Tuesday, September 04, 2012

NaNoWriMo season starts today!

It may not seem like it yet, but today marks an important benchmark in the year for me. This is the official start of NaNoWriMo season. Once upon a time, NaNoWriMo started on November 1st.  Then, I realized you could plan... so I got involved around October 15. Now that I'm an OLL staffer, my true NaNoWriMo season starts September 1. That was a Saturday for me, so this is the first official day.

The past months have been filled with Camp NaNoWriMo, saying farewell to Script Frenzy, and getting settled in my new job as Lead Forums Moderator at OLL for all events. But now is when I have to get serious.

We've been beta testing fixes and improvements for the NaNoWriMo website thanks to the beta buggers program.  With the help of my intrepid Ticketmaster Rob (Lousy Writer 13) we have been stomping the HECK out of bugs and making things better. We hope to improve tons of things that haven't been working quite right, and add some features we've been promising for a while now.

This season is special for me. It's a shift in the paradigm of work. I'm not a contractor anymore; I'm a full employee of OLL. This means more responsibility, greater attention to detail, and more organization. Something I really, really suck at.

So I have to make a promise. I have to be committed to really doing the best for you guys, and for OLL.  I have to commit to a real schedule, and to working hard on my duties.

And this year, I can't fail at NaNoWriMo like I did last year. I have a great number of great ideas tugging at my brain, and I am going to schedule writing time in my day. I'm even putting it on my calendar!

This also means it's time for A Dragon Writes to start updating more often. :) I'm so seasonal, I swear.

And let me also introduce you to the newest member of the Dudley household, my wild and wonderful kitten, Buster. He'll be joining me as designated distractor this year.


Brooke R. Busse said...

I'm so glad you're now a member of the staff, Heather. That's great. ^^ I'm sure it will be extra fun. Can't wait to see what awesome idea you come up with this year.

-waves to Buster-

eBirdie said...

Will be glad to read more from you on the writing front! (And hard to believe NaNoWriMo is rolling around again already.)

June Clarence said...

I already congratulated on the NaNo-Blog, but a repetition doesn`t hurt, so: Congratulations on being a staff member now!

I`m so looking forward to November! Those last two Camps have really gotten me in the mood to write and I am determined to keep up my winning streak. I will not fail this year, despite the dozens of tests and final exams headed my way.

Buster is one cute cat! I like him already and I hope he won`t distract you too much from your writing. If you`re ever in need of someone kicking your ass, just post the word here on your blog...^^

Brandon Yusuf Toropov said...

Congratulations! Sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you this year.

Brandon Yusuf Toropov said...

Congratulations! Sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you this year.

Anonymous said...

I just signed up today. Is it too late? It says it starts on the first of November. I also wrote a short story of 8,000+ words. My professor loved it and he said I need to finish to a full blown novel. If I used that, would that be considered cheating?

I e-mailed them but it will take about three days to get a response.

Thanks in advance for your help.


Heather Dudley said...

Not at all! You can start any time during the month. It's only too late on DEcember 1. :)

Check out the FAQs about continuing an existing work: