lCan you believe it's almost November? I certainly can't. It seems like yesterday was October 1st, but here we are at the tail end of the month with NaNoWriMo looming in the the not so far distance. What also is looming is the promise of another Sprint Season. Again this year the allyear_sprints
team is heading up the official sprints for the NanoWriMo season at nanowrimo
If you don't know what a sprint is, the basic definition is "timed writing exercise". We run a chat where all nanoers can come in and participate in sprints. For more information on what sprints are and how to join, read our rules on sprinting
The NaNo Season is going to kick off with a 24 hour sprinting session! We're going to start at 10pm EST on October 31st. It will conclude at 10pm EST on November 1st. These sprints will take place in the room NaNoKickOff
* on AIM.
After 10pm on November 1st, our regular sprint schedule takes place.( Week One Sprint Schedule: )
A few more notes:
Each day, I'll post a daily schedule, just as a reminder so that you can see who will be hosting when and what rooms are open.
One half hour before each sprint, the mod running it will post an announcement in nanowrimo
giving you specific information and letting you know their AIM name. Also, in case of AIM failure or technical issues, they may make an announcement that we're moving to a different platform for sprints, but we don't anticipate that happening.
You may ask yourself why we have so many different room names and why we move every so many hours, even if it's the same group of people. It's two fold, really. First off, different mods have different ways of hosting, and sometimes they really make a room their 'own'. Having new room names when the sprint time frame changes, helps that happen. Secondly, AIM only allows 30 people per room max and sometimes people join a room, get up to make waffles, and never come back. Those names sit in the room and block others from joining. So when we change every 3 hours or so (except during days when we statistically have fewer sprinters), it helps clear out the sleepy waffle eaters and makes more room for people who want to sprint.
I know this is a lot of information and you might have a thousand questions. I strong encourage you to reply here and ask. I, or one of the members of the great team of mods, will answer your question as soon as possible. Also, feel free to asks questions during NaNo by replying to the posts here OR by iming the mod in charge.
Also remember the these two rules for Sprints and everyone wil get along nicely.
1. Never be the first to speak when you enter a room. EVER. In addition, NEVER speak during a sprint, even if you're leaving. We'll just assume, if you leave during a sprint, you said goodbye to the entire room and wished them well. Trust us. The room will love you more if you don't say goodbye while they're trying to write.
2. Don't be a dick. Don't talk about hot button topics from religion to politics to Twilight
. Don't troll the room. Don't try to stir up controversy. Respect others and you will be respected.
If everyone follows those two rules, this year's sprints will be the best ever.
Thanks again! I look forward to seeing all of you around the sprint rooms over on AIM.
* AIM only allows 30 people per room. Often times, especially the first week, we have more than that interested in sprinting. If you try to enter a sprint room and it tells you that it's full, simply add a 2 at the end of the room name. For example NanoEveningSprints2. If that room is also full, try a 3, etc. If you enter a 'spill over room' and do not see the mod that scheduled to host, please IM them and let them know the room is full. Thank you!