Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Contest Winners & A NoNonsense Nod to NaNo

Thank you all for participating in my giveaway and spreading the word. After hitting the button on, I'm happy to announce the winners!

Nicole Ducleroir: $
20 Bookstore Gift Card
Julie Dao: $15 Bookstore Gift Card
VB Tremper: Lauren DeStefano's
Meredith (@ Fairytales and Cappuccino): Jennifer Donnelly's
LC Frost: Jackson Pearce's
Sisters Red
Carol Riggs: Franny Billingsly's
LisaAnn: Jandy Nelson's
The Sky is Everywhere
Rachel Searles: Query critique or first five pages critique

Congrats, and thanks to everyone for participating. I'll be emailing the winners with more deets on the prizes. :)


Let's move on to this month's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question from Laura:

"Do you do NaNoWriMo? Why or why not?"

NaNo and I don't mix well. Kind of like drinking orange juice after brushing my teeth. It never works, no matter how often I think it might be okay. I mean, brushing teeth is okay, as is orange juice. But the timing is just off.

Every November, I'm always either revising (remember NaNoRevMo?), or outlining, or nearly finishing another project.

This year? I'm doing all three in the month of November.

So I tip my hat to you NaNoers. Or, since hats look profoundly stupid on me, I'll do my NaNo nod (akin to a bobble-head puppy). Good luck guys!

How about you? Do you NaNo?

Check out Laura's answer from last week, and Sarah and Deb's in the next weeks!


Unknown said...

I have done NaNo in the past but this year, I'm like you, I have a lot of projects on the go and can't just focus on one.

Karen Baldwin said...

Congrats to the winners...and no NaNo for me this year.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to the winners. I don't NaNo. It would be too hard with working full time and my daughter's swim season. Now that she's in high school it's worse.

Isis Rushdan said...

Congratulations to all the winners! NaNo is not for me, but I wish everyone who is participating the best of luck in reaching their goal.

Anonymous said...

Ha, I like your orange juice and tooth brushing analogy. Very fitting!

I'm using NaNo as a chance to finish up some of my projects that are starting to drag. Not signed up for anything official, just taking advantage of the excitement and camaraderie going on among writers this month to kick my own rear into gear.

mooderino said...

I've always thought it would be a useful tool if i needed to force myself through a draft, but the timing, as you say, never seems right. I think if I needed to do it I would just do it whatever the month.

Moody Writing
The Funnily Enough

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to the winners! Not participating in NaNo this year, but I did last year.

Old Kitty said...

I am most in AWE with those nano-ing!! But equally I'm also in AWE at you writers multi-tasking too!! Yay! Good luck everyone and Congratulations to the winners! Take care

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I didn't win! Wait...I don't think I entered. Oops.

This is my first year doing NaNo. Started slow, but so far I'm right on target for a November 30 finish to 50K. Good luck to you! Sounds like you're crazy busy.

Chris Phillips said...

I was going to nano, but then I realized I'm like, REALLY lazy.

Miranda Hardy said...

I'm trying this year, only because I had just finished my outline. The timing was perfect, but this week I'm struggling with time. Ideally, I'd love a quiet space to work in everyday, but that's not reality.

Slamdunk said...

No NaNo here, but I respect those who invest their valuable time in it.

Congrats to your winners Lydia.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I've been doing NaNo for years (unofficially until last year), but this year I just couldn't fit it in with where I'm currently at with my writing. Maybe if there was a NaNoRe-WriMo. LOL

A friend and I are going to try and do a NaNo type thing next month - if we both end up in a place with our WIPs where we can break to write something new. =o)

Jax said...

I don't NaNo..I invest all of my time in school reports and evaluating aging reports at my job. Sigh...

Kelly Polark said...

Congrats, winners!

I'm nanoing this year for the first time. I know I'm not going to reach the goal, but I am producing more than I would have. So it's a Nanowin for me either way!

Liza said...

Hooray to the winners. No Nano for me. But to make my self feel better, I gave my self a writing goal to reach by November 1 (and I did) and now I'm working away at another goal during the month of November, so I have some empathy for those who took the plunge!

Talli Roland said...

Congrats to the winners! I haven't done NaNo, and I don't think I will... I usually have my own timelines and it never seems to work out for me!

Anonymous said...

Yay, so happy to win Wither! Congrats to all the other winners - those are all awesome books!

I'm doing NaNo for the first time and I'm mostly enjoying it. There are occasional moments when I really don't want to write, but I push past. The timing just worked out this year. And I know I'll feel a huge sense of accomplishment when it's done (I'm halfway through the word count!).

Thanks again!

Suze said...


February Grace said...

This is my fourth NaNo and my first year as a 'rebel', meaning I'm working on writing new material for an existing project.

NaNo has always been a challenge physically for me as well as emotionally and I think that is why it's been so important to me.

In 08 (my first) I could barely see anything and had never tried to write an original novel before. In 09 I'd just gotten out of the hospital and had had 4 surgeries that year. The writing was very therapeutic.

Last year, after having a very serious (unknown until it was too late) infection from bad dentistry almost get to my brain (9 surgeries there- and 33 days of IV antibiotics...)I was too weak to hold my head up most days and literally typed a huge portion of my novel with my eyes closed. But I managed to get down just over 50k in that month and it kept me going. That is the novel of my heart, and the one I am finishing this year come hell or high water.

There is just something to NaNo that I can't define. I don't know if it's the global energy of knowing all these other people are also striving as hard as they can to meet a personal goal or if it's just that it's the month I give myself permission to live entirely in the story- but there is a magic to it that has, for the third year in a row, broken me out of a lengthy bipolar writing block (which is unlike regular writer's block I assure you) and gotten me writing again.

People seem to have very strong feelings about NaNo Pro or Con- and I just have to say that for all the excitement, inspiration, and friendship it brings- that I am and will always be a Wrimo, even if I am a "Rebel" this year and won't 'win'.

Sorry for the really long comment, just wanted people to know there's more to NaNo than meets the eye and a lot of people ARE rewriting/writing new material/editing at the same time too.

Happy revising, Lydia! :~)


mshatch said...

yes, what Clarissa said, too many other projects to commit to one single thing. Plus, I can't imagine writing 50K in a single month unless I had absolutely nothing else to do - like work, laundry, walking the dog...

Munk said...

And I still can't figure out how you do everything at once.

Meredith said...

Yay! I'm so excited to win Revolution--thanks, Lydia! And I'm totally the same with NaNo. The timing just never works out. Have a great productive month anyway!

Carol Riggs said...

Woohoo! I'm delighted to win CHIME, and have been really wanting to read it. Thanks, Lydia!!

And nope, I don't do NaNo. I have no trouble finishing a novel, and I don't need to power through it. I'd be afraid of the MESS I'd have to revise afterward!!

Unknown said...

Yep, I'm doing NaNo, but all pressure is off to finish the draft, or even hit 50K, by the end of the month. The race to "win" by achieving that word count magic number isn't always a great thing, especially if you're left with a lot of crap writing and very little solid storytelling. I'm using the deadlines to my advantage, but I'm interested in quality over quantity. I know, how UN-NaNo of me!

Thanks for the gift card! So happy to see my number was drawn!!

Yat-Yee said...

Doing NaNoFiMo this year with my writing group: finishing our novels.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I might try next year. I;'m not a writer, but an artist. Too bad they don't have an artist version of this concept.

Krispy said...

Congrats to the winners!!!

I love NaNo, even if I totally agree the timing is horrible. November was always a bad month for me in terms of other commitments - Thanksgiving, birthdays, and the dreaded midterm season. I obviously don't have testing seasons to worry about anymore, but the other stuff still cuts into writing time. That said, there's just something about NaNo and the massive group hysteria that's wonderful for getting my butt in the chair. So I like doing it. I don't know. Mob mentality maybe? Haha.

Good luck with all your writing endeavors, and yeah, hats look pretty ridic on me too. :P

Connie Keller said...

I've never done NaNo. There's no way I could make the kind of word count that NaNo requires because I have a strong tendency to underwrite.

But I wish I could do NaNo, it looks like such a cool thing to share the same goals at the same time with a community of other writers.

LD Masterson said...

Love the concept of NaNo but the timing never works. Why do they have to have the silly thing in November?

Heather said...

"Like drinking orange juice then brushing my teeth," yeah, it's like that for me too. *shudders* I'm too much of a creature of habit. But I love to cheer on those who do NaNo!

Sub Radar (Mike) said...

Congrats to the winners!

Sub Radar (Mike) said...

Congrats to the winners!

Sub Radar (Mike) said...

Congrats to the winners!

Karen Lange said...

Congrats to the winners! No, I did not jump into NaNo this year. Although I am working on the WIP, just not at lightning speed. :)

Luanne G. Smith said...

Uh, ditto what Sub-Radar said. :P

And no NaNo for me. I like my own pace and schedule. That's why I'm a writer. I don't like being told what to do. :)

Stephanie D said...

I don't NaNo (I'm just learning about it, actually), but I do a pretty good Nah-Noo Nah-Noo...a la Mork and Mindy.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

The ghost of Ernest Hemingway calls them NoNo Nanettes!
I was sure I was going to be pelted by veggies, but luckily no one visits my blog anymore! Roland

Carrie Butler said...

Hah! I love the orange juice/teeth brushing analogy. Very clever. :)

Julie Dao said...

YAY!! Thank you, Lydia! I'm so excited I won :) I know what you mean about the timing of NaNoWriMo... it's been two years since I participated because I'm always busy doing something else! I'm doing NaNoRevMo, I guess!

DL Hammons said...

Congrats Gang!!!

And that's a no to NaNo for me as well. Same reason...we don't mix. Oil & water...Polka dots and stripes....soap and a six year old! :)

Ciara said...

I've always wondered why they do NaNo in November. I mean it is during the busiest time of the year. Holidays, parties, end of year, etc... I wish it was in a different month. How about January when everything is grey and there isn't much to do. I'm just saying. ;)

Amanda Borenstadt said...

I'm kinda doing NaNo this year. Just using it to finish my wip. So, I'm not going for the full 50k words.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Ha. Love your analogy. I'm not NaNo-ing either. Good luck with your projects!

Romance Reader said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Anonymous said...

I don't NaNo. I'm always in the middle of a project when that time of the year comes around.

Congrats to the winners!

Shelley Munro said...

I don't NaNo either. Mainly because I push quite hard anyway. This time I was on holiday and now I have edits to complete. I like cheering on others, however :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Congrats to the winners. NaNo works for. I've had one novel published that was written then and another in the works.

Amie Kaufman said...

I did NaNo the last two years and got some great stories down--learned a lot as well. This year I have a heap on my plate, so I'm cheerleading from the sidelines, but I'm a little bit wishing I was joining in!

Sophia Chang said...

I'm totally doing both! There's even a (not really)official button for it NaNoRevMo now.

Unknown said...

Good to meet another mommy blogger. I missed the giveaway! Oh, well... maybe next tim! :)


Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats to the winners. Unfortunately, this year too I cannot do NaNo.

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS to the winners!!!!

Great answer, Lydia--November IS a busy month!

dolorah said...

Congrats to the winners :)


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