Friday, July 29, 2011

Camp NaNo and A Big Thank You

Despite the coming month of August, and Camp NaNoWriMo's official launch next Monday, this week has been one of sad news for Wrimos across the planet. Every participant has received an e-mail announcing that Chris Baty, Executive Director of the OLL (NaNo's parent organisation) is stepping down this coming January.
It's hard to imagine that this man once sat with a bunch of overly caffeinated friends and decided that they would write a 50,000 word-novel in a month. They picked July that first time, and while others enjoyed cocktails next to swimming pools, they sat down and typed until their fingertips bled.
Now there's more than 200,000 participants attempting it every year, with varying degrees of success, and I know for a fact that there's a lot of these folks who think of NaNo as a life-changing event.
I wouldn't be where I am today without NaNo. I don't think I'd even be a writer. NaNoWriMo was my door to the writing world, and I know who I must thank for that.
So, thank you, Chris Baty. We'll miss you.
With that said, the NaNoWriMo programs come to a strange full-circle this year, with Camp NaNoWriMo (a lite version of the November event) taking place during July and August. I've prodded my region into joining the party, and we are now waiting for August 1st to begin our mad typing once more.
This is my occasion to go through my last revisions (for now, I mean) of White Echoes, a related short story I've been meaning to write, and to push forward some worldbuilding for the next WIP getting my attention (I've been map drawing again!).
Also, this is my occasion to organise a real kick-ass camping trips with close friends, eat tons of marshmallows and exchange stories around a fire. It's Camp NaNoWriMo, after all! We can't stay inside all month.


  1. I hadn't heard about Chris Baty! Aww. :(

    Good luck with your writing projects!

  2. Writing camp sounds like a blast, though sticky marshmallow fingers and laptops don't always go together good. :P

    Good luck. I'm always amazed at the word counts you churn out.

  3. I'm crazily trying to win July NaNo, so I can maybe start first round revisions for August!


  4. I know, I was pretty bummed to read about Chris Baty leaving as well. :( Alas, I suppose that's the nature of these endeavors. Get it started and graciously leave while you're at the top of your game.

    Good luck in August!