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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: 2014-01-20 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
:( Hope you managed to keep the pain mostly at bay. Summer colds are the worst, I find; having the chills in 40C weather is just gross. Hope it goes away soon. I think it's definitely a good idea to skip swimming until you're completely better.

Sorry to hear about your garden! You'd think since heatwaves happen every summer, plants would fare better, but it always seems only the weeds survive. Have you seen Mr. Cockatoo lately? I read something this week, I think, on Wiki about how pet cockatoos released (irresponsibly, or by accident) into wild cockatoo populations have taught their wild cousins to say things like 'hello'!! I wonder if maybe Mr. Cockatoo knows a few words, since he seems somewhat tame.

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Date: 2014-01-20 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
It's not as hot as last year (I forgot about the 7-year-record January Australia-wide in 2013 until someone reminded me last month), but it is still fiery as the curry houses of hell over here, too. Even my favourite indoor plant has 3 leaves left.

I hope you and your trees are feeling better by the time I'm writing this :/

Date: 2014-01-21 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
I hope you and your trees manage to survive! I couldn't imagine the weather being so hot for so long.

Date: 2014-01-20 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
It's been a decidedly blah week. Almost all our snow melted and I managed to injure my left ankle so I couldn't go on my lunchtime walks. Instead, I've had no choice but to go bumming around the malls during lunch. :P I did not escape unscathed from the post-winter holiday sales. One of the promotions was a buy 1, get 1 50% off coupon at a bookstore and one of the books I ended buying was R.A. Salvatore's Homeland. i remembered you had mentioned The Crystal Shard, but I ended up getting a little confused at the store because the cover insisted that it was #4 and that Homeland was book #1, and you shouldn't read book 4 before book 1. You can't argue with book cover logic. 0_o Anyway, I haven't gotten to it yet as I'm currently making my way through Jack Vance's The Demon Princes, Vol. 1, but I'm looking forward to diving in.

Date: 2014-01-20 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
As someone who started her Salvatore career blissfully oblivious to the existence of books 1-3, and started with Streams of Silver, I can only say ... godspeed.

Homeland isn't that bad - before they became unbearably pervasive pulp fantasy tropes, he had some genuinely creative ideas - but by the end of the book I had well and truly hit my whiny little arse quota. Sadly, it continues (escalates) from that point onward. I prefer Drizzt Do'Urden when amply diluted with other company ...

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Date: 2014-01-21 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
Sales at book stores are a very dangerous thing...

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Date: 2014-01-20 11:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
I am dangerously close to the end of my holidays now. Despair abounds. And as always, I am mildly impressed by how many essential tasks I have managed to leave to the last possible moment. (Procrastination? I don't have a procrastination monkey, I've got a procrastination honey badger.)

Today was probably my first genuinely constructive day for four days, which is fitting given I've only got one day of leave left. Tomorrow is going to be a blur. Why do I do it to myself? :P

Tonight, at least (rather than construct my budget, or clean my house for final inspection, or pack anything in boxes), I am going to enjoy some final internet time and read what will probably be the last non-Talechasey stuff I'm going to read for a few months.

Meanwhile, most of my on-duty working buddies will be spending the night on traffic control for some nasty local fires. This season has been hellish in my district, but between desk duties and holidays, I haven't had to deal with the summer inferno yet. Hope the guys are all okay and being properly looked after.

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Date: 2014-01-20 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
Last week was ... surprisingly ok. I've just done my second consecutive weekend of experiments (and am lined up for at least 3 more, resulting in over a month being in work no less than 3 hours every single consecutive day, - yay PhD!) but I'm still feeling surprisingly, remarkably ok.

And, I have: received my knitting needles and requested some measurements for my brother's birthday present-to-be; helped out at a medieval braiding workshop at a local museum; started a new small sewing project; finished reading Nightrunners #2; and finished sewing my cap (http://blackcatsews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/historical-sew-fortnightly-1-make-do.html).

Oh, and no less than 14 months after giving it to my supervisor to check and approve (gah!), my first scientific article (ok, not proper article, just a review article) has gone to the publisher for review, editing and hopeful publication later in the year. Yay!

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Date: 2014-01-21 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sidheblessed.livejournal.com
My check-in is a little late as I have just returned from my first holiday in five years. I went to the very hot and sunny Gold Coast, Queensland, for a close friend's 30th birthday. I've known her for nearly 20 years so it was wonderful to spend the day with her.

Date: 2014-01-21 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
This is the first week I have felt truly back into the routine of classes. So far it has been going well, and I am managing to stay reasonably on top of lectures. If I can keep this up, I anticipate the next round of exams to be at least a little less stressful.

Yesterday we had a radiology session which was quite fun. We had the opportunity to go through real x-rays and CTs, which is always very interested.

I am checking in between lectures, and the new lecturer has just started with a story about Eos, Greek goddess of the dawn...this promises to be interesting!

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Date: 2014-01-20 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
This week was a bad week for my goals. My apathy has infected my writing and reading and I'm totally floundering. I've missed two and half days, let's call it that. Thursday I did not write at all due to a nasty screen headache. I don't remember why I didn't write on Friday and Saturday I only managed about 150 words. I sense the story is entering hibernation/a thinking period. This week, I haven't even written any scenes from the protagonists' viewpoints. Instead, I've been eavesdropping on some people who are presumably doing things in the background but probably have no page space in the story itself - I just need to know what they're doing. My vague ponderings of the week involve law and order when multiple species inhabit the same country/city, and also what various characters think of each other (privately). Some of my characters' motives have also become difficult to understand (maybe due to me spraying deity-repellent all over the story) so i'm looking for some conflicts that might make more sense and that also make a good story.

I never write with chapters for some reason, but this week I split most of the beginning into chapters, mostly for ease of finding things in my 150+ pages Word document. I was stumped to discover that most of my chapter breaks fall naturally every 4000 words or so. Huh.

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Date: 2014-01-20 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
Not a very constructive week after the earlier 9k XD I've either been busy with stuff I should have done ages ago before the holidays finished, or completely writing off my time (instead of words) with one of my more pervasive addictions which a new discovery has reawakened: Roguelike sudden-death games.

Tales of Maj'Eyal (http://te4.org/) is extremely well done and takes itself slightly more seriously than some of the many Roguelikes coming out these days, even if it does have a Cop-Out infinite lives mode as well *prehistoric player of THE Rogue game shakes stick* Goodness knows what the neighbours think of all my desolate wailing - I've yet to make it past level 17 of a zillion. (But surely Schiri the Arcane Blade will fare better than Simbelyne the Archmage, who fared better than Immovan the Bulwark, who made Isaille the Berserker look silly ...)

My sole act of writing constructivityness was to identify a possible candidate for the 'Ocean' prompt, which I may end up submitting instead of Corpseraker progress if (as projected) I lack the time to concentrate on it, and add a few more paragraphs.

It's a bit of a strange one, to be honest. More of an exercise than a proper story. Back in 2012 when I started trying to do monthly challenges for myself, there was one prompt I never finished beyond a few paragraphs: 'The End'. It's a non-epilogue to 'Soulfire Seeking' that will never really exist, because events in the story actually happen rather differently ... I just took some of the things people used to say in comments, and started building it out of that.

I'm looking forward to playing around with it, though I wonder how coherent it will actually turn out ...

Date: 2014-01-21 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exoeternity.livejournal.com
Unfortunately, I did not meet my goal for last week. I wanted to be able to have a summary of my novel-thing to post here to get some feedback. I realized that I was not being very clear, and that making it make sense required a lot more description that should be necessary. As such, the novel-thing is having an identity crisis. I will valiantly try again for next week.

Date: 2014-01-21 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
I have not managed to put pen to paper (or, rather, fingers to keyboard) for any fiction. However, I have made the very first baby steps into starting to write my thesis. That counts as writing, right?

Date: 2014-01-20 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladylight.livejournal.com
I can't remember if I posted this when I found it before, but I just saw it in my link list and had to (re)share anyway, because it's hilarious: A Day In The Life of an Empowered Female Heroine (http://the-toast.net/2013/11/15/empowered-female-heroine/)

People in various articles have made mention of the Eight Deadly Words elsewhere, and I've finally found out what is meant by it (they seem to have paraphrased my philosophy of reading much more economically than I do): I Don't Care What Happens To These People (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EightDeadlyWords) (hiiii, Robert Jordan/Sara Douglass/95% of Hollywood's yearly output!)

And this is more random but just goes to show cats have always been jerks (http://io9.com/this-medieval-manuscript-curses-the-cat-who-peed-on-it-1502884468/@laurendavis).

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