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Hi everyone!

Well, 2014 got off to a roaring start here at Talechasing with our first check-in garnering 125 comments--most of which related to elves. It has been very entertaining, so thank you to those who participated. I hope we didn't put off the rest of you :)

If you're looking for further discussion of elves and The Hobbit, [livejournal.com profile] ladylight has posted her review of The Hobbit and [livejournal.com profile] saiena shares her research on Legolas' lineage.

A reminder that Round 1 of the 2014 Talechasing short story challenge and critiquing circle is now open. The deadline is April 1 and the totally optional theme is "Ocean". If you plan to participate, please make sure you check out A Critical Discussion of Criticism (if you haven't already).

If there are concrete goals you want to be kept accountable for, please let me know. I hope those of you who have already nominated goals will check in and let us know how you are going... else, be prepared to deal with an orc raiding party :)

Date: 2014-01-11 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] little-lynnet.livejournal.com
Good luck with everything! I hope the D&D session turned out to be a lot of fun! <3 I hope you'll get a chance to relax alongside the busy-ness, though. The Arboretum sounds like a wonderful place to wander around in. ^_^

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Date: 2014-01-12 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
The arboretum sounds (and looks) interesting.

Pity about your D&D game, but I hope you found it fun anyway (even if just for being a night with friends).

Date: 2014-01-13 04:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Sigh...I can't wait to visit the arboretum in the botanical gardens over here again. Will have to go check your pictures!

Good luck with work, and the war against the ants!

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Date: 2014-01-15 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
My omnipresent ants are mysteriously invisible this year. I'm not sure what's happened or whether they're secretly planning some sort of coup.

Good luck with all your editing. We're already halfway through summer (! :<) so I'm sure the work will be over before you know it, too ... albeit replaced by new work.

Date: 2014-01-11 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
I've just started the first week of what is going to be a very, very busy month or two with work. Awful lot of experiments running right now. Ah well, it all (touch wood) seems to be going ok so far, which is better than I'd hoped. However, it does mean back to the "in work (for at least 1/2 hr) every SINGLE day, weekends not excepted" routine. *sigh* Ah well, hopefully this will be the last lot of that sort of thing (erm... probably... at until the pressure really starts to mount and the finish point starts looming).

Other than that, I've been yakking with some people on FB about my dress project, unpicking an old mistake-riddled tunic so that I can re-use the fabric, planning a modern skirt aaand I've bought the needles for my brother's birthday present (mittens, to match his Jayne Cobb hat). So, I guess I've been more productive than I thought!

Date: 2014-01-11 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
Oh, and most importantly, I've just started on my Christmas present copies of the first three books of Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series. I find it funny how, since I first and last read these sometime in 2009ish, I'd forgotten absolutely all of the plot. It was just the memory of these two fabulous characters that remained. Thus far, my re-read hasn't disappointed. I anticipate these will be treasured for quite some time.

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Date: 2014-01-11 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] little-lynnet.livejournal.com
Definitely sounds like you've been more productive than you thought! Congratulations on getting things done! (And, again, good luck with the work being so busy. *good thoughts*)

And I'm thrilled your reread hasn't disappointed you yet! I hope it won't! (Oh! And speaking of books, the friend I loaned The Privilege of the Sword to sent it back, so I hope to get to it soonish. Probably somewhere in the spring as it's giving me spring-reading vibes for some reason. I thought you'd like to know. ^-^)

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Date: 2014-01-11 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] little-lynnet.livejournal.com
Well, I've been at work for less than a week and already feeling run ragged. *sigh* I've spent a fair few days wishing I'd gone on to study something else at university, or at least minored in something practically useful. I shouldn't think like that, I know, but that's where I've been at.

It feels weird to say that I'm actually doing fairly all right, but I am. I'm usually cheerful, slowly getting writing and reading done and just, in general, making the best of everything. ^-^

Date: 2014-01-12 05:59 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2014-01-12 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Uff...first week back at work, and I'm already tired. Getting back to work after a holiday is always surprisingly hard, considering I'm supposed to be refreshed from all that rest. ;)

Can't remember too much about the week, except that my head is now mostly stuffed with elves. ;) Thanks again for the great discussion. I've been listening to lots of music and finally finished Feast of Souls - last year, I'd already finished 3 books (short ones) by this time. This book didn't really grow on me and I kept putting it down every few pages, so now I'm debating whether to read the second book or not...

The weather's been crazy lately. We go from rain and above zero temperatures to -10 to -20 and then back to rain and 0 plus temps. D:

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Date: 2014-01-14 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
Reading all of the comments here, I feel a little guilty about the extremely lax week I had. I hope you all managed to recover! I am sure I will catch up to you sooner rather than later.

Due to many docs still being on vacation, I didn't have a clinical session Monday or Friday, making it a four day weekend. I could have been so productive, but instead I opted to play video games. I...I have nothing to say for myself. I have heard from the upper years that this semester tends to start off very empty and then come back with a vengeance in March.

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Date: 2014-01-15 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
I'm hopelessly beset by House Things and related anxiety-making items. I can feel my holiday relaxedness from last week turning into something a bit more frenetic and frazzled, which is really not what I want returning to face That Day.

Tomorrow I think I will seek coffee. I should pack boxes, but I will coffee. SO THERE.

In happier news, I have successfully failed to send any important emails for the last three days by having Scrivener open at the same time as my web browser whenever I start my PC. I have written a lot and it is still fun to be evil, though staring at the screen gives me a terrible headache these days.

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Date: 2014-01-11 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] little-lynnet.livejournal.com
I am partway there! By which I mean I'm on track for the stated goals. At least I'm on track for January, so presumably for the whole quarter as well. (I still can't think of my goals here as being longer monthly. Maybe I should just try it and see how it goes? I might make it! I'd be sorely behind in that case, though! I shall have to spend Sunday getting a good chunk done.)

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Date: 2014-01-12 06:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
I'm happy to report that I've managed my 300 words/day goal every day so far except one. I worked on NaNo 2013 (needs a title!!) mostly, even though I should look at ocean/sky/some other short instead, really, because I don't want to put in the first part of NaNo 2013 as my first quarter submission.

Anyway, everything looks a bit funny right now as I stagger through my newly godless plot/world, wondering things like, so...can demons possess animals? What about trees? (Why haven't I throught about this before?)How would humans really get along with humanoid species who seem immortal and have demon-frying abilities? Would humans ever see demons as potential allies without divinities to say 'these chaps are ok' and 'no, go and kill these ones!'? Elsewhere, I'm trying to keep my protagonists from bringing in dozens of new characters in the form of families and friends and pets...I have a headache...

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Date: 2014-01-14 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
I was highly motivated last week and got a lot done on the story bible for my...novel, I guess. This week, nothing has been done. I think my only goal before next check in is to write a relatively succinct and logical summary that I can post here and get some feedback on.

Date: 2014-01-15 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
I've written about 9,000 words of Cometfall and Corpseraker, usually when I should have been packing boxes or calling people about adult things.

The best thing about Scrivener is that it effectively manages my terrible habit of writing patchwork-quilt style. The worst thing about Scrivener is that it does nothing to cure me of my habit of writing patchwork-quilt style. I have continued one section in sequence, got bored and hopscotched forward a few scenes through things I felt like doing at the time - ooh, mangonels! ooh, icy phantoms! ooh, a big rock!

Then I partly wrote the ending, because I can.

Ugh.

I don't know yet if I'll have something non-schizophrenic from this particular story to submit in April - I certainly won't have this kind of writing time after this week - but I'll try to comb its hair in the early sections at least ...

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