This will be Sarah’s ninth NaNoWriMo and her fourth as an ML. Originally from Edmonton, she’s called Toronto home for fourteen years and shares her life with a roommate and two small parrots. She is a willing slave to her tiny dinosaur overlords. When she’s not writing or planning awesome events for Toronto Wrimos she enjoys baking, reading, and volunteering for her church.
Alter Ego: The Mayor
This is Daeja’s 15th year of Nano, and she’s ecstatic to be writing in Toronto for it. Her second year as an ML, you’ll be able to spot her more frequently online than at our events (unfortunately). In addition to writing (and editing!), she’s also invested in the professional Dota 2 scene. She’s always happy to brainstorm ideas, discuss writing and editing, or chat about esports, so poke her via Nanomail or on Discord!
Alter Ego: The Curator
This is Lop’s sixth NaNoWriMo, and second as an ML. She is excited to assume the role again, guiding her fellow Wrimos to the finish line. When she’s not writing, or at her day job, she can be found adventuring across Ferelden with Alastair in Dragon Age. Always willing to give encouragement, she will cheer each and every one of you on as you race to your finish line, whatever they may be.
Alter Ego: The Vine
bunnyhero is one of the mods of the toronto nano chat room, where he can be found lurking, day and night. this will be his (lucky) 13th year doing nanowrimo! he’s been participating on and off since 2002, and even spent a couple of years as ML in a bygone era. besides nanowrimo, he likes bunnies and godzilla.
Alter Ego: also bunnyhero (!)
Elizabeth has been a NaNoWriMo participant since 2009. She has been a part of the Toronto NaNo Mod Team for the past two years and is looking forward to a third. She can’t wait to cheer on everyone and to hear about the stories that are about to be written.
Alter Ego: The Speed Reader
A-Chels (who answers with variable responsiveness to Chels, A-Chels, or Alyssa) is thrilled to be raring up to enter her 10th NaNo year. If she’s not rambling about vampires or pirates (or pirate vampires [vampires who dabble in piracy] or vampire pirates [pirates who happened to also be vampires]), it’s probably because she’s buried under a disorganized pile of fabric castoffs from her last cosplay project. A-Chels is also a big fan of languages and is a part-time student at Ryerson.
Alter-Ego: The Embellisher
The Embellisher lives on the north border of the city, where she serves as the first defense for darning tears (whether intentional or accidental) opened in the fabric of reality. In 2013 she stepped in to lead the city’s protectors in the Cybernetic-Lace War, which repelled the Cybernetic Thieves invading the city from their future timeline. After being sucked into one too many time rifts and having to fight her way home, the Embellisher stepped back to resume her border patrols, and to spend time focusing on her true calling as a Superhero Costume Consultant (to which she must say, capes are only okay as the dress version of your uniform).
Candice’s first attempt at Nanowrimo was way back in 2001. She failed miserably every year until 2014, when she won for the first time. She’s been on a winning streak ever since. Candice now writes full time, and she credits it all to the supportive Nanowrimo community. She is living proof to never give up. When she’s not writing, Candice is cooking delicious meals, marathoning TV shows or taking k-pop dance classes.
Alter Ego: Mistress Optimism
With an unrelenting spirit and the belief that anything is possible, Mistress Optimism has dedicated herself to protecting and supporting the creativity of aspiring writers everywhere. Mistress Optimism first donned her gold tiara and mask when confronted by her evil arch nemesis The Time Wasting Vortex. Using her two trademark weapons, The Golden Notebook and The Golden Pen, she successfully fends off The Vortex’s attacks and protects the city’s reservoir of Productivity. Not only does she hold the superpowers of Tenacity and Word-Smithery, but she has the ability to bestow those powers upon those who prove themselves worthy of these tremendous gifts.
Graphic designer by day, writer by night JB is now entering their sixth year of nano with a vigor. What caused this interesting trip into the world of writing was a suggestion from a friend to put their minor in literature to god use, and as a way to sort out some of JB’s head space. Update: JB’s head space is still a mess, but now has free wifi.
Alter Ego: Ira (villain) / Little Red (hero)