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Week 7 check in

Hi everyone!

First off:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO saiena and ladylight!!!

I hope you both celebrated in grand style.

An especial congratulations to saiena on the launch of her first e-book!

If you haven't seen it already, 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 :)
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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.
The heatwave has eased up and we have a light but steady drizzle coming down this morning. It is glorious!

My week has been a bit up and down, but on the whole it has been more relaxed than last week. I caught up with my sister and nephew on Tuesday, which was lovely. Last night I had a dinner party out with friends. And tonight I have a birthday party to attend.

I could use a bit more sleep.
I am glad to hear that you had a more relaxing week. It sounds like you are partying way too hard now, so stop that :P
It had the potential to be draining but I came out of the various events feeling good. :)
*snugs* I'm glad your weather is improving and that you got to have some nice time with family and friends.
*snugs* Thank you. Along with some binge reading, I think it was exactly what the doctor ordered. I'm feeling much saner now.
*grin* Binge reading... that sounds terribly familiar! ^_^

*snug* I'm glad you're feeling better.
My week has been ... I can't really recall. Work hasn't been terribly horrific, but I think I'm still in so much sleep/me-time debt that I've reached the autopilot stage. Also, I've had the two leads from my Black Narcissus story rattling around in my head all week and it's ... somewhat distracting.

Good things this week: talking to little_lynnet lots, which is utterly lovely; started my brothers already much-belated birthday present (thrum mittens), which is fun but like simultaneously wrestling a ball of string and a cloud; started reading MCA Hogarth's Mindtouch, which is like nothing I've read before but very compelling and beautiful. (Erm... I was up til 2:45am this morning ... this is becoming a recurrent problem. Evidently, in the absence of parental restrictions on bedtimes, I am unable to control my book-addict nature. Or perhaps I'm just subconsciously trying to make up for all the years of undergrad when my reading just ... vanished. Anyway, it's back with a vengeance now...)
Doesn't your husband tell you off for staying up so late? It really does sound like you could use the sleep. Not that I can talk...

Other than the lack of sleep and being on autopilot, it sounds like it was rather a lovely week. Super excited to hear that Black Narcissus is bothering you :D
*grin* My husband does tell me off, yes. But he is a natural night owl with a gaming habit, so often he doesn't notice until it's too late... ^_^

Book binge totally and absolutely describes my last few weeks. *grin* I gave in and took the day off today. (Or, rather, technically, I'm working a four day week this week as I did a six day one last week and the week before. Try telling the guilt that...) I'm feeling much better today. Somehow, I guess the me-time debt was more urgent than the sleep one. Now that I'm less in me-time debt, I can start to assuage the sleep... *zzzz*
*grins back* My SO was also a natural night owl with a gaming habit but I have managed to corrupt him over the years and now he comes to bed at a reasonable time. It sounds like the process is going in reverse for you.

I am of the opinion that a good book binge is necessary now and then. Have you heard of Dewey's readathon? It might not be something you've got the time for this year, but it might be worth keeping in mind.

Keeping my fingers crossed you get that sleep *snugs*
This week has been one of those weeks were people just seem to be extra-special stupid. Hopefully whatever was in the water this week will be gone by next week...or there will be punching and yelling.
Those weeks are so frustrating. *snugs* Hope things improve!
*hugs* I am very sorry to hear it. I hope this week has been better.

silvanime

February 14 2014, 22:35:15 UTC 3 years ago Edited:  February 14 2014, 22:35:37 UTC

Goals & WIPs

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

People with nominated goals

Please note these can be changed at any time

ladylight: Finishing Corpseraker
annarti: 500 words a day on Silent Harmony: Gold (or every second workday).
nihiriki: Rewrite/finish two chapters.
little_lynnet: 3 new scenes of Space Ghosts and 6 chapters of That Novel.
silvanime: Finishing edits on the Undertow anthology
sidheblessed: Finishing and submitting a short story to the FableCroft anthology.
I didn't quite manage the week off. The anthology sprouted a few more heads that needed chopping off. Fortunately, they were small and it didn't take too long. It is looking increasingly as if I have reached the end of my role on this project (excepting some publicity stuff), though I don't think I'm going to quite relax until the damn thing is at the printer and it is too late to change anything.

I have started pondering what my next focus will be, but haven't yet drawn any conclusions. I am a wee bit worn out.
I ... may have got through enough research to start writing the Black Narcissus story without horrifically screwing it up. We shall see...
Eeee!
One scene down (thanks, little_lynnet!). Many to go...

silvanime

3 years ago

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?
If you have a completed manuscript lying around (or even just the first 3 chapters/50 pages), Harper Collins is taking unsolicited submissions at their website on Wednesdays.

I spent yesterday finishing off The Lies of Locke Lamora. I've been thinking I might write up a review, since I know that ladylight at least was looking forward to discussing it.
I've been reading MCA Hogarth's Mindtouch and Mindline. Oh. My. Word. It is exceptional writing.
I have a couple of Hogarth's e-books lined up for reading (though neither of the ones you mentioned) but haven't yet got to them. Sounds like I might have to move them up the list.
Well, I can't say anything for her other books (you'd best ask little_lynnet for that), but I can say that Mindtouch and Mindline are just ... gorgeous. And I say this as someone who is usually ticked off by any number of things that feature in those books, first and foremost the sci fi.

That said, they aren't really sci fi. IMO, Mindtouch is a romance and so is the last third of Mindline. That is, really, what is so lovely about them - they are one of the best romances I've read and ... it is just. Adorable. Sweet. Compelling. Powerful. *ee* Great!
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