[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] talechasing
Hi everyone!

Usual reminders:

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: 2014-02-10 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Yikes! I'm sorry to hear you've been having such difficulties with the anthology. Thank goodness it'll be over soon. You definitely deserve a nice long break after this!

Hope the get-together with friends brought you some much-needed relaxation.

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Date: 2014-02-10 09:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saiena.livejournal.com
Is it done yet? Please tell me it's done now, or I'll have to air-freight a honey-badger support unit out to you.

*goes Google in preparation*

Do you think Aussie customs will let them in if I promise they're only a danger to humans rather than the environment?

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Date: 2014-02-10 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear things got pretty awful. Please do give yourself a week off! You definitely deserve it.

Date: 2014-02-08 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sidheblessed.livejournal.com
My baby started preschool! *cries dramatically* In all seriousness, I'm coping fine with it thus far. I've been enjoying the me-time. He's been finding it a big adjustment, though. The preschool structure just isn't something he's used to. He's only been there three days so I'm not terribly worried yet.
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Date: 2014-02-09 10:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] little-lynnet.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you're enjoying the you-time! I hope your son'll settle into the new structure soon!

Date: 2014-02-13 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
Aw, first day at school used to make me feel like a big meanie for kidnapping littlies from Mummy :3 He'll adjust! Enjoy the free coffee/tea time ...

Date: 2014-02-10 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Not much to report this week. I've been very tired, and still been wishing that some people around me would catch a break. But I also got a lovely email from a dear friend, whose words brought me a lot of comfort and the reminder that I'm not alone.

I'm a bit sore in the arms from all the snow shovelling I did, and having to lug my guitar to lessons twice this week (first lesson being cancelled at the last minute due to a snowstorm).

Currently trying to poke myself into doing some last minute writing before the weekend, uh, ends.

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Date: 2014-02-13 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
It's hard when friends are having a hard time, because the ability to help is often frustratingly limited. I have a few like that at the moment. :<

Hope things pick up soon ...

Date: 2014-02-10 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
This weekend my boyfriend and I drove up to Winnipeg to visit his family. It was a nice trip, and it was just the change of scenery I needed.

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Date: 2014-02-10 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
I had a lovely Saturday with only a little work and lots of nice time with friends & husband, but then a full 8 hour day on Sunday and then it's back to a full week now. My reserves are being drained and I've got to the annoying phase of 'need to be in work for experiments at times x, y and z but cannot muster the energy/brain power to do much productive stuff between them'. I.e. being at work for the sake of being there. *sigh* I hate that, because there are things to do, just damnit I cannot make my brain plod through all the steps of getting them going. Ugh.

In brighter news, my copies of Nightrunners #s 5 and 6 arrived yesterday, two days early. I've actually (*gasp*) not started them yet, but I shall in a day or two (just need to watch some things on i-player before they are no longer there).

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Date: 2014-02-13 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
I am lost in a vast sea of moving woes and work. Very little else is happening lately, or looming in my immediate future.
The work restructure has been deferred for "an indeterminate period" while they work out how the hell to do it, so uncertainty abounds. I am growing deeply unoptimistic about our fates (and mine), but we'll see.

Meanwhile, for some reason I have actually been absurdly cheerful all week. Since it makes little sense, I'm not examining the reasons too hard, but I suspect it has something to do with multiple old friends all posting old photos of wonderful times online. Sometimes I wonder how much I see through rose-tinted glasses, but I only have to look at the giggling idiots in the photos to realise memory doesn't exaggerate. I have led a ridiculously charmed life full of impossibly beautiful human beings, and it ain't over just yet.

Maybe I will choke on my soft apple puree tomorrow (I've stopped taking it to work for breakfast, the mockery is too much).

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Date: 2014-02-08 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sidheblessed.livejournal.com
I've done quite a bit of work on my short story in the last couple of days, after getting some excellent advice on how to improve it. I think it's a better story now. At this point, I seem to be on track to meet the deadline.

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Date: 2014-02-10 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
No words this week, except for some vague pondering about demons/the demon queen. I feel kind of wiped out, actually. 0_o I should maybe poke at something else other than NaNo 2013 but don't have the space for it even though the first quarter deadline of the Talechasing challenge is looming. I'm finding myself distracted by everything (books, internet, music, etc., etc...)

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Date: 2014-02-10 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
I've been having a very thought-provoking chat with [livejournal.com profile] little_lynnet about my Black Narcissus character. We'll see if any writing actually comes of it. First, I need to do some more reading and research - Rococco fashion, balls and dressmaking (no... this story is so honestly not at *ALL* an excuse for costume descriptions...).

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Date: 2014-02-13 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
Still no Corpseraker. Tintauri spent a paragraph or two snarking with his divine archenemy, the Guide of the Dead, but I've been too tired and too occupied with moving/work to do much else. (What Tintauri would make of the Grim, I do not know ...)

Oh, I did also manage a page or two of my new characters, though they did very little except wrangle. I think I like them, though the world is still half-baked. I don't have nearly enough characters who wrangle, since the Old Days, and it's impossible to get a story cranking without vaguely interesting characters to drive it - I think this is probably why all things fae have ground to a halt, even though I think as a world/setting it's by far the most developed of the lot.

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Date: 2014-02-08 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alintaflame.livejournal.com
The NaNoWriMo blog is dishing out some awesome pieces at the moment, all to do with how to edit your work. I have enjoying them hugely.

I have also been inspired by a particular shipping pairing - Jack Frost and Queen Elsa. I want to write something for them but now it is a matter of when and how (and what really).

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