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On your mark... [15 Oct 2008|08:47am]

If you haven't checked back in at the main NaNoWriMo site yet, get on over there. Our regional forum is up and running, and we'll have our kick-off event on Sunday, October 26, 2:30-4, at the Central Library downtown.

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Not too long now [13 Oct 2007|09:10am]

Howdy Portland NaNoWriMo folk!

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.
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Something to think about [17 Nov 2006|04:14pm]

The people behind Writer Beware urge NaNo participants to be leery of scams when submitting their newly finished novels.
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NaNoWriMo 2006 [13 Nov 2006|09:21am]

Oh dear.  So I hae been coaching Aly's volleyball team and with the way they have been going and everything else I have been doing I have been slacking on word cont.  My biggest obstacle now is that they have done so well that they are in the tournament now.  This week!  They are doing great, but that gives me a week less time than I had.  I am very happy they are in the tournament, but volleyball was supposed to end last week.  oops.

Nano suffers at the hand of something waaaay more important.  My baby girl!  hehe.

Any ideas on how I can write and be at the tournament (which lasts from Wednesday to Monday) and still get in the word count?
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Northeast Meet Up? [11 Nov 2006|01:07pm]

I'd post this on the official site, but don't necessarily want the pressure of an official event, or want to spend the time navigating what is, in essence, a totally incomprehensible site. Yikes!

Anyway: anyone feel like doing an impromptu Saturday or Sunday write-in? I'm been stuck at about 13,000 words, and it's getting to be crunch time. I'm thinking Chance of Rain, Tiny's on MLK, or any other place others might know of with lots of wiggle room and the ability to grab a massive table. Thoughts?
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things are getting nuts! [09 Nov 2006|10:59pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

hoo boy,

my main female character just jumped off the radar tower, and my boys are rutting in a dinky hotel room in Japan.

heeeeee. I like late night Nano.


check in: how are my fellow start-overs doing?

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Good places to write in Portland (downtown) [04 Nov 2006|06:21am]

Hello everyone; I hope you don't mind a guest.

I am in Portland for a conference at the Hilton downtown this week. I have most of the day free tomorrow, and am looking for a good place to take my laptop and write for a while. Coffee shops, cafes, bookstores...where do you recommend?

I've been here before and since it is pretty rainy, I thought I would spend my free day catching up with nano. I'm at 3200 words; a little off what I had hoped, but tomorrow should take care of that.

Thanks so much for any suggestions!
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it's almost NaNoTime! [01 Nov 2006|01:51am]

Who's starting at midnight tonight?
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It's almost time! [27 Oct 2006|06:10am]

This Sunday is our Kick-Off for NaNoWriMo 2006. Parents, friends, partners, siblings, etc, are welcome to attend. (How better to lure them into our trap so that they, too, will find themselves writing novels in November?)

Where: Central Library in downtown Portland.
The building takes up the entire block between SW 10th & 11th and between Taylor and Yamhill. The entrance is on 10th Ave. When you enter, look for the US Bank Room immediately on the right, before you get to the main lobby where you check out books.

When: Sunday 29 October, from 3:30 to 5pm.
The library actually closes at 5, so we'll start cleaning up and clearing out by 4:45.

We're expecting 50-100 people at the kick-off, so we need your help to supply snacking resources for the masses. If you can, please bring some sort of food or beverage to share. Nothing fancy, nothing alcoholic, and nothing that needs to be heated (we can't have coffee makers, crock pots, hot plates, etc, in the room).

We'll provide cups and napkins and some motivational material to help you prepare for the exciting month ahead.

Portland Municipal Liaisons: portland_or@nanowrimo.org

Portland NaNoWriMo forum

Portland NaNoWriMo calendar

Portland NanoWriMo local events
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Westerner [26 Oct 2006|01:16pm]

[ mood | creative ]

Okay, those of you on the forums will know that I've been trying to set up some meets for those of us a little farther west even than Cedar Hill's. I don't look forward to the idea of driving half-an-hour to sit and write and would love something a little closer to home. I'm out near the Tanasbourne area and was thinking of trying to put something together in one of the Starbuck's or possibly Bella Espresso at the Streets of Tanasbourne.

Anyone on here from that area? Anyone interested in meeting??

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Ten Days! [21 Oct 2006|05:55pm]

That's right, ten days from now some of us will be heading to the Pioneer Place mall for the second write-in of Portland's NaNoWriMo 2006 (the first will begin at 12:01am, at the Fireside Coffee Lodge). And before then, one week from tomorrow, is our Kick-Off Party, 3:30-5pm at the Central Library downtown.

Keep up with these events and all the others over on the Portland forum.

Please also visit the forum to vote in the poll on Kick-Off Party attendance. We need to know how many people are coming to be sure to have enough goodies for everyone.

Last but definitely not least, listen to ML Audrey discuss all things NaNoWriMo on KPSU at 7pm tonight at 1450AM or online from the KPSU website.
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Chris Baty @ Powell's Oct 16 - UPDATE [15 Oct 2006|07:00pm]

Chris Baty is the founder of NaNoWriMo and the author of No Plot? No Problem!. Without him, there would be no nano_pdx.

Here's the plan: Meet at Powell's starting at 7pm if you want to come early and hang out before the talk. We'll be in the section where they set up the chairs for the reading, which is usually behind the kids books and in front of the SF and Mystery sections.

Afterwards, we'll move the conversation over to Chance of Rain cafe on SE 32nd just south of Hawthorne.

Powell's on Hawthorne (between SE 37th & 38th)

Trimet bus #14, 75

ps: the NaNoWriMo regional email system is not working at the moment, so if you know anyone planning to do NaNoWriMo who doesn't check this community often, please let them know.

pps: most of the Portland NaNo conversation is happening over on our regional forum on the main NaNoWriMo site.
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Beaverton meetup TODAY [11 Oct 2006|07:26pm]

The west-side folks have already organized a pre-NaNo meeting TODAY -- Wednesday 11 October -- starting at 6pm at the deli section of New Seasons Market at Cedar Mills Crossing (look for the comfy chairs). Folks will gather there next Wednesday as well.

Nearby public transit includes the Millikan Way MAX station (one stop west of Beaverton Center) and buses #20, 62, and 67.

Google Map for location

More details are available in the Beaverton meeting thread on our nanowrimo.org forum.

Next week, Chris Baty, the founder of NaNoWriMo, will be speaking at Powell's Hawthorne on Monday (Oct 16). And mark your calendars for our kick-off gathering October 29, 3:30-5, at the Central Library downtown (more on that later).
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And the countdown revs up [11 Oct 2006|08:36am]

Hi all,

I saw a mention of this community over at the NaNo forums and thought I'd join up.

I'm Ari. I've signed up for NaNo for the past several years, but I think this year will have to be counted as my first real attempt. (I admit it, though I signed up in the past, I wasn't actually putting in the effort.)

I write mostly urban fantasy, and that's what this year's story is going to be. (It's called Ordinary Girl.) So far, I have a nice set of plot points on an Aristotle's Incline graph, and I'm working on characters. And I'm having a great deal of fun, so it's all good.

Enough from me...looking forward to hearing from everyone...
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The Dusty Microphone. [06 Oct 2006|06:16pm]

Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?
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Chris Baty @ Powell's Oct 16 [29 Sep 2006|08:26am]

That is, I think he'll be there; the entry on the Powell's calendar actually suggests it's No Plot, No Problem that will up at the podium.

Powell's on Hawthorne
Monday 16 October
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NANO!!! [27 Sep 2006|07:18pm]

Who is starting to think about thier stories?
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For All Who Are Interested [06 Dec 2005|09:05pm]

We got a smidge more press. Nice story, lots of pictures :-)


Note: the pictures are in the newspaper version, not the online article.
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Congrats Everyone! [30 Nov 2005|11:32pm]

NaNoWriMo 2005, day 30
words over the last three days: 6,251
total words written for Nano: 50,023
total words of book so far: 61,097
still unfinished

Zokutou word meter
50,023 / 50,000

Closing party this Friday. Don't forget to check the website to find out where!
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On Your Mark.... [01 Nov 2005|12:13am]

Get Set....


The 2005 NaNoWriMo has officially began.

I hope to see you tomorrow night at the write-in at Pioneer Place food court.

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