Monday, March 12, 2012

Week Two Pep and Website Update

Hello All!

So last week, at the appropriate time I set out to write a Week Two pep email. Before I’d finished it, I decided it might be a good idea to check the site to make sure I could send said email, and discovered that I couldn’t because our site was down. It’s now been many days since our webmaster took the site down to fix our problems, but we’re still hanging in there. In the meantime, our wonderful Article Collector and Head of Moderators, Alicia, has created this amazing blog to help us better connect with you guys. (Thanks Alicia!)

So check back here often for my pep emails and the articles that we’ve been promising you since forever ago. Another great place to check up on Edmo is our Twitter feed: @NaNoEdMo. There, we keep you up-to-date on the hour goals you need to reach each day in order to stay on track, as well as what’s going on with our website. I also retweet things authors and publishers are tweeting, if it’s relevant to what we’re trying to do here. So don’t miss out on the Twitter feed!

At this point, Week One is long officially over and we’re now well into Week Two. If you haven’t reached twelve hours and fifty-six minutes yet (the goal for the start of Week Two), never fear. There are still several weeks to go so you’ve got plenty of time to catch up. If you have hit that mark, congrats! And if you’ve reached today’s goal of nineteen hours and twenty-four minutes, here’s an extra congrats to you, complete with pancake muffins! Just ask Alicia, who knows how to make those things. They’re fantastic! (Especially with chocolate chips.)

Anyway, some say Week Two is the hardest week. And when it comes to keeping the website running without issues, trying to keep participants updated on what’s going on, all while trying to stay ahead of the editing, without an internet connection at home, I’d have to agree. However, I still say, Week Two is the easiest week, if you cut out all the website problems we’ve been having. By now, you’ve hopefully gained some editing momentum, and if you don’t slow down or completely stop, you’re in a great place to keep right on going. You’ll sail straight through Week Two and into Week Three without troubles.

Of course, for some, the momentum just hasn’t had a chance to build yet. You’re working a full time job, you’ve got kids to take care of, take to piano lessons and soccer practice, your neighbor found a dead body in his basement that might or might not look like your hated great great great Uncle Harold twice removed, and the post man didn’t deliver your mail today. We understand. Life happens.

Make lemonade. While you’re waiting for the police to question you about your great great great Uncle Harold twice removed, break out your novel and get some editing done. Every little bit counts. And the more you edit, the more this will become true. Fifteen minutes here, fifteen minutes there, eventually might add up to a couple of hours at the end of the day. And that could easily turn into fifty hours by the end of the month. Or even more.

So remember that. Get your momentum up as best you can, and keep going. Keep chugging along as best you can and you’ll make it. And when you cross that finish line, we’ll all be there to cheer you on with big hugs and many batches of pancake muffins with chocolate chips inside.

And remember, follow this blog and our Twitter account for updated info on what’s going on with the website.

I wish you all a great rest of Week Two and I look forward to meeting up with you again at the start of Week Three!


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