Calissa (silvanime) wrote in talechasing,
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Check in, Week 46

Hey all!

A big thank you to annarti for answering 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, 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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Welcomes, Greetings and Hellos

How has your week been? Grab a drink, pull up a chair and settle in for a chat.
Last week I said This week was a little more exciting than I would have liked. Little did I know...

The biggest piece of news is that my sister gave birth in the wee hours of Thursday morning, so I am now an aunt. My nephew is a wee thing and somewhat cute, which you will never hear me say about another baby.

I also spent some time ferrying my dad around in the wake of his most recent heart surgery. Part of this involved seeing him be presented with a pin to commemorate 30 years of service at his current (and only) place of employment.

Right now, my legs are in a fair amount of pain. This morning I went for a hike with a couple of friends in Mulligan's Flat Nature Reserve. The reserve is of particular significance for its efforts to restore Yellow Box - Red Gum Grassy Woodland which is considered to be a critically endangered ecological community. They have just recently released a number of bettongs, which have been extinct on mainland Australia for a century. I didn't see any bettongs, but there were plenty of kangaroos, a few wallabies and numerous birds of all descriptions. I'm hoping to build up my fitness to do more walks like this one (and find myself wondering how rosiphelee does it).
Congratulations to your sister!

silvanime

3 years ago

exoeternity

3 years ago

silvanime

3 years ago

ladylight

3 years ago

silvanime

3 years ago

I've been... a little out of sorts. Still recovering from being sick, which happens every other month or so, and I'm terribly behind on NaNo because I've been so out of it. Sadness.

exoeternity

3 years ago

little_lynnet

3 years ago

ladylight

3 years ago

silvanime

3 years ago

little_lynnet

3 years ago

This week has been the opposite of good. Exams are approaching, pathology assignments need to be redone because the prof released NEW guidelines, and I am generally under soul-crushing amounts of stress. This is putting tension on my relationship with my SO, which is always great to deal with when trying to keep afloat with school.

My mom recently returned from her trip to visit family in the Netherlands. It is nice to have her back, but it also kind of exacerbated a sad situation. Three weeks ago we had to put our dog down due to illness, and my mom left for her trip shortly after. My dad and I are adjusted to not having a dog in the house, but my mom isn't so we're all going through the adjustment process with her again. We wanted to spread our dog's ashes in the park, but the snow cover is here for good now and we will have to wait until spring. The whole thing just added a sad tone to the week.

This week has been utterly gross and I am glad to be rid of it.

silvanime

3 years ago

exoeternity

3 years ago

silvanime

3 years ago

little_lynnet

3 years ago

ladylight

3 years ago

Coming up on two months on Seattle, trying had to get out of grocery demos because this job is killing me. Then again 75% of the available options seem to be overnight an weekend... Nnng damnit!

Got a new Friendly Local Game Store to play at found and getting my minis painting back in my schedule, as well as playing in a weekly Pathfinder Society game with Cassie (the wife) and Mike (our roommate). Want an every-week, story- and Roleplay-driven campaign still damnit. Also applying to be a Storyteller at the new boffer LARP we joined put here, Dystopia Rising. (DR is consuming a significant portion of the free radical/random part of my brain...)</p>

School is looking like if not the President's list, I'll be on the Dean's list for my next-to-last semester.

I'm tired. I'm stressed. I'm trying to adjust. It's pretty, it's working... But I'm not there yet.


And holy HELL am I rambling.

silvanime

3 years ago

ladylight

3 years ago

silvanime

3 years ago

Sounds like everyone is definitely getting their fill of stress!

I have a meeting with the dean Wednesday afternoon. Not sure if that's when I learn about the job or not, but I hope so. This waiting is horrible. I'd like to have at least one of my stressful situations resolved!

silvanime

3 years ago

ladylight

3 years ago

*sidles in* Hello! I'm distracted and still adjusting to the new job, hence I forgot to check in last week...Looks like I missed a ton of stuff on LJ.

Currently browsing around to decide if it would be worth it to go back to school for a second/graduate degree or somehow build on the degree I already have, which I haven't made much use of. I like working (and earning money for the change!), but I realised last week if I stay on the path I'm on now, financial independence/stability might be a little difficult to achieve...Rather sobering thoughts, so I'm feeling a little blah right now ;) I'm trying to keep calm and drink some tea.

silvanime

3 years ago

nihiriki

3 years ago

silvanime

3 years ago

nihiriki

3 years ago

ladylight

3 years ago

nihiriki

3 years ago

This week's night shift was just monstrous. No other way to describe it. (The popular joke in the office when discussing Game of Thrones seasons is that we should have a family motto which goes "fuck winter - summer is coming".) Priority to priority to priority. By the time holiday season starts up, it will be "muesli bar weather", which is when you start taking muesli bars or similar snacks to work and stowing them in your vest because you know you won't get to eat ...

Happily though, it is not a zombie run. I have today off and have almost adjusted back to afternoon shift time, which is what I'll be working tomorrow.

Currently the target of much ridicule at the office because the new sergeant is a stickler for routine and she made me put in a report about some bruising/minor laceration I received during an arrest over the weekend. I did it with a sinking feeling (policy says we record all 'injuries' - common sense dictates that we only bother for something we're going to get medically treated!) ... and sure enough, the bastards have been asking about my 'booboo' and offering to kiss it better on a regular basis ever since. XD *facedesk*

silvanime

3 years ago

WIP

What creative projects have you been working on this week and how have they been coming along? Whether you are looking for someone to celebrate or commiserate with, we're always happy to support our friends. Although if you're looking for help with taming unruly characters, you'll likely be on your own for that :D
My November Project has consisted mostly of photos this week. It has been so busy that I have been very grateful I didn't take on anything more demanding.
I wrote a little more in my story bible this week just to relieve some stress. I now have a decent name and description for the religious institution the main characters are members of, and some fairly good descriptions of the cities they are from.
Working a little on your story bible sounds like a good way of clawing back some balance. I'm glad to hear that you came up with a name for the religious institution.
Channeling a weird balance between Gandalf the Grey and Maas for the NPC I'm creating for Dystopia Rising.

Also, Cassie threw out a few if the key paints for my Space Marines, somI'm stuck on painting them until I can scrape the budget butter over more bread to allow for a paint purchase. Suppose working on the Reaper Bones Kickstarter minis will have to do until then...
Sounds like you've got some interesting projects on the go!
I've been mostly keeping up with the NaNo wordcount (although I haven't started today), but I'm feeling a bit stymied and not quite sure what I'm doing. I'm considering taking a few days off, as writing/November Projects/NaNos should simply be fun, not stressful. Besides, I remember last year I stopped writing for about 10 days and still managed to hit 50000 on Nov. 30 :P Hopefully, by taking a few days off to plan and restore my sense of fun about the project, I'll feel a whole lot better and be more productive when I do get back to actual writing. :)
It's funny you should say this because I missed my very first day on my November Project yesterday. I've been feeling remarkably unstressed by this, remembering that it is supposed to be fun, after all.

Taking a few days off to plan sounds like a good idea to me. I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes for you.
Inspiration

Have you come across something that has set fire to your imagination? Have you found an interesting article you'd like to share? Perhaps you've been reading something good or seen something exciting at the movies?
I think I'm more a landscape architect. I design things to fit in spaces but let a good chunk of it grow as I go.

(Personally? I think GRRM's garden could do with a whoooole lot more pruning.)

exoeternity

3 years ago

ladylight

3 years ago

silvanime

3 years ago

Finished Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. I haven't liked a book as much as i did this one in a long time, despite some reservations I had about the ending. I'm trying to find a book that'll measure up to it now, but nothing's caught my interest yet, though I have Kate Elliott's Cold Magic near the top of the pile. Looks interesting, but it's a bit hard to carry around, being so thick. I've been eyeing e-readers lately...
Better get the e-reader now before you decide to go back to uni! :D

silvanime

November 16 2013, 06:09:40 UTC 3 years ago Edited:  November 16 2013, 09:57:07 UTC

Talechasing prompts

Since December--and thus next year--will soon be breathing down our necks, it is time for us to decide on writing prompts for next year. These will be going up quarterly, with two months allowed for writing and one month for the critiquing of these stories.

little_lynnet has suggested linked themes. At the moment, preference seems to lean towards spring-beginnings / summer-? / autumn-endings / winter-survival. Alternatives could be air/fire/water/earth, birth/youth/old age/death or ocean/sky/mountain/city.

Further suggestions or thoughts on suggestions are very welcome :)
^-^; Actually, it was nihiriki who suggested the linked themes. I just agreed that it seemed a good idea.

Looking at that list... I'd say "summer - joy" or something like that, to cover both the cycle of birth-primelife-death and the balance between living easily/well and the harshness of survival.

Which doesn't mean I want to rule out the others, but since there was a gap there...

Have we settled on a word count?

silvanime

3 years ago

little_lynnet

3 years ago

Of the suggestions made for summer, I like Lynn's 'joy', and Liss's 'adventure'. 'Power', which I think you suggested, also seems appropriately summery, especially thinking about summer storms...

The only thing I could think of last week for summer was 'quest'. Summer time seems like a good time to embark on a quest :)

May I ask how the critique club/circle/thing would actually work? Would we post stories to Talechasing and use the comment section to leave critiques?

I can't believe we're more than halfway through November already. Any creative plans for December? :D Always need to end the year with a bang, right?

silvanime

3 years ago

ladylight

3 years ago

silvanime

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ladylight

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silvanime

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nihiriki

3 years ago

silvanime

3 years ago