About the MLs

 

Your 2016 Atlanta Co-MLs

About JFCJames

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JFCJames has been a co-ML for NaNoLanta since 2014 and has participated in NaNoWriMo since 2008. He’s the tech ML of the region, focusing on the everyday computing, programming, website administration and the like.

When he’s not dabbling in that, he’s spending his time on other nerdy things; such as his job as a game developer and “making cool things”, gaming, reading polandball comics, and drinking far too many caffeinated drinks. This year, rather than writing a novel, he’ll be writing blogs about how to write a novel.

About lapixystix

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This is lapixystix’ third year as an ML, but she’s been a member of the NaNoWriMo community since 2004. So far she’s won nine NaNos and five Camps and amassed over 800,000 600,000 words total!

Apparently they changed how they add up the lifetime word count.

When not writing, lapixystix is dividing her time between making cakes pretty, quilting, and hot tubbing. Her favorite things include cute shoes, world peace, and her bratty old ferret, Scootypuff, Jr.

About rswinehart3

lillianChallenge yourself!

My name is Lillian, and I am currently a student at Kennesaw State University, Marietta campus in an electrical engineering major. I’ve always been very good at both math and reading/writing. If I’m in a very math oriented major, how do I get my fix of creative writing? NaNoWriMo, of course! It’s a great way to get your creative juices flowing, and also helps establish patterns of writing. Of course, writing 50,000 words in a month may not be sustainable the rest of the year, but what works for you? Can you set aside an hour a day? 5 minutes? 2 hours a week? If you find yourself struggling to hit that 50k word goal, but are quite comfortable writing twice a week, challenge yourself to keep writing those two days a week the rest of the year. The point is – write more than you do now, anything to challenge yourself. Personally, I know that I can hit 50,000 words, even though I’ve hit that goal only 3 out of the past 5 years. My added challenge this year? Handwrite everything. My hands might cramp up by the end of the month, but I see it as no different than writing 300,000 words this month.

About SparkleKate

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Hey y’all, I’m Kate-a newly married, librarian/baker/writer/geek/nail polish junkie/Viking Princess from the Southside of ATL. Way southside really-I am in the land of the golfcarts, here to represent with all these ITP folks.

This is my seventh year of NaNo, which I’ve won twice, but my first year as an ML. I hosted some unofficial write-ins before, so I’m looking forward to putting together some epic events for the Southside this year. One of the best things about NaNo for me was my second year mentor, who some of y’all may know: RuncibleSpoon, who was a huge encouragement in my winning that year. She pushed me to just keep writing, which is hard for me because I usually edit as I go. It changed the way I NaNo and it’s still one of the best pieces of advice I’ve had.

NaNo has been a huge outlet for me, even though I’ve been writing almost my whole life, because it gives me a focus, a goal, and more importantly(at least to me), the hope that I’m not just writing things no one will ever see. NaNo, and the people I’ve met because of it, make me believe that I am good enough to be a writer, even when I struggle to trust that fact.

In addition to hosting events, I will be in the NaNoLanta chat room most of the time for ideas, encouragement and virtual tea and cupcakes. If you need a cheerleader, a fact checker, or a spell proofer, I’m your girl. Can’t wait to get this NaNoWriMo started with all y’all. Let’s do this!!

About StillAlive

editor-red-penAlthough this is the first year StillAlive has been an ML, she’s been hosting write-ins and mentoring newbies for many years. This year will be her 11th NaNoWriMo and (hopefully) her 9th win. She lives west of Atlanta in Douglasville.

StillAlive funds her novels with freelance writing, editing, and proofreading. She’s also finishing a second master’s degree (English/writing) and recently obtained hypnosis certification. On the rare occasion she’s not glued to a computer screen, she can usually be found playing tabletop RPGs or running up and down her street.

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