Nicole Fowles: Library hosting ‘write-ins’ for NaNoWriMo


“Everyone has a story inside of them.” At least that’s the philosophy behind National Novel Writing Month.

On Nov. 1, the National Novel Writing Month — shortened to NaNoWriMo — kicked off, inspiring individuals of all ages to take a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The goal? To complete a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30.

At the Delaware County District Library, we are a registered NaNoWriMo site. That means that throughout November we are hosting “write-ins” for anyone who wants a dedicated space to write his/her novel. That space, located in our Orange branch library, also comes with free wi-fi, available laptop and desktop computers, snacks and a community of other writers for moral support. Both the Orange Teen Writers’ Group and the Adult Writers’ Group will be gathering.

Teens meet again on: Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m.; and will have a final countdown finale party on Monday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Adults will meet on: Sunday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 5 p.m.

In addition to the write-ins, we will have a special visit from author Colleen Gleason at the Delaware main library on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. Gleason is a New York Times bestselling author of both adult and young adult fiction. She has written everything from vampire hunters to dystopian romance, to steampunk and historical romance. Her newest title, “The Chess Queen Enigma,” is available now.

NaNoWriMo authors won’t want to miss this opportunity for inspiration and insight into her writing and publishing process. Learn more about the write-ins and Gleason’s visit at

What is a tesseract?

According to “The Marvel Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe,” a tesseract, most often called a cosmic cube, is an object that can alter reality, according to the thoughts of whoever is holding it. You’ll most frequently hear of this object in the stories of Thor, Loki and Odin, as well as S.H.I.E.L.D.

Where can I find what the weather was on a date in history?

A quick search of the Internet comes back with the reliable site called Weather Underground. Located at, you can find historical weather by searching for a city, ZIP code or airport code. Then, include a date for which you would like to see weather history. In the results, you are able to see that day’s mean, maximum and minimum temperature for the area. Also you’ll be able to compare it to the record maximum and minimum temperatures, look at the precipitation levels, snow levels, sea-level pressure and wind speeds. I decided to look up my birthday on Feb. 1 in Canton, Ohio, (a lady never tells the year) and found that it was a chilly 36 degrees F with three inches of snow on the ground.

Nicole Fowles

Glad You Asked

If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s website at or directly to Nicole at [email protected]. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.

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