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Yes, writing challenge time. I am working on a story. I have started it and made some decent progress. I even have a solid idea and know where it is going. It is going to be tragic and angsty. Oh joy. :P

I am going away this week so I want to get a good start on the story so I can get it done on time. So putting a little bit of pressure on myself.

Here is the word meter.



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I have finished my Slashy Valentine story! Hurrahs! It is done and posted! Woot. I am so happy. Yays! I will post the link to the archive when the reveal happens on Valentine's Day.

I don't think I am going to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow. I am not really into it. My parents are pulling for the Patriots but then again Atlanta has never won before so it would be great to see them win it. I don't really care who wins. I do like the ads but I can catch those online anytime.

I am heading into a really busy time at work and have to get it in gear. I will and it will be fun. I like being busy at work - the alternative is really boring so this is way better. We are going to have some changes so that will be good too. We need them.

Anyhoo. Just a quick post for the week. Hope all is well with you there.

Cheers!

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Here is my word meter for the Slashy Valentine -



I don't have a sense of how long the story is going to be but I better wrap it up soon as Red just sent out the warning email! Gotta get it done!

So that is what is going on. If you follow me on FB you know I am not pleased with what is going on in Washington. More on that later.

Happy weekend to all.
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Here is a quick update on my Slashy Valentine. I have started it and hopefully I am about half way done. You never know with these things. :P



I don't know how long it will be. That is just a guess. Hope you all are doing well on yours! Post updates!

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OMG y'all. I finished this story! I might actually get it done in time. Thanks to the amazing [profile] aglarien1 doing my beta at crunch time. She totally rocks.

Here is the triumphant word meter.



7429 / 7429 words. 100% done!

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It would help if I looked at my prompt more while I wrote the story. Oops. Hope I can pull this one out. I am still writing and it is getting down to the wire. I am having a lot of trouble with this story and it is just not there for me. Some stories are like that. Just not my cup of java. I am moving the story along but have no real sense of direction. Over 3000 words and I still don't know. I will just keep writing and hope something occurs to me. Yep. :P



3873 / 5000 words. 77% done!

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So I have been writing. I don't know exactly what I have been writing. The plot is evading me. There are words in my MS Word file - 2227 words and no discernible plot to speak of. I don't know what this story wants to be. I am typing at any rate. :-/ I guess that is something.



2227 / 5000 words. 45% done!


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I started writing my story. I have two paragraphs so far. It is not very good but I have something. SOMETHING!

Edit -
I have gotten more than a page done - 501 words. I feel so much better now. Here is a word meter to get things rolling.



500 / 3000 words. 17% done!

Huzzah!

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I am around. It has been a really rainy day here. So I have been hanging out. I spent a lot of time working on loading my stories to the new OEAM archive. Of Elves and Men is moving their archive to a new site which will now function as a self loading site for authors. Pretty cool. So I have spent some time this week moving my stories from the old site to the new site. It was kind of fun to do that because it reminded me of some stories I had not read in a while and it also made me realize that I really like writing and should do more of it. I need to get back in the groove. I had some good ideas and need to finish them up. Maybe if I post that WIP, I will actually finish it. Hmm.

The site is not ready for viewing yet so cannot link you over there yet. People are still loading their stories in. I will let you know when the site is up and running.

Now I am thinking about stories to load other places - and expand the audience for my work. Just for a few of my stories that I think could use wider play.

Anyhoo. I should try and write more. That is all I am saying.

Once I get through some hard deadlines at work I will think about it more.

Don't forget to change your clocks - Spring ahead. We lose an hour of sleep but the light will be so much nicer. Very excited about that. Cheers!

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I am around. It has been a really rainy day here. So I have been hanging out. I spent a lot of time working on loading my stories to the new OEAM archive. Of Elves and Men is moving their archive to a new site which will now function as a self loading site for authors. Pretty cool. So I have spent some time this week moving my stories from the old site to the new site. It was kind of fun to do that because it reminded me of some stories I had not read in a while and it also made me realize that I really like writing and should do more of it. I need to get back in the groove. I had some good ideas and need to finish them up. Maybe if I post that WIP, I will actually finish it. Hmm.

I am just about done. I have on long series to load on there - but all my Tolkien fiction is up there. I just have my Terminator stories to load in and then I will be caught up.

Now I am thinking about stories to load other places - and expand the audience for my work. Just for a few of my stories that I think could use wider play.

Anyhoo. I should try and write more. That is all I am saying.

Once I get through some hard deadlines at work I will think about it more.

Don't forget to change your clocks - Spring ahead. We lose an hour of sleep but the light will be so much nicer. Very excited about that. Cheers!

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Title: A Mighty Gift
Author: phyncke
Character(s): Curufin/Telchar, Celegorm, Huan
Beta: Aglarien (with help from Keiliss too)
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, they are the property of JRR Tolkien and his estate, and I have borrowed them for my own amusement and for yours I hope.
Feedback: Much appreciated.
Summary: Curufin seeks to become the apprentice of Telchar, the skilled dwarf smith and is given a mighty gift.
Note: elf-dwarf relationship
For: Slashy Valentine 2016

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A Might Gift... )


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[personal profile] chaotic_binky has started posting her brilliantly funny, yet touching story to her LJ here -

http://chaotic-binky.livejournal.com/889394.html

She wrote this amazing story for me for the Slashy Valentine this time around and I laughed and cried my way through it. I adored it. I am sure you will too. The dialogue is brilliantly witty and the description is beautifully done. And there are cakes flying around and cream puffs. Just fab.

Enjoy this story as she posts - you won't regret it!

The story is called Green and Silver Leaves and is the love tale of Legolas and Haldir.

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I have made some good progress thanks to stormy weather and football playoffs. Those two things make the perfect conditions for me to write my Slashy Valentine. The weather makes me less inclined to go out and the playoffs provide me with the crowd cheering background noise I need to feel spurred on in my progress. Silly but it totally works for me. I am adjusting my word meter as I have exceeded my first estimated word count on the story.



1801 / 2400 words. 75% done!

So that is all cool. I am not done but my characters have touched and there is attaraction. Boom. I can work with this.

I think I am going to Santa Cruz tomorrow - weather permitting - and the forecast indicates a nice day so that will probably happen so I will be able to write tomorrow night. I hope to get to the 2k count tomorrow night and into the home stretch by mid-week.

I can do this. Feel free to comment in with your progress or support. I will reply! Or if you are done - let me know that too.

Cheers to you and US folks - long weekend!

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So I have some words in the MS Word document. Not a lot but it is something.

 
220 / 1200 words. 18% done!

Enough to make me feel like all is not lost. I am not going to totally tank, sink, go down with the ship, hit the iceberg. How many sea metaphors can I come up with for failure here? Failure is not an option. I will pull it out. I have a reasonable idea that I think does not totally suck.

I just watched a great documentary by food journalist Michael Pollan of UC Berkeley - called In Defense of Food. You can watch it here.

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365635287/

I am trying to reform how I eat to be more in line with his philosophy - Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. It is very simple and seems to be a good way to go.

That is all I have for tonight. I should go collapse in bed. Nighty night.

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Jan. 9th, 2016 06:13 pm
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I have not started my Slashy Valentine. Not exactly freaking out but not feeling good about that either. I have a lot of research to do as I have characters that I am not familiar with at all. Augh! Totally out of my depth. I do like the challenge aspect of the challenge thing so that is good. I like to write out of my element. This is very outside my comfort zone. Oo

Other than that - things are good. Doing well at work. I relaxed today. Was going to do all sorts of things but I took a nap instead. That seems like the right decision. I am going for breakfast with a new aquaintance I met on this neighborhood website - I have met her before and she is a nice person. So that will be fun.

The holidays were good - mellow and restful.

What else - Emma Watson has started a feminist book group on goodreads so I joined that. We are reading My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. I am really enjoying the book so far - am two chapters in so far. Very well written and very interesting. My favorite part so far is how she refers to herself as a sort of celestial bartende. That was a very interesting descrip. So it is interesting. I really like Gloria Steinem - she was the commencement speaker at my college graduation - and very motivating. Really spoke to everyone - not just the women - so I really like her. She has been very important for the women's movement. Etc.

So that is the kind of thing I am thinking about. Hope all is well with you in your part of the world. Comments are welcome! :)


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So I am really really done with my AiA story. I posted it up to the archive and got it totally done. I had to do some last minute editing but it is finished. Thanks to [profile] aglarien1 for the expert beta on this one.

Now I just have to worry about it now with all of that. I enjoyed writing it so that is kind of fun.

Hope all is well with you and yours. I will write more of a post later. I am feeling kind of tired right now.

More news later.

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Hey hey hey! I finished my story! I was so nervous about it - I took a day off from work just to write today. I knew I was going to be pressed for time as I have family in town coming to visit this weekend and so I just bit the bullet and wrote all day. So it is done. I have the draft done and will edit it and get it off to beta by Thursday! Yahoooooooooooo! I really don't know how it is but it is a story.



7802 / 7802 words. 100% done!


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Another Sunday. I love Sundays. I slept nice and late today so that was good.

I saw the latest Mission Impossible movie this week and thought it delivered on the promise of action and stunts. I don't think these are as deep as the James Bond movies with the new guy but I really enjoyed the movie. Although there was one part with some laughable dialogue by Alec Baldwin's character - L-O-L kind of over the top dialogue. Anyways. Good movie and fun to watch. Won't have a lasting impact.

I did just finish a book that I will love forever - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It follows various characters through their experiences in World War II and beyond. What I love about this book is that it shows characters on both sides of the war (French resistance and German) and you really feel like you are living with these people. The description and language of the book is so very beautiful too. Really gorgeous. This book won the Pulitzer Prize and deservedly so. Highly recommend this.

So work is heating up and I have a really busy week this week - three things going on. I won't bore you with the details. Just a lot to get done. It will all get done.

I am still working on my AiA fic but it is slow going right now. I have to get cranking on that and will move it along. It is just going to have to get done. Yeppers.

Hope all is well with you and yours there. Happy weekend to you and all that there!

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I am on vacation! Woot! I finished up work yesterday and I am off to Las Vegas today - flight leaves at noon! So exciting. Heading to the heat to stay at a glam hotel and kick it by the pool. Very exciting. I am going with my friend J*** and to see my friend R***. Yays!

I have made some headway with my AiA story. Here is the meter.



2828 / 5000 words. 57% done!

I have no idea how long the story is going to be but it is going well. I put it on my kindle so I could ruminate on it while I am away.

Woot!

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I am writing a slow and hopefully short story here. Right now I have 841/??? words. I will find a word count meter right now to express this state of my story.



841 / 3000 words. 28% done!

What it does not tell you is that I am getting a better grasp on my story as I work through this first draft of my epic piece of epicness. Without telling you anything about the story - I can tell you this - it is slow going.

Anyways. That is the state of my story and I hope to pick up the pace a bit and write this through.


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