The Return of Camp NaNoWriMo

In Which Our Evil Authors discuss their plans for July Camp, and have a Very Special Announcement.

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Salutations, other octopi adventurers in the great writing wilderness!

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July is nearly here, which means once again Camp NaNoWriMo is about to start… Are you feeling ready to tackle a new writing goal? Tell us about it in the comments!

Today’s post, naturally, will be about endever* and GeGi. As you might remember from last week, we’ve both been rather busy with Other Things lately. So we’ll be discussing why or why not we will each be participating (or not) in July Camp.

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Q&A: Writer Friends and the Importance of Having Them. Part Two.

In Which Your Hosts Continue to Answer a Few Questions about Friendship of a Writerly Variety.

Greetings, fellow octopi. Welcome Back to our First Ever Q&A!

Today we shall continue exploring The Topic of Writerly Friends, via endever*. Once again this will be a Question and Answer format — to give you, dear readers, a chance to see this important facet of our lives from two different viewpoints. Last week the set of questions were answered be GeGi; and now we get to see what endever* has to say about the subject…

Without further ado, let us acquire appropriate refreshments and begin!

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Writing as unschooling

In Which endever* discusses the connections between unschooling and being a writer.

Hi there, endever* here! I’d like to talk a little today about writing as a form of self-directed learning.

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Never heard of the concept? It’s most frequently discussed in reference to “school-age” youth, generally as a subtype of homeschooling or as a value held by an alternative school. In the context of young people’s lives I consider unschooling necessary to anti-ageist revolution, something dear to my heart. Extrapolated to usage across the lifespan, it has a lot to do with a deliberate, holistic commitment to lifelong learning.

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Camp NaNo, Part the Second.

endever* tells you all why NaNo is magical and you all should try it.

It’s endever* now – hi!

I… can’t actually recall, at this point, who first got me into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Probably some unschooler or another. Not even remotely being a novelist, I was resistant for awhile. But then again – most people aren’t novelists, are they? And plenty of them participate in Nano.

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Camp NaNo, Part the First.

OSEA is about to do Camp Nano April 2017.

Hello New Friends!

GeGi here. I’m excited to announce this, our first official discussion about Something That Isn’t OSEA.

Today’s topic: Camp NaNoWriMo.

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Greetings!

In which we welcome you to The Octopus Society of Evil Authors and describe our vision.

Welcome! Do come in, sit down, make yourself comfortable. Have some tea, or coffee if you prefer.

There, now that we’re all settled and civil, do allow me to introduce myself. I’m GeGi, one of your host authors, and will be the most frequent contributor to the blog. With me is my co-conspirator, endever*, who looks after the Tumblr and a lot of the Twitter content. We’re both so pleased you made the time to meet us, and do hope you’ll spend quite a bit of time visiting us in the future. Learn more about us in the About section.

Creating an official presence for The Octopus Society of Evil Authors (the correct abbreviation is OSEA) has long been a dream of ours. Between ourselves OSEA has been a constant source of encouragement and fun since inception, and we’d be remiss if we’d kept the enjoyment of such a delightful concept from others. Explore, poke around, ask questions… We welcome involvement and participation.

Our vision thus far for the blog is to be a place of various mixed content of writerly interest, all cross-posted to the Twitter and Tumblr. We’ll cover such topics as writing process and evolution of drafts, problems and issues and hopefully corresponding solutions and ideas, current works in progress, participation in NaNo events, writing prompts, recommendations and reviews, and whatever else inspires us — all with a writer focus, of course.

The Tumblr is planned to be a mix of the cross-posts, and reblogs of other writerly things found on Tumblr; prompts, editing advice, quotes, and so forth.

The Twitter will be all that, plus writerly-related hashtag conversations, and so on.

And, naturally, there will be the occasional octopus

That’s all we have to say for the moment. We’re quite busy creating more content to go up soon, and hopefully we shall have regular updates once everything is sufficiently settled. We’re also in the midst of preparing for Camp NaNo in April, more about which I’ll write in the next post.

In the meantime, we encourage you to start or join in a conversation in the comments, or get in touch with us through our various social media. Introduce yourself, and let us know what topics you’d like to see covered, or what writing challenges you’re facing that you’d like feedback or sympathy about — we’re evil, but we’re also very sympathetic to writer problems!