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Meet the Members: NaNoWriMo '10

Wondering who's crazy enough to attempt Nanowrimo in college? Trying to find a writing buddy? You've come to the right place.

Quail before their lofty word counts! Shiver at the sight of their fingers flashing over the keyboard! Awe at their skillful manipulation of time and tasks!

They are...

The Nanoists of William and Mary!


Former winners in purple, soon-to-be-winners in green! If the name above their bio is underlined, click on it to see their Nanowrimo profile.

Marissa Beale

Monika Bernotas

Isabelle Cohen

Evan Curnen Crisman

Nick Deschenes

J.T. Fales

Nicole Green

Jamie Hall

Walter Hickey

Huy Ho

Luciana Inglis

Miriam Loebman

Marisa Reed

Amy Russell

Nich Schools

Rachael Tatman

Suzanne Vaughan

Alex Villanueva


Marissa Beale

Marissa's writing adventures began with storytelling at a young age. She has always loved the limitlessness of creative fiction, which is her favorite genre to experiment within. She would like to one day publish a book, and NaNoWriMo will be a test of her writing endurance. This year(2010 and freshmen year) will be her first time taking part in National Novel Writing Month, but hopefully not her last. Major-wise she likes to say 'undecided', but truthfully she will probably end up in English, linguisitics, literary and cultural studies, or...physics. Okay, thanks for reading!

Monika Bernotas

Monika "withak" Bernotas is the 2009-2010 academic year international Nanowrimo and scriptfrenzy correspondent to the William and Mary community hailing electronically from the land of Lithuania. This would be more accurate if she actually corresponded with the community at all. Regardless of this, she has, in the past year, won both NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy. She looks forward to gracing the Nanowrimoclub with her glorious Lithuanianness upon her return in the fall.

Isabelle Cohen

A senior International Relations major returning to NaNoWriMo after a 4 year absence following two successful wins in high school. We'll see if this intrepid novelist can successfully navigate her 18 credit schedule and write 50,000 words this month!

 

Evan is a Celtic prince and freshman coming from Lancaster PA. He can be easily identified by his blonde hair and lack of Amish-ness. This is his first year doing NaNoWriMo. Other activities in which he is currently involved include Equestrian Club and Tribe Society for Paranormal Research. He can also cook slash bake to some extent and is told by his dorm that he makes excellent cookies. He also recently purchased more brown sugar with which to make them. :hint hint:

Nick is a senior Linguistics/English double major. His last NaNoWriMo was in 2004, and he won, but with way more free time than he has now! In his spare time, he’s on the fencing team, plays all sorts of strategy games, and, of course, writes. Nick is buddied up (with Rachael T) and ready to go!

J.T. Fales

J.T. is a sophomore from the mythical land of Konnek-tik-kut, just south of the Arctic Circle. He is a budding English major and a hardcore NaNoWriMo devotee. He has successfully completed NaNoWriMo since 2005. Other interests include acting, learning foreign languages, and saving the world from the brink of destruction while riding a dragon and brandishing a magic sword named Klembert.

Nicole Green is a third year law student and figures it's about time she got out of school so that's a very good thing. She has a NaNo secret weapon--she's convinced that sleep deprivation makes her more productive. Whether it's true or not, who knows? Maybe it's kind of like Dumbo and the feather. If it works, let's just go with it.

Enter Jamie, a sophomore Biology and Environmental Science and Policy double major who hails from Chicago. She likes velociraptors, puppies and hugs. This is her first concerted attempt at writing a novel and she promises to finish AND edit it by January. Her plot may or may not include: aliens, conspiracies, lies, double-crossing, a secret society and a talking horse. One of these tropes may or may not have been made up by Marisa Reed while writing this bio.

Walter is a Math and Compsci major at the college and his biography is not snarky at all. His work last year was an embarrassment to the written word and he anticipates this month's product will be no different.

Huy is a senior majoring in English and Psychology because he has to major in something to graduate. In his free time, he likes to cook and bake for his food blog and watch Bollywood dance videos on Youtube. He enjoys poetry and tea too much. Come have a cup with him, and tell him all your secrets.

Luciana Inglis

Luciana Inglis is a senior with a history of temporary and brief obsessions with enthusiasms such as typography, computerized paper doll animation, knitting, crafts of all kinds published in Family Circle magazine, and making her own stationery. Her lasting extracurricular interests include browsing libraries (mostly in the fiction section), baking, reading books to small children, playing the Sims, tidying other people's dollhouses, participating in more student organizations than she should, and collecting new hobbies. She hopes her absurd past will help bring some interesting characters to life this November.

Miriam Loebman is a Hobbit from Ankh-Morpork who recently hitched a ride on the Millenium Falcon so she could fetch a Death Note from the State Alchemists working for Aperture Science. And while the preceding sentence is not technically true, Miriam certainly wishes that it was, which really tells you everything about her that you need to know (i.e., she is a massive, unrepentant nerd). For those whose thirst for knowledge will not be sated by such paltry scraps, Miriam volunteers weekly at the Humane Society, the Williamsburg Public Library, and Matthew Whaley Elementary School. She is also the scholarship chair for her sorority, Phi Mu, and can crack her shoulders on command. Miriam, a Junior, is a double-major in English and Religious Studies and looking forward to her third year of NaNoWriMo!

Marisa Reed

Sophomore Marisa Reed has many talents (baking, witty sarcastic comments, and balling math skills among them), but NanoWriMo may be her greatest yet. Having successfully completed 5 previous novels, Marisa boasts the most esteemed record of the NanoWriMo club. She has written everything from murder mysteries to space time travel and this year she tackles her greatest writing feat yet: realistic fiction. But if anyone is up for a challenge its Marisa (she is a Econ major/Math minor after all), and she's sure to wow us with her literary skills yet again this November!

Amy Russell

Amy Russell is a new student at William and Mary, transferring in as a sophomore and is a Math and Computer Science double major but has always loved writing. She attempted nanowrimo last year and got 15000/50000 before giving up. She is trying very hard to succeed this year despite being crazily busy with school.

Nich Schools

Greetings, interested persons! You've made it to Nich's NaNoWriMo Club page!

A Little Background Info

I'm a sci-fi/fantasy writer, which basically means that sometimes I write sci-fi, sometimes I write fantasy, and sometimes I write mash-ups of both. I'm big on big universes, big planets, and big cultures. My universes usually expand outside the story boundaries and become quite hard to tame into decent-length novels.

I'm what you'd call a character-driven writer. The story is for the characters, by the characters, and revolves around character relationship dynamics. Drama is key. Romance is...well...not usually key but it's there sometimes! Add all that together and you've got sci-fi/fantasy/action/adventure/romance/drama. In other words, my kind of story. 

At this point, I have four different works at different stages in the writing process:

1.) Siphen- An immensely long fantasy/sci-fi combination series; I have the first book's draft written. This is by far my largest and most complex work. The full series spans 17 years, about 150 (named) characters, multiple planets, a different language, and an intergalactic war. 

2.) Soldiers- My novel for NaNo this year; this one is pure sci-fi. It's a near-future piece about a super-soldier program that my poor protagonist gets wrapped up in, leading to an action/adventure/drama extravaganza.

3.) Stolen- My only attempt at historical fiction thus far, Stolen is a historical fantasy. It revolves around people who steal souls due to a pact between God and Lucifer.

4.) Salvation- A post-apocalyptic type of fantasy. Everyone on Earth except for about a million people disappear randomly one day. Chaos ensues. Demon and angels are involved.

And yes, I know they all start with "S." And no, there is no reason why.

 

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So, that's my writing career thus far. As I progress through NaNo during my work-laden freshman fall, we'll see how much further I get. Until then, you can find me at:

Whispers in the Window (My Writing Blog)
Sydaliance on NaNo (My NaNoWriMo Page)

Rachael Tatman

A sophomore Linguistics/English double major, Rachael is made of much diluted win. She loves baking, making stuff, writing and pictures of cute animals. This is her third Nanowrimo, and she's all buddied-up and raring to go.

A sophomore majoring in English and Psychology, Suzanne is attempting Nanowrimo for the second time, and intends to win this year. In addition to Nanowrimo, she engages in excessive reading, horseback riding, fencing, martial arts, and other forms of general awesomeness and (for lack of a proper synonym) bada**ery. She also likes chocolate and movies a lot.

Alex Villanueva

Alex Villanueva watches too much TV. A freshman entering William & Mary after a gap year, this will be her sixth time attempting NaNoWriMo, and hopefully her fifth time completing it. In her spare time, which is growing increasingly spare, she enjoys reading, collecting and customizing Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls, watching The West Wing and Chuck until she burns out the discs, playing video games, drinking tea, writing fanfic, and getting into political arguments on Twitter.