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|Friday, October 10th, 2014|
Looking for contact...
I know at least some of us are Down Under, but are any of us in or near Sydney? I've got a friend importing herself that way and I'd like to make her some contacts when she packs up in a few weeks... anyone?
|Saturday, February 15th, 2014|
|Saturday, February 8th, 2014|
|Saturday, February 1st, 2014|
|Saturday, January 25th, 2014|
|Saturday, January 18th, 2014|
|Saturday, January 11th, 2014|
|Saturday, January 4th, 2014|
Check in, Week 1
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2014, everyone, and to the first check in for the year. I hope you'll stop in and let us know how the new year has been treating you so far, regardless of whether or not you have managed any writing yet (I haven't!)
A few things of note: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 (not 'oh, I was thinking of trying this'), please let me know in no uncertain terms. I'll be dusting off my whip.
May the 2014 bring you inspiration, discipline, wordage and many good books :D
|Wednesday, January 1st, 2014|
The 2014 Talechasing Project - Critiquing Circle, Round One!
Happy happy new year, all you lovely people!
I have just a couple of unexpected hours to spare and much spam to cram into it, so without further ado ... LET ROUND ONE OF THE 2014 CRITIQUING CIRCLE BEGIN!! :D
The theme for January - March is: Ocean
All contributions submitted by (appropriately?) April Fool's Day will be included in this glorious Round One of Four.
You don't have to wait for April 1 to start leaving critiques for others - in fact it is probably best not to, depending how many participants we get.
Actually submitting something to the critiquing circle (ooh, sounds all arcane-like) is super easy ...( 1. Post it in your own journal.Collapse )( 2. Post a LINK to this story on Talechasing.Collapse )
I'll collect each link onto the 2014 Full Year Master List of Doom as you post it, while silvanime
has volunteered to do the quarterly round-ups starting with April-One-Round-One.* Please check the round-up list, when it comes out, before submitting another story for Round Two. Remember, if you have submitted something in that round, your word of honour and love of your fellow (wo)man ask of you that you critique the other stories in that round-up.
We don't seem to have had many other queries raised in the weekly chatterbox as yet, but if you do have lingering questions, feel free to ask them here. Here are some guesses-at-might-be-frequently-asked-que
stions in the meantime:( Not Very Frequently Asked Questions ... Actually Some Haven't Been Asked At All ... Please Read If You Have Questions You Haven't Asked Frequently Which Might Be Infrequently Answered HereCollapse )
Have at thee, 2014! :D
|Saturday, December 28th, 2013|
Check in, Week 52
To all those that celebrate it:Just testing out my marquee skills for next year :D
I hope you all had a wonderful time and celebrated the day (or not) in a way that brought you joy.
This is the last check in for the year. If you have time, please check in and let us know how you are going. I expect that very few of us got any writing done, but it is always good to hear from you.
It will be 2014 by the time I post the next check in. So if you want help with accountability for goals, now is the time to let us know what those goals are.
I hope that the new year treats you all kindly and brings lots of books and inspiration.
|Saturday, December 21st, 2013|
Check in, Week 51
There's not much left of the year and I'm sure everyone is busy preparing for celebrations. If you've got a moment, please check in and let us know how you are going (even if you haven't done any writing).
|Saturday, December 14th, 2013|
Check in, Week 50
If there's anyone who participated in the Talechasing anthology who hasn't received their copy, please check in and let me know.
The challenge for 2014 is evolving into something a little more open. Please check out the comments regarding this topic and share your thoughts.
Not much of the year left to go!
|Saturday, December 7th, 2013|
Check in, Week 49
Those of you who participated in the Talechasing anthology should have received a lovely surprise in your mail box this week. If you haven't, please let me know in the comments below.
Also, I would also love to hear from those of you planning to work on novels next year instead of, or in addition to, the short story challenges. Are you interested in a monthly check in regarding your goals and progress?
|Saturday, November 30th, 2013|
Check in, Week 48
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.
|Saturday, November 23rd, 2013|
|Friday, November 22nd, 2013|
2014 Writing challenges and critiquing circle
As you have all seen in the weekly check-in comments, themed writing challenges will be coming back to Talechasing in 2014. This time around, they will be accompanied by a critiquing circle.How it will work
Prompts will be posted quarterly. You will have two months in which to write your story. When you are done, you will post your story to your own journal and leave a link on the Talechasing journal (you can either make a new post or leave a comment in the weekly check in). I will collect these links and post a round up once the writing deadline has passed. ladylight
will also be collating a list of pieces completed for the whole of the year.
After the writing deadline has passed, there will be a further month for critiquing. You may choose to submit a story for the writing challenge and not participate in the critiquing circle, but please make this clear when you post your link to the community. In the name of fairness, those choosing to submit their story for critiquing will be expected to critique all the other stories submitted for that quarter. Some leeway will be given for zombie outbreaks and custard floods.
At the end of the year, the final drafts will be compiled into an e-book for participants.What we need
The first thing we'll need are writing prompts. It has been suggested that these have a connecting theme. Please vote on your favourite suggestion below or make a new suggestion in the comments.
What themes would you like to explore in 2014?
Other (please leave a comment below)
It has been suggested that the seasons be paired with a related theme. Spring would be beginnings, autumn with endings and winter with survival. What would you pair summer with?
Other (please leave a comment below)
Finally, we'll need a word limit for stories. Keep in mind that you may be expected to read everyone else's story as part of the critiquing circle. What should be our word limit per story?
Other (please leave a comment below)
|Monday, November 18th, 2013|
Boarding Call #3
*crawls out between night shifts temporarily*
The draft print of the Resurrected Talechasing Anthology has been dispatched from Anchorage (coo!!), according to the message I just got in my inbox. If all is well when I receive it in a week or so, The Real Order shall be made at once!
... but alintaflame
, I don't have your postal addresses yet. Please send, comment, LJ, Facebook or courier pigeon them to me so I can send off your books (along with my escalating medical bills for hair loss).* I'm going to be smashed for the rest of November (not the good kind of smashed) so if anyone else could nag this incorrigible pair on a twice-daily basis from now on to ensure Christmas delivery, it would be much appreciated ...
|Saturday, November 16th, 2013|
Check in, Week 46
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.
|Tuesday, November 12th, 2013|
Crisis averted! while I muck around elsewhere on my PC!
UPDATE: Corporal Narti of the Talechasing Emergency Response Unit spent many hours today making repairs to the exploded anthology mess. The disaster area is now under control, though some biohazards from the previous outburst of rage may remain. Please stay well clear of the barricades and join me in recognising the valour and selfless action undertaken by TERU's Cpl Narti.
Meanwhile, I have spent a lovely day/evening in front of the computer, answering her occasional emails while she does all the work, languidly messing about on LJ and playing with computery applications like ... SCRIVENER.
Scrivener: is totally amazing!
If you use your own languages, you need this program!
If you forget what secondary characters look like, or where you've mentioned them, you need this program!
If you write incredibly detailed paragraphs interspersed with paragraphs that read (Stuff Happens Here), you need this program!
Basically, YOU NEED THIS PROGRAM! (Unless you're strange or efficient. See details below.)( The benefits of Scrivening: Review on Day 1Collapse )
In short: if you are a windy, scribbly, OCD type of person like me, or religiously keep some sort of story bible (see what I did there), this program is the bomb.
If you are a more organic start-to-finish writer, or only writing something relatively short, I'm not sure I see any great benefit. BUT GUYS. FOLDERS. WITH PLACES AND CHARACTERS AND ALL SORTS. HOW CAN YOU NOT.
|Saturday, November 9th, 2013|
Check in, Week 45
No announcements this week, but good luck to all those doing NaNoWriMo or any kind of November Project. Please let us know how you are going in the WIP thread.