Welcome & Introductions
Hello London Wrimos & welcome to Nanowrimo 2012!
Only a month to go until we can get started, how exciting is that? let's have some introductions while we wait! Whether you're a veteran Wrimo or a newbie, let us know a bit about you and your novel.
I'm Claire, one of your four co-MLs this year and this will be my fifth Nano (hopefully my fourth win). I'm generally quite loud and nerdy, I mostly write sci-fi and fantasy & in months which are not November I love to bake and do various crafty things. I have no idea what I'll write this year but that shouldn't be too much of an issue. Ish. I hope.
How about you?
I'm Jake, an American college (aka Uni) studying abroad in London until December. This is my first time attempting NaNo, though I have a few friends that've done it for the past few years. I have never written anything remotely in the neighborhood of 50k works, so this'll be a fantastic time. In general I'm incredibly excited to start writing, and I haven't really looked into the rules as to if we're 'allowed' to start working on the plot, etc before the month begins... Looking over what people are saying here, it looks like I've neglected quite a useful planning stage...also, I'm crap at using commas...So yeah....
Hello, I'm Sera and currently on my Gap Year (do I even need to capitalise that?).
This is my first official NaNo, but for all its worth, I've creeped around last year and tried to unofficially attempt writing within a set time format only to realise that yes, my commitment issues do extend to my writing and I am capable of staring at a laptop screen for over 3 hours without moving a muscle much less get a sentence down. And no, I don't usually write Dickens sentences, the above one happens to be a mutant of some sort. I love writing and if there is one thing I love more than writing it is reading. My main issue with my writing is that I can write seventy thousand words for a story and then suddenly stop writing because it ceases to hold my interest. Which is frustrating and disastrous for my psyche but there you have it.
And I should really concentrate on my retakes but I evidently care about getting words onto paper more than I care about my education and future so here we are. I am aware I'm rambling and slowly descending into madness so I'm going to just leave it here. Hope to see some of you at the write in and meet ups!
I know exactly what you mean about being able to stare at a computer screen sometimes and not write a word. Encouraging to hear it's not just me!
This is my first nanowrimo, and I'm very excited about it, although I haven't decided on an actual plot yet.
Maybe that's a good thing ...
im jason, i come from rochester in kent but moved closer to london for university and im in final year. at uni i study graphic design and new media so i have dabbled in many areas of technology.
im normally pretty shy but trying to be more out going and try new thing. so i thought i would give this a go. i have never written anything as long as this before but looking forward to the challenge.
im dyslexic so expect bad grammar and poor spelling from me.
i too have no idea what im going to write about but I'll think of something.
hope so see / meet to people at the events
My name is NJ. This is my first time attempting NaNo. I heard about it through one of my university friends, I have not long graduated from my Creative Writing course. My novel is one that I started at university, but when I had to write it for assignments I felt really uninspired and hate the 6,000ish words that I wrote. I did however start liking my story idea, which is about dinosaurs and fairies, so have decided that with a rough idea in my head I am just going to start writing from scratch.
I am only just posting now as have been a bit too busy to read through forums yet. I have started my NaNo, the first two days were really easy and I wrote quite a bit, yesterday was harder to get motivated and today I'm just wanting to sleep but still keeping at it and determined to get my words written. I am actually in High Wycombe, but this was the nearest region I could find to where I live - not sure yet if I'll make it to any of the group write in meets in London but me and some of my friends are hoping to do one in High Wycombe at some point this month.
Looking forward to hearing what others are writing and if anyone is nearer the High Wycombe area and would be interested in a writing session, let me know :)
Hello two thousand and twelve,
I'm Jim and I seem to have done the wrimo thing six times over the past nine years. Lordy.
I've been out of wrimo circulation for a couple of years, moving house and such.
This year, I might use the time to overhaul the novel from 2009, or I might try writing a story game using failbetter's StoryNexus engine, or I might do what you're supposed to do and write a new novel.
I'm generally quiet and nerdy, like a Big Bang Theory character except a software developer not a scientist.
See youse in the pub, Jim
I'm Matt, and this is my first year in London (having recently moved here after graduation) but my fourth year of NaNo-ing. I'm not sure if that's the correct verb. So far, I've succeeded two of the three years, and as I have some time off work in November, I'm going to be challenging myself to 75,000 words this year. We'll see long that lasts.
I have the basic idea for this year already, but still have a bit of work to get it into something I can write in November (I'm most definitely a planner). I'm writing urban fantasy, as I often do, and, unusually for me, actually have a title before November 1st. It's 'Moribund'. When it's not November, I tend to play board games, read, and help make sure our education system keeps working.
Hi! Is it that time of year already?
I'm Tom, another of your four co-MLs, and this is my 9th NaNo. This year marks the 10th anniversary of my first attempt, when I was younger and less foolish, or something.
This year I've decided to so something special to mark the occasion, and go against everything that I've done for the last few years. Instead of writing stuff that's grounded in reality, I'm writing space opera. Instead of writing to a vague plan that's only in my head, I've planned the novel in excruciating detail - each 300-word subsection has been sketched out. It's quite the departure from the last few years, and it'll be intriuguing to attempt...
Hi, everyone. I'm Jane and I think this is my third Nano. My brain's gone already. That can't bode well.
In the past I've tried rewriting the same story but this year it's something fresh, so it's goodbye to the banker satire (shame! Must finish that one day) and hello to the modern gothic horror detective story. I'm behind in my planning so I'm definitely going to see if there are any Plan-Ins to go to, or to plan myself if need be.
Just getting on this thread is giving me the kick I need. Time to get the diary out and sort myself out.
I'm Suzanne, one of your four MLs and this will be my 10th NaNoWriMo and hopefully my 10th victory! I'm writing book two in a trilogy and am hoping to reach 100,000 for the first time!
I moved down from Manchester (where I MLd last year) in January and am still getting to know London, I'm currently obsessing over Supernatural and chocolate is my addiction.
Looking forward to meeting everybody :)
I'm Karla, this is my 2nd Nano. I was Script Frenzy co-ML with Asphodele this year which was amazing. I love to write! I generally write sci-fi/horror and I have no idea what I am writing this year! By the time Nano Starts I will be 11 weeks pregnant so I am hoping I can avoid Preg Head and get some good writing done. I am finding it hard to think past this week at the moment due to my all day long "morning" sickness so plot suggestions would be very appreciated!
I live in St Margarets near Richmond and would interested in some local write ins. Last year we had one every Monday afternoon at my local which had about 4 regulars. I would be up doing that again!
Very excited! Can't wait to see everybody again!
I'm Caroline (or Carlie, whichever you can wrap your head around more easily - I had French-speaking teachers who COULD NOT pronounce Carlie for the life of them), and this is my second NaNo. I just graduated with my Bachelor of Education in June this year - hurrah! No more university for me!
I'm not actually IN London yet. I'm moving from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on October 27th, so I have
A) no idea where I'm going to be living (I'm staying at a hotel in Kensington while I flat-hunt - will probably be in southwest London, as that's where the majority of the schools that use the teaching agency I'm working with are), and
B) no people. I'm hoping NaNo will let me explore my new home and meet new people - it did it for me last year while I was away at university!
C) also, NO TIME TO PLAN! :O I'm working nights at a hotel over here until the week before I leave, and I have a million and two things to get accomplished before Oct 27th. T.T So much to do, so little time.
Congratulations on your teaching degree and good luck with teaching in London. Seriously, from a former teacher in North London, good luck. I hope you settle in well and find a good place to work. Hope to see you at the meet-ups
I'm Karl, GSOH, 31, looking for love...
Oops, wrong website!
Let's start again. I'm Karl, and I live in Harrow in north-west London. This will be my sixth year of doing NaNoWriMo, and have won comformably in each of the last five years. I'm best known in NanoLondon circles as the crazy guy who writes an insane amount of words each year! Last year I wrote 160,000 words. Throughout all of last year I kept saying that it would be my last year of writing such an insane amount but then, at one of the TGIO parties, I was challenged to do 200,000 words this year, and I caved! So, erm, yes, trying to write 200k in 30 days is going to be... fun.
For the past two years I've also been raising money through Nano for a local charity in Harrow, St. Luke's Hospice, who helped to look after my dad shortly before he died in 2009, and I'll be doing the same again this year - watch this space...
I'm a regular attendee at NanoLondon meet-ups and write-ins, so please feel free to come up and say hi if you see me! I look forward to meeting you all, old friends and new!
Oh, and I forgot to tell you what my novel for this year will be about! It's going to be a political thriller, set in a fantasy world...
Hi, I'm Jeff,
This is my second Nano, last year I did a fantasy crime story and this year it's going to be science fiction. I live in Enfield but I work in Prague so I will be doing most of my writing in a hotel room. At least I will have access to lots of coffee via room service.
Good luck to everyone, let the madness begin!
I'm Jodi, and I think my first NaNoWriMo was in 2002. I'm looking forward to NaNoWriMo 2012!
I live out west in the East Twickenham/St Margarets area, but am now working in Victoria, so may end up attending more central write-ins this year.
As usual, I have no idea what I'm going to write and don't intend to do much (or probably any) planning, but suspect some weird things may happen in my novel, as they usually do. :)
Hi, I'm Kerry! This is my sixth NaNo. I recently moved to the Southwark area of London, after living in the Devonshire countryside for a few years. I'm a research scientist/statistical consultant, and I write as much as I can in my free time :)
My novel is actually a from-scratch rewrite of one I attempted last year, and wasn't happy with the outcome, so I'm giving it another try using a different style/structure. It's a detective story/mystery, set in (oddly enough!) Devon. The location is broadly based on where I used to live, but the characters/setting are all fictional. :)
Hi, I'm Max. This is my first year of NaNo, but I took part in the August Camp. I'm happy to say I won.
I have my novel planned out, and it's to be adventure fixed with a little bit of fantasy (I wish there was a category for action as well).
So ... good luck, everyone!
Hi everyone! I'm Jenn, another of the 4 London MLs. I'm 32 and this will be my sixth year doing Nano in London, and my second as an ML. I'm a half-American, half-Brit (although I sound like the former) and I can be most easily spotted by looking for the shortest person in the room!
As usual this time of year, I'm madly scrambling for ideas, so I'm not yet sure what I'm going to write! I have a few plot bunnies rolling around, so hopefully I'll narrow it down soon enough. I'll probably be writing middle grade fiction or YA, as that's generally where my interests lie.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at all the events and on the forums. I'm sure to be at tons of the central based write-ins and social events, and I'm eager to meet everyone, so come introduce yourselves! :)
I'm Brian, this will be my (counts...) 8th NaNo. I've won all the previous ones, first time with a story about pirates, and since then with a series of books which can be found here. I'm not going to add a seventh book to that series just yet, so 'll be doing something different this year.
Hi, Mark checking in. This'll be my third nano and I won the previous two. My one attempt at scriptfrenzy failed so hard it was funny!
I had a perfect Nano idea for this year but couldn't resist at all and started writing it 4 days ago, so effectively I'll be doing a double Nano this year, trying to get at least 70k words on this novel before the start date. Two novels in two months. Who needs sleep, eh?
My normal genre is sci fi or horror so I'll probably stick to that this year.
Hi, I'm Miriam, or Del, and this is my fourth NaNo and will hopefully be my fourth win.
You might remember me from previous years - in 2010 I hit 50k on the first weekend, while at a Write In, so that was awesome. I won't be that quick this year, mainly because I'm aiming for a novel that actually makes sense and isn't too bad to be rescued, unlike that year. Ehehe :D
I'm writing a historical apocalyptic novel, where two young girls (not sure how young yet) travel from the far side of Russia to London in search of the weapon that will end the world, in order to avert the apocalypse, with help from an angel (probably Raphael but not certain) and hindrance from demons. This isn't the novel I had planned, but yesterday my brain just threw that plan to hell and gave me this one. A few more details are on my profile.
Though I have school and stuff, 90k in a month seems to be pretty routine for me at the moment, so hopefully it shouldn't be too difficult to keep up come November, but you never know what might crop up.
Hi, I'm Daniel. This is my 3rd NaNo, yet to get a win but I'm hopeful this time round.
I am currently working on an urban fantasy series that I plan to publish and this year I'll be writing the first main novel of a trilogy. I figure having the pressure of a deadline will get my need to edit and re-edit out of the way so I can just have a first draft I can make shiny later. Should anyone be interested, please see the details in my novel synopsis, I'm always eager for feedback.
As for the social side, I hope to meet a lot of you very soon at the meet-ups and share thoughts and fun times.
Bye for now.
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