Summer is upon us, or so the calendar says (it's a matter of opinion in some regions that don't have much summer-like weather at present). Be that as it may, on July 1, veterans of NaNoWriMo and newcomers seeking a different kind of challenge commit to a writing project for the month of July. As always, the goal is to produce (or continue) a story/novel that meets the word-count goal the contestant has chosen (Camp events allow participants this choice, though the November event remains fixed at a minimum of 50,000 words to claim a win). Signup is here. If you already have an account, you just need to log in, go to your dashboard, and announce your project. If you don't have an account, you'll need to make one. Have a username in mind (my name there is Timewalker). Announcing your project involves deciding what genre it's in (yes, fanfiction is a genre!), and how many words you want to do between July 1 - 31st. You can upload an avatar and "book cover" for your project, if you want (my avatar there is a stylized cartoon beaver; might as well go for a Canadian stereotype, right? ). I invite all CFC members who are taking part to post here, share whatever ups, downs, and sidewayses (that is now a word; I have declared it so ) they might have, triumphs and frustrations, questions and answers, and observations. If you're not taking part, feel free to join the conversation - ask questions, make observations, encouragement is always appreciated, and if we can persuade you to join in, so much the better. Late signups are okay; I think they allow that for at least a week into July, but check the website to verify. The purpose of NaNoWriMo is to encourage people to write - first, get into the habit of writing. Don't worry about quality at first - improvement will come with practice. Second - have fun. It's going to be a challenge this summer for the folks who prefer to gather with other NaNoWriMo participants, as many of the coffee shops, parks, and other public areas where gatherings happen will still be closed. But that's where our little group here can help. We're all in this together. We're not competing with each other. We're only competing with ourselves, to improve our writing skills and tell our stories. What we can do here is offer encouragement, feedback, and help each other. Feel free to post your daily progress, any excerpts you might like to share, any rants or raves or musings. July has begun. Write on!