Hello my writers. As I type this, it's 3:40 a.m. on the 29th here on the east coast. It's crunch time, down to the wire, sweet-Sisters-I'm-never-going-
to-finish-in-time end of the run. For the Aussies and Asian folks giving this a go, it's even closer. However, I want you all to remember something: RELAX. Trust me on this. You can trust Baz Luhrman on the sunscreen.
It's been a long, tiring trot. Some writers have hit 500 words and ran face-first into writer's block. Some hit 50 K somewhere around week two. Some are desperately trying to figure out how to wrap up that one plot thread from back in chapter nine that never got resolved, word count or not. This happens. Relax.
I want to make something abundantly clear to each and every one of you. Whether you wrote nothing at all, or we have the next FO:E on our hooves, I'm proud of you. You looked at this event and went "Huh. Yeah sure, why not?" and decided to try. As a NaNo veteran, I could not be prouder. Thank you for even taking the time to try.
So, now that that's out of the way, down to the final little mini-FAQ:
Q. So... what now?
A. Now, when midnight hits local time on September 30th... lemme repeat that in all caps... AT MIDNIGHT LOCAL TIME ON THE 30TH, THAT MEANS AT 12:00 A.M. OCTOBER 1ST, YOU STOP WRITING, GET YOUR WORD COUNT, AND SEND EVERYTHING YOU’VE WRITTEN AND THE WORD COUNT ATTACHED, WHETHER CHAPTERED OR IN ONE DOC, TO firstname.lastname@example.org! Also, please, include your name, pen name or otherwise.
Q. Do I get anything for winning?
A. At this time, other than one haybale of a sense of accomplishment? no. I hope to change that eventually.
Q. Will this be happening again?
A. Considering the turnout for this alone? I plan to, with better organization next year.
Q. Any particular format when we send it in?
A. I'd like the format to be as follows:
Subject line should be your fic title. In the body of the e-mail should be your author name and word count. Attached to the e-mail needs to be your current work as of when you stopped writing. That's it.
Finally, to Seth, Cereal, Phoe, Tek and all the other EqD pre-readers... Thanks for putting up with this nonsense from my silly flank.
- Siraj/Noble Cause