[identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
UPDATE: Corporal Narti of the Talechasing Emergency Response Unit spent many hours today making repairs to the exploded anthology mess. The disaster area is now under control, though some biohazards from the previous outburst of rage may remain. Please stay well clear of the barricades and join me in recognising the valour and selfless action undertaken by TERU's Cpl Narti.

Meanwhile, I have spent a lovely day/evening in front of the computer, answering her occasional emails while she does all the work, languidly messing about on LJ and playing with computery applications like ... SCRIVENER.

Scrivener: is totally amazing!

If you use your own languages, you need this program!

If you forget what secondary characters look like, or where you've mentioned them, you need this program!

If you write incredibly detailed paragraphs interspersed with paragraphs that read (Stuff Happens Here), you need this program!

Basically, YOU NEED THIS PROGRAM! (Unless you're strange or efficient. See details below.)

The benefits of Scrivening: Review on Day 1 )

In short: if you are a windy, scribbly, OCD type of person like me, or religiously keep some sort of story bible (see what I did there), this program is the bomb.

If you are a more organic start-to-finish writer, or only writing something relatively short, I'm not sure I see any great benefit. BUT GUYS. FOLDERS. WITH PLACES AND CHARACTERS AND ALL SORTS. HOW CAN YOU NOT.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hey all!

No announcements this week, but good luck to all those doing NaNoWriMo or any kind of November Project. Please let us know how you are going in the WIP thread.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hey all!

No announcements this week, but good luck to all those doing NaNoWriMo or any kind of November Project. Please let us know how you are going in the WIP thread.

I've not set aside a thread this week for future Talechasing projects or personal writing goals, but if you've got something to share in relation to these topics please go right ahead!
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

I actually don't have any reminders this week, though there are a few bits of news.

Firstly, congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] annarti who smashed through her WIP list and finished the last one this week. What an amazing effort!

Secondly, Axis players should know that I am officially withdrawing. My apologies to you all once again.

Discussions continue below about future Talechasing projects.

Also November begins (in Australia, at any rate) the day before I'll be posting next week's check in. So to those participating in any kind of NaNo or November Project effort, good luck!
[identity profile] annarti.livejournal.com
I just had to share this because it's the first time I've ever made a writing goal at the beginning of the year and COMPLETED it by the end of the said year. And it's still only October.

So my goal was to finish all my WIPs that I've had going. This included a NaNovel from 2004 that was 15k done of what ended up being 80k; a NaNovel from 2008 that I gave up on after 5 chapters; one half-finished short I actually started this year but it was only 2k so that had no excuse to be sitting there since March; and a short-ish fairy tale of 10k which was NOT working and hence got restarted on Monday. The WIP story is actually dead in the water with no hope of completion so I just deleted it and started again.

There's Blade Archer, the 2004 NaNovel, now complete. (Also self contained :D but the first 17 chapters are OLD.)
There's Vermilion, the 2008 NaNovel, also complete. (And also self contained! And even finished well within the month!)
There's Her Majesty, the random tiny short (not self-contained. None of my shorts seem to be >>)
And there's Griffin's Gift, the fairy tale just finished today to round out the list. (Another self-contained :D)
OH YEAH and Barley, Hops and Yeast for the Talechasing anthology, which may have come up before this year, I forget.

I promised screenshots! )

I'm doubtless going to look back on this year and wonder how I managed it. I mean, that's more than 120k in a year. I've never managed that. I'd love to stay on that roll, but I'd equally love a bit of a break. Do some of the more visual projects that have been bubbling under the surface this year. Draw things! Redesign bloogum! Flesh out some characters who really need it!

G'bye, WIPs. 'Sbeen real. PEACE OUT.

BLURB

Oct. 23rd, 2013 06:58 am
[identity profile] alintaflame.livejournal.com
Just so you know... I hate writing these things.


A little about me: I am in my 30s (the higher end) and have been a writer since my ninth grade English teacher put a journal in my hand and said "write". I had no idea that I was a story teller and all of my day dreams and mental wanderings had a purpose. The words poured out of me and haven't really stopped since.... sort of.

I joined the Talechasing community through Elfwood in the early 2010s with the purpose of unlocking the creativity I had first found in year nine. My life had gotten so busy that my writing wasn't exactly drying up but more I didn't have time to put the ideas on the page. They rise up and say hello and then sink back into my subconscious and they can be darn near impossible to pry out of there. Talechasing has helped me, if not write (shame face) then at least to think differently about what to write.

Willowbark was originally written for a story challenge. I chose Magic Realism partly because it was necessary for the challenge but also because I wanted to play with things that I knew. Willowbark was an attempt at exploring historical fiction and looking at how another culture was once perceived. It morphed into this strange story that dealt with an outsider, meeting another outsider who is even more of an outsider than she thought. It remains one of the best stories I have every written.

Yewroot is a companion story to Willowbark. I deliberately tried not to mention or explain anything about what had gone before. I wanted my reader to need Willowbark for Yewroot to work. I am not sure if it could stand alone and I'm sure it is the weirder of the two if someone ever did read it first. This story grew out of name of Julian Hui. As soon as I wrote the mix of Anglo and Asian names I wanted to find out what happened to Jing-Qo, the man who inherited the 'Little Willow'. What was his family story. I hope it answers that question some what.
[identity profile] alintaflame.livejournal.com
For Lyssa and I know all about the Perth rental and buyers market, my heart goes out to you honey.

Willowbark - words 5284 )

[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

Usual reminders:

Those working on anthology pieces should no longer be working on anthology pieces and should be celebrating instead, since the final deadline has passed! Yay!

With the bulk of this project complete (unless you're [livejournal.com profile] ladylight), we have some space to start considering any future projects, challenges or goals we'd like to tackle as a community. One popular suggestion has been to post a writing prompt every three months. Participants have 2 months to complete their story. The third month will involve a formal critiquing circle for those interested. Those seeking to have their stories critiqued will be required to critique all of the other stories for that round. Favourites may be compiled into a publicly-available e-book.

Another suggestion was a Talechasing gathering to take place probably in Australia at some future (and likely distant) date.

All thoughts and opinions on these possibilities would be very welcome, as would suggestions on further projects.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

Usual reminders:

Those working on anthology pieces are reminded that the deadline for the final, edited piece is 14 October. That is this Monday. Also, if you haven't yet supplied a bio please make sure that is ready as well (though I think everyone has this covered).

With the bulk of this project complete (unless you're [livejournal.com profile] ladylight), we have some space to start considering any future projects, challenges or goals we'd like to tackle as a community. One popular suggestion has been to post a writing prompt every three months. Participants have 2 months to complete their story. The third month will involve a formal critiquing circle for those interested. Those seeking to have their stories critiqued will be required to critique all of the other stories for that round. Favourites may be compiled into a publicly-available e-book. All thoughts and opinions on these possibilities would be very welcome, as would suggestions on further projects.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

First, I'd like to offer a warm welcome to [livejournal.com profile] little_lynnet. Feel free to check in as regularly or infrequently as you like :)

Secondly, congratulations to all our members who made the deadline for the Talechasing anthology. I'd urge you all to take the time to celebrate this massive achievement, especially since I know that for many of us this is the first piece we've finished in a very long time. Also, a reminder that the deadline for the final, edited piece is 14 October.

With the bulk of this project complete (unless you're [livejournal.com profile] ladylight), we have some space to start considering any future projects, challenges or goals we'd like to tackle as a community. If you have any suggestions for what you'd like to do, please leave a comment.

Lastly, I want to let Axis players know that I hope to resume play in the next week or two. I'm not sure of the exact date yet, as I have some fairly hefty editing commitments at the moment. However, I hope it will be sooner rather than later. Please watch this space.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Done. First part posted here for those wishing to read and edit. If, for some reason, you can't get to it, let me know.

Begging

Sep. 30th, 2013 08:05 pm
[identity profile] alintaflame.livejournal.com

Dear fellow Talechasingerians,

I am writing to beg an indulgence. I have not yet finished Yewroot (my second, new story) but it truly is only at the refinement stage. However, my in-laws are in town and we are currently 3 hours drive away from my laptop (using the iPad to write this). Originally the plan was to go to Cerventes, stay overnight and see the pinnacles before going home. Now, however, we are going to swing by New Norcia and stay another night.

Delima as I will not be home until the 2nd.

Can I please, please, please send it in 24 hours later.

PLEASE!!!!

[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

Yep, it's that time of the week again. You know what to do.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

Yep, it's that time of the week again. You know what to do.

Also, a warm welcome back to [livejournal.com profile] nihiriki! Feel free to check in as often or as little as you like.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

We're at that point of the year when I realise that we have a little over three months left. We're coming up to the last quarter. This inevitably reminds me that I have goals for the year and very little time left to finish them. So I thought I'd share the love around and ask: Did you have goals this year? How are you faring with them? Have you had any thoughts about what you'd like to do in 2014?

This applies to the group as much as the individual. For most of us, September marks the end of our hard work on the Talechasing anthology. What projects would you like to see the group tackle next? Would anyone like to see a return of the monthly prompt challenges? What might stretch you as a writer?

Also a gentle reminder that National Novel Writing Month is not far away. Do you plan to participate? If the official challenge is not for you, are you considering adapting it into something that does?

While we're on reminders:

Axis players should be aware that I have proposed a hiatus on play until October. Please check the general chat thread for more info.

Those signed up for the Talechasing anthology are reminded to check in regarding your progress, if you haven't already done so. [livejournal.com profile] ladylight has also put out a request that contributors submit their bio. The final deadline is 1 October.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

The usual reminders:

Axis players should be aware that there are two active threads at the moment: Rec time & Dinner time. Please do check in for both.

Those signed up for the Talechasing anthology are reminded to check in regarding your progress, if you haven't already done so (I think most of us have). [livejournal.com profile] ladylight has also put out a request that contributors submit their bio. The final deadline is 1 October.

And to all the Aussies here, please don't forget to vote.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

The usual reminders:

Axis players should be aware that there are two active threads at the moment: Rec time & Dinner time. Please do check in for both.

Those signed up for the Talechasing anthology are reminded that the next deadline ahead is the completion of new stories by 1 October. Also, I think most of you have made your August check in for the project. If you haven't already, please go over and let us know how you're going.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

The usual reminders:

Axis players should be aware that there are two active threads at the moment: Rec time & Dinner time. Please do check in for both.

Those signed up for the Talechasing anthology are reminded that the next deadline ahead is the completion of new stories by 1 October. Also, I think most of you have made your August check in for the project. If you haven't already, please go over and let us know how you're going.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

The usual reminders:

Axis players should be aware that there are two active threads at the moment: Rec time & Dinner time. Please do check in for both.

Those signed up for the Talechasing anthology are reminded that the next deadline ahead is the completion of new stories by 1 October. Also, I think most of you have made your August check in for the project. If you haven't already, please go over and let us know how you're going.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

The usual reminders:

Axis players should be aware that there are two active threads at the moment: Rec time & Dinner time. Please do check in for both.

Those signed up for the Talechasing anthology are reminded that the next deadline ahead is the completion of new stories by 1 October. Also, I think most of you have made your August check in for the project. If you haven't already, please go over and let us know how you're going.

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