November 16th, 2011

torn world

NotNoWriMo and Torn World poll

Alrighty! I've got 8 stories left to do or finish in the next two weeks. I can totally do this. In fact, my biggest problem is deciding which ones to tackle... so help me out with that! Pick as many as you'd like to see. :) And while I'm building a poll, I have some Torn World project questions for the general audience. You don't have to answer them, if you want to just suggest a story (or three) to work on. Your results will be private, too, so if you are feeling all reluctant to check 'not interested in Torn World,' don't worry - only I will see that, and I'd REALLY like the feedback. Comments welcome.

Poll #1795517 Torn World and NotNoWriMo

Which story should Ellen tackle next for her NotNoWriMo?

Next Rails story (Derailed - the Bai/Ressa storyline... we step up the action a level and raise the stakes!)
Next North Meets South story (Our Southern explorers meet the snow-unicorn riders!)
Untitled (Dramanar and Emeroma, politics of the south)
Color of Summer Ice (Kativa/Kether/Tolnam backstory - adventure and close encounter with Others!)
Untitled (Dorje, allergic to snow-unicorns at the WORST time of year)
Original (Empire music students, humorous teenage drama)
The Sea Queen (Torn World mythology, sea monsters!)
Honestly (backstory for Rails)
Senses (Kativa/Kether pre-Mushrooms, a look at Others)
Unfurling (prequel to Harp of Feathers, needs re-written)
Untitled (a short story about finding Lichenworld)
Untitled (a short story about Birka and co. travelling South)
Puppy's Day Out (a sequel to Worth It - humorous, cute Malaamig backstory)
Something else (that's not a title... suggest something in the comments!)

Are you reading the Torn World stories?

Every single one, as they are posted!
Every one that's available free, as soon as I have a chance!
Some of them, if I notice there's a new one and I have time.
A few here and there, if you (or the other authors) link to them and they sound interesting.
I've read the few that you've posted in full to your journal, but don't bother clicking a link to read anything elsewhere.
I've read one or two.
Nah, not really.

What's your involvement in Torn World? (check all that apply)

I'm on the canon board
I'm registered at the site
I read what's available without having to register
I'd really like to get involved, but it's very intimidating! I don't feel like I can catch up!
I'm sort of watching to see what happens with it, but don't have time for free/fan work
I've bought the anthology and/or coloring book!
I've sponsored stories, artwork or poetry - I love that I can support the authors and artists I enjoy most!
I'm subscribed! This project is awesome!
I submit material regularly
I submit material when I get inspired, once in a while.
Huh... I have a bunch of half-finished work I should probably submit...
Unicorns? Really? Just not my cup of tea. (Or not interesting to me for another reason)

What would get you more involved or interested in Torn World?

More hours in my day.
More publications
Easier ways to get caught up on plot and world details
More social network interaction (stronger Facebook or Twitter presence)
More audience feedback on submissions
Probably nothing - it just doesn't speak to me.

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ellen with wrench

Mondaily with 30 below and other adventures.

Yes, 30 below! (That's -34 for you Celsius people)

I love chopping wood at this temperature. There was a birch log that gave me trouble a few days ago - I actually gave up on it after wrestling it in half (with a wedge and much cursing and pounding of the maul). This morning? One *thunk* with the axe and it split neatly into two. The ones I love best are when you give it one hit and it doesn't quiiiite split, so you rotate it 90 degress and *bang*! Perfect quarters fall away effortlessly.

(And yes, I'm very careful, don't do it when exhausted, don't do too much at one time, and am thinking of Guppy first! Like basketball, it may not be a typical pregnancy exercise, but it keeps me in shape and I do it thoughtfully, knowing that at some point I WILL have to give it up. I'm not pushing it. But I'm enjoying it while I can.)

ETA: Jake would like it clarified that he has offered to chop the wood, and that I raspberried him and told him I wanted to do it.

The cat is currently eyeing the woodpile in a fashion that makes me suspect there is a beetle alive somewhere in there... (sometimes they defrost when I bring the logs in.)

In factory news, still doing great. Occasional discomfort, and my skin is sometimes itchy, thanks in part to the 2% humidity while running the woodstove. I've been slathering on the Mama Bee belly balm and absolutely loving it. Thank you Jenny! I hadn't ever seen this, and my skin LOVES it. My scar is still super angry, and my belly button is still missing, but I'm hoping they will make up with me in a few months.

Go vote in my Poll! Even if you aren't active or interested in Torn World, you can weigh in on which story I tackle next for NotMoWriMo, and I love getting feedback. (And no, I never take it personally if you aren't all as in love with every one of my projects as I am...)

I have three new pieces of artwork up at Portrait Adoption!

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These are pieces started at older Sketch Fests, and if you get standard adoption, I'll send you the original. :)

A bunch of paid programming finished this morning, plus a token amount of writing. I've got a graphics job lined up next, then either some more writing, or some EMG programming. *flips a coin*

I'm also considering a load of laundry - it would be dry by this evening, given the heat and humidity in here...

But first! Lunch!