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

Date: 2013-11-25 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Ugh...I hate weeks like that. Hope next week is more productive!

Hope you managed to catch up over the weekend and at the same time enjoyed some quietness. I know it's been in short supply on your end over the past few weeks.

Date: 2013-11-26 09:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
I know and hate the feeling. (Lack of achievement, not quiet weekends XD) Good luck with the work as you try to wind down for December.

Date: 2013-11-23 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
*waves* I'd better check in early before I forget! This week has been a blur, and I'm not sure if I'm coming down with something or what...struggling with persistent headache/eye strain since Wednesday. I think I'm probably drinking too much tea, not sleeping enough and not taking long enough breaks from the computer at work (the weather has not encouraged me to go out during lunch, either). I'm kind of glad I took a break from NaNo!! Too bad this weekend looks a bit busy...I was hoping for a rest and to play catch up on LJ...

Date: 2013-11-25 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Thank you :) I'm looking forward to the Xmas break (a whole week and a half off!). I'm definitely going to try to remember to take more breaks from the computer next week.

Date: 2013-11-26 09:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
It sounds lovely! Enjoy your break! :D

Date: 2013-11-26 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
The anthology is now completely done with/ordered/finito - huzzah! - but my list of things to do in and out of work is starting to reach the paralysis phase ... I honestly don't know how I'm going to manage.

At work, I have to clean up an amazing SEM mess (don't ask), cover for the reserve officer and the receptionist at the same time for the main holiday fortnight over December and somehow get my own briefs done. On arvos and nights. And I'm security detail for the Stereosonic festival this next weekend. Blarging blarg.

Outside work, I have to clean up the house for inspection (when?), prod the broker along to get the first home owner's grant stuff approved or I can't buy mine, prod the agent along to fix up the contract to reflect the property I'm actually buying, find money for all these mysterious costs they keep coming up with, and start packing up the house. Oh, and Christmas shopping. When, where and with what will I do that this year?

Dear god but it's almost December. I don't know when this happened. X(

Date: 2013-11-26 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
I'm just glad the anthology is all done. I don't think I could have dealt with it any later than this week. Thanks for helping me round up the last stray sheepies on time ;)

In other news, looks like the 'places' themes won next year's challenge prompts. That will be challenging. I think scene-setting is my weakest link to this day ...

Date: 2013-11-25 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Have you taken any more breaks with your November Project? Sometimes it's easy to lose interest - a danger with NaNo, I personally find, is that after a while it seems I'm writing just to fill up the word count and I imagine the same could happen with any project, really. After a while it becomes routine and we lose appreciation of it, or lose sight of what the goal really is (to devote more time to being creative). I'm looking forward to catching up on your Project!

Date: 2013-11-26 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
It would be interesting to do a study of the average writer's personality. Sometimes I feel like the only two times we reliably get things done are a) five seconds before a deadline and b) when we should be doing something else. Doing things during a time we've specifically set aside for it is unnaturally hard XD

Date: 2013-11-23 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
I haven't had a lot of time to think about NaNo, so I'm bummed, but not surprised, that I'm still stuck. Because of the eye strain, I've actually not written very much this week, and when I did write, it was by hand, in a notebook. I've been fantasizing about saving for a tablet instead of an ereader (oh, dear, see how quickly I've moved from one to the other? :D) - I mean, reading! And games! And word-processing! I wouldn't have to carry my beat-up dollar store notebook with me! Or doorstopper books! But on second thought, maybe it's not such a good idea...I don't think I could deal with the screen glare :D

Date: 2013-11-26 09:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
You can turn down the screen brightness on an iPad ... just sayin' ...

I couldn't live without mine any more.

Date: 2013-11-26 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
Another week where I've done more thinking than writing. I did stay up later than I should have to fiddle a bit with a Tintauri story I found lying around. I would like to finish some spare parts lying around the writing garage this summer.

Date: 2013-11-26 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
I have actually missed the pasty little freak more than I realised. Hopefully Narti's good example will help me maintain a little discipline in sweeping up the old dust so I can move on to more. Her example, and my burning desire not to go do the rest of the housework/ironing I should be doing now ...

I agree wholeheartedly with that assessment. I do wonder if part of my writer's block wasn't caused by desperately charging down ideas as soon as they stuck their heads out of their burrows and trying to eat them raw, without cooking them first.

Date: 2013-11-27 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
How strange. I have an oddly superstitious feeling about making such a pronouncement. I don't think anything in recent memory has rattled and scared me as badly as not being able to write.

Having said that, there is a definite difference between sitting around desperately waiting for ideas to drop before I starve, and being able to go out and hunt down one I want.

I am cautiously confident of being able to sit down with something I want and making something of it again. So yes, now that it's lasted about a year I think I'll call it over.

One day I will collect my thoughts on the matter and post something, I think.

Date: 2013-11-25 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Ooh, thanks for linking this one! It was an interesting, thought-provoking read, and the comments are at least as interesting as the article itself. I've been meaning to reread the Harry Potter books, so now I'll probably come to it with a different perspective to watch out for.

Date: 2013-11-26 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
Interesting article. I'm wary of overinterpretation, and to me this feels like it's trundling a little down that course, but I always did like Neville more than most. Him and the Weasley twins. ;)

Date: 2013-11-26 11:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
George Weasley already exists!

(Hey, if I had a son, I could call him Weasley. Then he'd be Weasley George. And would hate me forever. :D)

Date: 2013-11-23 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
For NaNo inspiration, I took out a book about gardens from my library. It's been so nice to stare at the pictures - I haven't even bothered to read the words yet. XD I wonder if there's a book somewhere about the history of botanical gardens. There must be one...

Currently reading K. J. Bishop's The Etched City. I found the first part fascinating. The author has such a way of describing emotions and the character's thought processes - I was very impressed.

Date: 2013-11-25 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Libraries are one of the main reasons I haven't sprung for an ereader yet. I should use this library for research more often - It's just a half-hour walk from my workplace, and they have pretty big collections of books on various fields of science, economics/finance and history/music history - things that usualy stump me during writing sessions. My nearest library (15 min walk away from my home) is a lot smaller, although that makes it easier to find stuff ;)

I was just looking at the pictures to inspire me, as there are gardens in the story, although one of the characters, who I've been referrring to as a 'naturalist' or a 'natural philosopher' over the years, seems like he might actually be a botanist instead.

It's so cool that you know K. J. Bishop and you got to read one of her stories before it came out in print!! The Etched City is a very strange book so far, so I can imagine she must be an interesting person, with lots of fascinating things to tell!

Date: 2013-12-02 06:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
I have a 'writing journal' at [livejournal.com profile] dreams_immortal, but I don't think I have any stories up there at the moment - it's all just disorganised notes/place to back up my stuff XD When the Talechasing challenges roll around, I'll probably have stuff up there, or maybe even at my regular journal.

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