Maria Sanchez, Caitlin Jones, Sarah Myers, Laura Apple, Becky Weaver.

BEGINNING OF BOOK:

The men carried her body in on a white stretcher. Neither men said a word to the disheveled man standing in the entryway as they carried their assignment to the medical room in the Safe House. The dark haired men moved as if they’d rehearsed their precise movements for months as they brought the unconscious girl into the empty room. They placed her on one of the many hospital medical beds scattered throughout the room and then turned around and left, again without saying a word or making eye contact with the man near the front doors.

In the Safe House, Dale stood frozen in the brightly lit hallway but for his eyes that tracked the men and their movements until they disappeared into the medical room near the end of the hall. Passing a hand over his face, Dale steadies his rapid heart beat by taking a few deep breaths. He waits until the medics have left and the locks engage on the front door behind them automatically. “Tara” he whispers. “Doors secured Dale” a feminine voice sounds throughout the hall. “Tara” is the Safe House’s Artificial Intelligence sentient. Turning away from the locked front door he begins to walk slowly towards the medical room pausing just outside the silver metallic door. He reaches out his left hand and finds the knob cold against his palm. Taking a breath, he twists the knob and enters the room unsure of what he’ll see but hoping it’s not something he can’t deal with. He sends a quick prayer up to God thankful for the time spent in the U.S. Army serving as a Medic. This game that sent 19 people or 20 including himself, from his old high school graduating class of into a sealed mansion hasn’t turned out quite like he expected. A game that challenges each person to escape through the one and only exit, by getting an object through a small hole in an otherwise solid metal gate that reveals itself once a day and allows only one shot per player per day. Such a battle of wits and strength to be able to get an item found in the Mansion to roll from ten feet away through that tiny hole. He managed it at the end of the first month. And now it seems she has managed it in the middle of the third month. “Looks to be a long game” he mutters to himself. “What a reunion. It’s great to see my buddies but to also end up alone in the Safe House with the one female I always teased and bullied more than ten years ago? He couldn’t help it back then, his feelings for her were too strong and it was the one thing in his entire life he had never been able to control. The things he did while in the Mansion! Shame fills him before he can stop it. He shakes his head to clear it before approaching the single occupied bed. “There are twenty beds, as if the creator of this game expected everyone to end up in one, which is just creepy,” he thinks to himself. He clicks the ON button to the screen behind her bed to see what events lead to her arrival. He tucks his hands into the front pockets of his well worn blue jeans as his dark gaze watches the game play out on the screen. The one nurse in the room rechecks the IV bags and then retreats to a hidden door on the far wall. He pays her no mind, keeping his attention on every part of the game he missed, watching who did what, and noting what caused her injuries. He pushes that aside for a moment in his mind as he gasps at her cleverness at what she used to escape the game. “Good for you! You listened to me. I didn’t think you would, not after how badly I treated you. Both then and now.” he says softly. He pressed the OFF button on the screen and it goes dark once more. He runs the back of his right hand lightly against her face. He loves her so much and hopes to be able to prove it. In the Mansion, in the game, it was everyone for themselves. To find food, to keep yourself safe, to create something to pass through that hole and be sent here, to the Safe House, staffed by one temporary nurse. “What made us sign up for something so stupid and dangerous? We’re just a test to see if this could be the next great reality television show. Look what they’ve done to you.” he leans over the metal rail and gently kisses her dry, cracked lips. “You’re safe now. I’ve got you and I don’t intend to ever let go.” he says as he pulls the white blanket down to her knees and then as gently as possible lifts the thin material of her medical gown, stained with blood. He sucks in a breath when he sees the bruises, scrapes, cuts and burns in her abdomen. Her upper thighs are covered in cuts too. He lays the material back down and pulls the blanket up to her waist. Then with nimble fingers he unties the top part of her gown , trying hard not to stare at her breasts while he inspects the damage to her upper body. His eyes go hard when he pulls the gown open to reveal the long cut that runs from her throat to her belly button. “That took balls. Damn. They tried to kill you. One of the stupid rules that I have grown to hate! “Should you end up killing one of your former classmates, you will get extra items for a greater chance at shooting it through the hole and escaping the game. To come here where safety is guaranteed, food is plentiful and everything is clean. Rule Number 13.” he mutters. He reties her gown and tucks the blanket up to her neck. Her beautiful red hair is matted with blood and grime. He goes to a closet and opens door after door. He wanders around the medical room to gather supplies for his tasks. The nurse is only allowed to set up the first IVs but after that she can do no more including no verbal, written or any other form of communication and must exit the Safe House. Another rule, Rule Number 21. “Guess they want to test how much compassion we might have for our fellow friends after cheating, stealing, brutalizing one another in order to escape the game. ” He puts his gathered items on a rolling cart and then pulls it near the top of her bed. He unlatches the metal railing so it falls down lightly. He pours bottled water into the pink plastic empty container and mixes a tiny bit of baby shampoo with it. Then he takes two of the white towels and tucks them over and under her shoulders. He places another under her head. He sits gingerly on the bed next to her and washes her hair being super careful. He grabs a fresh towel and GENTLY dries her hair. Then he removes all the towels and dumps them in the slot in the wall labeled “LAUNDRY CHUTE”. Her red hair glows around her and he smiles. He refreshes his supplies and begins to clean her face and then her neck. He continues until he’s washed all the dirt and dried blood off her body and then moves her to a fresh clean bed being careful not to get tangled up in the IV lines. “After all those wounds..” he says softly as he stands and looks at the three IV bags. “No wonder, Morphine, regular saline and something labeled ‘XXX’. That’s a cocktail for sure.” He turns and stares down at her again before lifting the safety rail back up with a click. Leaning down over the rail he whispers, “Your safe now. I’m here.” He pulls another bed closer to hers and lays down. He feels secure in knowing there are not going to be any new additions for quite some time. “Where there is a reward there is a punishment. Rule number 8. Should one or more individuals attempt to harm or kill another either working as one or in a group, each offender shall be punished to a blackout period of no lights and each players daily allowance of trying to escape by means of the hole will be withheld for a period of twenty days. Rule number 9.” Dale lays on his back, takes out the small remote control from his back pocket and attaches it to his wrist unit. He turns the large screen located above him, built into the ceiling, on. “Let’s check in on our classmates. This is one part of this whole mess I enjoy. I’ll start at the beginning, when we first entered the Mansion and then they gave us further rules we had not agreed to. Sneaky bastards. God look at us. Fools each and every one. Some of us ran off to find a bed and claim it. Others gathered at the liquor bar to drink some liquid courage. We all got in the heated pool completely dressed, all of us drunk from the triple alcohol content of the wine that no one thought to mention. Tiny twists in this game can be very bad. Ah, this is where the lightweights, like you, passed out. Look at Tom and Aaron work at getting those busty girls out of the pool, former cheerleaders I believe. Ah ha! This is when Jason, Paul, James and myself each went after you to get you out of the pool. What a struggle that was. But I won and laid you on one of the lawn chairs. I wrapped you up in one of the fluffy green towels. The green and white theme from our high school was everywhere. Then after a bit of wrestling with the guys, I took you upstairs to the double bed I had claimed earlier. I didn’t know where the bed was that you had claimed or if you had even claimed one yet but one of the girls brought your stuff. We were lucky because I ran for the beds first and found the one and only room with a door that locks. No other door locks in that place. I laid down next to you and held you close to me. And then, it happened. It was like a fine mist was sprayed in the room and it was a hell of a lot stronger than what they say exotica or Viagra. That stuff pumped up the male hormones in my body and I raped you, brutally too. Part of the time you begged me to thrust harder, raking your nails down my back and other times you cried and begged me to stop. I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. Time slipped by and that hunger could not be sated. When we couldn’t move any longer we laid there on the floor just working to breath. I saw the tears in your eyes and I am sorry for what happened but I have to tell you it was the best damn sex I have ever had in my life.” He returns his attention to the screen and rewinds back to the beginning. After the screen lights up he watches himself walk into the beautifully attractive Mansion. He watches every player enter the Mansion all looking fit and clean as if they’ve been invited to a regal party and not plunged in to a death match. He tucks his hands behind his head and continues to watch. Her soft breathing calms him as he watches this game play out. After he gets to the part where she’s earned her way out, he switches the screen to multi-mode with his remote and the ceiling screen breaks up into twenty smaller screens each showing a player somewhere in the Mansion. The ones left inside are in a total blackout as punishment. “You all look like green glowing ghosts. Sneaking around, trying to stay sane, trying to stay safe. You jerks better get used to this because you’ve got twenty days of no lights and in this game, light is everything for safety and survival.” he smiles to himself. He listens to her breathing and soon falls asleep. Always an insomniac, he can’t believe her breathing has lulled him into a state of sleep. His last thoughts drift through his mind, “She’s safe. This time, I’m not letting go.”

Fractured Legacy Release Blog Tour page updated & National Novel Writing Month (November)

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Please check out my updated page for Skye Callahan’s Blog Tour for the release of her book, Fractured Legacy!  Remember she is holding a scavenger hunt and on this page you will find my assigned clue word! Tour runs October 14-25 and the book is available for sale on October 22, 2013.

https://nightshadelane.com/fractured-legacy-book-release-blog-tour/

 

Also note that November is National Novel Writing Month and this site is awesome! You must check it out. Free of course!

http://nanowrimo.org

Check out the forums. They even help you with ideas, thoughts and more. I love the bracelet that also doubles as a USB space to save your writings. Can’t lose it if you’re wearing it!

“NANOWRIMO “30 DAYS 50K WORDS” 2 GB USB BRACELET 

$20.00

We have enough things to search for in life—aliens, Atlantis, car keys—so why let your thumb-drive be one of them?

Keep your novel close at hand with the new USB bracelet, outfitted with 2 GB of storage space to contain even the longest epics. Now you can spend your time searching for more important things, like a name for your main character’s uncle-in-law.

This bracelet is 8” long and a debonair black in color. Its classic NaNoWriMo-blue text will let everyone know what a feat you’re accomplishing: “30 DAYS|50K WORDS” framed by the NaNoWriMo shield’s silhouette.”

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http://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works November is National Novel Writing Month!

I turn 40 on the 30th of November so when I saw this on OHFB’s email today I had to send it out.

This is what I got on the website after I signed up and used the URL they sent via email, an email that came very quickly. Some don’t.

 

http://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works

How It Works

During NaNoWriMo, you write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. The challenge may be hard, but the logistics are not! Here, let us guide you through ‘em.

1. Sign up for our website with that big, blue “Sign Up!” button on the homepage.You’ll get an email validation link a few minutes later.

2. As part of the sign-up process, you’ll choose a home region for in-person events near you. This is totally optional, but we think it’s a pretty awesome part of the NaNo experience.

3. Our user dashboard will usher you through the rest of your account set-up stuff.Click on the grayed-out badges to fill out your profile, say hello in our forums, and add writing buddies.

4. On October 1, you’ll be able to add information about your upcoming novel to your profile. Giving your work a title or brief synopsis gets you 225% more pumped for November. It’s a fact.

5. You can also use October to read past author pep talks, grab participant web badges, meet folks in the forums, and learn more about our nonprofit.

6. At midnight on November 1, start writing. Work on your manuscript using any method where you can track your word count. Word-processing program, notebook, typewriter, stone slab: they all work.

7. Update your word count whenever you can. Some like every day; others prefer a few times a week. No matter when, you can do it in that word-count update menu at the top of every page on our site.

8. Stay motivated with pep talks (we’ll send them to your on-site inbox and your email), forum chatter, and in-person events in your region. There’s also a big world of NaNo out there in social media: find us on FacebookTwitterTumblrYouTube, and Pinterest.

9. Starting on November 25, you can validate your novel to win. If it’s over 50,000 words, paste the text into the word-count validator. A few robotic calculations later, we’ll declare you an official NaNoWriMo winner! From there, you’ll be able to collect a few prime novelist goodies.

10. If you enjoy your NaNo experience, please donate to support our mission. We believe in making this a more creative world, and we’d love your help getting there. (Here’s more about why others donate, as well as additional ways to give.)