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Heads up: Word Wars on Friday!

So, Haldoor suggested I go ahead and run some Word Wars on Friday! Anyone in?

My goal for June was/is to plow through several fics I've been stuck on, and get my 'to do' list closer to clear for the summer. So with that hope in mind,  here are the times I'll be here on 6/26:

- starting at 11AM US Eastern / 15:00 UTC/GMT for @2 hours
- starting at 9PM US Eastern/ 01:00 UTC/GMT for @2 hours

If you're new, it's a simple process:  I'll post a page for our Word Wars and give you a "Go!"  - then we write for half an hour. At the end of the half hour, we declare how many words we have written. We crow and congratulate, take a minute for a breather, and it's "Go!" again for those who have time to continue on to the next round.

Everybody wins, 'cause we all get some words churning. I'll make an "I am a Word Warrior" icon for anyone who participates, and an "I'm a Word War Winner!" icon for the person who churns out the most during each two hour block.  Honor system, obviously, as with all things 1_million_words! :).  And of course it doesn't matter if your words later get edited, entirely revised or crumpled up and 86'ed -- it's really just about getting the words flowing.

Even if you can't play, feel free to drop in and give us a shout of encouragement!


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Jun. 25th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
I have one question:

o1: What town / state does "US Eastern" mean? (I need this to check for my timezone.)
o2: Do other languages also count for this? (I don't think I can write much in English because it's not my first language.)
Jun. 25th, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, any language counts - and now that I think of it, banners and icons should, too, for our artistically-inclined members. Sorry I didn't specify that.

US Eastern time runs from Maine to Florida, including New York, and goes a bit to the west - but here are a couple of links that'll show you better than I can say it:

US time zones web page
Current UTC/GMT -- World Clock

GMT/UTC is often used internationally, as a single-reference "World Clock." Thought I would offer that as well since we are all over the globe!

Edited at 2015-06-25 03:56 pm (UTC)
Jun. 25th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :o)
Jun. 25th, 2015 04:01 pm (UTC)
The 11am Eastern will be at 5PM in Germany. :) I hope that helps.
Jun. 25th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, this helped. ;D Thanks very much. *.*
Jun. 25th, 2015 04:01 pm (UTC)

I might be able to do the 15:00 GMT one; but I'll be writing on my phone so please don't expect much out of me!

Road trips are boring ~

Jun. 25th, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
Cool! And no worries - whatever works!
Jun. 25th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC)
I will try! Being on the West Coast, 9 AM can be problematic, but considering it will be a Friday, work will either be chaos or boring. Hah.
Jun. 25th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)

I know what you mean - I'd almost never try one on a weekday, myself, but this is a quiet week here. Not as quiet as I'd hoped, but... relatively speaking it is.

Maybe we could try Word Wars at various times through the summer - get a few people running them in different zones. We used to do them, and while the number participating was usually small, it was fun!
Jun. 25th, 2015 09:30 pm (UTC)
I agree. Although I can usually squeeze 10 or 15 minutes of downtime into my day, the one time I commit to something, it'd all go haywire. :D I look at it this way - even a little bit quieter is still a little less chaos than usual. :)

I think that would be great. And fun, too. I remember these from last year. Hopefully there will be more! :)
Jun. 25th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I've always wanted to participate in word wars. Not sure it's going to work for me, since I'm a helplessly chaotic writer, but it never hurts to try. :D
Jun. 25th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Great! Yes, definitely worth a shot. I'm so not a speedy writer, but the times I've tried it I managed to jam out some words.

Just gave it a shot right now - was ready to put aside a fic for the afternoon, and decided to go to it for ten minutes and just key it all in as best I could and voila - 200+ more words than I had a few minutes ago. ;).

Jun. 25th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, ugh, me neither. I can spend several hours on one drabble. I guess I'll have to find a beginning to something before the wars start, since that's the hardest part for me. Once I've found my way into a fic, then at least I can move forward.

Awesome! 200 words in ten minutes is amazing. :D Can't wait for tomorrow! I hope I won't miss it, because I'm in total gaming mode right now >>
Jun. 25th, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I think the tail end of the first one and all of the second might work for me. I usually edit as I write so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to smash out but I've always wanted to try. :)
Jun. 26th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh, yes -- edit as I write. Yup. I get that - I think part of my brain enjoys the editing way more than the writing!

I've found that putting a timer on and just jamming actually works for me. Maybe not all the time, but often. It kind of forces me to just go for it. So yes, hope you can join us and give it a shot!
Jun. 25th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
Timezone differences make it a little tricky for me, but maybe I can manage the first one.
Jun. 26th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
Coolness! If we can get some word wars going through the summer, I'm thinking maybe we try to cover the time zones better. Worth a shot!
Jun. 26th, 2015 12:58 pm (UTC)

I would totally love to join some more word wars this summer :D got a BB and like 8 gifts / exchanges to finish!

Jun. 26th, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
I can do the evening one :)
Jun. 26th, 2015 01:36 am (UTC)
Yay! Excellent - see you there.
Jun. 26th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
ah man, I can't do either. :(
Jun. 26th, 2015 02:06 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm sorry. :(. Maybe if we get some going, we can do more time zones. Make it a summer thing. What times are good for you, generally?
Jun. 26th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)
Won't be able to make the morning one, but I'll be there tonight, for sure! Yay!
Jun. 26th, 2015 02:06 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! This is great, should be a decent turnout! Yay for words!
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