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Well, well, well.

My first NaNoWriMo took place last year at Université Laval, Québec, and it was a wonderfully intense experience. This one was even better.

Now November 2007 is over and done with, and on last Saturday the Parisian Thank God It's Over Party gathered most French wrimos for a wonderful evening of fun, increased acquaintance and belated Chinese noodles.

Asserting that I knew no one at the first Meet-up is not an exaggeration, but the bare truth. I was slightly uneasy and even considered staying home. How glad I am now that I came!

The sheer amount of awesome people I met this month is dazzling.
It would seem that the love of writing is only the delightful tip of an entire iceberg of common interests -- blogging, movies, fantasy, music, foreign tv shows,and perhaps the love of live, movement, interaction.
One could retort that such interests are common and to be found among any group of people, but the truth is that I never witnessed such a homogeneous concentration of talent and passion in any set of friends.

So the people, clearly, were awesome -- and meeting them, in itself, would already have been a very magical gift for this November of mine.

But then, there was the writing. And Lord, did we write. Very few of us didn't reach their goal, and those who didn't had very good reasons for sorting out their life priorities that way. Those who did never stopped, even when the writing got funny, when the characters went bonkers, when sleep deficit was so bad we starting drinking soap and washing with orange juice. But I can say for sure that everyone did their best, day after day, and the spirit of NaNo -- unbridled creativity, limitless creation, fun and speed excitement -- was palpable every step of the way.

As for me, I started off with a quick start, only to slow down considerably during week two. Yet I managed to get a grip later on, and all went well in the end. The 50k (or as [ profile] lilibel would say to improve her wordcount: the fifty thousand) words were reached, the story finished, and dishes were still undone as I used up every last golden minute of November.

Now, I want to edit. My NaNoWriMo 2006 is still pretty much untouched (except a round of automatic spellcheck), and I think I like it. I'll have to read it from beginning to end first before I can really say that, obviously. It's all in the plans, and I'm starting this week.

This year's novel will be edited too, but some time has to flow by before -- so I can acquire the proper critical distance to it.

Generous hugs fly out to all my fellow Wrimos, and to all my other friends who had to endure a month of noveling obsession.

Sorry guys, I plan do to it again next year ;)

Date: 2007-12-10 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh gosh, I just laughed and enjoyed every single word you wrote and I couldn't agree more! And it's awesome to know other crazy people like us, who won't hesitate a nanosecond (sorry for the pun) participating in such a crazy writing challenge.
Bless Baty!

Date: 2007-12-11 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
It's the return of the Chris(t), and he's come with a box of pens and computers!
Thank you. :)

Date: 2007-12-11 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Asserting that I knew no one at the first Meet-up is not an exaggeration, but the bare truth. I was slightly uneasy and even considered staying home. How glad I am now that I came!

Well it was a good thing you decided to come, it wouldn't have been the same without you ! Especially when it came to challenging us during word war ;)

Sorry guys, I plan do to it again next year ;)

I certainly hope so. And if you didn't want to do the next NaNo, I would torture you till you return anyway... And we all know how good I am with torture. ;)

Date: 2007-12-11 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Seriously, I'm not sure I could have won without word wars. A gift from the heavens, truly!

But what's with the sadistic tendencies? It's not like you had to beat us in order for us to write. If memory serves, it's rather *you* who got roasted the one time you "forgot" to come to a write-in :P

Date: 2007-12-11 08:58 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I hope you'll do it next year. Nano without you to kill us in the wordwar, well... it would be strange.
This month has been a real dream!!

By the way, I remember now the name of your *awful* German song : it's blesch musik (I don't know why I had schlupp in mind XD)

And lots of hugs for you too!

Date: 2007-12-11 09:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
lol, icon.

Did you mean "Blech-Musik"? That would make sense, somehow (Blech means sheet metal). And I'm devastated you don't like the song :'(

Even if I'm not in France next November, you can count on me for the word wars!
*hugs back*

Date: 2007-12-11 10:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
It may be Blech, I don't know how it is written to be honnest.
Don't be devastated. I grew up with this kind of song during my childhood, so even if I'm kinda fed up with it, it reminds me of lots of memories ^^
Nostalgic isn't it?

Date: 2007-12-20 04:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Music is so powerful. Especially the songs we listen to when we fall in love, some of these stay with us all life long...
*Thinks of the past*

Date: 2007-12-11 10:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Rainen, kanarazu yatte kite ne!
Hum? Sorry? No japanese allowed? Bon, ben je continue en français, parce que je cause 'achement moins bien l'English que vous autres. :p

Donc je suis moi aussi ravie d'avoir eu cette idée folle de participer au NaNo, et sans toi, c'est bien vrai, ça aurait été beaucoup moins bien. Et en effet, tu devrais prendre les menaces de Azh au sérieux. Niveau torture aussi, elle est créative et inventive… >_<

Date: 2007-12-11 09:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Ah non, désolé, rien compris ! Faudra que tu traduises :)

Merci de t'être jointe à nous -- c'est motivant de voir que les gens qui vivent de leur travail littéraire, ben ça existe vraiment !
[Et accessoirement, on se marre bien avec Miss Misato :)]

Date: 2007-12-11 11:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry guys, I plan do to it again next year ;)

YAY ! Ca c'est une bonne idée ^______^ (que je compte adopter aussi : au début j'étais pas trop sure maus finalement c'est bien sympa à faire comme truc =^.^=)

Date: 2007-12-11 09:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
C'est un investissement de temps et d'énergie qui ne déçoit pas :)

Date: 2007-12-12 11:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You said it all and put it so well !
I am so happy I found you guys. It seems to me that yesterday, I was just a poor, lonely and deluded amateur writer, and now… still poor and deluded, I suppose. But it feels so great not to be lonely anymore.
Huggsy hugs

Date: 2007-12-20 04:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Thank you!
We're stronger together. It may be difficult to find motivation alone sometimes, but with all those people writing like mad around me, the only thing I want to do is join in on the fun!

Scouting For All

Date: 2008-01-27 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I noticed you listed Scouting for All in your interests, so I wanted to let you know that the organization has a new lj comm, [Bad username or site: @] .
Caitlin Gerard,
Assistant Regional Director of Communications and Marketing
Scouting For All- Midwest

Re: Scouting For All

Date: 2008-01-29 11:08 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Hi Caitlin,

Thank you for informing me! I'm glad to see Scouting For All is still going strong. It certainly is a cause worth fighting for, and even though I don't live in the USA I will join the lj comm.


Date: 2008-03-25 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I'm trying to build awareness of my new blog. Hope you'll check it out.



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