Night of Writing Dangerously

Last night I attended NaNoWriMo’s big fundraiser, The Night of Writing Dangerously.  It was spectacular!  If there is anyone out there who was considering going and didn’t, I highly recommend it.  It raises money for a great cause (encouraging kids and adults to write!) and helps in a huge way with your word count.

The Julia Morgan Ballroom was an excellent venue; we had a table with views of the city in two directions and close proximity to the floor to ceiling fireplace and speaker podium where the winners bell was stored.  I was one of the 18 who hit 50k words during the evening and got my moment to ring the loud bell and receive applause.  I also hit an all time personal daily word count high: 11k in less than six hours.  My table mates absolutely rocked, and despite the fact that we were only five people, we managed to win both word wars against the other competitive tables.   Between the candy buffet, the endless array of specialty donuts, the buffet and backup buffet of pizza, and open bar with friendly bartenders willing to keep my table heavily supplied with grenadine heavy shirley temples, there was a pretty impressive amount of calories.  In addition to that, more than 500k words were written during the evening and a large sum of money was raised for the Office of Letters and Light.  Go NaNo!

Hopefully the Office of Letters and Light will be able to meet their fund raising goals for the next 24 hours as well.  If you’d like to donate, go to the following link:


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