In case you haven't checked it out or have been avoiding it due to the site's extreme slowness, our regional forum on the NaNoWriMo website is up and running again. Speed issues have mostly been fixed, though not all the functions, options, and toys have gone online yet (like author search, forum polls, and the list of local events). Still, people are posting, and it's time to get ready for the month ahead!
My icon is grabbed from one of the new trinkets they're offering for sale this year: a set of iron-on merit badges. I want but I am trying to convince myself (as I spend October in a decluttering frenzy) that I do not need more stuff, particularly since I don't actually have anything I'd want to iron them on to. If you feel called to talk me out of this trap of rationality, please do so.