Welcome to Illinois::Naperville! (+ forum index)
Welcome to Naperville, the rough geographic center of this patch of the western suburbs of Chicago that includes many surrounds suburbs.
KatherineWriting, TRRDEDEAN and I (NewMexicoKid) are your co-Municipal Liaisons, volunteers who somehow enjoy making your NaNoWriMo experience an enjoyable and (hopefully) a successful one.
We have a full slate of November write-ins (plus a pot-luck lunch kick-off extravaganza), a few nice goodies to hand out (at our events). Write-in locations are throughout the area, and people can arrange more. Let us (the Municipal Liaisons) know and we'll include them on the calendar and the above file.
See the maps to all of our event locations.
Be sure to Home to Illinois::Naperville
- In the top navigation menu, hover over NaNo Near You
- Click Find Your Region
- If USA :: Illinois :: Naperville doesn't show on the page, type "naperville" into the Filter regions by name:textbox
- Otherwise, if USA :: Illinois :: Naperville is listed as a region closest to you or as an other region, click Join. Reload the page.
- Once USA :: Illinois :: Naperville is listed as one of your regions, set it as your home region by clicking the house icon.
Now you're set. Naperville is your home region. Remember, you can join as many regions as you'd like, but can only have one home region (thanks to shmoo for her Loveland tutorial on setting a region).
Join the Journey
The Journey is Naperville's year-round writing group.
You're welcome to visit our NaperWriMo websites:
Our blog has helpful articles
We have a wiki site chock-full of useful references
Visit our cafepress shops (proceeds help defray local costs; anything above that goes to NaNoWriMo).
Visit our jabber chatroom (see the instructions here). Contact NewMexicoKid to get your jabber account if you don't have one.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Index to regional threads (last updated 11/22/2011)
Need more plot?, created November 12, 2011 19:06 by NewMexicoKid
Brainstorm plot twists, created October 15, 2011 09:49 by NewMexicoKid
Consider joining the Journey!, created November 21, 2011 16:43 by NewMexicoKid
Scenes of wonder? Share your descriptive passages, created November 12, 2011 18:24 by NewMexicoKid
2011 Calendars (or other such artwork you want to share?), created October 14, 2011 07:02 by Squiddish
6 Free eBooks from Writer's Digest, created November 06, 2011 18:45 by ziplizard
A Moral Dilemma!, created November 02, 2011 23:31 by Sapphire
Anne McCaffrey has passed away, created November 22, 2011 19:47 by Tairisanders
Anyone else have this problem?, created November 07, 2011 10:44 by CD0189
Anyone else having problems with NaNo site?, created November 13, 2011 11:13 by Qberty
Be sure to create your novel, created October 29, 2011 09:22 by NewMexicoKid
Be sure to thank the wonderful staff of the OLL!, created November 15, 2011 07:02 by NewMexicoKid
Book cover, created November 16, 2011 03:39 by J.A. Kosse
Brainstorm plot twists for last minute plot help, created October 26, 2011 23:56 by NewMexicoKid
Buddies pages!, created November 21, 2011 08:35 by NewMexicoKid
Calling Team Awesome!, created October 30, 2011 10:24 by AmaranthMuse
Can you summarize your plot in 20 words or less?, created October 16, 2011 12:13 by NewMexicoKid
Can you use Nanowrimo to continue writing a story you've been working on for years?, created October 28, 2011 23:38 by serallina
CANCELLED: Lunch before the Woodridge write-in Saturday, created November 17, 2011 22:58 by NewMexicoKid
Cantigny Museum and Park are free this Friday, created November 09, 2011 18:38 by ziplizard
Carol Stream Library Write-in, created November 03, 2011 10:01 by SarahK06
Checking in at the Naperville Caribou!, created November 14, 2011 14:25 by ThePiratess
Checking-In at Caribou!, created November 13, 2011 13:16 by Squiddish
Couldn't get on Jabber last night, created October 21, 2011 11:34 by Qberty
Downers Grove Caribou Write-Ins, created November 06, 2011 16:17 by Corrupted Flame
Emotionally Drained, created November 09, 2011 17:32 by TogetherAgain
Expressing emotions in dialogue, created November 03, 2011 12:11 by NewMexicoKid
Following Jonathan Lethem's advice, created November 10, 2011 17:53 by NewMexicoKid
Frequently Asked Questions, created October 31, 2011 17:54 by NewMexicoKid
Fresh plot critters, available today (Nov 13) at the 95th Street Library write-in!, created November 13, 2011 08:48 by NewMexicoKid
From Fantasy: Why do some in Neverland grow up?, created November 04, 2011 13:59 by NewMexicoKid
Geneva Commons?, created November 05, 2011 10:52 by CameronDaye
Getting Started, created November 01, 2011 19:54 by KatherineWriting
Going to both write-ins on Saturday?, created November 02, 2011 13:55 by ziplizard
Good news..., created October 19, 2011 15:18 by J.A. Kosse
Graph for Behind but Plan to Catch Up, created November 18, 2011 19:34 by KatherineWriting
Graph for I Need A Graph for Motivation, created November 18, 2011 19:48 by KatherineWriting
Graph for I'm stopping at 50K, created November 18, 2011 19:44 by KatherineWriting
Graph for Overcoming a Flat Stretch, created November 18, 2011 19:38 by KatherineWriting
Graph for Write When I Can, created November 18, 2011 19:42 by KatherineWriting
Graph for Writing Every Day, created November 18, 2011 19:40 by KatherineWriting
Happy November!, created November 01, 2011 10:28 by catatone1
How are you planning to open your novel?, created October 31, 2011 12:28 by NewMexicoKid
How are you spending the last week before NaNo starts?, created October 23, 2011 20:27 by NewMexicoKid
How do you make your main character suffer?, created October 17, 2011 19:25 by NewMexicoKid
How do you write on the go?, created October 31, 2011 18:22 by PersiaRose
How will you reward yourself?, created November 21, 2011 07:52 by NewMexicoKid
I resolve not to write any more scenes about..., created November 06, 2011 06:43 by KatherineWriting
I'm just not mean enough..., created November 17, 2011 06:27 by NewMexicoKid
If you plan on starting at midnight..., created October 30, 2011 07:41 by KatherineWriting
Inconvenient time to add a second POV character, created November 12, 2011 20:12 by ThePiratess
Incorrect algorithm in Author Stats, created November 05, 2011 17:55 by askeladd
Inner Editor Squashing Thread, created November 04, 2011 17:51 by PersiaRose
Introduce yourself to the region!, created October 09, 2011 23:56 by NewMexicoKid
It was easier when..., created November 20, 2011 18:48 by KatherineWriting
Jabber chat issues (Adium), created November 06, 2011 11:13 by cableshaft
Jabber Chats!, created October 13, 2011 19:09 by NewMexicoKid
Joliet and Nearby, created November 01, 2011 22:14 by Tairisanders
Katherine's WC is kind of awesome, created November 11, 2011 03:38 by J.A. Kosse
Kerplunk...., created November 22, 2011 15:47 by AmaranthMuse
Last minute world-building?, created October 25, 2011 12:57 by NewMexicoKid
Loitering, created November 12, 2011 10:31 by Tairisanders
Looking Forward to..., created October 12, 2011 14:56 by KatherineWriting
Lunch in Carol Stream Saturday, created November 04, 2011 23:25 by NewMexicoKid
Maryland Accepts Naperville's Word War Challenge!, created November 22, 2011 22:54 by punahougirl84
Meet up on Friday, 11/18/11, created November 15, 2011 17:08 by KatherineWriting
Missing Prep Sessions, created October 21, 2011 22:41 by Archon_Huskie
My car was stolen today., created November 04, 2011 00:13 by J.A. Kosse
My dad is in the hospital, created November 14, 2011 13:40 by Cee-Bee
Nano Survival Guide: Questions, created October 13, 2011 12:19 by AmaranthMuse
Naperville has the best Municipal Liaisons!, created November 22, 2011 17:51 by ziplizard
NaperWriMo blog articles, created October 23, 2011 19:01 by NewMexicoKid
Navigating the new nanowrimo, created October 10, 2011 06:41 by NewMexicoKid
Need help: Running out of plot, created November 11, 2011 20:45 by Jaded Block
No jabber meeting tonight (Thursday, October 27), created October 26, 2011 14:06 by NewMexicoKid
Not Conceding defeat, created November 06, 2011 21:18 by Tairisanders
Not Too Late to Plan, created October 27, 2011 08:43 by KatherineWriting
Nov 30 Write In, created November 21, 2011 11:26 by scrapacat
Novel Validation, created November 02, 2011 21:58 by Corrupted Flame
People who are too busy for Nanowrimo, created November 15, 2011 19:48 by serallina
Perpetual calendar link, created November 05, 2011 15:41 by askeladd
Pictures from our Awesome kick-off, created October 30, 2011 17:55 by NewMexicoKid
Pidgin Chat... Help please, created November 03, 2011 19:31 by scrapacat
Plots that change themselves...for the better., created November 08, 2011 13:43 by Tairisanders
Remember, NEW Caribou for 11/12/11 write-in, created November 11, 2011 16:37 by KatherineWriting
RSVP for the pot-luck lunch kick-off party (Oct 29th), created October 18, 2011 21:30 by NewMexicoKid
RSVP for the TGIO Party, created November 19, 2011 17:56 by KatherineWriting
Saturday Nov 26 write-in @ Caribou?, created November 21, 2011 23:43 by NewMexicoKid
Share your favorite line so far!, created November 07, 2011 16:30 by ThePiratess
shout out for the first day, created November 01, 2011 11:02 by KatherineWriting
Sounds of Inspiration, created November 10, 2011 15:17 by AmaranthMuse
staying focused on writing, created November 03, 2011 09:13 by KatherineWriting
Sudden breakdown of creativity, created November 22, 2011 12:15 by Jaded Block
The Last Dilemma , created November 11, 2011 17:03 by Tairisanders
The Late Bloomers Club, created November 10, 2011 21:07 by thegrinch
The official Naperville "First line" thread, created November 04, 2011 20:58 by CD0189
The Rah-Rah Thread (AKA BFF's are REALLY the Best), created November 10, 2011 20:40 by Hezzah
The top ten mistakes writers make, created October 19, 2011 22:01 by NewMexicoKid
Those lovable, huggable distractions!, created November 21, 2011 18:39 by Sapphire
Title Survey!, created November 16, 2011 16:56 by ThePiratess
To delete or not to delete?, created November 08, 2011 18:03 by WritingStudent
Too Many Characters?, created November 09, 2011 22:22 by clearly_insane_87
update is broken, created November 16, 2011 09:57 by KatherineWriting
Update on the CreateSpace offer for NaNoWriMo winners, created November 14, 2011 07:26 by NewMexicoKid
Using celtx's virtual index cards to take stock and organize, created November 18, 2011 07:41 by NewMexicoKid
Visual Thesaurus, created November 09, 2011 09:35 by RobinM
w00t - halfway there..., created November 15, 2011 17:06 by askeladd
Weird Dream and Nano, created November 12, 2011 05:55 by TRRDEDEAN
Welcome to Illinois::Naperville! (+ forum index), created October 09, 2011 23:54 by NewMexicoKid
Well, it seemed like a good idea in October..., created November 16, 2011 15:54 by KatherineWriting
what about Thursday?, created November 06, 2011 21:20 by KatherineWriting
What is your typing speed? How about your writing speed?, created October 22, 2011 22:47 by NewMexicoKid
What little gadgets help you (or might help you) during NaNo?, created October 26, 2011 06:17 by NewMexicoKid
What to bring to a write-in?, created October 30, 2011 20:59 by NewMexicoKid
Where are you in your novel preparation?, created October 14, 2011 07:07 by NewMexicoKid
Where are you sending your internal editor?, created October 30, 2011 08:37 by KatherineWriting
Where does your inspiration come from?, created October 15, 2011 09:52 by NewMexicoKid
Who reads your novel?, created November 17, 2011 10:45 by sonofjohn
Who Would You Cast as Your MC in the Movie of Your Novel?, created November 13, 2011 17:13 by Tairisanders
Whoops! Did I do that?, created November 07, 2011 13:28 by Squiddish
Woes of Length, created November 09, 2011 16:23 by AmaranthMuse
Would it Be Cheating If...., created November 07, 2011 21:45 by Tairisanders
Write in St. Charles?, created November 02, 2011 11:40 by hirajung
Write-in at Naperville Caribou 11/3 at 5:30pm, created November 02, 2011 23:40 by ThePiratess
Write-in at Naperville Caribou 11/7 at 12:30pm, created November 07, 2011 11:39 by ThePiratess
Write-in of one, created November 20, 2011 14:03 by Squiddish
write-ins, created October 13, 2011 21:09 by KatherineWriting
write-ins -- who attended when and where, created November 02, 2011 18:28 by KatherineWriting
Write-ins at Woodridge Public Library, created November 01, 2011 08:03 by Cee-Bee
Writer's References, created October 29, 2011 19:13 by NewMexicoKid
Writing buddy?, created November 01, 2011 20:49 by askeladd
Writing Software, created November 02, 2011 16:18 by hirajung
Your novel in five words (or fewer!), created November 03, 2011 12:51 by NewMexicoKid
Hello, Illinois::Naperville affiliates and homed participants!
Just one day and some hours remain until the start of this 2011 NaNoWriMo (Eek! I don't have all my scenes plotted!). You can start writing just after midnight November 1st.
Whether you are a "plotter" or a "pantser" (someone who writes by the seat of their pants), the time of reckoning is drawing closer minute by minute. What will Tuesday (November 1st) bring? Will we be creative? Will we be rich? Here's what you need to know... Que sera, sera...!
One thing that November will bring is a whole slate of write-in events. See event logistics and details. Note that the cute plot bunnies (and other plot critters) will be available as word war prizes at the Sunday write-ins and any other of the write-ins I attend. Katherine will be offering one nice blank journal at each of the write-ins that she is hosting. The Carol Stream Public Library has some prizes for their Saturday write-in (Katherine is hosting); and I will be attending the one Catherine (Cee-Bee) is hosting on that same Saturday in Woodridge. Dave, Katherine and I will also have our limited supply of official NaNoWriMo stickers for those who didn't get theirs at the kick-off party.
Katherine is hosting the first few write-ins at Caribou Coffee (11/2 and 11/4).
I've created a new tool to make it easier for folks to browse the introductions in the Introduce Yourself thread (see below for the link to that thread). See http://naperwrimo.org/faces/naperville.html
As of today (November 30th), the wcapi (wordcount API) has not yet been released. I am attempting to put together some backup tool for doing our regional word count graph (just in case); hopefully we will be able to offer that again this year.
See this thread
Communications from the MLs
Just as we did last year, we three co-Municipal Liaisons are planning to send out regional announcements and encouragements twice per week (likely once on Monday or Tuesday; and once on Friday). We definitely do not want to annoy folks with too-frequent e-mail notifications, so we also will be posting in our regional forum (http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/regions/usa-illinois-naperville); do stop by regularly to stay up-to-date.
Communications to the MLs
Need to contact us? You can send NaNomail to NewMexicoKid, KatherineWriting or TRRDEDEAN; or you can use our contact form
I am Tim Yao aka NewMexicoKid, one of your three volunteer co-ML's. My co-Municipal Liaisons are Katherine Lato (aka KatherineWriting) and Dave Dean (aka TRRDEDEAN). We are here to help you succeed in your novel writing for NaNoWriMo. Feel free to NaNoMail us any questions you have; or you can post your questions, ideas and things you want to share in our regional forum:
Set your novel info and author info
I know at least a few of you have not yet populated your author info (edit author info) or your novel info (menu item available under My NaNoWriMo). Although I don't believe that these are required, I think you need to have a novel created in order to access the wordcount functionality for your novel (where you can keep track of your novel's wordcount online) and you need to have your author info established so that others can visit your profile.
Notes from the prep workshops!
I've posted the links to the notes and slides from each of these very nice workshops. See the regional thread. Many thanks to Tom Ostler, Heather Jones and Crystal Blount for taking the time to put together and share such valuable information with all of us!
Part of what makes NaNoWriMo so fun and effective is the strong sense of community that can provide support to help you make it to your 50,000+ word goal. The community works best if it knows who you are! So come post a brief intro of yourself in our Introduce Yourselves! thread
Come visit our website!
We have a blog, a wiki and many resources available at http://naperwrimo.org
You can find our cafepress store here as well: http://naperwrimo.org/shop.php
Join us in our jabber chatroom
NaNoMail me if you would like a jabber account or if you need help setting up your jabber access. You can also use your google or gmail account to access the jabber chatroom. We will use this in November for virtual write-ins. See our jabber page.
Katherine is also going to try google+ hangouts.
There is a post with general information and links at the top of our regional forum
See our events list-- we have write-ins at various locations and on various days in November. These are also in our google calendar and displayed in our regional forum.
We do have a Facebook account, although we're not likely to use it much unless the main site is down:
Also, I have a NaNo circle on Google +. I'm Katherine Lato there, so if you have an account, send me a note and I'll include you and then if hanging out works, we can try that, or Google IM might also work. If you don't know what Google+ is, don't worry about it.
And we have a Twitter account -- NaperWriMo.
Again, we won't use it much unless the main site is having problems. But you might want to note them now just in case.
This is an article reposted from our blog.
A whole host of new plot critters await the winners of the word wars at write-ins on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (note: the squid is already promised to Squiddish, who charmed everyone at the kick-off with her great Halloween costume (Ragedy Ann).
Don't know what to bring to a write-in? We have a thread for that (yes, come visit our regional forum for lots of useful information and as a way to become part of the extended family that is NaperWriMo).
But what are write-ins for?
They are for people to come to with their laptops and notebooks to work on their stories in a communal setting. There is a little small talk, but the main focus is to get words on paper. We have some fun word wars (with small prizes) to help motivate folks.
It's too far away :-(
Have difficulty coming out to our write-in events? You can host your own (see the thread for details) and let us and others know where, when you are writing. You can also use our jabber chat room for virtual write-ins. We even have a helpful jabber bot named word_war that you can use to time the word wars. Just type: word_war help. Let me know if you need a jabber account.
I want to see more of those plot critters
Ah, I thought you would never ask! The first image above is hyperlinked to the picasa gallery, but here are a few images:
See you at the write-ins!
Wait! Where are the write-ins and when do they begin?
You can find them on our events page and on our google calendar.
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