Illinois writers respond to novel challenge


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Posted Online: Nov. 24, 2012, 11:06 am
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CHICAGO (AP) For some contestants in this year's national novel writing contest, getting 50,000 words on the page by the end of this month has meant hiding away in libraries, or shutting off cell phones and Internet connections.

The National Novel Writing Month contest drew thousands of Illinois participants this year.

One of them is Megan Metcalf, a 24-year-old resident of Zion. She's on target to complete the challenge by Friday, but only because she switched off phones and the Internet each weeknight until she had at least 1,667 words down in her novel 'Poison Moon,' a tale about werewolves.

The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/UBdPRm ) the literary endurance contest has 250,000 global participants and is aimed at helping them discover their inner storyteller.

Some even go on to publish their work.














 




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  Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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