[identity profile] mearn4d10.livejournal.com
I know at least some of us are Down Under, but are any of us in or near Sydney? I've got a friend importing herself that way and I'd like to make her some contacts when she packs up in a few weeks... anyone?
[identity profile] alintaflame.livejournal.com
The following is my entry to the Talechasing short story and critic circle.

It is not a short story but a chapter of Ocean's Daughter. You should be able to access chapter's one or two on my live journal if you wish.

http://alintaflame.livejournal.com/180510.html
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

First off:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO [livejournal.com profile] saiena and [livejournal.com profile] ladylight!!!

I hope you both celebrated in grand style.

An especial congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] saiena on the launch of her first e-book!

If you haven't seen it already, [livejournal.com profile] alintaflame is looking for advice on writing while there are other people around (specifically, significant others). Any help would be much appreciated.


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 :)

Question?

Feb. 8th, 2014 03:16 pm
[identity profile] alintaflame.livejournal.com
Ladies and gentlemen of Talechasing;

If you don't mind me asking I have a small conundrum. Both my husband and I are out of work and, although this past week has been very busy, I can foresee many days ahead of frustration where I wish to work (write) and my darling man will be bored out of his gourd.

For those who have partners; how do you write with them around?

Everyone feel free to weigh in on this one if you have ideas or share similar frustrations or issues. I am interested to know.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
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 :)
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi everyone!

Welcome to February. Wow, that happened fast.

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 :)
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
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 :)
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
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 :)
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
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 :)
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014, everyone, and to the first check in for the year. I hope you'll stop in and let us know how the new year has been treating you so far, regardless of whether or not you have managed any writing yet (I haven't!)

A few things of note:

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 (not 'oh, I was thinking of trying this'), please let me know in no uncertain terms. I'll be dusting off my whip.

May the 2014 bring you inspiration, discipline, wordage and many good books :D
[identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
Happy happy new year, all you lovely people!
I have just a couple of unexpected hours to spare and much spam to cram into it, so without further ado ... LET ROUND ONE OF THE 2014 CRITIQUING CIRCLE BEGIN!! :D

The theme for January - March is: Ocean

All contributions submitted by (appropriately?) April Fool's Day will be included in this glorious Round One of Four.

You don't have to wait for April 1 to start leaving critiques for others - in fact it is probably best not to, depending how many participants we get.

Actually submitting something to the critiquing circle (ooh, sounds all arcane-like) is super easy ...

1. Post it in your own journal. )

2. Post a LINK to this story on Talechasing. )

I'll collect each link onto the 2014 Full Year Master List of Doom as you post it, while [livejournal.com profile] silvanime has volunteered to do the quarterly round-ups starting with April-One-Round-One.

* Please check the round-up list, when it comes out, before submitting another story for Round Two. Remember, if you have submitted something in that round, your word of honour and love of your fellow (wo)man ask of you that you critique the other stories in that round-up.




We don't seem to have had many other queries raised in the weekly chatterbox as yet, but if you do have lingering questions, feel free to ask them here. Here are some guesses-at-might-be-frequently-asked-questions in the meantime:

Not Very Frequently Asked Questions ... Actually Some Haven't Been Asked At All ... Please Read If You Have Questions You Haven't Asked Frequently Which Might Be Infrequently Answered Here )

Have at thee, 2014! :D
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
To all those that celebrate it:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Just testing out my marquee skills for next year :D

I hope you all had a wonderful time and celebrated the day (or not) in a way that brought you joy.

This is the last check in for the year. If you have time, please check in and let us know how you are going. I expect that very few of us got any writing done, but it is always good to hear from you.

It will be 2014 by the time I post the next check in. So if you want help with accountability for goals, now is the time to let us know what those goals are.

I hope that the new year treats you all kindly and brings lots of books and inspiration.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi all,

There's not much left of the year and I'm sure everyone is busy preparing for celebrations. If you've got a moment, please check in and let us know how you are going (even if you haven't done any writing).
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi all!

If there's anyone who participated in the Talechasing anthology who hasn't received their copy, please check in and let me know.

The challenge for 2014 is evolving into something a little more open. Please check out the comments regarding this topic and share your thoughts.

Not much of the year left to go!
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hi all!

Those of you who participated in the Talechasing anthology should have received a lovely surprise in your mail box this week. If you haven't, please let me know in the comments below.

Also, I would also love to hear from those of you planning to work on novels next year instead of, or in addition to, the short story challenges. Are you interested in a monthly check in regarding your goals and progress?
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hey all!

The poll results are in for the 2014 short story challenges. We will be featuring the themes of ocean/sky/mountain/city and the word limit will be 10 000 words.

It has also come to my attention that these challenges don't allow space for those of us intending to spend next year focusing on novels. Would it be helpful to have some kind of space for novel writers to post their own goals and be kept accountable? I'd love to hear thoughts in the comments.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hey all!

I believe most of you have already seen this, but if you haven't please go and vote on themes and word counts for next year's writing challenges and critiquing circle. I'll be leaving the poll up for another week before finalising the results.

Also, for those that are unaware, there is a private Talechasing group on Facebook. It was set up some time ago and at the moment is only used to notify members when these check-ins are posted. However, if you'd like to join, contact me privately.
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
As you have all seen in the weekly check-in comments, themed writing challenges will be coming back to Talechasing in 2014. This time around, they will be accompanied by a critiquing circle.

How it will work
Prompts will be posted quarterly. You will have two months in which to write your story. When you are done, you will post your story to your own journal and leave a link on the Talechasing journal (you can either make a new post or leave a comment in the weekly check in). I will collect these links and post a round up once the writing deadline has passed. [livejournal.com profile] ladylight will also be collating a list of pieces completed for the whole of the year.

After the writing deadline has passed, there will be a further month for critiquing. You may choose to submit a story for the writing challenge and not participate in the critiquing circle, but please make this clear when you post your link to the community. In the name of fairness, those choosing to submit their story for critiquing will be expected to critique all the other stories submitted for that quarter. Some leeway will be given for zombie outbreaks and custard floods.

At the end of the year, the final drafts will be compiled into an e-book for participants.


What we need
The first thing we'll need are writing prompts. It has been suggested that these have a connecting theme. Please vote on your favourite suggestion below or make a new suggestion in the comments.

[Poll #1944406]
[identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
*crawls out between night shifts temporarily*

The draft print of the Resurrected Talechasing Anthology has been dispatched from Anchorage (coo!!), according to the message I just got in my inbox. If all is well when I receive it in a week or so, The Real Order shall be made at once!

... but [livejournal.com profile] alintaflame and [livejournal.com profile] wispywillow, I don't have your postal addresses yet. Please send, comment, LJ, Facebook or courier pigeon them to me so I can send off your books (along with my escalating medical bills for hair loss).


* I'm going to be smashed for the rest of November (not the good kind of smashed) so if anyone else could nag this incorrigible pair on a twice-daily basis from now on to ensure Christmas delivery, it would be much appreciated ...
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Hey all!

A big thank you to [livejournal.com profile] annarti for answering [livejournal.com profile] ladylight's emergency distress beacon at the start of the week and agreeing to format the Talechasing book. It is very sincerely appreciated.

Also, for those of you that haven't seen it, [livejournal.com profile] ladylight has posted a review of the writing program Scrivener.

Lastly, for those that are unaware, there is a private Talechasing group on Facebook. It was set up some time ago and at the moment is only used to notify members when these check-ins are posted. However, if you'd like to join, contact me privately.

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