Since 2009, Tom Quinn has been running an unofficial 24-hour long write-in for Boston based NaNos. Each year a number of intrepid writers stumble blearily out of their beds early on a Saturday morning, and sprint through their novels until they stumble, sugar coated and delirious, back to their beds 24 hours later. It’s madness, tempered with a healthy dose of mirth. Most importantly, it’s a time where a lot of NaNos in distress make up their word count deficit and gain a lead on the rest of their month, and some heroic NaNos even triumph over their novels and earn the right to finally take a nap.
Does this crazy endeavor sound appealing to you? Excellent. Here’s what you need to know:
New Things for 2012!
Every year, we try something new, and this year we have multiple new things! First and foremost: the 24 Hour Marathon is an official NaNo Boston event this year! This means Travis and Anna will both be joining us, along with Elmo and Merlene! How awesome is that? (Answer: very)
Second new thing: Due to the incredible growth and overwhelming attendance numbers (at one point last year, we had 60 people in one place. 60. Egads.), we have expanded the event a little this year through spill-over places. Essentially, if one venue starts looking a little too full, you can head next door! That’s built into the schedule, so check them out. Finally: merch! There will be official merch this year. More on that below.
The 24 hour Write In will be Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 6:30 am until Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 6:30 am.
Here’s the schedule, as it stands:
- 6:30 am – 7:45 am: Starbucks (755 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116)
- IF THIS STARBUCKS IS CLOSED: Starbucks on Newbury Street by the Hynes Stop (350 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116)
- 8 am – 10 am: Pour House (909 Boylston St # 21, Boston, MA)
- 10 am – 1:30 pm: Boston Public Library, Central Branch (700 Boylston Street, Boston)
- 1:30 pm – 5 pm: b.good (131 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA)
- SPILL-OVER for 1:30 pm – 5 pm: Clery’s (113 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116)
- 5 pm – 8 pm: Prudential Center Food Court (111 Huntington Ave, Boston)
- 8 pm – 11 pm: – Starbucks, Harvard Square (1380 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138)
- SPILL-OVER for 8 pm – 11 pm: Au Bon Pain, Harvard University (1360 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-3843)
- 11 pm – 6:30 am: Knights of Columbus (115 Watertown St, Watertown, MA 02472)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Massachusetts state law, unaccompanied minors will not be permitted to join us for the overnight portion of our event. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to join us at the Knights of Columbus in Watertown.
If you plan to attend the Pour House or Overnight portions of this event, we need to get a head count for those. Please leave a comment on the 24 Hour Write In Thread in the NaNoWriMo Boston regional forums letting us know which you’ll be attending.
If you arrive at a venue and cannot find any Wrimos, be sure to check out the NaNoBosMarathon twitter feed. That is your best bet for up to the minute news on the status of the write-in.
What You Need To Know
- We try to stick closely to the schedule, and we usually do a solid job of it to within 10 minutes or so on either side of the change.
- The Pour House has delicious breakfast. Delicious, delicious breakfast (Tom is a fan of the omelets, especially the chili omelet.)
- Every single location has nearby public transit options. For instance, the first 5 locations are all basically in or around Copley Square, the evening Starbucks is right next to the entrance to the Harvard Square stop, and the last location is on the crosspoint of 3 buses.
- You DO NOT have to be there for the entire thing to be considered a participant in the event. Many people will be there for the whole event, specifically Tom and some veterans from years past. Come when you can and leave when you must.
- Like everything else this month, this is an all-ages event. Like mentioned above, it is a full-on regional write-in, so same rules apply there. It’s just longer.. So feel free to bring along the kids, even if only for a stop or two!
- Internet is not a guarantee during the write-in. Some spots will have it, others will not, and others will have it but it probably won’t be working. So if you’re writing exclusively in Google Docs this month, now’s the time to get your hands on a web-free writing program. Might we suggest FocusWriter (which Tom has and likes) or Scrivener (which we hear good things about)?
- The final spot (Knights of Columbus in Watertown) can be a little tricky, but not terrible. The address is 115 Watertown Street. There’s no name on the building, but it does have a big “115” on the side. The connecting street of the corner is Fifth Ave, and it’s right across from an old school and a park. There is a buzzer that works for the building. It will say Knights of Columbus on it.
- If you’re driving, head Route 16 West out to the building (if you pass a Stop & Shop, you’ve gone too far).
- For the 57 bus, get off at the final stop and cross the street. The river should be on your right. Walk up Watertown Street. At the fork, stay to the left of the gas station. It’s about a 10 – 15 minute walk tops. 115 Watertown Street will be on your right.
- For the 71, 70, and 70A busses, get off in Watertown Square. (This will be the final stop for the 71) and head AWAY from CVS. Stay on the right hand side of the street and cross the river. At the light, take a right. Continue walking until you get to the fork. Cross over to the gas station and keep it on your right hand side. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk tops. 115 Watertown Street will be on your right.
The Obligatory Conduct Request
Please be respectful at the various locations we visit. Most of these businesses are very kind to us (b.good is a perfect example), and we like to be kind back. Tom has tried to line the restaurants up on meal times to make it easy for everyone in that respect. If you’re in a place that provides food or beverages, and can afford to do so, please try to buy something, even if it’s small. This will give them incentive, not only not to ask us to leave for hogging so many tables, but maybe to be more proactive in planning with us in the future.
As for the KoC: this especially is something we need to be respectful of. We haven’t had a problem at all in past years, but it never hurts to repeat the message. We’ve promised that we’ll clean up after ourselves, not break things, and not bring in any alcohol to that spot. I have faith in everyone on following through with that. After facing 50,000 words in 30 days, picking up a candy wrapper (or 5) will be simple.
For the first time ever, we will have stuff for you to buy so you can show off to your friends and coworkers that your crazy stories are actually fact-based! Merch this year is in two forms, t-shirts and stickers. Due to the nature of the shirt ordering, t-shirts are pre-order only. The stickers are a limited run of 50 that will be available the day of the event. Here’s the breakdown:
T-Shirts: $15 each, pre-order only at the Meet & Greet, or the official regional write-ins on November 1 and November 4. Find Tom, bring cash, and know what t-shirt size you want for your order. Tom will only order shirts that have been paid for, and there will not be a follow-up order. Remember – M&G, Nov 1, and Nov 4 are your chances to secure a shirt if you want one.
Stickers: 1.5” x 4”, $2 each, available during the 24 Hour Write-In itself. Limited run of 50, and there will not be a follow up order.
The Social Media
This event has a Twitter account! You can head on over to twitter.com/nanobosmarathon to follow along on the madness all day long. All announcements about group movements and sudden changes in plans also will show up there (as well as out-of-context quotes in the wee hours of the morning). In the case of a sudden rapid change of plans, Tom will also try to post to the NaNo Boards, but he cannot promise that they will even be working that day. Twitter’s the best bet there.
There are also photo albums from the last three years! 2009 can be found here
2010 can be found here
2011 is right here