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

Date: 2013-12-01 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
Seems like your nephew has got the right idea!

Date: 2013-11-30 08:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annarti.livejournal.com
I'm working again! Only part-time/casual, and back at the same place as let me go three months ago, but at this stage anything is a blessing. No admin, all design, and no more feeling useless :D

Date: 2013-12-02 07:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annarti.livejournal.com
Like putting on an old pair of ugg boots--bit dodgy, probably could do with the inner sole being replaced, but so comfortable and familiar.

Date: 2013-12-08 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
HOLIDAY CASH! <3

Glad you're back in the saddle, hon. You will see something else in the shoe shop eventually ;)

Date: 2013-12-01 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
I'm alive, it's December 1st (in Canada) and there's only 10 days to go until I am free of this semester. Honestly, I am less stressed than I have been for the last few weeks, likely because classes are now over I have had time to really buckle down and study. My first exam is pathology, which is open book. I haven't spent too much time studying, but I am reviewing and organizing my notes so that I know where to look for information when I need it.

I am slowly, but steadily, clawing my way to freedom.

Date: 2013-12-02 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Hello! We had our first snow storm of the season this week, with more coming tomorrow. Work has been hectic, and I received some good/bad news that I'm not sure how to feel about.

Since the end of NaNo, I've been really relaxing - listening to music, remembering that I have a guitar and friends to write to, and reading.

There were loads of 'Black Friday' sales this weekend - goodness knows why, since Canadians don't celebrate it, usually, and our Thanksgiving was way back in October...Anyway, I was bad, and bought a Kobo ereader at 50% off :P I should have it next week!

Date: 2013-12-09 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
The work news isn't too bad (I hope) - it's just that I might be switching positions a third time before the end of this year. I don't think I'll be losing my job, or at least I hope I won't!

I got my Kobo on Thursday evening - I've been putting some things from Project Gutenberg on it. The format comes out a bit weird (my Kobo can't seem to do italics?!) but otherwise it is wonderful (not to mention new and shiny).

Date: 2013-12-01 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
According to my calendar, you've made it! Well done :)

Date: 2013-11-30 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annarti.livejournal.com
I've been plotting book three of my four-book series this week. I rambled a bit (http://annarti.livejournal.com/1010969.html) about my basic writing 'process' too, including a possible addition which I hope will make things easier down the track, especially in the last 10 chapters where my planning always falls to pieces XD;

(It's flocked, but just let me know if you want to read. I feel I should have more Talechasers on my flist, anyway!)

Date: 2013-12-02 07:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annarti.livejournal.com
I stole the quote from one of Alyssa's. Seemed fitting X3

Date: 2013-12-01 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
No work done on stories or story bibles this week. That's okay, the characters seem to be happy to rattle about in my brain for a bit.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students recently sent out an email asking for student editors and peer reviewers for their new Humanities blog. They claim it will only be an hour a week commitment for peer reviewers, but their email was frustratingly low on details. Applications are open until December 31, so I plan to get in touch with them and see what they are actually looking for in a peer reviewer. I think it would be interesting, and anything to fill out my CV for residency applications is nice. If nothing else, I can try and contribute to the blog once it is up.

Date: 2013-12-02 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
I just made it with NaNo, finishing 10 minutes before December 1st arrived! :P I was terribly behind up until the last day, when I woke up and realised that I still had over 7000 words to go, but strangely enough, I never once felt I couldn't make it (well, except at 11 PM, when I saw I still had 2000 words to go :S). It was a very different experience this time around, although I suffered the usual crises (not sure where the story is going, inhumanly demanding word counts, eyestrain and arm pain, etc.). I had been hoping to keep a daily log, but just didn't have time for it. I hope instead to do a write-up, like I did last year, of the experience.

For December, I have a few small (hopefully fun) things planned: a small story rewrite and putting NaNo 2013 in order so I can see where to go from there. I'll also have to start thinking about next year's challenges, because the topics are a lot harder than I anticipated. I seriously didn't think ocean/sky/mountain/city would win! XD

Date: 2013-12-02 07:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annarti.livejournal.com
Congratulations! 7k in a day, that is a MAMMOTH effort XD

Date: 2013-12-09 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Thank you! But, really, 7K in a day is quite doable if you let a few things (like laundry) slide and eat cereal for dinner XD

Date: 2013-12-09 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Thank you! At this point, I don't really know when the write-up will be or if I even remember enough to write anything down, but I will sure sit down and give it a try sometime :P

Date: 2013-12-08 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
Woohoo! That's fantastic - congratulations! :D
(Apparently you get a 40% discount on Scrivener if you win NaNo ... worth looking into perhaps?)

I was also very surprised. And a little daunted, because it's rather more specific than I anticipated. But will give them a go anyway ;)

Date: 2013-12-09 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I never paid much attention to their winner goodies, but I just checked and it's actually 50% off! For 40 USD regular price, I might bite. I've held off until now because I'm generally a very disorganised person and I don't think any computer software will be able to change that! XD

Ahem... ocean/sky/mountain/city was your suggestion, you know, right? :P

Date: 2013-12-09 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
Yeah, I do believe I tossed out all of those poll options except old/young et cetera just while brainstorming what comes in fours ... plus the obligatory Final Silly Option ... couldn't we have just opted for Pizza/Sushi/Kebab/Fish and Chips?!

Date: 2013-11-30 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annarti.livejournal.com
Yeah the novel-thing was my main reason for opting for 5k, but happy to go with 10 :D It's not like we HAVE to submit something to every challenge, so it could well be a nice distraction during inevitably block moments.

Date: 2013-12-02 07:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annarti.livejournal.com
The novel-check-in idea would be wonderful, as much for accountability as triumph, I think. Maybe as a monthly check-in rather than weekly? Just because novels tend to have a much slower progress rate than other things.

Date: 2013-12-02 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Interesting idea, to have a space just for novels/novel goals. I usually just lump everything in the WIP section, but maybe a monthly thread for goal-tracking would help? I'd love to finish something novel-length sometime, though I don't know when that would be, seeing as I finish things pretty slowly.

Date: 2013-12-09 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Ooh, I'm looking forward to hearing about your noveling adventures! We should definitely have a goals thread then, so we can cheer you on!

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