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I've been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2001, when I discovered the website in late October. At that time, the membership had been cut off before the beginning of November, but I decided to take part anyway, and joined a group called the NaNoWriMo Guerrilla Rebellion. I reached the end of my novel by the end of the month, at very close to 50,000 words, and then cheated a little by (temporarily) giving all of my characters three-word names to push me over the limit.

I signed up promptly on October 1st, 2002, garnering myself a user ID # of 239, and have participated every year thereafter. I haven't won every year, though one year I participated in something called National Novel Writing Year, or NaNoWriYe, and did two 50,000-word novels before November, but only did about 20,000 (on what ended up being a 40,000-word novella) during November itself. And in 2008 I was just starting a new job and spending a lot of time on the bus, and I burned out in the first week. My novels have included fantasy, science fiction, superhero, and some stuff somewhere in between. Now I have nine first drafts of varying quality (not counting the novella) and not much of a clue how to revise them, but that's a problem for later.

I live in Edmonton, where I have been fortunate for several years to have the inestimable Sarah Mackey as my Municipal Liaison. My wife, Nicole Luiken, is a multiply-published writer in her own right, but she'll sometimes do NaNoWriMo if she happens to want to work on a first draft around that time in the year. (Writing that you're contracted or paid for always trumps NaNoWriMo, of course.)

I read a lot and I listen to a lot of music. I work as a software developer and play a lot of computer games at home. I'm on Facebook, Twitter, and a number of other websites, including several abandoned or moribund blogs. The name "Alfvaen" goes with most of them.