One of our most beloved NaNoLanta traditions is back, and baffling some of our newbie WriMos. Here’s the low down on what’s going to happen:
When and Where
November 14th, 2015 5PM-8PM
IKEA in Atlantic Station
441 16th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30363
If you’ve never been there before, it’s impossible to miss. It’s gigantic and looks pretty much like a 3D rendering of their logo. There’s both an above ground parking lot and a parking garage. MAKE A NOTE OF WHICH SECTION YOU PARKED IN; IT’S HARDER TO FIND YOUR CAR HERE THAN AT 6 FLAGS.
Part 1: The Writing
We’ll meet at 5 in the Cafe. If you follow the natural flow of traffic, you end up there pretty much immediately. They have a wide selection of pretty crazy foods and, if I remember correctly, exactly one power outlet. We’ll cozy up to the electricity and make a mess of power strips, and all will be right in the world.
During our time in the Cafe, we’ll host a standard Write-In. Meet & Greet, announcements, Word Wars, the works. If we’re super (un)lucky, JFCJames’ laptop will have a most spectacular death again this year.
I swear I’m not hoping for it, but by God, it was spectacular last year.
We’ll spend approximately 1.5 hours in the cafe, so you’ll have plenty of time to eat Swedish cuisine, socialize, and get a decent word count. At least 2 of the 3, at any rate. This is also a great time to pick up a Pep Pack from lapixystix and an opportunity to pay early admission for EWW: WonderLanta to qualify for the exclusive Swag Bag.
Part 2: The Tour and Mild Shenanigans.
Some time around 6:30, we’ll begin our tour. Again, if you’ve never been inside an IKEA, brace yourself for amazement. IKEA really is as magical as everyone lets on. They have whole apartments that are, like, 200 sq ft and totally livable, a bajillion chairs and beds and stuff to test, and fabric patterns that are straight out of a time machine, but in a good way. Plus, pretty much every home good you could ever need. Been thinking of investing in spatulas? Need a lamp with seven articulating arms so everyone in your large family gets his or her own reading light? How about a closet? Any size you can imagine a closet to be, it’s there.
They also have an assortment of stuffed animals you can only explain with one word: Sweden.
You are in no way obligated to buy anything, of course. You are obligated to take pictures of all the ridiculous things you see, particularly the borderline offensive product names. Everything you’ve heard about them is completely true.
If you come late, and don’t catch us while we’re still in the cafe, just follow the path. We’re hard to miss and there aren’t a whole lot of opportunities to veer off path.
Part 3: The Afterparty
969 Marietta St,
Atlanta, GA 30318
Quintopia and Sushimustwrite will be hosting a Bartaco write-in. It’s like ten minutes from IKEA. It’ll be loud and crowded, but we’ll manage. Any words that don’t get written at IKEA can still get written there!