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25 August 2009 @ 04:39 pm
Gearing Up.  
Novel: Blood & Iron: Beast
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I've been working on planning the organization of NaNo off and on through the last several months. I just spent the last two hours organizing all of the information I've gathered/created as a result of that. And I don't know what to do with it all. Maybe e-mail?

I've got some prizes (notebooks), I've been planning others (stickers). Customized pens were suggested at the last meeting where lots of people came, but I haven't found an option that's financially viable.

One of the ideas I'm really excited about is a game/artpiece we'll call "I Love This Line". Those 3x5 cards given out in the Kick-Off Care Packages are going to come in handy. At the end of every 30-minute or longer word war, participants will write down their last complete line on a 3x5, put their name on the back, then tape it to a board. Additionally, this may be done any time a participant writes a line she loves, finds hilarious, or makes homage to Typo (mascot of hilarious mistakes and Anchorage Wrimos).

At the end of the month, we'll (hopefully) have a kooky commemorative piece. What we'll do with it from there... I dunno. Maybe we can auction it amongst ourselves for donation/prize monies.

At the August Third Thursday meetup, Mel suggested having a forum for our group. The Wiki was a great idea and awesomely customizable, but it was also a little like having a warehouse for a write-in. It seems like it was, technologically, out of the way with it's invite. Alternately, there's also LJ Communities. I'd like to continue having an internet presence for our group. Something that newbies could visit covertly, read thoroughly, maybe post anonymously with questions or comments. Both Forums and LJ Communities seem like those would be feasible requests. I'm only conversationally experienced with both, so I'm not sure which would be more accessible.

In my current understanding the differences are thus:
LJ Communities are very conversational/stream-of-consciousness like. Good for frantic writer types, and no one feels like they have to post something more substantial than, "Wrote ten words today. Feel like arse. Someone take me to icecream?"
Forums are searchable, and archive well. Old threads brought back to light return to the top of the list, instead of needing to be sought out or accessible through your replies. They can also learn to be conversational.

Clearly, I have more experience with Forums. Though I have heard it said that some are daunted by them, so I am concerned.


I think I will send out an email. With this in it and my quick-chart of information.

P.S. - Tsuchikami No Kaze (my laptop) is dying. Sometimes she turns on. Sometimes all I get is blue screen. And when she does work, she is sloooooow. I have no idea what's wrong. Much sadness.
Current Location: Eric
Current Mood: calmmotivated
Current Music: "It is Pitch Dark" by MC Frontalot
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Genesis Grey: pic#92436563genesisgrey on August 26th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
LJ also has tags, which I see you are using, so you can search for a certain type of entry. (Provided the poster remembers to tag.)
Genesis Grey: sexy librariangenesisgrey on August 26th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
P.S. Where exactly in 'Eric' are you? :P
Nethene Khthonnethenekhthon on August 26th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
I now add searchable to the list of LJ benefits.

And it would most aptly be said that I am located 'on' Eric. I think the greater concern should be /which/ Eric.
scallywag195scallywag195 on August 26th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about Tsushikami No Kaze's illness. Having gone through that last year, my only advice is to shop around now before NaNo starts.

All your ideas sound great. I never really did much with the wiki. At first I didn't have the right info, then it seemed more complicated than I had time for.

I don't know much about LJ Communities, but I could learn. I'm more familiar with forums, than LJ Communites. This last year I've spent much more time on LJ than the forums. I guess because I enjoy reading my friends' pages, and also because I've been trying to update my own journal more frequently than in the past.

I'll pitch in with some prizes like I did last year, but won't probably get around to it for a few weeks. I should be able to make the Sept. Thurs. meeting.
Nethene Khthonnethenekhthon on August 28th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Sadly, I may have a few weeks without laptop. But there are some avenues available to explore still.

The largest benefit of the LJ Community is for LJ users - by joining the community all of the posts will show up on our friends page, making it easy to just quickly glance through them. There's a similar feature for Forums which you're probably familiar with. On most you can click a link that archives all the posts you haven't read, so if you keep up with things you can read though. It's a little less efficient.

Your prizes were excellent last year, so I certainly look forward to and very much appreciate it. :)