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  2. The Character Vignette Challenge | Deadline 1 January 2018

    Yayyy! Ty! Participants (all takers and maybes): forever_dreaming bittersweetflames Jen25 dreamgazer220 MuggleMaybe MegGonagall StarFeather MalfoysAngel abhorsen. BlackPixie wandlessmagic magpie Lost Muse Aphoride Entries: Everything by abhorsen. The Way You Say My Name, Redux (M) by abhorsen. Night Light (M) by abhorsen. Quote
  3. Last week
  4. Balancing Act by dreamgazer220

    It's Wednesday, so that means: week 3 update! **** General Update: This week was even more challenging than week two, and to be honest, I'm shocked I've even made it this far. But I guess that goes to show what you can do when you set your mind to something. Work has been downright exhausting, with people calling out and as we prep for the holidays, so there was a solid three days I didn't write at all. That might not sound like much, but when I added it up, it brought me to over 6k behind. Definitely manageable, and I've done 6k days in the past, but I wasn't sure I could do that this time. But, I did! Yesterday, I sat down and wrote for five hours. I took several breaks, raced a bunch with @WindingArrow, and managed to write a grand total of more than 7,000 words in that sitting. I was quite impressed with myself. The story is now moving along into the middle section, where a lot of the drama and action is going to unfold, so I'm hoping that will make it a little easier to hit that looming 50k mark next week. It's hard to believe NaNo is almost over! November really flew by. Progress Report: current official word count: 37,220/50,000 current chapter: 9 Man, it took a lot of effort to get here! But I'm so proud of myself for pushing through, because I really do love this story. NaNo is great for my commitment problems. I still won't finish the story by the time I hit 50k, but that's okay. I would love to keep working on it, but since I'm me, I'm not exactly sure that'll happen. Things I've Discovered: Zach apparently has an on-again, off-again girlfriend named Veronica Sanchez, who was also best friends with Brittany. And she really hates Maddy, for various reasons. She's fun to write. Sophie loves to call Maddy out on her crap ALL THE TIME. Like Maddy's apparent obsession with Zach, which I wasn't really planning on... Maddy's parents apparently always work and are never around, except for that one appearance at Brittany's funeral. Because parents are inconvenient in YA, apparently. Zach is much softer on the inside than I originally intended. He pretends to be a bad boy, but really, he loves singing Disney songs and apparently has a history of doing overly dramatic and overly emotional renditions of Disney love songs with Maddy. Because you know, that's just something you do when you're ten... Snippets!: Dan comforts Maddy after she has an emotional breakdown --> Zach and Maddy, after celebrating Zach's birthday at the diner --> Maddy reflecting after Veronica catches her with James --> Shoutouts!: I say this every week, but I'm pretty convinced I wouldn't have made it this far without @clevernotbrilliant's constant encouragement and support, from brainstorming whacky ideas to putting up with me throwing random snippets her way without any context You're the best! And even though I mentioned this already, another shout-out of course goes to @WindingArrow, because without her epic races I'm pretty sure I would be like 10k behind by now. **** And that's a wrap for week 3 of NaNoWriMo! Many thanks if you stuck around reading all of this, and as always, I'd love any feedback, tips, or questions!
  5. Various Greengrass fics, by abhorsen./Beeezie

    Day Twenty-One: This may or may not be bullshit, but I count the word count on a big write-up I did for our December activity in my word count. Am I the worst? Understandable? YOU TELL ME. Anyway, I'm a little behind, but not very behind. There stuff I've put up: Summary: Astoria's brother confronts their sister about the Imperius Curse thing shortly after Astoria runs away from home. Progress: 1487 words total - complete (M) Excerpt: Summary: Astoria grappling with some of the aftereffects of the war. Progress: 226 words Excerpt: Summary: Astoria's brother teaches her to resist the Imperius Curse. Progress: 2981 words total - complete (M) Excerpt (under spoiler tags for violent/disturbing imagery - this story is going to be rated M with five advisories on the archive with trigger warnings, because it's a little dark): The Way You Say My Name Summary: I don’t really know how I got to the point where I was sobbing and alone in my brother’s basement with a Death Eater, but there it is. Progress: 4546 words total - complete (M) Excerpt: The Way You Say My Name, Redux Summary: I don't really know how I ended up dating a traumatized and combative girl who had very nearly been a Gryffindor, but there it is. Progress: 889 words total - complete (M) Excerpt: Older Brothers Progress: 1341 words total - complete (M) Dialogue excerpt: Rumors and Blood Traitors Progress: 499 words total - complete Excerpt:
  6. Loving a Liar and various other works by BlackPixie

    I came bearing questions! How have you been managing the school year, since it's different than your own? Have you made a calendar to help? Scribbled down dates as point-markers? What is Molly's greatest achievement so far in the story, if she's made any progress yet, in overcoming her ED? How do you manage to keep track of your many WIPs?
  7. Aww that’s ok, love. *hugs* Thanks for letting me know! <33
  8. November Voting

    This month we have two (2) nominees for Fic Night! You can review details on the stories in the nomination thread. Voting will be open until 11:59 PM GMT on 24 November 2017.
  9. Six Sentences

    How many miles did you tread, sisters and brothers? Will this long journey end someday? Looking back the path your ancestors walked, what do you think of ? Oh, hear the wind roaring. Keep walking on a rainy day or on a windy day. Believe in the day when you will find a way home.
  10. Short and Sweet

    This could also easily go in the Squee-worthy Reviews thread because it made me sooo happy Thanks for the super sweet review @abhorsen., I was so nervous about trying out a poem and this review was the best thing to see when I logged in today. love you Branwen! <3
  11. Firestarter by WindingArrow

    So! I've been doing a lot to catch up in the last few days with extra special thanks to the wonderful @dreamgazer220 and as of today I am back on track this NaNo! So far this rewrite is very surprising. There are new characters and new tones and new avenues and the last time I wrote the death scene of one of the character, I didn't cry. This time around, my husband walked in while I was finishing the scene and legitimately thought someone had died, so... Finally getting into some of the meatier bits of the story! Rocha has met the dragon and her father's part in the storyline is decidedly darker than normal. (A lot of the story is decidedly darker than normal. I also think this is the doing of @dreamgazer220 who has taught me a little too much about angst over the years...) There is an unexpected love interest that isn't destined to work out, but it's interesting nonetheless! And yeah! Stuffs and things! AO3 is down for maintenance today, so I don't know that I will be able to update like I have been, but it has actually been a really great motivator to know that I committed to writing and posting every single day. There are chapters with like 500 words just because that's all I wrote. It's pretty awesome, I think. My initial goal this year was to exceed 50k and get to the end of the story, but I'm not sure that will happen. I think I'll at least hit the big 50-0-0-0, but I don't know if The End is something I will reach.
  12. 50 Books Reading Challenge 2017

    READ: “True Crime Addict” by James Renner “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware Unpublished Manuscript: “The London Book of the Dead” “Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo Unpublished Manuscript: “The Devil’s Caravan” “Through the Woods” by Emily Carroll “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour “Ash” by Malinda Lo “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer “Midnight Sun” by Stephenie Meyer “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur Unpublished Manuscript: “Summerland” Web Comic: “Super Secret” “Life and Death” by Stephenie Meyer “New Moon” by Stephenie Meyer “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland” by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus “Dressing Room Stories” by Alvin Epstein & Jonathan Fried Web Comic: “Siren’s Lament” “The Girl of Fire and Thorns” by Rae Carson “The Crown of Embers” by Rae Carson “The Bitter Kingdom” by Rae Carson “Eclipse” by Stephenie Meyer “The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom” by Jonny Duddle “Between Two Skies” by Joanne O’Sullivan “Midnight for Charlie Bone” by Jenny Nimmo “Five Good Minutes in the Evening” by Jeffrey Brantley “The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Stories” by Rae Carson “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling “Breaking Dawn” by Stephenie Meyer “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise” by Gene Luen Yang “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search” by Gene Luen Yang “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift” by Gene Luen Yang “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures” by Gene Luen Yang “The Star-Touched Queen” by Roshani Chokshi “Charlie Bone and the Time Twister” by Jenny Nimmo “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer "Tortall: A Spy's Guide" by Tamora Pierce READING: "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling “Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow” by Gene Luen Yang “Castle in the Air” by Diana Wynne Jones “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr “The Artful Edit” by Susan Bell “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling
  13. Justice League DCU

    I saw Justice League last night! Overall, I liked it. One thing that really surprised me (more in my reaction than the event) was I thought Flash was great and I loved his awkward comedy. My husband was kind of meh about the comedy in the movie. Re: batman I'm probably going to see this again and will have more thoughts.
  14. Stranger Things

    Re: Eleven and Max -
  15. Earlier
  16. "Rendition" by Renacerá

    Rendition Updates Okay, we're halfway through the month! And I am soooooo far behind! I'm currently sitting at 15,392 words (approximately 11,000 behind where I should be). I'm really happy with the chapters I've written so far, but I also know I have a long way to go with this novel. Here are my current updates: Day 15 (haven't written today yet): 15,392 words, 6 chapters complete confident about: plot, Hermione's characterization, villains, interesting background things I've come up with unsure about: pacing, emotions, balance of action and internal strife, DracoDracoDraco Now, off to write for the day!
  17. Once Upon The Marauders (Years 4,5) - by FlamingQuilltips / princesslily_36

    Just stopping by to say: YOU'VE GOT THIS! Seriously, I love stories that are like this. They explore so much of the character development that it makes it really easy to understand the characters and where they have been and what they want out of life. I know I've already told you dramione is my OTP... well Lily/James is my second favorite to read! I don't really know what it is about them that makes me love them so much but I do. I will definitely have to look into this story and start reading it some time.
  18. In This Reality or the Next by Slytherinchica08

    So I'm finally getting some writing done and this first chapter is going pretty well I think. The one thing that I"m most concerned about with this chapter is that I'm really diving into Hermione's character and the fact that she is suffering from a huge amount of stress which is really affecting her life. I want to make her character believable so I'm hoping that I'm not going overboard with the stress that she is going through. Here is a small snippet from what I've written so far:
  19. Excellent! I thought that would be the last one standing Participants Abhorsen - 8 Rumplestiltskin - 5 MegGonagall - 2 ImaRavenclaw - 3 MuggleMaybe - 6 Lost Muse -7 teh tarik - 4 Available Prompts Write a story without using the first or last letter in your username (if the last letter is the same as the first, use the second to last) Write a story that can be read backwards and forwards (either via words or sentences) Write a story that doesn’t use any word more than once Write a story without verbs Write a story where the first sentence starts with A, second starts with B, and so on. Write a story with a vocabulary of 50 words (the story should be longer than 50 words, but only 50 unique words can be used) Write a story with no words shorter than three letters Write a story in which each word in each sentence is one letter longer than the last (resetting at the start of new sentences)
  20. November 2017 Bulletin

    Congratulations to all of you! And yay it's my birthday very soon - thank you for the kind mention. I've missed you all. Kudos everyone!
  21. Tag Requests

    @Aphoride - Done! (Listed Viktor/Hermione under Hermione/Viktor.)
  22. What's Your Pottermore Patronus?

    On one account I have a White Mare on another I have a Chow-Chow. I think the White Mare fits me better. I thought I would get a cat.
  23. Various by clairevergreen

    So, I don't have questions, I just came here to say how proud I am of you for everything you've accomplished so far! You've written a TON and have made some pretty awesome picspams. Plus, it's only the beginning of week 2--plenty of time left <33 Also, I love that snippet and I'm so happy to see more Jackson and that he has a first name! Way to go, Claire
  24. Call for Stories - November

    Story Title / Link: Inevitable [M] Author: clairevergreen Length (chapters / words): One-shot, 2429 words Summary: Would you be willing to participate in the livestream? If yes, by video or audio only?: Yes by video as long as homework doesn't get in the way
  25. Word Association

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  26. Studio Ghibli Films

    Sneaking in to say that I also love Howl's Moving Castle (the novel), @LadyL8! The movie was very good too, of course. But I loved the book more.
  27. I read Mayumi Tsuruoka's new book review and learned that Celts had their own unique calendar. November 1 is their New Year and Halloween (they call Samhain) October 31 is New Year's Eve for them. And Lúnasa (August 1) is the day to celebrate the best summer season and the harvest time, which implies the end of summer is coming and dark winter coming soon. Then I remembered the conversation with Ysh about the Hindu Diwali Festival and Samhain. Both of them occur about the same time. I'll try to put Druidic perspectives around these seasons in my story. They set big Bonfire on the hills. Please share the other calendars about your country's unique events or seasons like Halloween or Christmas, New Year's Eve (like Scottish Hogmanay) or anything you feel like to share with us.
  28. Untitled, by firewhiskey_ginger

    @poppunkpadfoot Hello, you!! Thanks for stopping by my nest. Inspiration came from my own experiences (what a shock!), specifically a trip my high school friends who I hadn't seen in years took to Scotland together. We're all in our mid-to-late twenties now so it was weird seeing everyone, but we all traveled from the US to the Isle of Skye for our friend, L.'s elopement. (There's no way they'd ever find this but I'll still stick to initials ) My now-fiancee and I were traveling together, where he met all of these people for the first time. And there was just a lot of history with the group that we never addressed over the years. For example, L. used to have unrequited feelings for me for close to 10 years; the person my fiancee and I shared a house rental with was N., my first boyfriend who I dated for 5+ years; and K. was there with his new wife, and K. and I definitely had feelings for each other that we never pursued. SO BASICALLY a whole bunch of high school drama that I realized was way too annoying to turn into a story--but that definitely inspired it! The cast has completely changed from these characters though Oh, and I'll totally tell you the ending sometime! Let's Skype soon! Thank you, lovely!
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