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Writing Progress, Graphic Challenges

I was caught up on my writing yesterday, had one possible pending that I hadn't made my mind up about yet, and was idle. So I returned to my H-verse and began taking a critical look at what I had written in a mad spate of activity in July/August. It's actually not bad!


I was quite surprised, although I have read and re-read many of the chapters multiple times, I am fairly happy with them. I was revisiting some of the later chapters I have written to determine how to alter one aspect to fit my personal comfort level. And I think I can be successful in the slight changes that I want to make. I'm eager to get back to work on this novel. I like the characters, I like the history that I see for them, and I think there is a story there to be told.



I belong to an on-line group of people, most of whom are probably young enough to be my children or even my grandchildren, assigning challenges based on A Game of Thrones. George RR Martin's five (eventually scheduled for seven) novels are cumbersome, bloody, dark, anoying, need a good editor, and still very readable. This group issues challenges, usually either graphic or writing based, and each of three teams gets points by what its team members submit. I am on Team Stark, my friend who originally got me involved is on Team Lannister. Yesterday's graphic was easy - three pics to post, piece of cake. Now they have a 20 in 20 challenge going - twenty separate pieces of our choice, written or graphic or mixed, in 20 days. I wrote the first piece yesterday - fun! This shouldn't be a problem unless time compresses on me, so keeping up will be the important thing.




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I like the characters, I like the history that I see for them,

That's great for you and your writing. You go, girl! :)))
Thanks Ellynn. My H-verse is a multi-year project, it's quite easy for me to see that. I'll keep revising until I'm finally happy and then finally start posting , probably sometime in 2012 if I have a life between work obligations that year :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
OOOOOO Jon SNOWWWWW. Sooo pretty.

(Sorry, sadly lacking a userpic sufficiently dark and emo for Jon Snow)
He is quite lovely, isn't he? One of the reasons why I don't mind being part of House Stark on our challenge board at all. My friend loves Jamie Lannister, so she's happy being a Lion. For me...well, wolves rock!

- Erulisse (one L)
I liked Jon Snow from the books themselves, before luscious Kit Harrington appeared to brighten my life. That picture heartofoshun posted of him at the Emmys was absolutely gorgeous, wasn't it?
Oh yeah! The man is beautiful - too young for me, but beautiful nontheless. (Love your "shake it" user-pic.)

- Erulisse (one L)
I'm surrounded by pretty young things all day long - one of the few perqs of my job - so I have no problem at all admiring these masterpieces of creation, hee!
Oh, I get the occasional very lovely young stud through the doors here, since we don't only deal in beading supplies, but also leatherworking and jewelry making supplies. And I can allow myself some mental bye-and-bye, but reality crashes back in. I might love them, but they are not for me *sigh*.

- Erulisse (one L)
OMG! I love Kit Harington so much. I never thought I could love pretty emo boys that much. I thought Alec Campion was a one off thing for me and, anyway, he was so quirky and disturbed. Then there was Theron Campion, who is so pretty and less disturbed, but still not normal in any true sense of the word. But Jon Snow is a whole other level of emo combined with an honestly attractive character and personality (I never did find you the segment in the book I wanted to send you that made me laugh at Jon's emo--really great tongue-in-cheek humor on the part of GRRM. Actually, I found it, but in the hardcopy, which means I'd have to type it. I have some of the books in ebook format, but not that one--it's in A Storm of Swords.* I adore Jon Snow. [Jon with his direwolf puppy! Awwww!]

*The GRRM e-books are outrageously expensive. They should be less.

I owe you a story--maybe it should be Jon Snow. I was also thinking about maybe Theron Campion. A slashy story while he is out shipping around with his sister and getting well. I know she intends to write his later life, but I do not think that period.

You owe me a story? Yippee (squeal). First I know of it, but it makes me very happy (smiling behind my laptop screen right now *g*).

As for where in the book you found the emo...just give me the page number. The page numbers follow the same as the book so I can find it easily.

And yes...Jon Snow/Kit Harington is gorgeous...muy buenissimo.

- Erulisse (one L)
I was going to say the same. Give me the page numbers and I'll use the Amazon "Look inside this book" feature.
You are the one I promised the story to.... Finished two of the Robin Hobb books and have started two more.
Go ahead, harsh it out. I'll get something from Oshun eventually and you well deserve your tale, Ann.

- Erulisse (one L)
Whoops! It was Ann who I had promised a nice story for something she did for me. Not that you have no done nice things for me--you have! I am just a very slow writer. Even of ficlets.

I'll look inside the book and find the pages.
NP - I'm sure that Ann deserves a story, and with luck she'll let me read it.

- Erulisse (one L)
That graphic is to die for. Gorgeous!!! You did that?

I just cannot. Trying to teach myself a free program called Gimp and it is incomprehensible to me. If I were rich and had more motivation, I would buy Photoshop and take a course in it. I cannot seem to be able to teach myself. I am comfortable on paper with a pen or a brush (I have a couple of really nice paintings I've done). But I cannot do photomanips.

This whole challenge is way too heavy on the graphics for me and not enough thought put into motivating any of the writing challenges. God only knows why I am doing it. As an exercise in self-discipline? (After spending hours on the damned crossword, I missed the deadline. I thought it was later in the day--I was SURE it was!!)
Which graphic, hun? The Jon Snow in my post is an actual TV series poster from Season 2 promos that I found just searching on-line. My sigs, on the other hand, are made from pics that I found, expanded and worked on a bit to make them work for the wording.

I'm actually doing the writing for the 20/20 so far. Two days in, two drabbles. I really enjoy writing drabbles and can usually pound a good one out within 15 minutes or so.

- Erulisse (one L)
I got the crossword, even got "fire" although I thought it was wrong and didn't post that part of it, but I never got farther than that.
I had not seen that poster. I thought you made it based on the series ads! Your sig banners are lovely and graceful.
Oh thanks, I work with Photoshop a lot, but the five sig panels I use were trying out the CS5 Photoshop that I put onto DH's computer. My old 5.5 version refused to load on his new Win7 system. I assume I'll have to have a copy of CS5 eventually for myself because my own computer is nearing it's end life. But it's still hanging in there and I'm poor - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
"I think I can be successful in the slight changes that I want to make. I'm eager to get back to work on this novel."
--I'm so glad to hear this. :)
Oh thanks. I really like Helyanwe as a character and in the history of her life. I want to continue with this, and I was afraid it would be horrid and juvenile. But it wasn't, so there is hope in the words :-)

- Erulisse (one L)